2019 Schedule & Workshop Descriptions

Have a look at the 2019 Outdoor Collective Schedule & Workshop Descriptions for the Our Collective Works professional development and networking event.

Download the 2019 Program Guide and Schedule.


Registration for the 2019 Outdoor Collective is Open!



Interested in last year's (2018) Outdoor Collective schedule for the Our Collective Works professional development and networking event? 
Download the 2018 Program Guide and Schedule.
Thanks again to all the presenters and facilitators who made the 2018 event so incredibly memorable. 



Collective Learning Experience and Professional Development

It has been said that one of the things that often holds people back from success is not networking enough. It’s not simply what you know, it’s who you know, and the depth of your relationships. Let's do something about it.

As we all know, business and careers are built on relationships, and connections form when people meet and interact with each other over time, in an authentic and caring way.  Despite all we can learn and who we connect with online — nothing can replace the power of actual time together.   

The concept behind the Outdoor Collective is to create time and space each spring to deliberately seek the company of people who will help us all enhance our practices as educators, facilitators, wilderness, and international travel guides. Anyone engaged in educating, facilitating experiences, guiding, nature interpretation, and travel is welcome.

Friday evening through Sunday morning there will be a series of peer led professional development workshops/discussion sessions. This year we are excited to announce two full day workshops on the Friday before the Our Collective Works sessions. As always we will be providing certification and recertification opportunities starting on the Sunday.

Some people will choose just to come for the workshop/networking portion of the weekend Friday to Sunday, and others will come Friday evening and roll into their certifications Sunday after breakfast.  

The concept behind bringing as many qualifications to one site on the same weekend each May aims to simplify the process for people, and allow greater opportunities for building connections during meals and by the fire in the evenings. We sincerly hope you see the same value we do in creating this not-for-profit event.



What to Expect

Peer Led Professional Development Workshops

Peer-facilitated workshops aim to create unique learning opportunities to share information that will enrich participant’s practice in the field. Workshop topics and presenters will be revealed in March.

Networking Opportunities

While online groups certainly serve a purpose, building high-quality face to face connections are key to an enriching life and flourishing career. There will be many opportunities for networking with old and new friends.

Fantastic Meals & Flexible Accomodations

Arowhon’s kitchen team is renowned for creating and delivering outstanding, hearty and healthy meals. They are also exceptional at meeting individual dietary needs. Accommodations choices are available through the registration process.

Peer Led Workshops

We are all fortunate to be part of an industry that values and works to nurture community. Our community is filled with unique, passionate, highly knowledgeable individuals who have much to share. The concept is for facilitators to share experiential knowledge about topics that aim to deepen our practices and add new items to all of our toolboxs when it comes to working in the field. We are currently seeking interested presenters and facilitators for the 2019 Outdoor Collective event. Please see the call for presenters for more information.

Last Year's Sample Workshop Schedule





The best journeys answer questions that in the beginning you never thought to ask.

~ 180 Degrees South






Registration for the 2019 Outdoor Collective is Open!

Get ready for the 2019 Outdoor Collective. Early Bird Pricing Ends March 29, 2019.

Our Collective Works Workshops and Networking Event General Admission (in effect after March 29, 2019) ~ $185.00 (includes meals and accommodations) + HST
Early Bird Pricing in effect until March 29, 2019
~ $150.00 (includes meals and accommodations) + HST

Additional Optional Friday Full-day Seminars (start @ 8:30am - End at 4:00pm) ~ $150.00 (includes meals and accommodations for Thursday night and Friday) + HST

NEW THIS YEAR ~ Friday Full-day Seminar Topics Include:

Option #1: An In depth Analysis of Risk Management Practices and Planning - What you need to know moving forward.
Presented by: Dr. Ryan Howard (ALIVE Outdoors) and Jarod Chinnick (Fleming College)

Option #2: Backcountry Excursions: Building Purpose into Logistics.
(This session includes a full-day excursion into Algonquin Park by canoe and paddle) 
Presented by: Max Muszynski (Camp Arowhon) and Ryan Benson (ALIVE Outdoors)

Optional Certification and Recertification Courses Start Sunday May 12 (certification and recertification course fees apply)

Registration Is Now Open

Camp Arowhon in Algonquin Provincial Park

The Our Collective Works peer led workshops and social events will happen on the shores of Teepee Lake in the heart of Algonquin Park at Camp Arowhon. Camp Arowhon is located in beautiful Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario. Algonquin Provincial Park is a National Historic Site of Canada and a gem of the Ontario Parks system. Camp Arowhon is surrounded by 7,653 square kilometers of lakes and wilderness. Certification and recertification courses will all occur at the Camp Arowhon site with some may travel to local rivers and other locations during the day.

Please contact us if you require transportation to or from The Outdoor Collective. We will try and assist you as best as possible. Additional fees may be required.

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