Simon & Mike Facilitation Workshop in Adventure Programming

Simon Priest, who inspired us adventure education around the world in Fukuoka, Osaka, and Tokyo at the beginning of 2023, will come back in March 2024. Moreover, along with Micheal Gass, who is co-author of Effective Leadership in Adventure Programming and leading adventure therapy research the world.

In this workshop, we will discuss the facilitation techniques of adventure programming, which Japanese is not familiar with, in Effective Leadership in Adventure Programming. You will understand the differences in facilitation objectives and techniques for each field, such as education, development and therapy through experiential workshops.

In addition, by linking with the International Outdoor Education Research Conference, which will be held in Tokyo from March 4th to 8th, there is no doubt that this will be a dream-like collaboration not only for Japanese people but also for outdoor educators around the world. Don't miss this project if you are currently or in the future looking to work in the field of adventure education.


Date:March 9 Sat-10 Sun, 2023 (Attending both date is required.)
Location:National Olympics Memorial Youth Center
Target:Domestic and overseas adventure educators and students (Priority will be announced later)
Lecturers:Simon Priest (former professor, Brook University)
    Michael Gass (Professor, University of New Hampshire)
Moderator:Taito Okamura(backcountry classroom Inc, CEO)
Accommodation : You can stay at Olympics Center on March 8th and 9th in 3,770JPY/night. Please apply as registration.
Content:Facilitation techniques in adventure programming
Sponsored:Wilderness Education Association
Support:Project Adventure Japan Co., Ltd.
Cooperation:10th International Outdoor Education Research Conference Committee


Simon Priest

Canadian living on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. He is a former professor at Brooke University. He has taken an initiative in adventure program research for many years, and has made great achievements in this field, including serving as president of international organizations related to adventure and outdoor education, such as the Association for Experience Education and the British Outdoor Education Association. He is also one of the world's leading adventure program researcher, having been invited as a visiting researcher by over 30 institutes around the world.

Michael Gass

Professor at the University of New Hampshire. He is the founder of The Brown Center, which provides adventure therapy and corporate training to over 8,000 clients annually. He is one of the world's leading researchers and practitioners in the field of integration of adventure program and clinical psychotherapy, serving as the director of the Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Center affiliated with the University of New Hampshire.

Free Download of Effective Leadership in Adventure Programming Japanese version

"Effective Leadership in Adventure Programming", co-authored by Simon and Michael, was first published in 1997, and continues to be a worldwide bestseller as a textbook on adventure program, with the third edition still being published a quarter of a century later. You can download the digest version for free. This digest version is published not only in Japanese, but also in Chinese, French, Portuguese, and other languages, and can be called a global standard textbook. In this workshop, we will mainly explain facilitation technique with practical examples. So, if you are interested in participating, please download it for free and check it in advance to make the workshop more effective.

Outward Bound Japan
Project Adventure Japan
Wilderness Education Association Japan
Leave No Trace Japan

Pre and Post Event

10th International Outdoor Education Research Conference

The workshop will be attractive not only to Japanese researchers, but also to overseas researchers. We are cooperating in the announcement with the conference committee. Simon will also present his research in this meeting, so if you can join us at the same time, the workshop will be even more effective.

Date:March 3-8, 2023
Location:National Olympics Memorial Youth Center

2024 WEA Outdoor Educator Clinic

This is a course to be the WEA Certified Outdoor Educator qualification that can provide all WEA courses. Currently, the WEA curriculum is being introduced to AT (Adventure Travel) guide training, and is attracting increasing attention. This course is intended for educators who have practiced wilderness education and expedition education for many years. Please check the dedicated site for details such as participation conditions.

Date:March 11-13, 2023
LocationA-Flow(338-2, Mitake-Honmachi, Ome, Tokyo)

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