Photo: Ken Wylie

Photo: Ken Wylie


The VIAE (Vancouver Island Adventure Educators) assembly started around the kitchen table with a desire to build and preserve the educative capacity of adventure here on Vancouver Island. It was identified that there exists a powerful group of people here that understand deeply the power of adventure that can be metabolized into meaningful experience. Our first meeting was on Maurelle Island in September of 2015 hosted by Rob and Laurie Wood. Fourteen of us gathered to share our experiences and discuss adventure, it was here where we established a VIAE manifesto. The philosophy of the gathering is to have some compelling speakers and presentations but to have time to have conversation and exchange. The weekend will have only two speakers, but ample time with others, and in nature to allow what needs to happen emerge.


Navigating Adversity:

Responding to the difficult.


Friday October 26th:

7:00 Pm Assembly Welcome and Social.

Stories from the field: Bring your compelling story of adversity and how it has shaped you as a person and professional.

Saturday October 27th:

8:30 Breakfast

10:00 Doug Scott "Survival -finding the resources inside " Doug will share stories and lead a discussion on the benefits of adversity.

12:00 Lunch

1:00 Afternoon adventures. Rock Climbing at Crest Creek or a Paddle with colleagues.

6:00 Dinner

7:00 Evening Speaker TBA

Sunday October 28th

8:30 Breakfast

10:00 Ken Wylie Seven steps for facilitating “adversity education.”

12:00 Lunch

1:00 Adventure of your choice.

3:00 Wrap up gathering and sharing.


Strathcona Park Lodge:

Use the SPL website to find your way to the lodge.

Accommodation and Food

$150 shared hostel room and meals.
$250 private hostel room and meals.

For reservations call 250-286-3122. Tell the front desk clerk that you are with the Vancouver Island Adventure Educators group.

Hostel accommodation includes a pillow and fitted sheet on the mattress. Please bring your own sleeping bag and towel.

Assembly Fee:

There is a $100 cash fee that serves to honour presenters and speakers and cover their expenses (payable upon arrival)


Doug Scott

“Doug Scott is regarded as one of the world’s leading high altitude and big wall climbers. He is best known for surviving an unplanned bivouac with Dougal Haston 100 metres below the summit of Everest, without oxygen, sleeping bags and, as it turned out, without frostbite. Apart from his first ascent of the southwest face of Everest with Haston, all his other Himalayan climbs were achieved in lightweight or pure Alpine style. He pioneered big wall climbing on Baffin Island, Mount Kenya and in the Karakoram, famously on The Ogre (Baintha Brakk) with Chris Bonington, and later on Shivling in the Indian Himal.” Doug will be leading a discussion on the role adventure has in developing resilience in the human spirit. Doug is on tour in Canada in support of Community Action Nepal.

KEn Wylie

Ken Wylie works as an IFMGA mountain guide, educator, author and speaker. He advocates for intentional adventures through a concept he has developed called Adventure Literacy® which is based on the notion that the life force that the living beings uses to grow or heal is also infused adventure events. In Ken's workshop you will learn to tune into the instructive wisdom of adventure events and hold a space for adversity to do its work. “The most human thing we can do is comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable” Clarence Darrow

Photo Jeffery Bosdet

Photo Jeffery Bosdet