Authors: Helen Jeffery, Fiona Cameron, Lynn van Hoof, Anita Pryor & Timur Gábor Szabó
During the 9th International Adventure Therapy Conference (9IATC), we were presented with multiple opportunities to gather at the intersection of our shared experiences and identities, pausing to reflect on how we have journeyed together over the past 25 years.
Much like a forest, the field of Adventure Therapy requires diversity to thrive. 9IATC challenged our community to reflect on the lack of diversity and the homogeneity of our network. Honoring the lived experiences and legacies of those who bring us together as a community is essential; we grieved the loss of our colleague Leiv Einar Gabrielsen together in Hovden. We gathered 2SLGBTQIA+ folks and were reminded of the work still to be done after the tragic loss of life in the shooting in Oslo. This article outlines opportunities and examples of practical ways to show allyship to co-create the healthy and thriving ecosystem that our community and our world need.