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Outdoor and Adventure Therapy

Outdoor and Adventure Therapy Discussion Group

Snowdonia Adventure Therapy weekend picture 1 

Snowdonia Adventure Therapy weekend picture 1 

Snowdonia Adventure Therapy weekend picture 1

Photographs by Stephan Natynczuk

2 Days and Nights exploring Adventure Therapy in Snowdonia

"It was a truly great weekend. Thoroughly enjoyable and very helpful."

Friday 6th - Sunday 8th January 2012

Adventure Therapy:  Exploring professional issues in working  therapeutically outdoors

Led by Dr Kaye Richards (Liverpool John Moores University)

Hosted by IOL Therapeutic Outdoor Practitioners Special Interest Group at Blue Peris Mountain Centre (Snowdonia)

This residential weekend examined a range of issues in the development and practice of working therapeutically outdoors. There was opportunity to reflect on ethical, theoretical and professional issues in the application of adventure therapy.

The aim of the weekend was to provide a forum for professionals to share ideas and developments in outdoor therapeutic practice, enabling practitioners to reflect on their current and future activities in this growing arena of outdoor work.

The weekend included a mixture of forums, presentations and workshops and provided an opportunity for networking with like minded professionals.  Also, a new IOL TOPSIG committee and strategy was planned as part of the weekend activities.  There was plenty of time for socialising and networking.

We'd like to thank all contributors and Blue Peris for creating a great event.

How to join the Outdoor and Adventure Therapy Special Interest Group:

  • Cost per IOL membership year is just £10 (supplemental to your IOL membership fee)
  • The Institute website has a members only section for its SIGs - once you are a OATSIG member you will be able to access this area.
  • You can be a member of more than one SIG.
  • If you wish to join OATSIG, please contact by email with payment details ....
  • Or send a cheque, made payable to IOL, to the IOL address below quoting your membersip number as well as your name, address, phone number and email
  • You must be a current IOL member to join any of the IOL Special Interest Groups.
  • For information on how to become involved in OATSIG contact Louise at IOL here 


  • Mission Statement - Therapeutic Outdoor Practitioners Special Interest Group. “We are a community of like minded individuals with a passionate interest in exploring the therapeutic application of nature and the natural environment.”