MSI Hosts Adventure Educator’s Sharing Symposium

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Learn and Share at MSI’s Symposium
Image: Participants in North Cascades, WA

Mountain Spirit Institute invites educators and interns to attend, share, and learn at the
Adventure Educator’s Sharing Symposium

WHERE: A Quiet, Rural Setting in the Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee Region
WHEN: Sunday, July 22nd, 2012
WHO: Open to Students, Teachers and Outdoor Educators and Interns..See more below.
COST: No charge. The Adventure Education Sharing Symposium is provided as a professional service by Mountain Spirit Institute, its staff, and its donors. If you wish, you are invited to make a contribution to the Mountain Spirit Institute scholarship fund.

WHAT: Experiential educators and adventure facilitators have creative and involving ways to help people bring the adventure home—to make connections between adventure experiences and our lives back at home, work or school. This symposium unites adventure programmers to share, learn, and apply some of our best practices regarding processing, facilitation, and transfer of learning in adventure education.

The Adventure Educator’s Sharing Symposium is responsive to the training and needs of each participant. By sharing, demonstrating, and talking about the processing and facilitation techniques we use in our various settings, the content, outcomes, and much of the structure of this day is co-created by participants, but with a little guidance toward the primary goal of an expanded tools-of-the trade repertoire for all participants. So, take an active role in your own learning and share your knowledge with others.

We invite you to come and share any ideas and activities that help participants develop meaning from adventure-based experiences including backpacking, hiking, camp living, mountaineering, peak ascents, rock climbing, challenge course elements, canoeing, rafting, backcountry skiing, etc.

These activities might help students and clients deepen connections with self, others, and the environment; and transfer their learning from the adventure to their lives beyond the adventure. Some possibilities include:

Learn Best Practices
Image: Adirondacks, NY

  • Games and ice breakers.
  • Activities, discussions, and experiences that occur before, during, or after the adventure-based experience.
  • Techniques with and without props.
  • Activities that carry metaphorical, spiritual and therapeutic elements of the wilderness experience.
  • Ceremony and ritual experiences: solos, meditative reflection, story telling, readings, poetry, contemplative awareness practices, vision questing.
  • Experiences that include renewal, reflection, peace of mind, or mindfulness.
  • Processing and facilitation strategies that are participant-centered, facilitator-centered, co-created, or that teach group members how to process on their own.
  • Activities connected to learning styles—visual, linguistic, musical, kinesthetic, interpersonal, intrapersonal, natural/environmental.
  • Techniques that are active and kinesthetic, use artistic expression, or include metaphoric methods and symbolic representations of experience.
  • Alternatives to the traditional sharing circle.

Who Should Attend:

  • Adventure programmers, outdoor leaders, and experiential educators.
  • College faculty, undergraduate and graduate students in outdoor education, adventure education, outdoor recreation, and related fields.
  • Camp counselors and staff. Use the Adventure Facilitator’s Sharing Symposium as your mid-season staff renewal and professional development opportunity!
  • School teachers wishing to integrate processing, facilitation, and reflection strategies into their classrooms.
  • Ropes-course practitioners.

Registration:
Please pre-register either through the website’s REGISTER PAGE or contact us: TEL: 603-763-2668, or email us.
For more info see our webpage

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