3gate conference team

The 3rd Gathering for Adventure Therapy in Europe (3GATE) is incorporated into the 9th International Adventure Therapy Conference (9IATC). The 9IATC Local Organising Committee is therefore collaborating closely with the GATE Conference Team presented here.

Harpa Ýr Erlendsdóttir

3GATE Co-convener

Harpa is an Icelandic occupational therapist with over sixteen years of experience working with youngsters and young adults within rehabilitation and mental health services in Iceland. For 3GATE, she is one of two Co-conveners and part of the Family-/Social Program Working Group. Harpa is also the Icelandic representative in the Adventure Therapy International Committee (ATIC), Adventure Therapy Europe (ATE) and presently coordinates the Nordic Outdoor Therapy Network (NOTN).

Lynn Van Hoof

3GATE Co-convener

Lynn is a Belgian clinical psychologist with a degree in Adventure Education. She currently works as a student psychologist at a University College in Belgium, in addition to running a private practice, but she has experience working in the outdoor therapy field since 2011. For 3GATE, she is a Co-convener together with Harpa, and part of the Academic-/Workshop Program Working Group. Lynn is also the Belgian representative in the Adventure Therapy International Committee (ATIC) and Adventure Therapy Europe (ATE).

Per Wijnands

Per is a Dutch social worker with over twenty years of experience with applying experiential learning methods in his practice with families, individuals and groups. Per is a co-founder of the Adventure Therapy Institute. For 3GATE specifically, he is part of the Academic-/Workshop Program Working Group. Per is also the Dutch representative in the Adventure Therapy International Committee (ATIC) and Adventure Therapy Europe (ATE).

Nadia Vossen

Nadia is a Belgian psychotherapist and outdoor guide. Presently she coordinates two teams in youth care, implements outdoor coaching and nature-based healing methods. For 3GATE specifically, she is part of the Family-/Social Program Working Group.

Natalia Ruiz de Cortázar Gracia

Natalia is a Spanish psychologist, consultant and trainer, who has experience from working in adventure and wilderness therapy programs in Europe and the US. She is also the director of Experientia and was part of the host committee of the 1GATE in Spain in 2017. For 3GATE specifically, she is part of the GATE conference team and she is the Spanish representative in the Adventure Therapy International Committee (ATIC) and Adventure Therapy Europe (ATE).

Christiane Thiesen

Christine is a German social pedagogue, counsellor and adventure educator, who has been active in the field of experiential education since the 1990s. Christine is a co-founder of the Adventure Therapy Institute. She was part of the host committee of 2GATE in Germany in 2019 and for the 3GATE specifically, she is part of the GATE conference team.