Jo Roberts delivered wilderness therapy training course for 12 therapists from Poland and the Czech Republic in the Natura 2000 protected mountain region of SE Poland bordering on the Ukraine and Slovakia. The area is made up of mixed woodland and ancient beech forest with exciting biodiversity including wolves, bison and wild boar. Carrying all our kit for the 6 day programme we explored this magnificent part of the world, teaching and learning on route. A true experiential learning experience.
The course was commissioned and funded by the EU Erasmus programme and served to train practitioners in tools, techniques, theory and the methodology of wilderness therapy with the aim of both country teams delivering pilot trails for young people from their respective countries.
Research of the training and the consequent trails has also been included in the programme and the Foundation maintains a strong partnership in these elements.
A recent review meeting was held in the Czech Republic to explore how the therapy programmes worked and what reflections and learning came from them. Further meetings are to be held in March in Poland.
The Wilderness Foundation will be running a range of similar training programmes in the UK and the first date is scheduled to run in Scotland at the end of April. Other finalised dates will be advertised on the website www.wildernessfoundation.org.uk.