Registrations are now sold out.  Sorry! If you send a registration form please expect to go on the waiting list.  We invite you to sign up and get ready for an awesome, inspiring time of connection, learning and growth!  Please download the following form 2018 ATA Forum Registration Form and email to

* Please don’t let money be a problem to you attending.  If you are experiencing financial hardship please contact Wendy and discuss this with her – we want you there!

It is very exciting to have two international guests with us this year!  Dr Mike Gass from University of New Hampshire, USA will be sharing a keynote address and two workshops with us.  Dr Mike Gass has been in the field of adventure therapy for many years and is author of the text book ‘Adventure Therapy: Theory, Research and Practice’.  He is also co-author of the book ‘Effective Leadership in Adventure Programming’ along with Simon Priest.  Dr Anita Pryor from Adventure Works, Australia will also be sharing a key note address with us, sharing her awesome wisdom as a south pacific adventure therapy practitioner and researcher.

Applications to present are about to close so if you have a desire to run a workshop and have not yet submitted a proposal get that in this week – closing next Tuesday 17th April!    This might be a presentation of theory, your programmes, your approach to your work, or a workshop on certain set of skills…. endless possibilities!  If you are interested, please complete the attached form 2018 ATA Forum Call for Abstracts and send to

ATA 2018 Forum poster

Lastly, please spread the word!  Print out this poster – download it, send it on to anyone and everyone who you think might be interested!

Also there is now a event specific facebook page– follow that for updates on the forum programme and other information.  See you there!

Programme: Download the programme here : 2018 Programme ATA Forum.xlsx – Sheet1 (1)

More Specific  Information….

When? 25th-27th May.  Registrations open 4pm Friday.  Closing is lunchtime Sunday so plan to leave any time from 2 pm onwards.

Where? Whenua iti Outdoors, Lower Moutere, Tasman

For who? Anyone who works in, or is interested in Adventure Therapy or related fields.

Why?  Meet others who work in a similar field, support each other, learn from each other, learn from experienced practitioners, get ideas for the future and have fun!

Getting there:  Whenua Iti Outdoors is about 40 minutes dive from Nelson.  There is plenty of parking if you wish to drive your own vehicle.  If you are coming by bus or plane there will be shuttles driven by some of our local AT facilitators that are happy to help transport you from the airport or Nelson central to Whenua Iti Outdoors (and back!)

Alternatively if you are driving  – easiest just to google it! Whenua Iti Outdoors – 375 Main Rd, Lower Moutere.

Food:  We will be preparing, cooking and eating our meals all together.  This is included in your registration fee.  Throughout the weekend all of us will pitch in at different times to help with some prep and clean up.  If you have dietary requirements, please let us know on the registration form.

Accommodation:  There is plenty of great camping at Whenua Iti Oudoors which is included in your registration fee.  If you would prefer the luxuries of a bed you will need to organize your own accommodation close to Lower Moutere.  The best option is Riverside community that is 1km down the road. We are also using this venue for some workshops and will have shuttles going back and forward, or it’s a pleasant 15 minute walk! There are a number of accommodation options at riverside including limited single rooms through to cheaper marae style accommodation.  Check out  and let them know you are with the ATA forum.  Alternatively, there are some book a batch and air b’n’b options close by, but you will need to sort your own transport.

The programme:  The programme has yet to be finalized with workshop presenters.  The draft programme will be available very shortly!  The programme will includes a mixture of workshops and presenters, as well as time to mix, mingle and connect with others. Not to mention our awesome international guests – Dr Mike Gass and Dr Anita Pryor.

What to bring:  The weather will be potentially chilly so bring all your warm gears!  Tent, sleeping mat, warm sleeping bag, gear to adventure in, the usual personal gear and a great attitude!

*All technical equipment for the adventure afternoon will be supplied (or bring your own is fine too). Please let us know if you need to borrow camping equipment.

Books:  The books ‘Adventure Therapy: Theory, Research and Practice’ (Mike Gass) along with ‘Effective Leadership in Adventure Programming’ (Mike Gass and Simon Priest) will be for sale at a bargain price for delegates!

Registration fee: Registration includes Fri and Sat night camping accommodation; Dinner Fri night through to lunch Sunday; Venue hire, contribution to international guests.

We do not want this registration fee to be a hindrance for people attending!  If you feel you cannot afford this, please contact Wendy with what is realistic for you and we can arrange additional support for you.

$220 per person (before 1st May 2018)

$170 student/unwaged (before 1st May 2018)

$250 Late registration (after 1st May 2018)

How to register:  Download and complete the registration form and email to as soon as possible 1st May 2018. 2018 ATA Forum Registration Form