Spirit 2014

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 6:00am to Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 2:00pm

Now in its thirteenth year Spirit is a two day conference filled with inspiring keynote speeches, lively discussions, practical workshops, great food and networking opportunities for playworkers, play professionals and anyone interested in children’s play.

Who should attend?

New and experienced playworkers, play professionals, play therapists, students, staff and managers of play provision working in after school clubs, adventure playgrounds, integrated children's centres, youth services, anyone working face to face with children or with a responsibility for children's play.

Keynote speakers

We are delighted to announce we will be joined by the following keynote speakers:

Sir Patrick Bateson - Emeritus professor of ethology at Cambridge University and author of Play, Playfulness, Creativity and Innovation

Vaughan Gething AM - Deputy Minister for Tackling Poverty

Dr Ruth Hussey - Chief Medical Officer for Wales Gerison Lansdown - International children's rights advocate who drafted the General Comment on Article 31 of the UNCRC

Helle Nebelong - Landscape architect and president of the Danish Playground Association

Dr Mike Shooter - Former President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists Bernard Spiegal - PLAYLINK


A variety of workshops will be offered over the two days - the only problem will be deciding which to attend!


Imagine a world where we build on the core strengths of children, their families, and communities, to create dignity, belonging, and justice for all.


Contact Info

International Institute for Child Rights and Development (IICRD)

based in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

(please email for appropriate address for your correspondence)
+1 (250) 891-2424

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