Presenters 2017-08-16T21:04:40+00:00

“Active Recreation” Express yourself, discover new perspectives, accept opportunities and participate in life’s adventures!

Scott Arizala: Pre Conference Workshop, Keynote and Conference Presenter

Scott Arizala, founder and CEO of The Camp Counselor, has been involved with camps and youth development for over thirty years as a camper, counselor, administrator, teacher and consultant. As a professional speaker and educator, he has given keynotes, workshops, seminars and educational sessions at numerous professional conferences, training events, and organizations.

John Lane-Smith: Keynote 

John Lane-Smith, CEO of Eclat People Solutions, is an accredited professional speaker, international best selling author and trusted advisor to senior executives. He also has a passion for the outdoors and adventures.

His ability to provide enlightening insights around people’s unique motivations, behaviours and attitudes allow him to deliver outstanding results in shaping successful group dynamics. His superior and tailored service connects with people on both a professional and personal level, proving results that are truly invaluable.

Anthi Emmanouil-Playne: Dinner Presentation: Walking to Wellness

Anthi Emmanouil-Playne, Adventure Therapist and Co-founder of 50 DAYS, has worked with young people for over 18 years. Her expertise lies in the outdoors, youth work and mental health sectors, as well as providing therapeutic services to outdoor leaders specialising in self-care.

She supports the philosophy that moving with what is wild will foster an openness and readiness within us that encourages personal growth and a pilgrimage back to Self.

The Australian Alpine Walking Track (AAWT) is one of Australia’s most iconic trails spanning 655km from Walhalla, Victoria to Tharwa, Canberra. Join Anthi Emmanouil-Playne as she shares her insights of walking to wellness and simplicity along the AAWT.

Clare Dallat

Pre Conference presenter: When a slip knot ISN’T ENOUGH: building solid anchors in risk identification

Clare Dallat is Head of Innovation and Director of Risk Resolve at The Outdoor Education Group (OEG). She is a researcher within the Centre for Human Factors and Sociotechnical Systems at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Daniela Falecki 

Applied Positive Psychology in OE – How to bring Seligmans PERMA model into OE

The 4C’s of Mental Toughness applied in OE

Daniela Falecki is known as the “Keep-it-Real Teacher” with her passionate and practical style. Daniela has been a teacher for more than 20 years, was a senior manager for OEG (Outdoor Education Group), and holds a Masters in Education (Leadership) from Western Sydney university, a Bachelor of Education (PDHPE) from the University of Wollongong, a Certificate in Rudolf Steiner Education from Parsifal College and is a certified Life Coach and NLP Practitioner. Daniela is a Senior Associate for the Positivity Institute with Dr Suzy Green and a member of the International Coach Federation and International Positive Psychology Association. Daniela also currently lectures at Western Sydney University in Educational Psychology, Pedagogy and Wellbeing. In 2014 Daniela was placed in the top 3 for “Lecturer of the Year” as rated by students for her engaging style.. Read more

Liz Horne

Skills IQ – How to get yourself involved

Hi everyone, Liz Horne here, I have worked in a number of positions in outdoor community over the last 30 years. Working in the outdoors requires an incredible combination of capability, skill, resilience and more often than not a healthy sense of humour. Whether you work in the outdoors for 2 months, 2 years or 20 years you will know the mental, physical and emotion energy it takes to work in the great outdoors. I attribute my tenure in the outdoors to a desire to see people relax in the outdoors, explore and learn something new each day.

Dr Amanda Clacy

UPLOADS National Incident Data So What? Now What?

Dr Amanda Clacy (PhD, Sport Psychology) is a Research Fellow in Sport and Outdoor Recreation. As project manager for the Understanding and Preventing Led Outdoor Accidents Data System (UPLOADS) project, Amanda’s work contributes to improving how incidents are reported, analysed, and prevented in the led outdoors. After completing a PhD on sport-related concussion, Amanda continues to use human factors methods to investigate performance and injuries in both grassroots and elite sport. As an outdoor enthusiast, Amanda appreciates the balance between the seriousness of the risks associated with participating in pulse-raising activities, while also recognising the valuable lessons these experiences offer.

Marie Louise

Workshop: Educate – Experience – Expand
Evolve Yourself® with self awareness

Marie Louise is the Co founder and CEO of Evolve Yourself Institute, author of ‘Discover Worlds Within’ and creator of ‘System of Self’ her passion is education of self awareness and supporting the development of empowered living through using the mind, body, emotions as tools rather than being used by them. EYI education delivers to corporate, nursing, individuals and teachers. Her presentations are engaging, fun and insightful.

Andrew Davis

Career Eportfolios and Elogbooks

Andrew is Course Coordinator of the Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation at Wodonga TAFE in Victoria, Australia. He’s been in this position for 8 years. In his role he also teaches many of the core units around outdoor leadership and safety. He instructs in Bushwalking, Skitouring, Canoeing, and Rockclimbing. Andrew believes that we are all healthier, happier people when we get outdoors and better understand, respect and make a connection with our natural environment. In a modern society that is rapidly moving toward modified and controlled environments Andrew gains enormous satisfaction helping people appreciate and connect with the wild and natural. He believes people function better and our planet benefits when we do, therefore it is a cause and a field of employment he is passionate about sharing and developing. He loves the high country, the rivers and mountains of north east Victoria, and lives with his wife and 2 children in Wodonga.

Mark Roach

How to benchmark Duke of Ed ‘Best Practice’ and map pathways to expand their Duke of Ed market share

Mark Roach was a high school teacher for 10 years where he held Year Coordinator and Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Coordinator positions. Leading student groups overseas to India, Nepal and Papua New Guinea he realised the potential the Duke of Ed program had to offer. In his free time Mark had always enjoyed canyoning and camping so when he saw an opportunity to work in the NSW Duke of Ed Office full time he grabbed it. Now he develops and supports the Award in over 430 organisations across NSW and is a passionate advocate for the transformative effect that the Duke of Ed can have on young people.

Amy Heague and Kerryann Hayes

Women Creating Change Via Adventure

Amy Heague and Kerryann Hayes are the co-founders of Travel Play Live Womens Adventure Lifestyle Magazine
A multi faceted publishing, content, events and marketing company which operates various platforms within the women’s adventure, travel and tourism space. With a fresh perspective on publishing, the girls put community at the heart of their message.
Travel Play Live Magazine is Australia’s only adventure lifestyle magazine for women.
It’s mission is to build, empower & inspire a healthy, active community of women from all walks of life with a passion to dream big, challenge themselves & expand their horizons no matter what their preferred choice of “adventure”.
We believe that women of all body shapes, sizes fitness levels and age can embrace their desire to live a full and abundant life.
We showcase intelligent informative empowering content that inspires women to choose to live life and embrace her inner wild.
We are active
We are for wellness
We are for championing every woman

Dylan Jones

Employment: rights and responsibilities. A workshop for employers and employees alike who would like to know more about the finer points of the law.

Lynne Thomas

What is the cultural significance of sites on Gulaga mountain (Mount Dromedary)? It is a spiritually special place to our people here on the south coast and a place I have been sharing as a teaching tool for reconciliation and recognition to Australias deep Aboriginal coulture since time began. Well thats what my ancient elders have passed on to my parents, kinship families and to me so that I can share it with you.

Melenie Ross

Workshop: Explore a risk management framework focussing on maximising opportunities to achieve outcomes 

Melenie Ross is an experienced adult educator with over 20 years in the vocational sector. Her expertise in the field includes adult literacy and numeracy, technical trade training, and safety systems from both instructional and development perspectives. Melenie’s most recent work focuses on the management of work health and safety professionalisation within a large government organisation, including analysis and training development across a variety of delivery mediums. Melenie has extensive experience in safety risk management from planning to implementation as a result of her service in the Australian Defence Force. Her passion for safety risk management in the vocational learning environment has lead to embarking on PhD research analysing the relationship between graduate outcomes and the workplace in safety dependent vocations. Initial findings reveal the need for authentic learner experience, centred on learning ‘safety’ whilst learning ‘safely’.

Georgie Cockram 

Workshop: Plan for the Worst, Hope for the Best Explore an innovative operations centre.

Georgie is the Leader Recruitment Manager at World Challenge. She started at World Challenge as an assistant (to the Indian Himalayas), while still studying her outdoor recreation diploma, and went on to lead 5 expeditions (Vietnam, Borneo (twice!), Tanzania & South Africa & Lesotho), while working in the Leader Management Team. Over the past 3 years, Georgie has worked in the World Challenge Operations Centre as an Incident Response Manager & Incident Coordination Manager & loved every minute of it. She is looking forward to the next Operations Centre season starting in November!

Louise Wark (B.A., B. Teach, M. Ed.)

Workshop:  New Ways of Seeing Play in the Classroom with a focus on Nature Play

Louise was born in Sydney and grew up with hours of self-directed play, outside in the wilds of a big backyard. After beginning her teaching career in Australia, Louise moved to the city-state of Singapore to teach at primary level in international schools. Throughout her career, Louise has seen the important role that nature plays in our children’s physical, cognitive and emotional development. She has returned to Australia with two young children of her own, and currently facilitates play events for communities. She writes a blog about self-directed play in nature (

Sandrine Gaymard 

Workshop: High Ropes Adventures: Wellbeing and Health

Sandrine Gaymard and Frederic Galimard formed Ecoline with a desire to develop exciting projects whilst protecting the environment, participating in the local community’s well-being and fostering educational experiences of the natural environment. They take pride in being innovators, and, by using the best technology, they design adventures where even toddlers can enjoy an exhilarating treetop experience in total safety.

Phillip Jackson

The Art of Hosting Dialogues

Philip is passionate about working with groups to support conscious change and ecological whole-thinking.

Holding a M.Ed. Social Ecology (Western Sydney University), Philip is trained in the art of dialogic teaching at the University of California and Dialogue facilitation at the Centre for Council, The Ojai Foundation, California.

Philip is founder of the company Awaken to the Wild, facilitating Transformative leadership and teaches Transformative Learning and Creative Learning at Western Sydney University. Much of Philips work and research centres around Dialogue as a way of embracing diversity within groups to foster, support and explore new perspectives whilst co-creating enhanced visions.

Tonia Gray 

Henry Brydon

Role of Social Media in the outdoors and solutions to engage and promote positive messaging

Founder of We Are Explorers, Henry’s always on the rummage for fresh experiences, adventure and all round soul nourishment. He rode a push bike from London to Sydney over two years in search of the ultimate adventure; a 38,000km journey through 30 countries that showed him the beauty of the world and the relieving qualities of chafage cream.
He started We Are Explorers in 2014 to celebrate the world of weekend adventure in Australia and New Zealand. The online community has grown to over 100,000 and he now runs Wilderness Escapes around the country to help others answer their call to the wild.

Ben Berriman 

The explicit teaching of personal and social capabilities

 Ben Berriman has spent more than 40 years playing in the natural wonderland that is the Blue Mountains National Park.

Ben has over 20 years’ experience in public education as a PDHPE teacher (Erskine Park HS, Richmond HS, Chifley College Dunheved Campus), Head Teacher PDHPE (Nepean HS/CAPAHS) and now as Deputy Principal at Chifley College Shalvey Campus.

Ben has dedicated himself to exploring concepts related to the development of the ‘whole’ student. Being the HT PDHPE at Nepean High School at the time it became a selective creative and performing arts high school, he embraced the opportunity to construct school-based interest electives for years 8, 9 and 10. He created a three-year outdoor education elective stream that soon became the most popular elective in the school.

Clarice Lisle

Guided Inquiry and Place Based Learning as transdisciplinary curriculum.

Clarice Lisle, MEd, is a teacher at Ballarat Grammar with a special interest in bridging the nature culture divide within our schools and surrounding communities through place-based education. She currently co-ordinates a unique experiential program for Year 4 students at the Higgs Centre on the Mount Rowan School Farm.

Monique Farmer

Women’s Empowerment through an Active Outdoor Community

Monique Farmer, a University Qualified Personal Development, Health and Physical Education Teacher, Specialising in Outdoor Education, is the Founder of Women Want Adventure – A Women’s Adventure Community empowering, inspiring and connecting women through outdoor adventure.

Through Day Trips, Multi Day Trips and Women’s Weekends, Women Want Adventure aims to actively support women to step out of their comfort zones, learn new skills and connect with a wider outdoor community.

Monique is a Leader on multiple trips and focuses on the importance of ‘action’ to get women outside, feel safe and supported to try something new that they may have never experienced alone.

Lynn Daniel

A sense of wonder: Education out of doors

Lynn is a founding teacher at Kindlehill School in the Blue Mountains and is currently the high school coordinator. She has been an educator for over 30 years, spanning kindy, primary, high school and adult education. A significant well-spring in teaching has been her deep appreciation of the beauty of the natural world as well as a passion to give shape to a fairer and more peaceful world.