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During the five day field training in Abruzzo National park, Italy, you will be introduced to the current state of wildlife tourism, nature conservation & local rewilding efforts, partnerships, community engagement, nature linked economies and hospitality. The week consists of a range of outdoor classrooms, learning sessions and experiences.

The field training is for participants who have already completed the online training.

If you sign up for the field training, the online training is free of charge.

If you book, you pay a 25% deposit to secure your place for the November 2024 training. Minimum 6, maximum 8 participants.


Monday 25th - Friday 29th November 2024 


€ 1990 ex VAT



Learn & discover in nature.


Learn first hand about current state of wildlife tourism, nature conservation & local rewilding efforts, partnerships, community engagement, nature linked economies and hospitality.

Meet the people on the ground making a difference.


The training in Italy will be lead by Simon Collier. Simon has more than 20 years experience in the nature & tourism sector.  

Aukje Van Gerven coordinates operations & logistics, and facilitates parts of the training program. She has more than 20 years experience in ecotourism & hospitality.


25th - 29th November 2024

€ 1990,- per person sharing, ex VAT.

Arrival & departure transfer from Rome International Airport, Fiumicino are included in the pricing, as is accommodation, internal transfers and food.

10% of your fee will go towards local nature support & funding for new trainees.


The training program will take place in the Abruzzo National Park, in the Apennine Mountains in Italy just 3 hours from Rome

Trainings will be based in a small yet thriving tourism village as well as a remote mountain refuge with little connectivity.


The training has been designed to provide you with both the learnings and tools to take your profession or business and personal growth forward in a way that brings you closer to nature, and allows you to see the mutually beneficial opportunity for both nature and people. This is a journey and its filled with unique experiences, learnings and shared ideas.



Training in an environment that shows how good hospitality when paired with amazing natural settings can elevate guest experiences to a new level.

Learn the simple truth behind hospitality and the art of delivering it.


Adjusting a mindset and learning to work towards being nature positive, become a custodian and see how the success of your business is intertwined with sustainable nature. 

Nature positive is a mindset.



The success of an area is reliant on the success of local enterprise, its partners and the long term protection of our natural areas.

Your business should have both direct and indirect impact for nature...not on nature.


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DAY 1 

Arrival, welcome and meet the team. Time to disconnect and learn to reconnect.

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Judith van Dorp
- Netherlands

"From the first moment Simon and Aukje make you feel at ease. With their attention and commitment to you as a trainee and as a person they show you what real hospitality is all about. Their knowledge of sustainable tourism and their experience and network with guides, entrepreneurs, nature conservationists and NGO’s is extensive."

Caroline Waller
- Australia & NL

Simon and Aukje you are a brilliant team and thank you for your professionalism, guidance, patience, positive attitudes, energy, willingness to share knowledge and give encouragement to every participant. Together with the webinars it was a fully complete and rounded training course.

"Simon and Aukje are truly passionate and highly professional trainers who are raising the bar with their wilderness training programs on guiding, hospitality and entrepreneurship. Highly recommended for anyone working in nature or with a strong desire to do so"

David Opdam
- Entrepreneur

Dr. Petra Draskovic-Pelc, , Slovenia

I just loved the atmosphere, relaxed, and fun yet very informative.


Simon and Aukje are reliable and very knowledgeable and it is simply great to learn with them and from them’

Mark Hewitt
- UK

My expectations were met!

The driver for me was two fold - visiting a location with established experience in delivering nature positive tourism to learn more about the issues that have been overcome and also the chance to meet with a range of people with different experiences.

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