This course will give you the confidence, practical 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 and stakeholder engagement can be catalysed and supported through outdoor programmes.
It offers theoretical frameworks supported by extensive research, deep personal experiences and a 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.
This 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 sustainability and leadership, 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 psychology and ecology. A careful sequence of outdoor activities and practices build into a 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 course runs over 12 months. There are four, one-to-one tutorials and four, 90 minute group webinars online. These are scheduled around two, six-day residentials.
Session 1: One-to-one online tutorial (1 hr)
Session 2: Group online webinar (1.5 hrs)
Session 3: First Residential (6-days)
Session 4: One-to-one online tutorial (1 hr)
Session 5: Group online webinar (1.5 hrs)
Session 6: Group online webinar (1.5 hrs)
Session 7: Second Residential (6-days)
Session 8: One-to-one online tutorial (1 hr)
Session 9: Group online webinar (1.5 hrs)
Session 10: One-to-one online tutorial (1 hr)
The course includes 110 hours of total contact time on a maximum 1:10 ratio including,
- 12 days and 14 nights of catered accommodation;
- six hours of live online group webinars, recorded to watch-again;
- three hours of online one-to-one tutorials;
- access to a private online library of over 500 PDF downloads;
- a comprehensive online Course Guide;
- access to a private email group;
- CPD certification and;
- email support.
If you have access to professional practice opportunities, these can be integrated into your learning process. If you are yet to start practicing, then advice about gaining experience is offered.
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.
Tongariro National Park, Central North Island, New Zealand.
Nearest airport: Taupo. Nearest Rail link: National Park. Nearest bus station: Turangi.
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.
The course fee can be paid monthly over one year.
Includes: Up to 120 hours of total contact time on a maximum 1:10 ratio, including 12 days and 14 nights of catered accommodation; six hours of live online group webinars, recorded to watch-again; three hours of one-to-one online tutorials; access to a private online library of over 500 PDF downloads; a comprehensive online Course Guide; access to a private email group; CPD certification and email support.
Excludes: Travel two and from the venue; personal outdoor equipment and clothing and; travel insurance.
|Dates:||This course runs on demand. Please register your interest below.|
|Location:||Aotearoa New Zealand.|
|Format:||Two, six-day residentials plus four one-to-one tutorials and four, 90 minute group webinars online.|
|Contact time:||120 hours|
|Approx. reading time:||30 hours|
|Certification:||A Continuing Professional Development Certificate for 150 hours can be issue upon course completion.|