AEE Southeast Region

2020 Southeast Regional Conference

Experiential Education for All

Hendersonville, NC
February 28-March 1, 2020


Theme: Experiential Education for All 

-It's no secret, experiential education is a powerful and empowering way of learning. With practitioners ranging from outdoor educators to adventure therapists, schoolteachers to recreation professionals, it's reach is wide and deep. Yet, there still exist barriers that prevent many demographics from being a part of the good work being done. The southeast 2020 regional conference aims to challenge these limitations and humbly explore how to create a more inclusive environment. That's where you come in! Help us foster an organization that represents the diverse people around us, where everyone feels welcome, included, and heard.  Join us at beautiful Camp Kanuga in 2020! 
Thank you for your dedication to experiential education!  
~Southeast Regional Council and Conference Committee 

 Location: Kanuga, Hendersonville, NC 

Kanuga is an independent non-profit conference, retreat and camp center. We serve an increasingly diverse family of groups and individuals seeking respite, educational opportunities and community. Kanuga has been associated with the Episcopal Church since 1928 and is open to all. We welcome more than 25,000 guests annually from all 50 states and around the world. 

 Please visit the Kanuga website to learn more: 


 Read the workshop descriptions HERE




Please click here to view our 2020 Sponsorship packet

2020 Keynote Speaker: Carolyn Finney, PhD

Carolyn Finney, PhD is a storyteller, author and a cultural geographer. She is deeply interested in issues related to identity, difference, creativity, and resilience. Carolyn is grounded in both artistic and intellectual ways of knowing - she pursued an acting career for eleven years, but five years of backpacking trips through Africa and Asia, and living in Nepal changed the course of her life. Motivated by these experiences, Carolyn returned to school after a 15-year absence to complete a B.A., M.A. (gender and environmental issues in Kenya and Nepal) and a Ph.D. Along with public speaking, writing, media engagements, consulting & teaching (Wellesley, UC Berkeley and the University of Kentucky), she served on the U.S. National Parks Advisory Board for eight years which assists the National Park Service in building relationships of reciprocity with diverse communities. Her first book, Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors was released in 2014 (UNC Press). She is working on a new book (creative non-fiction) that explores identity, race, lived experience and the construction of a black environmental imaginary, and a performance piece about John Muir (The N Word: Nature Revisited). Currently, she is doing a two-year residency in the Franklin Environmental Center at Middlebury College as the Environmental Studies Professor of Practice.


Your Southeast 2019-2020 Council and Conference Committee 

To contact us, email [email protected] or send us a Facebook message! 

Council Chair & acting Secretary:........Eric Starkweather 

Conference Conveners:........................Deidra Goodwin and Steven Koster

Secretary:............................................Callie Auman 

Treasurer:............................................Laura Baird 

Marketing and Communications:........Christie Miga 

State Representatives:........................Beth Dille (AL), Devin Kearns (NC) 

Members-at-Large:.............................Daniel Cape, Brad Daniel, Michael Misenheimer, Josh Orphanidys 

Workshops:.........................................Daniel Cape, Josh Orphanidys, Zac Caldwell, Devin Kearns 

Big thanks to all those who joined us this year at the 2019 Southeast Regional Conference!
Check out the 2019 conference recap HERE--

The Southeast Region includes the following states:

Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee

Our Professional Association: Association for Experiential Education (AEE)

Vision: We believe learning through experience positively transforms people and our world.
Mission: AEE promotes and expands the global capacity of experiential learning.

AEE, based in Denver, Colorado, is a nonprofit professional membership association organized to bring people together from around the globe to celebrate experiential learning. 

AEE offers a variety of services to help expand and enrich the experiential education community, including regional and annual conferences, defining professional standards, providing accreditation to organizations, and presenting the latest news and research through AEE E-news and the Journal of Experiential Education.

Rebecca L. Carver ABC's Award
Rebecca Carver was a dedicated and passionate experiential educator. She lost her life to cancer at a very young age but her passion for experiential learning lives on in the students she inspired during her life. Rebecca's work introduced the concept of the ABC's of Experiential Education. Rebecca viewed inspiring Agency, Belonging, and Competence as critical dimensions of the work of experiential educators. 

View more about this award!

Agency - represents the developing of students' personal agency - allowing individuals to become more powerful change agents in their lives and communities; increasing individuals' recognition and appreciation of the extent to which the locus of control for their lives is within themselves, and enabling them to use this as a source of power to generate activity.

Belonging - refers to developing and maintaining a community in which individuals share a sense of belonging - see themselves as members with rights and responsibilities, power and vulnerability; and learn to act responsibly, considering the best interests of themselves, other individuals and the group as a whole.

Competence - refers to the development of individual competence in a wide variety of areas (cognitive, physical, musical, social, etc.). Developing competence means learning skills, acquiring knowledge and attaining the ability to apply what is learned.
The Rebecca L. Carver Award is presented to an individual who actively promotes Agency, Belonging and Competence through her/his work in Experiential Education.

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