Online Conference 2022


Hi Adventure Therapy Whanau, 

Our online conference is on now with the line up below.  The link is available in the members area under the conference page which is the first option on the left column in the members area.

If you have any connections issues please contact us

Due to the challenges of Covid, we have postponed our 2022 in-person conference in Ōtautahi Christchurch. Instead, we are hosting an online series of workshops for Term 2, 2022.

If you’re not sure and would like to have a chat first, feel free to be in touch with us directly on And sign up for our Newsletter or join our Facebook Group to keep in the loop as our plans for our online gatherings develop.

For an idea of the kinds of things we talk about when we get together, here’s some info about what happened in Ōtepoti/Dunedin in 2021:

He oranga te hua o te hono // Resilience through connection

In 2021, our theme was He oranga te hua o te hono – wellness is the fruit of connecting. The gathering connected us with each other, with nature, with culture, with diverse ways of working and with the ideas we need to strengthen and reinvigorate us in our mahi.  We were joined by a wide range of people who work outdoors in various ways – occupational therapists, social workers, outdoor specialists, psychologists, nature-based therapists, teachers, eco-therapists, counsellors…and others! It was a wonderful opportunity to learn, to share knowledge, to network, to experience and to explore together.

We also had two outstanding keynote speakers: Blair Gilbert and Dr Chanel Phillips (Ngāti Hine, Ngāpuhi)

There were a wide range of presentations and workshops – learning about each others’ work and challenges – everything from ’10 slides in 10 minutes’ to 3.5hr adventure-based sessions. There was also lots of space to meet other participants, build relationships and have some great organic conversations.

One of our favourite parts of Conference is getting outdoors on the Saturday afternoon – this year included sea kayaking, surfing lessons, mountain biking, an introduction to the ngahere, rongoā and kōrero pūrākau, and self-directed adventures such as walks and trail runs in the hills behind the venue.

Hope to see you in 2023 in Canterbury!