Training Course Adventure & Nature Therapy

Learning from the experts in Adventure & Nature Therapy:

This long-term training in Adventure & Nature Therapy provides you with methodological competence, scientific understanding of theory and professional qualifications in therapy and counselling. You become a Certified Adventure & Nature Therapist or Practitioner (ATI).

  • 11.2023 - 09.2024
  • Different natural areas and online
  • Alexander Rose & Per Wijnands
  • Autumn 2023 - Autumn 2024
  • english
  • € 9.290,00 (complete)
Further education

Practical informations

Experiential training

Our experiential training can be attended by people who can demonstrate relevant experience, interest in working in the natural environment, and background knowledge through other training and further education. In order to obtain the certification "Adventure & Nature Therapy Practitioner" and "Adventure & Nature Therapist" it is necessary to attend the online theory course with a successfully completed exam.

Modules 1-4 will take place in different natural areas. The experiential training modules are offered every 2-3 months.

You can book and register the modules seperatly or as a bundle (bundle is not possible via online-shop).

Start: 06.11.2023 - 10.11.2023
Graduation: Autumn 2024 (according to current planning)
Dates planned:          

  • Module 1: 06.11.2023 - 10.11.2023 (Location: Strotzbüscher Mühle)
  • Module 2: 19.02.2024 - 23.02.2024
  • Module 3: 22.04.2024 - 26.04.2024
  • Module 4: 15.07.2024 - 19.07.2024
  • Certification module: 06.09.2024 - 08.09.2024

Arrival day: 09:00 - 17:30 hours (Arrival the day before is possible)     
Regular days: 09:00 - 17:30 and 19:00 - 21:00 hours       
Closing day: 09:00 - 16:00 hours (departure after this time)

Language: English
Type: in presence
Trainers: Alexander Rose, Per Wijnands

Booking: The experiential training course (modules 1-4) can be booked as a bundle via email or as single seminar via online shop (you can save more or less 1.550,00 Euros if you book the bundle).

Seminar documents/handouts: can be downloaded from the online system after registration and payment before the training modules.
Venue: To be determined. Places may change, with the possibility to consider different locations in Europe.
Overnight, hosting & catering is due in any case for external overnight stays.

Online Theory

Our online module consists of 75 training units (TU):

  • 28 webinars: theoretical input and subsequent discussions (90-120 minutes)
    Wednesday 09.30 – 11.30 (weekly)
  • Lectures/presentations also from international guests (90-120 minutes)
    Thursday 19.00 -21.00 (monthly)

Start of the online theory program: Winter 2023/24

It is possible to join the webinar at any time. No qualifications are required.



To obtain the certification in "Adventure & Nature Therapist (ATI)” you need to attend a 3-day certification module (to be booked separately).

Provisional dates: 06.09.2024 - 08.09.2024

Beforehand, you need to achieve the:

  • Theory part (E-learning modules) with a passed exam
  • Participation in all practical modules 1-4
Further education

In a nutshell

The experiential training

Module 2: The human being and his impulse 
Module 3: The process and realization
Module 4: Implementation and integration

The online theory

Our online theory consists 75 TU (56 time hours at 2 hour units each, i.e. 28 units in approx. 6-8 months).

  • webinars in theory & subsequent discussion (90-120 minutes)
  • lectures/ presentations / int. guest lectures (90-120 minutes)

Wednesday 09.30 – 11.30 (weekly) and Thursday 19.00 -21.00 (monthly).

It is possible to join the webinar at any time. No qualifications required. 

You can conclude the theoretical part with an online exam that can be booked separately
The certification for "Adventure & Nature Therapist (ATI) will be provided in an extra present module (5), to be booked separated.
Further education

The goals

Goals of the experiential training

  • You will be able to design and implement Adventure therapy for different target groups and formats (children and adolescents, families, individuals, and groups).
  • You will learn how to implement adventure as a therapeutical tool or method with different target groups and in different settings (natural spaces).
  • You will be able to apply adventure therapeutic interventions in different situations in a process-oriented way.
  • You will be able to offer Adventure & Nature Therapy in different contexts (clinical environment, educational support, prevention services).
  • You will be enabled to plan and design the Adventure & Nature Therapy process in a structured way.
  • You will learn the principles and conceptual foundations of Adventure & Nature therapy.
  • You will be familiar with the theoretical & methodological knowledge and be able to integrate and apply it in adventure therapeutic settings.

Goals and content of the E-learning program

  • self-conception of adventure therapy (differentiation to experiential education)
  • basics (clinical pictures) alternativ besser: disease patterns  (psychopathology according to  ICD/ DSM)
  • basics psychopharmaceuticals
  • (clinical pictures) disease patterns  in the context of AT | treatment options, contraindications
  • learning aund transfer theories
  • concepts as “Circle of Courage”, “Window of Tolerance”, etc.
  • basics psychotraumatology
  • focus topics: e.g. AT-interventions for eating disorders, addiction, anxiety disorder
  • basics attachment theory
  • theory basics reflection & transfer
  • evaluation techniques
  • holistic anamnesis as the basis for therapy planning
  • development of therapy plans


In order to obtain the certification in "Adventure & Nature Therapist (ATI)” you need to attend a 3-day certification module. This module, number 5 - Certification, has to be booked separately.

Admission to the certification module is detailed in the examination regulations. During the Certification module, an examination committee with 3 examiners will evaluate:

  • Dissertation
  • Case vignettes
  • Colloquium

To obtain the certification, candidates will have to present various certificates/experience, such as:

  • Proof of successfully completed vocational training (see professional groups)
  • Proof of at least 3 years of professional experience in the relevant professional group
  • Proof of prior experience in educational activities and at least 3 years of Experiential learning experience 


  • Official Certificate of good conduct, and Certificate of Sexual Offenses
  • First aid certificate
  • Experiential Learning Training certificate
  • Training or work certificate for outdoor skills in relationship with groups 
  • Clinical 

Professional groups* such as:

  • Medical Doctors 
  • Psychologists
  • Psychotherapists (psychological & medical)
  • Occupational therapists
  • Social workers 

Please check the in-depth information here.


*Please ask if your certification is recognized as a (mental-)health professional in your country, and we will study your case individually. 

**ATI is striving for the official certification as a training and continuing education provider in the Federal Association of Individual and Experiential Education (Germany), and we assume that in the next years, Adventure and Nature Therapist will also obtain official recognition and certification. This training is developed following the current applicable certification standards of the Federal Association.


Experiential training (bundle 1-4) 6.900,00 €
Theory part (online modules) 1.250,00 €
Theory exam 150,00 €
Certification module 990,00 €
Total 9.290,00 €


You can also book the modules 1-4 separatly (via online-shop):
á 1.550,00 Euros (as at September 2023).
You can book the modules 1-4 as a bundle only via email.

Please be aware, that you save more or less 1.550,00 Euros if you book a bundle.
The bundle is attractive for participants who wants to strive the certifications "Practitioner" or "Therapist".



The prices advertised here refer to training costs without accommodation and meals.

The Theory part, the Exam, and the Certification are booked separately and paid full before the beginning of the modules.


Extra costs

Hosting & catering of the Experiential training and the Certification module are not included. They are due in any case for external overnight stays and to be booked directly at the location.


Your trainers during this course are

Per Wijnands

Per Wijnands (bc.) has been fascinated by Experiential Learning for more than 20 years and has successfully used this method with families, individuals and all kinds of groups facing a large number of mental health problems. He currently works as an Adventure Therapist in Youth Mental Health Care. Per regularly gives courses and workshops focused on Experiential Learning and Adventure Therapy. 


Christiane Thiesen

Christiane Thiesen has been self-employed in the above-mentioned professional fields of social and health care since 1999. She has been involved in the professional association "Individual- und Erlebnispädagogik eV." for over 25 years in various management functions (alternativ: leadership roles).


Alexander Rose

Alexander Rose is a clinical psychologist, clinical psychotherapist and sports scientist, with both a master's degree in health psychology and drug counselling. Since 2008, he has been passionately involved in introducing adventure therapy in Spain. He has been working with groups in nature since 2000, mainly with adolescents at risk and with young adults.

Further education


Unfortunately, no. We currently do not offer our own Adventure Therapy programmes in which you could participate.

Please call us and we will develop a special in-house offer with you for your needs.

 +49 8382 2600 902

In principle, yes, but in this case the entire module must be booked in the other language (e.g. English modules are 5 days long, German modules usually 3 days).

Please request our overview or download overview

  • 21 days practical training (modules in presence)
  • 56 hrs. theory (online Webinar live)
  • 20 hrs. self organised learning groups/ SOL (in presence and/or online)
  • 6 hrs. supervision (online)
  • 3 days certification module (in presence)
  • div. hrs. for essays, thesis, case vignettes, own case work

As soon as certification via the relevant Federal Association for Individual and Experiential Education (registered association, is possible, this will be aimed for. The structure of the training is such, that it would basically comply with the current applicable certification standards of the association (in the area of "training and further education").

It can be assumed that in the next few years a degree recognised by the association will have passed through all the committees. 

The certification process in the federation will be two-tiered:

  • The training institute (ATI) can certify itself in the area of "further and continuing education" and thus automatically offers a qualification that meets the currently applicable requirements.  This makes it easier for participants to obtain individual certification from the association.
  • Participants must then be individually certified by the association – by providing evidence and/or proof of an already certified qualification. The title "Adventure Therapist be" is then awarded (individual examination).

Yes, 23 years at the start of the practical training (modules).
We assume that you have reached the age of 25 for certification as an Adventure & Nature Therapist.

Relevant prior knowledge and experience are necessary among the participants in order

  • to be able to compete with other additional therapeutic training and qualifications;
  • to create a clear distinction from experiential education;
  • to be able to teach the contents in a high-quality manner.

The title enables you to apply "Adventure & Nature Therapy" in your professional field according to your previous professional training.

Your personal basic professional training is the basis for how you can use the qualification.

If you have basic psychological or medical training, you can work as an "Adventure and Nature Therapist" within the framework of the medical health professions and corresponding employers (psychosomatic clinics, rehabilitation clinics, psychiatric clinics, etc.) as a "specialist therapist". Depending on the employer, you may offer Adventure & Nature Therapy as a specialist or complementary therapy and be responsible for the case.

As a social service professional, you may only work as an Adventure and Nature Therapist under the supervision of a psychological/medical service. In general, you will work in a multi-professional team.

The "social & health care system" has established "Adventure & Nature therapy" for some years now and advertises jobs accordingly - with an upward trend.

This is exactly where certification becomes an important element for the new professional field and relevant employers.

Certification makes it unmistakably clear that you have acquired a relevant therapeutically oriented additional qualification over and above the obligatory requirements.

You will have to catch up on the module at some point.

Only when participation in ALL modules has been confirmed you will receive a certificate of completion. Max. miss rate 10%.

If you have not completed any professional training and/or studies in the field of social and health care, we expect proof of:

  • At least 80 hours (advanced and advanced training in the areas of psychology/pedagogics)
  • At least 240 days (8 hours each) of practical experience within 3-5 years (professional field social and health care)

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