BAT Be In It - Victoria
An Experience in Bush Adventure Therapy
“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn”
(a quote often attributed to Benjamin Franklin[i]).
To keep our feet grounded, our sense of self clear, and our purpose useful for those around us, it is helpful to experience others’ perspectives, including the impact of BAT from the shoes and perspectives of a participant.
While reading, listening and grappling with ideas is extremely useful in gaining an understanding of how BAT supports people towards healing and wellbeing, it is equally important that we have the opportunity to place ourselves in the vulnerable role of participant in an experiential way to enhance our capacity for empathy, compassion and personal insight and to build our understanding of BAT practice from the inside-out.
This day will help us to put theories into action and ultimately be more useful for the people we aspire to support.
[i] This quote is often attributed to Benjamin Franklin, but is more likely connected with the words of an ancient Chinese Confucian philosopher called Xun Kuang who lived from 312-230 BC and said “Not having heard something is not as good as having heard it; having heard it is not as good as having seen it; having seen it is not as good as knowing it; knowing it is not as good as putting it into practice". This quote was found in a compilation of Kuang’s works put together by Liu Xiang in 818AD and later translated by John Knoblock. See: https://www.quora.com/Where-and-when-did-Benjamin-Franklin-say-Tell-me-and-I-forget-teach-me-and-I-may-remember-involve-me-and-I-learn
This one-day workshop extends AABAT's ‘BAT 101’ by involving participants in active and reflective experiences of BAT. While the AABAT 'BAT 101' is not required to participate in this workshop it is highly recommended. BAT 101 information can be found on the AABAT Website here.
The aim of this workshop is to learn about BAT through direct involvement. For those that have experienced a condensed overview of BAT in Australia, through participation in AABAT’s (Australian Association for Bush Adventure Therapy) BAT 101 workshop, this day extends us into the realm of practice by offering opportunities to get involved in a range of key BAT practices, and co-create BAT experiences.
The workshop provides a space for self-reflection and personal/professional growth for the benefit of our participants and ourselves. Participants will help to shape the day, including helping to decide which dimensions of BAT will be covered from the following list:
- Creating a safe space*
- Group dimensions (processes/ dynamics/ structure/ formation)
- Shared intentions (group and individual)*
- Relationships (participant to practitioner, participant to participant, practitioner to practitioner, self with self)
- Trust and empathy
- Reflexive Practice
- Review and reflection*
- Participants at the centre
- Informed consent*
- Ethics in action.
* These topics are considered foundational for BAT practices and as such will definitely be covered during the workshop.
Bush Adventure Therapy and Adventure Works
This workshop will be delivered by experienced staff from Adventure Works, an organisation that exists to support BAT in Australia.
From our team's perspective, BAT is a holistic approach to human health and wellbeing. Undertaking adventures in natural environments within a safe small group offers a unique therapeutic milieu. When BAT experiences are personally chosen and individually tailored, the therapeutic potential is magnified.
We believe BAT offers respectful and non-blaming practices that enable people to experience themselves in new ways and create space to better understand problems they may face in life.
We have found that natural environments offer a unique setting for intentional conversations and the gaining of helpful insights.
Our BAT workshops are delivered by practitioners trained in narrative therapy, family therapy, outdoor education, leadership and a range of social services.
A common aim across our BAT services is to invite participants to reflect, act and relate in new, preferred ways. Furthermore, research evidence demonstrates that people from all walks of life find BAT seriously good!
This one-day workshop will be delivered in the bush in close proximity to Melbourne, Victoria. Exact details will be confirmed closer to the date.
Meet the Adventure Works staff and participant team at top car park at The Springs on Kunanyi/ Mt Wellington. To get there, drive west up Davey Street from Hobart, take Huon Road towards Ferntree, then turn right into Pillinger Drive to The Springs. Once at The Springs, turn left and drive on a one-way road to the top car park.
Please let us know if you are interested in car pooling or need transport from Hobart and surrounds.
Cost: $180.00 per person or $160* for AABAT members and students.
- Food for the day (morning tea, afternoon tea and lunch)
- Workshop delivery by trained and experienced BAT practitioners
- Any clothing or equipment needed for a safe training experience
- Supplementary online content to revisit key concepts
- Recommended post-workshop reading
*We offer a 10% discount to current members of the Australian Association for Bush Adventure Therapy Inc. and to Students.
What to Expect
This workshop will invite participants to explore the concepts and practices of BAT in a co-creative way, through a mix of active, conversational and reflective learning methods. There will be opportunities to practice skills associated with each topic area and consider how you might take the ideas back to your particular context. Some of the sessions will provide the opportunity for participants to engage in genuine conversations and self reflection. Sessions are intended to be ‘light’ in the content they explore; they are not intended to explore significant unresolved problems.
While it is not the purpose of this workshop to engage participants in therapy, we acknowledge that potential exists for conversations and topic areas to trigger personal responses. It is important to come along knowing that this is possible and understand that sometimes personal responses come up unexpectedly. Workshop facilitators are professionals with extensive experience and can offer support if needed, however we will need to limit this support to the duration of the workshop. We expect that if personal concerns, issues or problems come up for you over the weekend that you will seek out further professional support following the workshop. We consider it very important that practitioners are not hindered in their work by personal concerns, and as such strongly advocate for practitioners to undertake their own therapeutic work and/ or participate in regular formal supervision.
What to bring
Please wear warm comfortable clothing appropriate for bushwalking and ensure you have a waterproof jacket, good walking shoes, warm jumper and pants. We can provide wet weather gear and extra warm clothing if required.
Please bring a water bottle, sunhat, sunscreen and appropriate backpack. A note book and pen/pencil may be useful (not essential). Cameras are welcomed but you will need to ask permission before taking photos of fellow-participants.
Morning and afternoon tea, lunch and drinks will be provided. Please bring an empty water bottle to fill up with pristine mountain water. Workshop participants will receive a Medical form and Consent form one week prior to the workshop, with space to provide dietary requirements and medical conditions.
We will be encouraging a collaborative learning environment within which we can co-create our learning experience, encounter new ideas and linger awhile. As such, it is important to come with an open mind and whatever other disposition you can bring that will help you to engage with some challenging and thought provoking ideas. Come prepared to sit in the sometimes uncomfortable space of 'not knowing', where there are unclear delineations between right and wrong, and where we may be left with more questions than answers.
If you have any questions about the workshop content, what to expect, venue,how to get there, food and other practicalities, please contact:
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|Workshop Fee||$ 185.00|
|Workshop Fee (AABAT Members/ Students)||$ 165.00|