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

Designed by the Institute for Outdoor Learning (IOL), this two day module 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. The Institute for Outdoor Learning is the awarding body for this module. 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)


Course Dates

March 18th and 19th. The Towers Active Learning Centre, Betws-Y-Coed, Conwy, LL24 0DR (aimed at Outdoor Learning Providers)

May 13th and 14th. Nant Bwlch Yr Haearn Outdoor Education Centre, Conwy, LL27 0JB (aimed at Primary School teachers)

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