What is the Georgia Facilitator Summit?

This one day event will be our second annual gathering 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!

When: Saturday, November 23, 2019

Where: Sojourn Adventures - Johns Creek, GA

Cost: $20 per person by Nov 8 ($30 after Nov 8)

 

Registration is a 2-step process - Registration and Payment. We recognize that many attendees will attend as part of a group where someone else pays your fee, so please register individually, and upon payment, the payee can simply select the number of registrations they are purchasing.


Event schedule:

Pre-Summit Workshop Opportunity:

The Element of Choice 2-day Workshop led by Tom Leahy - hosted by Sojourn Adventures.
November 21-22 (Thursday-Friday)
CLICK HERE for detailed workshop description. Extra Fee will apply.

GFS Schedule for Saturday, Nov 23:

8:00-8:45 am       Check-in, Coffee
8:45-9:00 am Welcome & Opening Activity
9:00-10:30 am Open Space Creation      
10:30-11:00 am Facilitator Olympics
12:00-1:00 pm Lunch (provided)
1:00-1:50 pm      Open Space Session 1
2:00-2:50 pm Open Space Session 2
3:00-3:50 pm Open Space Session 3
4:00-4:50 pm Open Space Session 4
5:00-6:00 pm        GFS Closing ceremonies
6:00-8:00 pm         Dinner at local restaurant *

* optional, but all are invited!


Pre-Summit workshop Opportunity

The Element of Choice© - 20 hours - Presented by: Tom leahy

The Element of Choice© opens outdoor educators to the “depths” of adventure facilitation and encourages them to see beyond the ineffective promises of "participation by choice".   Simply promising choice in your program is not enough.  When promises of choice are broken or participants do not perceive they have a choice, risk becomes both physical and emotional.  This potential for misadventure can defeat our goals for…recreation, personal growth and/or therapy. 

This workshop is a powerful exploration of choice and the confusion between encouragement and coercion.  It is a model for participant empowerment, and how an understanding of locus of control and self-efficacy can produce dramatic gains for your participants.  You will leave with new awareness, language and tools to support dramatic growth and reduce the frequency and severity of incidents in your program.

For detailed workshop description: CLICK HERE

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Date: Nov 21-22, 2019
Time: 8am - 6pm each day
Trainer: Tom Leahy
Location: Sojourn Adventures at Perimeter Church - Johns Creek, GA
Fee: $325 (30 day advance registration) $425 (within 30 days)
To Register: CLICK HERE


+ 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).

+ What are the 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.

+ What should I expect/bring with me?

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

+ What's the lunch plan?

Lunch will be delivered from Honey Baked Ham. You will be given the opportunity to express dietary needs during the registration process and we will do our best to accomodate special requests.

+ Can I tell/bring others?

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.

+ 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 this year or next year’s event, please chat with any member of this year’s planning committee (see their info below...)

+ Is there lodging?

There is no lodging provided, however there are numerous hotel options in the area. Suggested cities to search 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 and on the southern part of Lake Lanier.

+ What about kids?

We love kids, BUT unfortunately we will not have options for child care or activities for kids at this event. Participants in the Summit who happen to be under age 18 must have the online waiver completed by a parent or guardian.

+ 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.

+ Who is planning 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. The 2019 Planning Committee includes...

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.

Hailey Hester, M. Sc., brings a decade of programming experience and is the Outdoor Recreation Coordinator at Georgia State University. When not out whitewater paddling or outdoor climbing she can be found out with her Australian Shepherds, playing a round a disc-golf, or painting.

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.

+ 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 this year or next year’s event, please chat with any member of this year’s planning committee (see their info below...)

+ Is there lodging?

There is no lodging provided, however there are numerous hotel options in the area. Suggested cities to search 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 and on the southern part of Lake Lanier.

+ What about kids?

We love kids, BUT unfortunately we will not have options for child care or activities for kids at this event. Participants in the Summit who happen to be under age 18 must have the online waiver completed by a parent or guardian.

+ 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.

+ Who is planning 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. The 2019 Planning Committee includes...

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.

Hailey Hester, M. Sc., brings a decade of programming experience and is the Outdoor Recreation Coordinator at Georgia State University. When not out whitewater paddling or outdoor climbing she can be found out with her Australian Shepherds, playing a round a disc-golf, or painting.

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.

+ Tell me more about Tom Leahy

Tom Leahy has 40+ years experience using the outdoors as a classroom. Facilitators, educators, mental health professionals and students have been infected with his passion and experienced his models for decision-making, problem solving, communication and the teaching of “choice” as a key life skill.

In 1993, Tom created NCCPS: the Facilitator’s UnConference, a unique conference that places participants in control of their learning. In 2017, Tom created The Adventure Trainer’s Lab, an advanced level conference that offers professional development and continuing education opportunities to trainers working in the fields of...challenge course, zip line, canopy tour and adventure parks.

Tom, his wife Jennifer and their son Luke live in Boulder, Colorado. www.leahy-inc.com