2023 Regional Wilderness Therapy Symposium

March 29th - March 31st, 2023
Asheville, North Carolina

2023 Regional WTS Sponsors & Exhibitors

We're excited to be back in Asheville, NC for our Regional Symposium from Wednesday, March 29th to Friday, March 31st. Below are a few notes and reminders regarding registration, hotel, workshops and presentations.

Regional Wilderness Therapy Symposium

When: Wednesday, March 29th to Friday, March 31st, 2023

Where: Crowne Plaza, Asheville, NC

Crowne Plaza Resort

We will be returning to North Carolina for our Regional Wilderness Therapy Symposium, which will take place in Asheville, NC from Wednesday, March 29th to Friday, March 31st at the Crowne Plaza Resort in Asheville.

To book or make changes to hotel reservation, please book your stay with the Crowne Plaza  directly either via phone or online. When calling via phone (844-330-0296) refer to the OBH Council group and meeting name Wilderness Therapy Symposium. You can also book via this link using the group code: WIL, the web site link is not mobile friendly. The deadline to receive the the discounted room rate is Monday, February 27th, 2023 by 11:59pm. Please check with the Crowne Plaza directly regarding cancellation policy for hotel room bookings.

Check out our 2023 Asheville WTS Schedule.

General registration includes all workshops and events offered throughout the Symposium. You can also purchase additional tickets for the Keynote Dinner and the Staff Recognition Dinner.

This year, lunch will be provided on site both days of the Symposium.

Ticket sales will start December 1st with early bird registration; regular registration will be on sale January 14th. Sales will end March 10th.

Pre-conference note: Be aware that the 3-hour pre-conference workshop requires pre-registration and is only open to those who are attendees of the full Symposium. For workshops that are 3-hours, please be respectful and plan to stay throughout the whole presentation. If you do think you may need to step out, please consider staying toward the back of the presentation room to not disturb other attendees.

Cancellation policy - To cancel a completed registration, please contact us at info@obhcounil.org; Subj: Regional Symposium Cancellation. If you have paid for registration and have been selected as a presenter, you will have the option to either be refunded or transfer the registration.

Refund note: a 100% refund will be granted up until 2/10/2023; a 50% refund will be granted up until 2/28/2023. No refunds will be given for cancellations requested on and after 3/1/2023.


Programming will be provided via Results at Hand, a digital conference app  – more information about the conference app will be emailed to you after you complete your online registration.  Be sure to download the conference app prior to arriving.  

All CE-eligible presentations and workshops will require attendees to sign in and out at the registration desk in the Biltmore Foyer as well as in Results at Hand in order to receive certification of hours. 

Our call for proposals started the week of November 7th, application deadline is January 6th, 2023. For more information please check out the Call for Proposals page.

The 2023 CE application process with the NBCC begins after confirmation of all presenters and workshops. After receiving feedback about workshops, presentations and the CE's available, we are starting our call and process earlier than ever.

Please check back for updates.

Opportunities for 2023 Sponsors and Exhibitors

We will have sponsorship opportunities available for the Regional WTS. For more information, please contact us at info@obhcouncil.org Subj: Symposium Sponsorships.

Meet Our Keynote Speaker, CJ Goulding, M.Ed.

CJ Goulding is a weaver, a facilitator, a community builder, an organizer, and a storyteller who invests in the growth of people, the growth of connection between people, and the growth of communities. He believes in liberation for people of color that is not based on the context of White supremacy, and is committed to organizing and redistributing power and resources in order to achieve equity and justice. His work involves connecting, investing in, and supporting leaders who are creating that change in their communities, and shaping new narratives about our connection to community and the outdoors, like "Why I Wear Jordans in the Great Outdoors."

CJ is the founder of Boyz N The Wood, an organization whose purpose is to use nature as a framework where Black men can connect and implement tools/support to grow as examples of positive masculinity and positive mental health in their communities. He currently operates as a consultant creating pathways, providing resources and developing innovative strategies that support the outdoor and environmental sector in their evolution toward justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI). This all grows out of the soil of his professional experience in the fields of conservation and outdoor education, youth leadership development, and DEI with public land agencies, nonprofits, and for profit organizations.