April 13 - 15, 2007
(Bark Lake Leadership Centre, Haliburton, ON)
Updated: February 15, 2007
Hello and Welcome!
This is the official web site of the
Canadian Experiential Education Practitioners Symposium (CEEPS), an
initiative dedicated to the professional development of experiential
trainers, educators, and therapists in Canada.
CEEPS is where Canada's leading
experiential practitioners come together to connect, grow, and share.
Talks begin to create a Canadian AEE affiliate group, with CEEPS as a possible focal point!
Want to stay connected to this community? Connect in to our group
What is CEEPS all about?
As an experiential trainer, you know that the learning
never stops, but as facilitators and guides we often find ourselves
working alone or with the same few individuals. We begin to crave the
opportunity to work with other trainers who have a different background,
different tools and tricks, different experiences to share. If you are
like me, and could afford it, you may have attended a few
ACCT, or other conferences,
seeking to fill this void, only to often find that they don't tend to attract a lot of
your Canadian peers, and they don't always have precisely the learning you
need right now. If the tangible benefits are
stacked against the conference fees, air fares to the U.S.,
exchange rates, and time away, the costs can quickly become prohibitive.
CEEPS offers an
economical yet powerful alternative - a weekend opportunity
for Experiential Education practitioners from all over Canada to get together to develop their professional skills.
The conference includes:
Well, you for starters. This is a forum
for experiential professionals already working in the field to meet with
their peers, share their experience, expand their knowledge, and make new
connections in the industry. We also welcome people who are just
beginning their experiential education career. We get attendees
from the whole EE spectrum, including corporate, youth,
schools, camp, and therapeutic sectors. (Read
what they said about CEEPS over the years.) Our symposium is also
approved by Laurentian University as satisfying the conference graduation
requirement for ADVL students.
How does it work?
The conference is structured roughly along the lines of the
National Challenge Course Practitioners
Symposium that takes place in Boulder, Colorado every February. For
over 10 years, Tom Leahy has hosted a truly unique and powerful conference
down there, using a variation on "Open Space" called "Virtual
Space". We enhanced the format and then simply created our own conference up here
Where, when, and how much?
Our next conference (the sixth one!) will take place
April 13-15, 2007, at the
Bark Lake Leadership Centre, in the Haliburton Highlands of Ontario (our venue of choice for CEEPS 2003,
2004, 2005, and 2006).
The conference runs from Friday dinner (included) to
Sunday lunch (also included).
A major success determinant of a conference is the cost.
has to be better than just reasonable. It has to be a terrific deal.
We believe that a $300 fee for
a two day/two night training program that includes meals and
accommodation (double occupancy hotel-style) is
a steal. There are even further discounts for students, and attendees from out-of-province! For all the details, visit our
registration information page.
Over the years, CEEPS has grown into more than just a
conference. It has become a community of practitioners eager to stay
connected and share ideas. One way of doing this is through a
Yahoo news group
- a moderated on-line news group which is open to anyone.
The Canadian Experiential Education Practitioners Symposium (CEEPS)
is the forum-of-choice for Canada's best and brightest experiential
education practitioners to gather at least once a year to exchange
ideas, expand professional horizons, and network with peers, in
comfortable and affordable surroundings. It is also an opportunity for
those leaders to give back to their industry by sharing their expertise
and experience with practitioners of all levels.
CEEPS is a grass-roots concept, created from within the Canadian EE
community, championed by its founder, and driven by volunteers who care.
It is not offered by any membership-based organization or corporate
entity, and as such, it is not encumbered with other goals and/or
interests that might prejudice the Symposium's simple mandate.
CEEPS attendance is open to anyone who has an interest in
experiential education and pays the appropriate symposium fee.