What is the Georgia Facilitator Summit?

This one day event will be the first, of what we hope will become an annual event, designed to facilitate networking, learning, and relationship building for challenge course facilitators from across the State of Georgia.  If you are involved in facilitating team building experiences anywhere in Georgia, then this event is for you!

Date:  Saturday, November 17
Time:  8:00am - 6:00pm (+ optional dinner)

Location:  Sojourn Adventures (Perimeter Church, 9500 Medlock Bridge Rd, Johns Creek, GA 30097)
Sojourn is a ministry of Perimeter Church - CLICK HERE for driving directions

Cost: $15 per person through November 2 (checks must be postmarked by Nov 2)
          $25 after November 2
          -- Fee covers lunch and snacks

Event Info:

Anticipated Schedule:

8:00-9:00 am        Check-in, Coffee
9:00-10:00 am       Intros and Organized Activity
10:00-4:00 pm      Open Space Sessions (Lunch provided)
4:00-5:30 pm         Facilitator Olympics
5:30-6:00 pm         GFS Closing ceremonies
6:00-8:00 pm        Dinner at a nearby restaurant (At your own cost, Location TBA)

To Do prior to the event:

1.     Invite all the facilitators you know! (Currently about 60 facilitators attending, but still not too late to invite others!)

2.     Every attendee will need to sign a waiver upon arrival.  If under age 18, please arrange to have this signed by a parent/legal guardian.  CLICK HERE for waiver.

Below are some frequently asked questions to help you prepare. 

+ Where Will this take place?

We anticipate this becoming an annual event that will shift from place to place each year, but this inaugural event will be hosted by Sojourn Adventures. Sojourn is located on the property of Perimeter Church – 9500 Medlock Bridge Road, Johns Creek, GA 30097. Once you arrive on site, proceed to the Bricks Building, which is the closest entrance to the church beside Old Alabama Road.

+ What Should I wear?

Please wear closed-toed shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. We plan to spend a portion of the day outside and the current weather forecast is in the 40's - 50's for the day. Wear items you don't mind getting a little dirty.

+ What Should I Bring?

Participants under the age of 18, should bring a printed confirmation that the online waiver was signed by a parent/legal guardian (liability waiver) .

The event will take place both indoors and outdoors so please check the weather and bring outdoor-appropriate footwear and clothing. Some workshops and organized activities will be interactive and physically active in nature. It is recommended that you bring your own water bottle as well. Please bring any supplies or materials you might want to have on hand if you plan to lead a workshop.

+ What is Open Space?

Open Space is an organic learning format in which attendees collaboratively design the content and schedule and content. Participants are empowered to lead, join, or change workshops as needed. The three categories of workshops include: Presentation (a pre-planned session taught on an area of expertise that may include audio/visual resources), Activities (facilitated games, initiatives, or other hands-on activity), and Discussion (guided question-and-answer conversation around a common-interest topic, no experience necessary).

+ How Much Does It Cost?

$15.0o per person prior to Nov 2. After that, you get to pay $25 for procrastinating. No one wants that. Just sign up now. This fee will cover lunch, snacks, and water throughout the day.

+ Can individuals sign-up without a group?

Absolutely. Most attendees will likely come as a part of an organizatoin, but if you are a freelance facilitator from the State of Georgia or the only person attending from your organization, no problem! We are confident you'll leave with new friends!

+ How long will the event last?

We will begin promptly at 9:00am (coffee will be available beginning around 8:00am for early arrivers). The activities will conclude at 6:o0pm, then anyone interested will go grab some grub together.

+ What are Facilitator Olympics?

Facilitator Olympics involve fun and friendly competition. Games include both technical and soft skills, so that there is something for every background and level. Participants are assigned to a team of people they may not know, with the intentional goal of mixing it up, increasing relationships, and distributing a wide variety of skills and experience on each team.

+ Who is sponsoring this event?

This event is being co-planned as a grass-roots collaborative effort by representatives from a number of different organizations in the Georgia area. The intention is to create a local space for facilitators of all types to come together to network, share, learn, and grow. All of the people involved in creating the event are volunteers who believe strongly in this vision.

+ What's the lunch plan?

Lunch will be delivered from a local company. Due to the necessity of ordering in advance and in bulk, we are unable to accommodate special requests or last minute additions. If you have a particular dietary need or didn’t register in advance, please be prepared to bring your own lunch.

+ Can I tell or bring others about this?

Absolutely. All are welcome and there will be something for every interest. This event is best suited for those who currently or in future might work in the fields of experiential learning, adventure education, challenge courses, camps, and experiential-based corporate training. Each person needs to register before attending so we plan accordingly for numbers.

+ What about kids?

Unfortunately we do not have options for child care or any activities for kids at this event. If there are facilitators under the age of 18 in your organization, they are welcomed to attend.

+ Is there lodging available?

There is no lodging provided, however if you need somewhere to stay, there are numerous hotel options in the area. Suggested cities to search for hotels include Johns Creek, Alpharetta, Roswell, Suwanee, and Peachtree Corners. The closest public tent camping is under an hour’s drive away, and can be found at Stone Mountain or on the southern part of Lake Lanier.

+ My plans changed, can I get a refund?

Unfortunately we are not able to issue refunds, however we are happy to transfer your spot to someone else of your choice.

+ I've still got questions, who do I contact?

General Questions:
Rachel Robinson (Signature Research) 770-577-8048 Rachel@signatureresearch.com

Facility Related Questions:
Brent Curl (Sojourn Adventures) 678-405-2284 Brentc@perimeter.org

Open Space Workshop Related Questions: Mark Suroviec (Winshape Teams) 706-238-7717 x 2741 msuroviec@winshape.org

+ Can I get involved?

The goal is to make this an annual event, which requires special people who are willing to jump in and help. If you are interested in being involved in next year’s event, please chat with any member of this year’s planning committee.

+ Who is on the 2018 Planning Comittee?

Jessica “Bird” Brown, M. Ph. Ed., is the Associate Director of Recreational Sports at the University of North Georgia, and also serves as the Exhibit Hall Liaison on the Conference Committee for the International ACCT Conference. When off the clock, she loves hanging out with her 3-legged pit mix, and traveling anywhere.

Brent Curl brings 20 years of ropes course experience to his roles as Director of Sojourn Adventures and manager of outdoor adventure activities for Camp All-American. He enjoys being outdoors with rock climbing, hiking, and camping, and stays extra busy as a dad of five.

Victor Morales is the Assistant Director of Recreation at Berry College and a weekend supervisor for the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta. He recently joined the Atlanta area from West Virginia, where he was the canopy tour director, lead guide, and trainer for River Riders Adventure Resort.

Rachel Robinson, M.S., MFT Int., is Lead Trainer for Signature Research Inc. She has held various roles in the challenge course and experiential training industry throughout the US and abroad since 1993. Her passions include traveling the world, playing her violin, and watercolor.

Mark Suroviec. M.Ed., is the Coordinator of Resources & Training for WinShape Teams, and has spent over a decade creating “A-Ha!” moments as a facilitator and program developer. When not spending time with his family, he’s probably playing disc golf or cheering for Penn State.