Pre and post conference workshops give attendees a one-stop shop for industry training and certification renewals.  These workshops, held before and after the conference, add to the many perks of attending the conference. 

Pre/Post Conference Workshops

Experiential Peacebuilding - How the Outdoors and Adventure Can Bring People TogetherAnchor

Date(s) & Time(s): November 1, 2022 | 9 AM - 4 PM ET

Location: Myrtle Beach Convention Center

Cost: $175.00

Experiential Peacebuilding harnesses the power of learning by doing and reflecting in the outdoors to challenge and inspire leadership toward peace and collaboration. In this session, we use real examples from 10 years of Outward Bound Peacebuilding programs around the world to frame a discussion of what is possible and feasible when taking on conflict resolution. Our programs have engaged local leaders from 25 countries, including 7 years of work with Palestinians and Israelis. We will focus on the importance of setting appropriate learning goals in program design, and the role of peacebuilding focused evaluation to gauge short- and long-term success.

Our approach can be integrated and adapted to many contexts of experiential education and outdoor leadership development. One of the key challenges is to frame what can be achieved and what can be measured when taking on the complexity of conflict resolution. Participants will be introduced to concrete examples from OBCP programs, and, drawing from their own experience, will engage in small teams to draft learning goals and evaluation questions for sample programs.

We will also go behind the scenes on a variety of interactive exercises that we use with individual leaders or groups. We will break down how they work, what they achieve, and how to use them to design programs and courses that help address the themes of inclusion, collaboration, and polarization; demonstrating how the outdoors and adventure programs provide an ideal classroom to bring people together.

Prerequisites: None

Workshop Coordinator: Flavio Bollag [] 

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Risk Management for Outdoor ProgramsAnchor

Date(s) & Time(s): November 2-30, 2022 | 11 AM - 1230 PM ET

Location: Online

Cost: $399.00

Viristar's Risk Management for Outdoor Programs course provides a comprehensive training on safety management for outdoor professionals.

The course is 40 hours in length, over four weeks, and takes place online. 

The course is suitable for managers and those with administrative or other leadership responsibilities for outdoor programs, or those who plan to be managers.  No prior knowledge is required. 

Course Components: 
The course is composed of both self-study and video-conference sessions. These live calls include seminar-style discussions, participant presentations, question and answer periods, and learning activities held in large and small groups. 

In between video-conference sessions are Independent Work Periods.  During these times participants complete independent work including readings, video presentations, quizzes, discussion forums, video-based role-play simulations, assessments, and writing assignments such as a Risk Management Plan outline.

Course topics include:

  • Laws
  • Safety standards
  • Human factors
  • Equipment
  • Transportation
  • Insurance
  • Safety audits
  • Systems thinking
  • and much more


  • Gain critical knowledge of best practices in outdoor program risk management.
  • Learn procedures, systems and plans essential to meeting key outdoor safety standards.
  • Understand how to apply successful risk management strategies to adventure programs, experiential education, wilderness expeditions, and outdoor trips. 

The course includes the course textbook Risk Management for Outdoor Programs: A Guide to Safety in Outdoor Education, Recreation and Adventure.

Individuals who fully participate in learning activities and successfully complete the final exam receive a certificate from Viristar valid for three years.

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Prerequisites: None

Workshop Coordinator: Jeff Baierlein []

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How to Register for Pre/Post Conference Workshops

Note: You do not need to register for the entire conference to participate in any pre/post conference workshops.

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  • Under package selection:
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  • Click "Continue", then verify the summary is correct and click "Complete this Registration"
  • Submit payment