More than just Fuel: Using the Circle of Courage to get the most out of Cooking in the Backcountry

  • Stephen Javorski (Presenter)
  • Dobud, W. (Facilitator)

Activity: Engagement and professional developmentContent creation/deliveryAcademic


There is considerable evidence that there is a significant relationship between diet and physical and mental health and well-being (O'neil et al., 2014). While this relationship extends to the food available during remote wilderness travel experiences, this workshop will explore how backcountry cooking can be used to support a variety of intra and interpersonal development goals. Based on their decades of experience taking clients out for extended wilderness expeditions, the presenters will use the Circle of Courage (Brendtro et al., 2017) model to explain how quality meal preparation on expedition can support client development through opportunities to experience belonging, mastery, independence, and generosity.

In this experiential workshop, participants will get hands on learning some advanced baking and food preparation techniques while preparing a meal using backpacking stoves/fires. There will be a brief theoretical introduction to the circle of courage, and participants will have time to discuss food prep/menu planning/pack out techniques, share ideas to facilitate meal time with specific therapeutic intent, and using meal prep to support emotional regulation.
Period23 Jun 2022
Event title9th International Adventure Therapy Conference: 3rd Gathering for Adventure Therapy in Europe
Event typeConference
Conference number9
LocationKristiansand, NorwayShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational