Learning that takes place in the head, heart and gut allows for a greater transfer into action.
Experiential Education =
When a learning takes place at an embodied - head / heart / gut level - the transfer of the learning to action is much higher.
Our commitment is to the transfer of the learning.
Awareness through experience plus action is necessary for effective, positive change.
Why does Experiential Education work? The experiential format allows for tremendous growth and change because the activities are neutral - meaning there is no value for success and no consequence for failure. Therefore, it allows people to “look” at the results, process and relationship for the purpose of building skill and bringing awareness to a higher level.
Your thoughts, your communication, your team skills, your relationship with change, your relationship with failure, with success, all of the ways we tend to do life, are present in the same way in the activities as in most areas of our lives. By seeing our participation in the context of the activity and evaluating if our participation created positive or negative movement we can connect and transfer the learning from the activity to our day to day environment.
The Principles of Experiential Education
Experiential learning occurs when carefull chosen experiences are supported by reflection, discussion and application.
Experiences are structured to require the learner to take initiative, make decisions, and be accountable for the results.
Throughout the experiential learning process, the learner is actively engaged in posing questions, investigating, experimenting, being curious, solving problems, assuming responsibility, being creative and constructing meaning.
Learners are engaged intellectually, emotionally, spiritually and physically.
The educator's primary roles include selecting suitable experiences, posing problems, setting boundaries, supporting learners, ensuring physical and emotional safety, and facilitating the learning process.
The design of the learning experience includes the possibility to learn from natural consequences, mistakes, and successes.