2nd Annual Adventure Trainer’s


The 2nd Annual Adventure Trainer’s Lab is an advanced level conference that offers professional development and continuing education opportunities to TRAINERS working in the “traditional use” and “amusement device” fields of…challenge course, zip line, canopy tour and adventure parks.

In 2017, the first ever Adventure Trainer’s Lab attracted an impressive and diverse group of trainers. Overall, the response was very positive and the closing debrief provided us with feedback to enhance the quality and value of the conference.

It is our intention that The Adventure Trainer’s Lab be responsive to and evolve based on the input of all trainers.


Adventure trainers are largely responsible for the growth and efficacy of these experiential modalities yet opportunities for professional development and continuing education are rare. Thus, leaving many adventure trainers at a loss for resources or a body of peers to engage in healthy dialog and debate.

Until now…The Adventure Trainer’s Lab seeks to positively influence the safety, efficacy and sustainability of the adventure and experiential fields by supporting the development and evolution of trainers.


The format for The Adventure Trainer’s Lab is a 3-day gathering combining prepared sessions / speakers with the dynamic and responsive nature of “Open Space Technology”.

“Open Space Technology” is the epitome of experiential education as it engages participants fully in the content, direction and flow of the conference.

In the months leading up to the conference, we are seeking your input into the content you need, presenters you value and your ideas of how to make the event highly productive and meaningful.

Help us to create the conference that will serve you.


If you train facilitators and guides in the “traditional use” and/or “amusement device” fields of…challenge course, zip line, canopy tour and adventure parks, then…this conference is for YOU!

You may work for a…school district / university, camp, therapeutic facility, resort / retreat center, government agency, commercial adventure program, or for a professional vendor, etc.

Or, you have / are pursuing an advanced degree in education or training.

Or, you provide products, services or training to trainers (and/or) facilitators.


New in 2018…the ALUMNI RATE! You are eligible if you attended The Adventure Trainer’s Lab in 2017.

Alumni rates ALSO apply to employees of an organization that have sent participants to a previous Adventure Trainer’s Lab.


Join us December 3-5, 2018 at the Renaissance Boulder Flatiron Hotel as we…exchange ideas, share best practices, build our knowledge, develop testing rubrics, debate higher levels of certification and find new trainer employees / employers. Come with your questions, your knowledge and your passion.

Let’s create a learning community of adventure trainers and raise the bar on facilitation and training for recreation, education and therapy!

For complete conference information and registration, click here

EARLIER Bird registration ends…September 28, 2018

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The Facilitator’s UnConference

Leahy & Associates conference for team building!

NCCPS 2012:

invitation to NCCPS


virtual space?


pre-conference workshop

post-conference workshop

transportation & lodging

photo gallery




challenge course facilitator training

critical skills for safety

the innovative team

challenge course manager



It’s our 20th Anniversary!NCCPS 2012February 23-25, 2012Boulder, Colorado

NCCPS, the Facilitator’s UnConference is a 3-day gathering of facilitators, educators, trainers, consultants, and mental health professionals who come together to exchange their ideas, expertise and passion for experiential education.


At a traditional conference, a committee sets the agenda 6 to 9 months in advance. NCCPS is powered by a magical meeting technology called “Virtual Space”.

“Virtual Space” creates the structure and guides the process. YOU create the content “in the moment” based on your needs and the expertise you choose to share. YOU become part of a dynamic community of learning and sharing. Trust the process…it really works!

For complete UnConference info, start here.

It’s a Good Kind of Tired!

We have a saying….”you can sleep when you get home”. For 3 days, from sunrise to moonlight, we are learning, teaching, networking, sharing, creating, listening, reflecting, connecting, playing, laughing, drumming, dancing and singing. We learn best by experience.

Facilitator’s Formal — Friday, February 24th @ 6:30PM
A tradition and highlight each year is a themed costume party. This year to celebrate our 20th anniversary, we’re hosting a different kind of costume party. Come as yourself…looking your very best!

Za Boom Ba!
Kenya and Gabriela Masala are back with us this year to fuel NCCPS with drums, rhythm and dance! No previous experience is necessary! You can see what they have been up to here.

EARLIER Birds save $50 when you register before 12/31/11!

The Innovative TeamFebruary 27-29, 2012Boulder, ColoradoThe Innovative Team is a 30 hour team development workshop for both untrained and experienced facilitators based on actual material that Tom Leahy uses with his corporate clients. This workshop focuses on models, tools and skills that create teams that communicate clearly, solve problems together and make decisions quickly with total buy-in.

The Innovative Team teaches how to approach team building facilitation with confidence and helps facilitators develop the skills to really push a team while protecting it from harm.

For a detailed workshop description,click here.

$300 (discounted workshop fee with NCCPS full conference registration)

$475 (workshop only)

$425 (workshop only early bird with 30-day advanced purchase)

If you’re attending The Innovative Team only, register here.

If you’re also attending NCCPS, register here.

When we’re not planning NCCPS, we are running facilitator workshops, installing challenge courses, climbing walls and ziplines and conducting inspections and repairs. How can we support you and your program?Contact uswith your questions and ideas!Leahy & Associates NCCPS UnConference
Warm Regards,Tom and Jennifer Leahy


Leahy & Associates, Inc. · 7013 Roaring Fork Trail · Boulder, Colorado 80301 USA
phone: 303-673-9832 · fax: 303-604-1901