Third Outdoor Experiential Learning Conference: Hungary, 2017

Here’s the next great event….

23rd to 25th June, 2017 in Dobogoko, about one hour from Budapest.

The past two annual Ösvény conferences have been a great success. The conferences are held in a comfortable hotel in the forest-clad mountains near Budapest and have a varied and very high quality program. The conferences are very affordable and have a friendly inclusive atmosphere.

The goal of the conference

Is to introduce – with the contribution of international and Hungarian lecturers and professionals – the approach, the methodology and the applications of experiential learning to the Hungarian professional audience, to decision makers and to the interested public.

The target group of the conference

Everybody who would like to get to know the theory and practice of experiential learning, or feels drawn to its values and would like to incorporate them into his or her practice with individuals or groups. The conference is mainly aimed at the following professional groups:Teachers, organizational development consultants, trainers, coaches, outdoor trainers, psychologists, therapists, social workers, high-rope course instructors, camp leaders, and other helping professionals.

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Australian National Adventure Therapy Forum: 21-23 April, Victoria

Registrations are now open for the 2017 Australian Association for Bush Adventure Therapy (AABAT) National Forum. Come to the lush, green, picturesque Mount Macedon region of Victoria for a weekend of Bush Adventure Therapy education, workshops, and networking.

AABAT forums are inclusive, collaborative and experiential. They are designed for individuals both looking to explore this field of work, and for those who have many years of experience. So what are you waiting for? Get involved, share your stories, relax and immerse yourself!

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Christine Norton wins AT Scholarship to Taiwan

Christine Norton who was co-convenor of the 7th International Adventure Therapy Conference (7IATC) has recently been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study adventure Therapy in Taiwan. For more details see

Congratulations to Christine.

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First Gathering for Adventure Therapy in Europe (1st GATE)

“Back to the roots”: Valencia (Spain) 1-4 February 2017

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Within the Erasmus + Strategic Partnership “Reaching further: Exploring the healing effects of Adventure Education and Experiential Learning, a methodology to increase the quality of youth work for European youngsters with fewer opportunities.

Adventure Therapy is a way of working with youngsters (and others) that has already been extensively practiced and researched in the US, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. In Europe, although there is more and more of an interest and practitioners are getting more and more visible, there is not yet a formal network of AT professionals, organizations nor researchers using this innovative approach. The First GATE – Gathering of Adventure Therapists in Europe – wants to provide a platform to gather practitioners, organizations, researchers and people interested in the field of Adventure Therapy and Experiential learning working with youth at risk. This event will connect to our European community of elders through our Keynote speakers; enhance national Adventure Therapy structures and actions thanks to round tables, will provide a room to share knowledge and experiences through workshops, and also be a space to dream of a construction of a European Network of Adventure Therapy thanks to our fire circles.

This First GATE is a call to join for Adventure therapists, Adventure therapy programs, psychosomatic clinics, rehabilitation hospitals, child and youth mental health units and hospitals, or any other resources that offer nature – and outdoor based treatment programs. „Back to the roots“ is a theme that celebrates and commemorates the quality of Adventure Therapy and also serves to honor and recognize the European history in our field.

This and next GATEs will be lighthouses that enlighten our future path in the European Adventure Therapy field.

Dates: 1 – 4 February 2017 Starting: Wednesday, 1 February 2017 – 14.00h. Ending: Saturday, 4 February 2017 – 15.30h.

Venue: Lliria (Valencia – Spain) –

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Registration fee:

Early bird (01.05.16 – 31.08.2016): 185 Euros

Lazy bird (01.09.16 – 31.01.2017): 225 Euros

Euros Registration fee includes full attendance at the Gathering, accommodation in shared rooms, 5 meals per day (vegetarian or Mediterranean) and social evenings.