Adventure & Nature Therapy Practitioner (ATI)


If your incoming studies or profession is not in the mental health field, you can still work in Adventure and Nature Therapy. This long-term training provides you with methodological competence and a scientific understanding of theory. You become a Certified Adventure & Nature Therapy Practitioner (ATI).

  • 05-2023
  • Different natural areas (Ruhpolding, Germany) and online
  • Alexander Rose & Christiane Thiesen & Per Wijnands
  • Spring 2023 - Summer 2024
  • English
  • 8.300,00 €
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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 training modules are offered every 2-3 months.

Start: 29.05.2023 - 19.02.2024
Graduation: Winter 2024 (according to current planning)
Dates planned:                    
    •    Module 1  29.05.2023 - 02.06.2023
    •    Module 2  18.09.2023 - 22.09.2023
    •    Module 3  06.11.2023 - 10.11.2023
    •    Module 4  19.02.2024 - 23.02.2024

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 cannot be booked via online shop since there are some requirements to be checked beforehand. Please send us an email with your contact details in order to have an info meeting.
Seminar documents/handouts: can be downloaded from the online system after registration and payment before the training modules.
Venue: Labenbachhof
How to get there: International airports of Munich (GER) or Salzburg (AUS); and train to Ruhpolding (GER).
Hosting & catering: are due in any case for external overnight stays
Overnight stay: book directly at the Labenbachhof (it is reserved in advance)

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 iInternational guest (90-120 minutes)
    Thursday 19.00 -21.00 (monthly)

Start of the E-learning program: Autumn 2023.

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

Book the experiential training

Book the Online theory

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In a nutshell

The experiential modules

Module 1: The arrival, and nature
Module 2: The human being and his impulse 
Module 3: The process and realization
Module 4: Implementation and integration

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The Online theory

Our online lectures 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
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The goals

Goals of the practical training

  • You will be able to design and implement adventure therapy for different target groups and formats (rehab(ilitation) patients, children and adolescents, families, individuals, groups).
  • 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.
  • You will acquire knowledge and tools to do justice to the holistic approach of Adventure & Nature Therapy.
  • You will learn (and know) how to work adventure therapeutically 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.

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 reflecion & transfer
  • evaluation techniques
  • holistic anamnesis as the basis for therapy planning
  • development of therapy plans
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If you have completed the practical modules (including supervision and self-learning groups), have done the theory and have passed the theoretical exam, you will receive the certificate

Adventure & Nature Therapy Practitioner (ATI)




Costs for the overall training

cost overview:

Theory course (online)

1.250,00 €

Exam theory

150,00 €

Practical course modules (present)

6.900,00 €


8.300,00 €


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.

Supervision & Consulting


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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