Pre- and post- conference workshops


Both before and after the joint 9th International Adventure Therapy Conference (9IATC)/3rd Gathering for Adventure Therapy in Europe (3GATE), there will be several opportunities to attend additional workshops that are facilitated around different trainings and/or activities. 

Pre-conference workshops

Workshop 1

Will W.Dobud

Stephan Natynczuk

Co-Adventuring for Change: Mapping Solution-Focused Practice Outdoors

An adventure is an undertaking with an uncertain outcome and as workers, we take part socially. When we meet a co-adventurer (as we might call our clients), we have no idea what they want from working with us until we ask them what they want from our work together. What follows is as client-centered as possible, robustly working to their vision of a time when such sessions are unnecessary, leaving no trace of our role in their change. Thus, implementing solution-focused practice is an adventure in itself.

Building up to this workshop, we will host three webinars, beginning in March 2022, with the intention of getting most of the theory, and introductions, out of the way before meeting in person in Kristiansand. This allows us to concentrate on further developing solution-focused skills during this pre-conference workshop and to offer maximum value to participants. Participants who register after the webinars have begun will receive digital recordings. Participants unable to attend the conference can purchase access to the webinars. The webinars will happen on the 20th March, 20th April, and 20th May. Plus there will be another after the conference (date to be confirmed). The webinars will be scheduled for 2000h UTC.

During the first day of the workshop, participants will be able to practice solution-focused skills and explore how to effectively co-adventure outdoors for meaningful change. We will explore how Host Leadership builds on our practice to present a joined-up model for practice in the outdoors. The following half-day will explore what is needed in the background of our practice to ensure useful change is possible through outcome monitoring, feedback-informed practice, and supervision.

An exploration of adventure as therapy for people with complex trauma. Some theory, discussion, guidance and demonstration. On the first day discussion will range from what complex trauma means, its prevalence and why it is an attractive lens for practitioners; the domains, phases and benefits of treatment; and why advocacy is important in the adventure therapy field.

On the second day the theory is put into practice with examples of various adventure activities including games, abseil/rappelling, hiking, and other fun things available in both nearby nature and remote areas. A planning session ends the workshop with participants designing their own application of the framework for their adventure practice.

Workshop facilitators

Dr Will Dobud (AUS/USA) and Dr Stephan Natynczuk (UK)

Stephan and Will have a long track record of taking solution-focused practice to the outdoors for adventure and wilderness experiences. This workshop builds on their workshop in Sydney at the 8IATC, which received overwhelmingly positive feedback from the 100+ attendees. Both presenters have a thoughtful, engaging, deep yet often humorous style and are able to simultaneously entertain and inform.


In-person workshop

Time: Thursday 16 June 10:00 AM- Friday 17 June 12:00 AM

Location: Rådhuskvartalet, Kristiansand city centre

Webinar series

These are designed to get you up to speed so that the pre-conference training can easily move beyond basics to master class levels.

  • March: Leave No Trace
  • April: Introduction to Host Leadership
  • May: Feedback Informed Treatment

Post-conference debrief, to be arranged.

Total cost

  • In-person workshop and webinars: 115 GBP
  • Webinars only: 45 GBP. Participants unable to attend the in-person workshop can separately purchase access to the webinars. For this option email either Stephan: or Will:

What is included

  • Access to numerous, peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters
  • Recordings of previous lectures delivered by Stephan and Will
  • Discount codes for recent adventure therapy and solution-focused texts

Register here:

What to bring: Normal outdoor gear for the weather in Kristiansand.

Contact: Will Dobud

Workshop 2

Graham Pringle

Will W.Dobud

Adventure Therapy and Complex Trauma: Mapping the Next Frontier
An exploration of adventure as therapy for people with complex trauma. Some theory, discussion, guidance and demonstration. On the first day, discussion will range from what complex trauma means, its prevalence and why it is an attractive lens for practitioners; the domains, phases and benefits of treatment; and why advocacy is important in the adventure therapy field.

On the second day, the theory is put into practice with examples of various adventure activities including games, abseil/rappelling, hiking, and other fun things available in both nearby nature and remote areas. A planning session ends the workshop with participants designing their own application of the framework for their adventure practice.

Workshop facilitators

Graham Pringle (PhD Cand., MA Outdoor Ed) has experience in residential and foster care, outdoor education, adventure therapy, adventure based youth work and adult training. He leads the Youth Flourish Outdoors programme team. Graham has spent over 19 years pursuing adventure as therapy for adolescents and is completing a Doctor in Philosophy degree at Griffith University. This workshop is the culmination of his background in theory and practice.

Will W. Dobud (PhD, MSW) is a social work lecturer at Charles Sturt University and has been involved in outdoor therapy in the United States, Australia, and Norway. His research is focused on participant experiences in care and improving outcomes in the outdoor therapies. Will is the co-editor of Outdoor Therapies: An Introduction to Practices, Possibilities, and Critical Perspectives and co-author of Solution-Focused Practice in Outdoor Therapy: Co-Adventuring for Change.

In-person workshop

Time: Saturday 18 June 08:00 AM- Sunday 19 June 12:00 AM

Location: Rådhuskvartalet, Kristiansand city centre

Webinar series: Six one-hour weekly webinars in July-Aug.

Total cost

In-person workshop: 95 Euros (125 Euros for anyone not attending 9IATC)
Webinars: 65 Euros
The face-to-face training day and webinars: 115 Euros

Register here:

What to bring: A pencil, own food/drink, and suitable clothes for outdoor session on day 2.

Contact: Graham Pringle

Post-conference workshops

Workshop 1

Ben Knowles

Anita Pryor

Vibeke Palucha

Amanda Smith

.Ogge Nature School, but we start and end the workshop in KristiansandLooking to the horizon: A reflective post-conference workshop space for immersing, resting, playing, integrating, dreaming, and planning

Workshop intentions:


  • Join a reflective immersive and fun adventure with fellow 9IATC participants.
  • Take a breath after the amazing and dynamic 9IATC experience.
  • Hold on to the threads of important thoughts, ideas, skills, and intentions that come from the 9IATC experience.
  • Help create a nourishing and enjoyable space that is far enough from our day-to-day life that it is not constrained by the usual limitations.
  • Rest and relax to allow integration of the 9IATC experience.
  • Play, dream and imagine the futures we would like for our communities and the planet.
  • Locate our own work within these dreams and articulate the connections that bridge our personal and professional hopes.
  • Identify collective common dreams for our communities and the planet.
  • Share the ways in which we will work towards these dreams individually and as a collective.
  • Make commitments towards these ends.




After what will be an amazing and dynamic 9IATC, this post conference workshop will nurture rich reflections, deep conversations, and revitalising experiences. Consider this workshop a reflective and playful tonic to help you ruminate, pivot, and prepare for homeward journeys.


The workshop will be co-designed by attending participants in. partnership with the facilitator team and a magnificent local support crew. It will provide an experiential place and a reflective space for each participant to use in ways that are beneficial for them.


Head clearing

The workshop will allow participants to dive in and integrate important threads of knowledge and skills inspired by the 9IATC, and co-create and pathways for current and future efforts in their own community. (Examples of themes that may emerge: cross-cultural practice, ethics, research, training, supervision, field placements, international collaboration, or any other area of interest you bring!).


Heart warming

The workshop is also an opportunity to enjoy playing and dreaming together, and perhaps co-create a collective vision based on shared purpose and future collaboration. The theme of this workshop extends the 9IATC conference theme ‘Journeying together’ by raising our gaze to ‘Look to the horizon’.


Hand crafting

This workshop is for those who are comfortable with not knowing, and ready to sit with others to co-create a meaningful and enjoyable experience together. The workshop will not be overly structured or directed by the facilitation team; its structure and processes will be shaped by the hopes and interests of the whole group. If participants want to rest and play rather than talk and think, that is what will happen.


The workshop will take shape as the experience unfolds. Two frameworks will be offered for possible use by the group during the workshop: Adventure Works Australia’s ‘Outdoor Therapy Practice Framework’, and the ‘Map of Meaning’ framework for balancing effort and ease in a meaningful life.

Workshop facilitators

Ben Knowles trained in education, outdoor education, experiential learning, and narrative therapy. Ben brings to this workshop skills and ideas drawn from ‘collective narrative practices’ intended to support unity amongst diverse ideas and work towards felt sense of common purpose and solidarity in collaboration. Ben was pivotal in establishing the Australian Association for Bush Adventure Therapy (AABAT) and has taught Outdoor Education and Bush Adventure Therapy at a tertiary level. Alongside undertaking his PhD in public health, he works as a Co-director of Adventure Works Australia, is Australian representative on the International Adventure Therapy Committee, and works as a senior clinician and trainer in the Neurosequential model of therapeutics for Berry Street Victoria.

Anita Pryor has been involved in the field of Bush Adventure Therapy (BAT) for over two decades in roles of practitioner, manager, trainer, and researcher/evaluator. Having trained in outdoor education, solution-focused therapy, narrative therapy, and family therapy in the 1990’s, in 2009 she completed a PhD in Public Health investigating the histories, practices, outcomes and evidence base of Australian outdoor adventure interventions. From 2012 to 2015 she was co-chair of the International Adventure Therapy Committee (ATIC) and international representative on of the Australian Association for Bush Adventure Therapy (AABAT). Anita currently supports BAT in Australia as Co-director of Adventure Works Australia Ltd and co-leader of AABAT’s Outdoor Healthcare policy unit.

Vibeke Palucha is the coordinator of the Outdoor Therapy Team at the Department of Child and Adolescent Mental Health at Sørlandet Hospital. She is an experienced therapist and social worker with a master’s degree in mental health. She has trained in dialogical practices, trauma therapies, emotion focused skills training for parents and is a MediYoga instructor and mindfulness coach. Vibeke’s outdoor therapy experience includes co-developing and facilitating “friluftsterapi” for at risk youth, developing and facilitating an outdoor therapy day program for teenagers with mental health issues and problems attending school and developing a nature based and emotion focused multifamily program for families with children in need of specialized mental health treatment at the hospital. She co-developed and teaches at the university course Nature Based Therapeutic Work at the University of Agder and is co-authoring the first Norwegian book on outdoor therapy to be published in the fall of 2022. Vibeke has been part of the 9IATC planning process since 2018.


Amanda Smith (pronouns she/ her) is a lecturer in the School of Health Sciences and Social Work at Griffith University, Australia. Amanda is an enthusiastic social worker with over two decades experience working in various community and government sectors including direct service delivery, counselling, therapeutic program design and facilitation, leadership and training / education. Amanda founded a Bush Adventure Therapy program within a national NGO service and designed, facilitated and evaluated numerous BAT programs. Amanda has developed a keen passion, advocacy and practice base in Bush Adventure Therapy (BAT) and is eager to continue collaborations and pursue research that integrates and expands BAT/ Outdoor Health into the evolving ecosocial work / green social work discourse, practice base and curriculum/ training pathways. Amanda was the previous Queensland representative and national Chair of the Australian Association for Bush Adventure Therapy (AABAT).


In-person workshop

Time: Monday 27 June – 10:00 AM Wednesday 29 June 02:30 PM.

Location: Ogge Nature School, but we start and end the workshop in Kristiansand.

Total cost: 750- 900 NOK (73-87 Euro)»

Contact: Ben Knowles +61408146802


‘Expressions of Interest’ are invited by folks interested in joining this workshop. Please email us something about yourself, something that caught your attention about this workshop, and something you would like to give or gain from the experience.

Post-conference workshops

Workshop 2

Justin Peter

Personality-informed Intervention: Understanding and applying Jungian psychological type theory in adventure facilitation

Each person is uniquely different. The coming together of different personalities creates interesting dynamics in any adventure therapy programme. As an adventure therapist, understanding the innate personalities of your clients and yourself will pave the way for a deeper appreciation of the intrapersonal and interactional processes going on during your session and, along with that, more effective client-centric programming. Psychological type theory can support this endeavour.

Providing deep insights into why people think, behave and learn in characteristically distinctive ways, Carl Jung’s (1971) psychological type theory has been operationalised into well-established personality inventories such as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (Myers & Myers, 1980). Addressing learning styles based on type has been found to improve learners’ engagement, motivation and achievement (e.g. Leberman & Martin, 2004; Williamson & Watson, 2007; Johns et al., 2017). The SNFT Debrief – a typed-informed debrief strategy that this presenter developed – has also been found to contribute towards deeper learning in adventure programmes.

In this workshop, you will:

  • Learn about psychological type theory.
  • Identify your personal type preferences.
  • Explore how your type preferences influence your facilitation approach.
  • Understand how clients’ type preferences shape their learning and communication styles.
  • Develop strategies to engage clients of all personality types during adventure therapy programmes.
  • Learn how to facilitate a debrief using the SNFT Debrief approach.
  • Use both your preferred and non-preferred psychological functions when facilitating.

This workshop is for those who are new to type and/or wish to explore the implications of type in adventure facilitation.

Workshop facilitator

Dr Justin Peter is a personal and organizational development consultant, specialising in coaching, facilitation and research in the areas of psychological types, learning and cognitive-behavioural sciences. He has over 15 years of training, consulting and therapeutic experience in Asia. His toolkit includes CBT, mindfulness approaches and personality profiling instruments such as the MBTI and DISC.

Digital workshop

  • Time: Friday 8 July 10:00 AM- 13:00 PM (Oslo Time Zone)
  • Cost: 34 Euros. Includes workshop participation and PDF handouts. An e-certification of participation (PDF) can also be provided upon request.

Contact and register: Justin Peter