Upcoming IOL Cymru events (some FREE) – bookings are open!

IOL has asked us to pass on the following information – NB SWOAPG Members are eligible for the IOL-members discounted rates at all IOL events:

We’d like to tell you about some events coming up with IOL Cymru. There may well be more to announce later.

Please share this info with colleagues or friends who you think might be interested in the events.

Firstly the main event!

IOL Cymru Conference 2019

The theme of the conference is ‘Discovery’

16th November 2019 – 09.30 to 17.00

At Atlantic College, Llantwit Major, Vale of Glamorgan

We have two speakers: Caradog Jones and Rob Penn. 

Caradog has a string of first ascents to his name including Hunza Peak in Pakistan, but is probably best known for being the first Welshman to summit Everest.

Rob Penn is an author, journalist, TV presenter and cyclist. You may have read his books – ‘The Man who made Things out of Trees’ and ‘It’s All About the Bike: the Pursuit of Happiness on Two Wheels’ – or seen him on TV cycling part of the Trans-Amazonian Highway with Freddie Flintoff.

In addition, there will be a wide choice of workshops and some interesting peripheral events going on – more details soon.

  • Delegate fee includes teas/coffee and buffet lunch.
  • £30 IOL members (IOL members can book up to 4 tickets at this price for family members and friends.)
  • £94 non-members of IOL 
  • Some discounted tickets (£30) will be available for members of the Urdd, the Outdoor Partnership and the NRW Outdoor Learning groups.



Taster session – Fostering a Connection

The ‘Fostering a Connection’ course was designed by Lun Roberts (ER Outdoors), Jim Langley (Nature's Work) and Joe Roberts (Natural Resources Wales) to meet the needs of outdoor providers wishing to engage their clients with the environment and to foster their connection to it.  The full course takes a day, costs £50 (£30 concessions) and includes a manual.  This taster is free and gives you an insight into the philosophy behind the course and a chance to try out some of the activities in the manual including quizzes, games, phone app testing, folk tales, bush craft and much more.  Connection takes place on many levels (intellectually, practically, emotionally, spiritually, through our senses, through our creativity, etc.) and the activities on offer reflect this diversity.  We are not trying to teach field studies or asking people to become walking encyclopaedias of flora and fauna. Instead we offer games and activities which can be fitted seamlessly into existing outdoor courses.

26th June 2019 – 17.30 to 19.00

At Aberdyfi Outward Bound

FREE to attend but please book



Reflective Practice Workshop

This workshop explores the theories behind reflective practice and offers opportunities to experiment with different ways of reflecting in order to improve your practice and increase your enjoyment of life and work. Bring paper, pencil and a sense of adventure.

This workshop is free to everyone and not just IOL members. Workshop accepted as CPD for AMI members

13th March 2020 – 18.00 to 20.00

At Woodlands OEC, Herefordshire

FREE to attend but please book


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