A six-day residential programme in Aotearoa New Zealand.
This course will give you the confidence, skills and understanding to design and facilitate outdoor experiences of nature that encourage people to live sustainably.
The course will also explore how sustainability leadership can be catalysed and supported through nature-based programmes.
It offers theoretical frameworks supported by extensive research, deep personal experiences and a very pragmatic approach to programme design and facilitation.
During this course you will:
- understand how and why outdoor experiences can encourage sustainable living and leadership;
- make connections between personal wellbeing, social change and ecological issues;
- experience a selection of practices and activities for yourself;
- learn how to design your own outdoor sustainability programme;
- discover appropriate styles and techniques for facilitating sustainability outcomes outdoors;
- gain psychological insights into complex relationship dynamics and how they are impacted by being outdoors;
- understand how to create ‘safe space’ and boundaries in unbounded outdoor areas;
- see examples and case studies of outdoor programmes for sustainability;
- explore issues around the confluence of nature, culture and indigene;
- develop your understanding of ethics and professionalism in outdoor leadership for sustainability;
- find strategies and techniques for self-care and supervision;
- find where to access resources and networks;
- Learn how to assess and manage psycho-social risk;
- gain an overview of the issues surrounding liability and insurance;
- have opportunities to work out your next steps towards professional practice, or towards further enriching your existing practice.
The course has been developed through over 20 years of international research, development, post-graduate teaching and hands-on professional practice.
It takes a unique approach to education for sustainability, which combines psychology with ecology and outdoor learning. The approach is process-focussed and contains virtually no "content" in a traditional sense. It recognises that the ways we behave toward the rest of nature are at their root down to our own sense of self. Of who - and what - we think we are. Not what we know.
Many of the techniques and frameworks explored on this course were used on the Natural Change Project for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) between 2008 and 2011. This resulted in some profound and far-reaching changes, including new national government policy on sustainability in Scotland - recognised by UNESCO in 2015 as making a global contribution to learning for sustainability.
Research shows that people who feel connected to nature are more likely to behave in pro-ecological ways. However, being out in nature alone does not necessarily make people feel more connected to it. Ensuring that a sense of connection occurs takes deliberate design and skilful facilitation.
This course combines outdoor learning, with nature psychology and ecology. A careful sequence of outdoor activities and practices build into deeply powerful experience of nature. Participants are left with a strong sense of connection to nature, which is translated into personal and social change through psychologically savvy facilitation techniques.
This course gives a first-hand experience of the process before taking a look at how to design and facilitation it yourself.
The actual content of the course will follow the weather, environmental conditions and the needs of the group. An approximate format is:
|Arrival (evening before)||Arrive by 16.00. Dinner at 19.00|
|Day ONE||Introduction & orientation.|
|Day TWO||Solo practice.|
|Day THREE||Stories & narrative.|
|Day FOUR||Programme design.|
|Day FIVE||Programme facilitation.|
|Day SIX||Professional practice.|
|Departure (morning after)||Close 09.00. Depart by 10.30.|
This course is for anyone interested in working with outdoor experiences to encourage sustainable lifestyles and leadership.
This includes leadership coaches, sustainability professionals, change makers, healthcare practitioners, outdoor leaders, social workers, youth workers, rangers, conservationists and educators - as well as those interested in commissioning nature-based change programmes for sustainability and leadership.
It is recommended that you bring around five years experience in some related form of professional practice - working with groups or one-to-one, indoors or out. However, each application is considered individually, so please do ask if you’re not sure.
At a venue of your choice, or we can organise one for you.
The course starts at 16.00 on the evening prior. Please arrive by 15.00 so that you have time to settle in before starting on time.
The course finishes around 16.00 on day six. We then have dinner together and stay overnight before departure by 10.30am the next morning.
What to bring
We will be outside everyday whatever the weather!
You will need to bring the right clothing and equipment to be comfortable outdoors. It is very important that you come prepared.
A personal clothing and equipment list will be sent once your application has been processed.
This course is not a test of endurance! We are committed to creating an experience accessible to a wide range of abilities. We lead the programme to meet the needs of everyone in the group, while also recognising than a little bit of a challenge can be a helpful thing. Everything we do is offered as an invitation. You will never have to do anything you don’t want to.
As a guideline, you will need to be able to carry a day pack containing your personal equipment (waterproofs, spare clothes, lunch, flask, etc.) for periods of up to four hours at a time, in a natural environment, often without formed paths.
If you are unsure about your ability to take part for any reason, please make a note on the application form and/or contact us as soon as possible to discuss your needs.
Safety & Insurance
David Key has over 20 years experience delivering outdoor programmes world-wide. He holds National Governing Body outdoor leadership qualifications in both the United Kingdom (MTUK & BCU) and New Zealand (NZOIA).
Risk assessments are completed for every location. These are reviewed each time an activity is delivered.
You are advised to take out your own insurance for travel and belongings.
|Duration:||Seven-nights / six-days|
|Format:||For groups of between 7 and 12 people|
|Contact time:||48 hours|
|Approx. reading time:||8 hours|
|Certification:||A Continuing Professional Development Certificate for 56 hours can be issue upon course completion.|
|Price:||Get in touch for a quotation ...|