A four-day gathering for professional facilitators, coaches and mentors who want to explore how to design and lead transformative outdoor programmes.
This gathering takes a look at some of the theories, practices and issues of facilitating transformative outdoor experiences. Its intention is to give a brief introduction to my work in the cultural and ecological context of New Zealand / Aotearoa.
It will provide a first-hand personal experience of the processes that I use in my work to deliver both transformative and therapeutic outcomes. The final day of the gathering will go ‘back-stage’ on these processes to shed light on some of the theories and facilitation techniques used.
The gathering is for a small group of invited professionals interested in facilitating personal, social and ecological change through outdoor experiences. It will take place over a long-weekend, from Wednesday evening until the following Sunday afternoon.
Participants are invited to camp using their own equipment on a one-hundred acre bush block at Glenbervie near Whangarei. The land belongs to the Aplin family who will also be taking part in the gathering itself. There is a camp kitchen, communal eating space, fire circle and a beautiful swimming hole in the Ngunguru river. Catering will be provided.
The group will be limited to a maximum of 12 people.
|Wednesday 27th November||Arrive by 16.00. Dinner at 19.00|
|Thursday 28th||Preparation. Night solo|
|Friday 29th||Solo return. Stories.|
|Saturday 30st||Professional practice.|
|Sunday 1st December||Lunch 12.30, depart.|
David Key is a consultant, group facilitator, teacher and coach. He is a specialist in ecopsychology - the psychology of the our human relationships with the rest of nature.
Dave has a background in outdoor education, ecology and psychology. His special interest is in the ways experiences of nature can be powerfully transformative. His professional practice is mainly through the design and delivery of outdoor-based programmes for sustainability leadership and the design and facilitation of therapeutic outdoor experiences. He has also taught and researched extensively in the academic sector and is an internationally published author.
Over the last 20 years Dave has worked with clients such as the World Wide Fund for Nature, The Australian Conservation Foundation, the Scottish Government and the European Union, as well as with numerous academic institutions and private individuals seeking professional development.
He holds a Masters of Science (with distinction) in Human Ecology, is a Fellow of the Centre for Human Ecology, a Visiting Research Fellow at the Global Sustainability Institute at Anglia Ruskin University and an Honorary Research Fellow at Exeter University. He also holds a New Zealand Certificate in Adult Teaching (1&2). Dave is a National Governing Body qualified outdoor leader in both the United Kingdom (MTUK & BCU) and New Zealand (NZOIA).
Dave is a joint New Zealand and British citizen. He lives in Whangarei, New Zealand.
The course will be based at the Aplin's land at Coalhill Lane, at Glenbervie, Whangarei.
This gathering is offered on a cost-only basis.
If you can afford to pay more, it would be greatly appreciated. Any additional funds will go towards the ongoing development of the Aplin's land as a venue for transformative outdoor programmes.
Includes: 30 hours (APPROX) of facilitation contact time on a maximum 1:12 basis, 4 nights camping accommodation (own equipment), catering and group outdoor equipment.
Excludes: Travel to/from the venue, personal travel and possessions insurance, personal outdoor clothing and camping equipment.
The gathering starts with dinner at 19.00 on Wednesday evening. Please arrive by 17.00 so that you have time to pitch camp and settle in before starting on time.
The gathering finishes after lunch on Sunday morning, departure by 15.00.
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. If you have any questions about clothing or equipment, please get in touch.
Personal clothing and equipment list >>
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.
Accommodation is camping using your own equipment. If you are travelling a long-way / by public transport and are unable to carry much, please let us know as we may be able to lend you a tent.
You will in any event need to bring your own sleeping bag an mat.
All meals, snacks and drinks are provided throughout, prepared fresh every day by the group.
Please let us know of any special dietary requirements, allergies or intolerances when you complete your application form.
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.
This course is by invitation only. If you have been personally invited by David Key, Bindy Caesar or Penny Fitt, please complete the booking form to apply for a place.
Please do not book any travel arrangements until you have received a formal confirmation that your application is accepted and that the gathering has been confirmed as definitely going ahead. The final confirmation is usually about four weeks before the start date of the event.
November 28th November - 1st December 2019
Glenbervie, Whangarei, New Zealand.
Camping (own equipment), catering provided.