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: 


Workshop Proposal Application Deadline: December 13th, 2019 

All proposals must be submitted on our website:  


Areas of Focus
About the on-line Application
About the Review Process
Partnership Agreement

Follow the link and complete the application. We recommend that you complete all necessary information below on a separate document before you begin the on-line application. You can then cut and paste the information into the on-line application. After your proposal is submitted you will not be able to access it to make any changes. 


Be creative and engaging! We want you to share with the community what you are excited about, what you are working on, and information you feel others might be interested in. 

Prior conferences have included such topics as: 

  • Bridging the gap between outdoor education and technology
  • Creativity in experiential education 
  • Adapting to inadequate spaces 
  • Metaphoric framing to better meet participant outcomes 
  • Experiential education in higher education 
  • Neurodiversity and sensory processing 
  • Creating a risk management system for adventure programming  
  • Exploring social justice through experiential learning 
  • Unleash your creativity with cooking

Areas of focus: 

  1. Many exciting workshop strand categories (see below – “About the Workshop”) 

  1. Student Workshops! 

  • Students, if you have something you are excited about, but are unsure about presenting on a topic at full length, we invite you to propose a 30 minute workshop in any of the full- length session strands/topics. We would like to make sure this experience is a comfortable environment to help develop your professional presentation skills. 

  • Please note that you are a student when completing your proposal and we will pair you with a professional to serve as a coach for you. He/she will discuss your workshop prior to your presentation and assist you with being successful. Your coach will also attend your workshop, take notes on your presentation, and provide immediate feedback following your presentation. 

  • Professionals: We need coaches for our student presenters! Please select within your registration if you would be willing to be a student presenter coach. 

  • Questions? Contact: Daniel Cape at [email protected]  

The on-line application will ask you to provide the following information: 

  1. About You 

  • Contact information (name, address, email, phone number, organization, AEE status, student or professional status) 
  • Presenter Information (including biography of no more than 100 words) 
  1. About the Workshop 

  • Title, length (30 minutes - students only, 75 minutes), significance or value of the topic to the field, summary (no more than 100 words), description (no more than 150 words), AV Needs, maximum participants, workshop level, any additional information 
  • Choose 1-2 relevant strands: Adventure-Based Programming, AEE leadership development, Art and Science of Teaching, Schools and Colleges, Experience-Based Training and Development, Environmental Education/Nature Study, Facilitation/Processing, Mind/Body/Spirit, Program Administration, Research and Evaluation, Social Justice and Ethics, Therapeutic Adventure/Adventure Therapy 
About the Review Process 
Once your proposal has been received by the workshop committee, you will receive an e-mail confirmation along with what to expect next. Once the Conference Committee has made its final decision, you will be notified whether your proposal has been accepted or not. You can expect to be notified bDecember 20th regarding your proposal. 

The review panel will use the framework listed below to score each proposal. 


CRITERIA 1 - Delivery method/format (30%) 

It is recommended that workshops incorporate experiential components. We realize this factor may not be appropriate for some presentations, such as sharing the results of your research, however, experiential learning is the cornerstone of AEE, and it affects the learner’s cognitive structures, attitudes and values, perceptions and behavioral patterns. Experiential learning conceives of the learner as an active participant in creating personal knowledge. It is interactive and encourages learners to discover knowledge rather than be informed. Experiential learning is best received within a supportive, accepting and caring social environment that embraces several different learning modalities in order to effectively reach people with different learning styles. 

CRITERIA 2 - Significance and value of topic and content to the conference thematic strand, the field of experiential education, and to the intended audience (30%) 

Is the proposal topic relevant/timely/critical/of interest for the designated strand and/or AEE conference participants in general? Does the workshop integrate theoretical foundations and innovations? 

CRITERIA 3 - Skills and purpose clearly developed (20%) 

Are the ideas fully and thoughtfully developed? Are tangible skills/outcomes for participants identified? 

CRITERIA 4 - Qualifications/expertise (10%) 

Does the proposer have the necessary expertise and/or qualifications to present the proposed workshop? 

CRITERIA 5 - Other factors (10%) 

Does the proposed workshop fill an anticipated gap? Do reviewers think the workshop should be offered? How does the workshop fit into the theme? It is our hope that we will work in partnership with you to ensure an excellent experience for you and your workshop participants. 


If your workshop is accepted, YOU CAN EXPECT FROM US... 

  • Prompt confirmation of your workshop’s acceptance; notification date is no later thaJanuary 3, 2020 

  • Timely responses to communication from you. 

  • Regular updates on registration, conference program and schedule changes, deadlines and other issues that may affect your presentation. 

  • Publication of the workshop abstract, presenter bio(s) and contact information in the conference program. 

  • Support and guidance if requested. 

  • A well-managed on-site experience to create an environment that enables you to provide a high quality learning experience. 

  • Evaluation and feedback from workshop participants. 

  • An opportunity to provide feedback to us on the process. 


  • Please do not submit a proposal unless you will be able to present during any of the conference dates or times. 

  • Workshops can be Friday afternoon, Saturday morning, or Saturday afternoon, or Sunday morning. 

  • Respond promptly to communications from the workshop committee. 

  • Indicate if you intend to use your own audio-visual equipment during your experiential workshop so that we can be sure the room is properly equipped. 

  • Prepare and copy sufficient handouts and materials for the maximum number of participants (as designated on your proposal application). 

  • Register for the conference by the regular registration deadline (Friday, Feb. 1, 2020) at 

  • Present the workshop that has been approved by the workshop committee. 

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 Convener:........................AK Carpenter 

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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