Fostering a Connection to the Planet

This course was designed by Lun Roberts (ER Outdoors), Jim Langley (Nature's Work) and Joe Roberts (then Countryside Council for Wales; now Natural Resources Wales).

This is a chance to have fun trying out games, quizzes and other activities designed to help foster your clients' connection to the world around them, and to relax with other practitioners over a Bar BQ or picnic as you discuss the benefits such connection brings. Connection can take place on many levels (intellectually, practically, emotionally, spiritually, through our senses, through our creativity, etc.) and the activities on offer reflect this diversity. We are not trying to teach field studies or asking people to become walking encyclopaedias of flora and fauna. Instead we offer activities which can be fitted seamlessly into existing outdoor courses (including those aimed at personal and team development, the teaching of hard skills, taking people on expeditions, and hen and stag parties). An electronic manual is included with the course which will have new ideas added to it on a regular basis. Updates will be available to anyone who has attended the course.

Places are limited to 10 participants per course.

This workshop is recognised as CPD for members of the Mountain Training Association and of the Association of Mountain Instructors.

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Fostering a Connection to the Planet
Aims of the Course

  • To explore the importance of feeling connected
  • To experiment with a variety of techniques for fostering connection
  • To provide an ever increasing toolbox of ideas for engaging people at many different levels
  • To look at all aspects of the environment (natural/man-made, tangible/intangible, enduring/ephemeral)
  • To look at ways of adapting what we do and how we do it so as to encourage connection
  • To create action plans for making our lives and practice more sustainable on every level (including environmental, economic and cultural) and to look at how we might help others do the same
  • To exchange ideas, develop totally new ones and have fun trying them out on each other
  • To discover useful resources

Fostering a Connection to the Planet
Course Dates


13th September Shrivenham, Wiltshire SN6 8BL 10am to 4pm
5th October Kent Mountain Centre Llanberis LL55 4EL 10am to 4pm

16th March Woodlands OEC Glasbury on Wye, Powys HR3 5LP 10am to 4pm 

Course Cost

£50 per person (£30 for students and for members of the Institute for Outdoor Learning, the Mountain Training Association, the Association of Mountaineering Instructors, SWOAPG, the Pembrokeshire Outdoor Charter Group and the North Wales Environmental Outdoor Charter Group). Please quote the appropriate code when booking: Student - STU18/19; SWOAPG /North Wales Environmental Outdoor Charter Group / Pembrokeshire Charter Group - CHARTER 18/19; MTA - MTA 18/19; AMI - AMI18/19; IOL - IOL18/19

Private Courses

Courses can be run privately if required for a minimum of six and a maximum of twelve. Price on application.

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