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IOL National Conference 2014

gathering outdoors at the 2014 Conference

IOL National Conference 2014

17-18th October

Thank you ALL for joining us for two days of discussion, inspiration, masterclasses and workshops.

Venue was Holywell Conference Centre, Loughborough

See the photo gallery on on the right hand side of this page >>


Conference entrance 2014

All set up ready - the entrance to the Conference venue
- photo by Neal Anderson.

Sponsored by Activities Industry Mutual

Health and Wellbeing in the Outdoors


AIM logo

Friday 17th October:

Speaker - Dr John Ashton CBE, President, Faculty of Public Health.
This speech was filmed and we will be publishing the film online soon.

The developing role for the outdoor sector driving public health & wellbeing. How does the Outdoor sector work with health & wellbeing services and funding?’

  • Discussion Groups - Implications for Working Practice and Organisations
  • Forums, exhibition marketplace, networking


Prof John ashton
Pre-dinner Speaker - Friday evening:

Lofty Wiseman - Bushcraft and Survival Guru


Lofty Wisemand

Saturday 18th October:

  • CPD for Outdoor Practitioners – Making the Outdoors for All
  • Updating your skills in Outdoor recreation, education, therapy and training for all ages


#IOLOutdoorConf2014

Programme Overview

A selection of Day 1 Masterclasses: 

  • A New Model for Real World Learning. Download this presentation.

  • Diversity in the Outdoors - a case study - Download this presentation.
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Same old same old? Revitalising Outdoor and Experiential Programmes
  • Looking at Wellbeing Through the Lenses of Empowerment and Agency:  the Role of Critical Consciousness. Download this presentation.
  • Stories in Action: How Narrative Journey can help Children to be Active Outdoors
  • The Art of effective facilitation -factors and methods to optimise the learning outcome of participants
  • Exploring Mindset through Outdoor Learning
  • Managing Challenging Behaviour for Master Practitioners
  • Affective Neuroscience - The Impact of Emotion in Learning
  • Outdoor Adventure Therapy: The Journey  
  • `Open Water' - how wild can you go?
  • Bow Drill Fire Lighting
  • 4 Dimensions of Adventure and a Debate on Different Models of Outdoor Learning Provision
  • A Role in the Outdoors for Middle Age and Beyond

  • Re-claiming Adventure

A selection of Day 2 Workshops

  • Reviewing for Wellbeing Outdoors - led by Roger Greenaway. Download this presentation. Roger will be turning these notes into an article for Active Reviewing Tips - which you can find at http://reviewing/co.uk
  • Stand Up Paddleboarding
  • Questions and Confusion - Is outcome measurement useful for your organisation?
  • Modern Coracle building within a team context
  • Emotional leadership; Risks, Responsibilities and Competencies
  • A Coach: the perfect vehicle for the sporting pathway in climbing?
  • Working with Land-based Industries to Increase Outdoor Engagement with Nature
  • Understanding and identifying trees
  • Campfire Gadgets and Knives Use
  • Beyond the Firesteel
  • Belief accelerates success and is the key to achieving goals
  • Equipment checks, usage & myth busting
  • Working at height - keeping it simple
  • Working with BME groups in the Outdoors
  • In search of the giant’s underpants! Storying landscapes for family nature-based play experiences
  • Beating the Ambulance Chasers
  • Managing Challenging Behaviour for Instructors
  • Understanding therapy in the outdoors
  • Mindset through Outdoor Learning: Challenge - it's all about the head game.
  • Mental Health Support in the Outdoors
  • What is stopping your business grow?
  • `Water Safety Management' Scenario based workshop exploring best safety practices around water.
  • Mindfulness and the outdoor practitioner: Improving your practice
  • Grow-a-story at Forest School
  • Learning Away second interim evaluation report published
  • LOtC Sparking or Still……and who is pouring the drinks?
  • Assessing Navigational Competence
  • The role of outdoor learning school improvement plans
  • Health & fitness profile of UK young people


The 2012 Conference
Read about our biggest Conference to date that took place in Staffordshire in October 2012.


IOL National Conference archive

Find out about previous IOL Conferences


Conference 2012 Keynotes
Keynote Speakers: Dr Peter Clough and Doug Strycharczyk.

    With the Olympics upon us, is there anything Outdoor Learning can take from the world of sport?

    How a pupil or employee or colleague responds to stressors can make a big difference to their ability to learn, collaborate or be creative or productive. The outdoor learning community is well placed to support a wide population of businesses, schools and colleges.

    IOL’s national conference on 12 & 13th October will provide presentation and debate on lessons to be drawn from the sports world’s work on the measurement and development of mental toughness. This a good opportunity to consider questions such as:

    • How do outdoor learning practitioners explore the issues of challenge and response to stressors?
    • Are we too passive in considering resilience?
    • Are we clear about the implications of using ‘challenge by choice for outdoor learning in adventurous environments?
    • How do we help those we work with develop their awareness of their own resilience and mental toughness and the ways in which that may be developed?

    Dr Peter Clough and Doug Strycharczyk will speak on Friday 12th explaining the research and development that has led to the use of a model of mental toughness in sport, education and the business world. The conference will be asked to consider the lessons that may be drawn for the outdoor learning community from this journey.

    Dr Peter Clough is a leading authority on the application of Mental Toughness across a wide spectrum of sectors and countries. Peter has taken a concept developed and used in sports and made it accessible to all. He is an academic based at Hull University, has published widely and has many international speaking engagements.

    Doug Strycharczyk has worked with Peter since the mid-90s and has played a key role in developing a model to measure and raise awareness of mental toughness. Doug has been central to the wider use of the MTQ48 measure, a tool to measure mental toughness, including the education and youth work sectors. He is currently working with a small number of IOL senior practitioners and is the MD of AQR, a UK based enterprise developing and distributing academically tested tools to support the development of young people.

IOL Conference 2014 - films

Prof. John Ashton, Keynote Speech 

Neal Anderson, IOL Professional Standards Manager: Considering some research findings around health & wellbeing

IOL Conference Photos

Conference Presenters

Speakers and Workshop Leaders

Download the Friday Masterclass info and the Saturday Workshop info

The speakers and workshop leaders are drawing on experience working with or researching and teaching at wide cross section of organisations including:

  • Activity Industry Mutual
  • Brathay Trust
  • Brighton University
  • Centre for Emotional Health
  • Cumbria University
  • Eden Project
  • Edinburgh University
  • Equal Adventure
  • Faculty for Public Health
  • Field Studies Council
  • Forest School Association
  • Institute for Outdoor Learning
  • Jack Raven Bushcraft
  • Lindley Educational Trust
  • Liverpool John Moores
    University
  • London Youth
  • Loughborough University

  • Lyon Equipment
  • Mountain Training
  • Outward Bound Trust
  • Princes Trust
  • Reaseheath College
  • Reviewing Skills Training
  • RLSS
  • Southampton Solent University
  • Sugar NLP
  • Totem Development
  • Venture Trust
  • Wide Horizons
  • Wild Things
  • Woodland Survival Crafts
  • Woodland Ways
  • World Challenge
  • Yorkshire Dales Millenium Trust