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Friday, October 21 • 15:30 - 17:00
Compassionate Risk Taking for the Sustainable Future

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Capacity for compassionate risk taking is an outcome of effective adventure education. The culture of risk aversion has been adversely affecting quality of outdoor experiences. Fear of liability in its many forms moves outdoor industry away from Free Living in Nature towards prescribed and often transactional experiences of shorter duration and limited scope. In the past two years, the reduction approach to risk taking has caused substantial degradation of social well-being. To achieve social transformation and reverse the climate change we need to raise generations of compassionate and altruistic risk-takers and the adventure education has a unique role to play!

During this interactive workshop participants will examine the benefits of healthy risk-taking approach to life and education, create a list of personal and institutional healthy risk-taking habits, develop methods for holding exciting briefings with stakeholders aimed at replacing the irrational fear with excitement for adventure and leave inspired to change the institutional culture of fear.


Misha Golfman

Founder, Kroka Expeditions
Misha Golfman is a co-founder of Kroka Expeditions, a farm-based wilderness expedition school in Marlow, NH. He was raised in Northern Russia in an outdoor tradition foraging for sustenance and enjoying long winters at a ski-in cabin. Misha and his wife Lynne raised their four children... Read More →

Nathan Lyczak

Managing Director, Kroka Expeditions
Prior to coming to Kroka, Nathan had served as a communications officer in the US Navy, taught English in Nicaragua, and worked as a 4th grade classroom teacher in rural New Hampshire. As an undergraduate he studied Physics, changing course later in life when he pursued a Masters... Read More →

Friday October 21, 2022 15:30 - 17:00 EDT
Amphitheater - Ground Floor