Facilitating Experiential Learning in the Outdoors

ER Outdoors A chance to try out new ideas and test the theory

Designed by the Institute for Outdoor Learning (IOL), this two day course provides an opportunity for participants to experiment with a wide range of facilitation techniques and explore the theory behind them.  It is suitable for providers of all types of outdoor learning including fieldwork teachers, Duke of Edinburgh Award leaders, overseas expedition leaders, Scout and Guide leaders, providers of technical outdoor courses, management training consultants, and those involved in personal and social development work.  The price includes a manual designed by IOL.  ER Outdoors has been accredited by IOL to deliver this course.  The course is accepted as CPD for members of the Mountain Training Association.

Places are limited to 10 participants per course.

Topics covered:

  • Different approaches to teaching and learning
  • Facilitation as a skill set and as a mind set
  • Needs analysis and goal setting
  • Creating a safe learning environment
  • Framing and frontloading
  • Briefings
  • Behaviour management
  • Using mood shifters
  • Reviewing
  • Transfer of learning
  • Reflection and feedback
  • Reconvening exercises and closing rituals
Course Cost

£120 per person (includes manual and lunch on both days)

Course Duration

The course runs from 9 to 5 each day. It is non-residential.

Design and Advanced Facilitation of Outdoor Experiential Learning Experiences

ER Outdoors A brand new course for experienced outdoor providers

This one-day course has been designed by ER Outdoors with support of IOL in response to requests from customers for a more advanced course. Suitable for applicants for Accredited Practitioners of the Institute for Outdoor Learning status and people of similar experience. Explores the theory behind good course design and looks at facilitation of more complex learning.

Places are limited to 10 participants per course.

Topics covered:

  • Programme design
  • Delivering progression
  • Tailoring programmes to individuals
  • Involving individuals and groups in planning their own learning
  • Getting the best from assistants
  • Ensuring our practice is sustainable
  • Working with values
  • Getting better feedback
Course Cost

£50 per person (includes lunch)

Course Duration

9am to 5pm

Course Dates

16th November.  Design and Advanced Facilitation of Experiential Education in the Outdoors.  Plas Pencelli OEC, Brecon LD3 7LX

10th and 11th November.  Facilitating Experiential Learning in the Outdoors. Tirabad OEC, Brecon, LD4 4DS

January 19th and 20th.  Facilitating Experiential Learning in the Outdoors. Bryn-Y-Moel Centre, near Llanbedr, LL45 2HP

March 9th and 10th. Facilitating Experiential Learning in the Outdoors, Thames Young Mariners Centre, Richmond, Surrey, TW10 7RX

Private Courses

Courses can be run privately if required for a minimum of six and a maximum of twelve. Price on application.

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Comments from course participants:

'The Facilitation Skills course was of great benefit to me at the time and continues to assist me in my delivery' Paul, Centre Director and Expedition Leader 'This course is just as important as the Mountain Leader Award if not more so' Ebbi, Instructor