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Experiential learning

What does it mean to experience and to learn from it?

Learning through experience integrates thinking, feeling and volition as basic mental processes with the physical body into a personal challenge which is beyond the boundaries of our daily lives, and this brings us into the zone of self-knowledge, courage, unexpected personal abilities, compassion and mutual help, rediscovering values and self-perfection.

This makes experiential learning an all-encompassing method which involves the whole physical-mental body of a person and creates inner impulses for growth, and this allows for greater depth of the occurring processes, for truthfulness, for long-term effects.

We know that social change starts with the personal perfection of every individual – by being connected with ourselves we can attain connectedness with other people and nature.

The method is used all over the world, in various fields that involve group and individual work – from ice-breaking activities at youth seminars to integrated programmes for social work in Norway and Sweden where the method has been adopted at state level with 100% effectiveness.

Who is it suitable for and in which fields

  • informal education;
  • as a complementary method in informal education;
  • for environmental education and sustainable living;
  • group work;
  • personal development;
  • for team buildings;
  • social work with children and youths in residential care, children and youths with a complex family background, children and youths with antisocial behaviour, adults with similar problems, marginal groups;
  • as a therapeutic method;


Fields of impact on a personal level –
what skills can be developed

  • personal growth (positive concept of the self);
  • self-knowledge – weaknesses, strengths, values;
  • self-awareness and conscious choices in life;
  • setting goals, planning, realisation and evaluation;
  • learning specific material;
  • group dynamics;
  • trust and helping others;
  • personal values and assets (compassion, courage);
  • knowledge about others and the world;
  • emotional intelligence;
  • finding one’s place in the world, personal tasks, goals;
  • knowledge about nature, sustainable life;
  • replenishing energy from nature and the cosmos;
  • live interaction with the natural world and gaining strength and love from this;
  • developing values: friendship, respect for all living creatures and people, trust, mutual help, courage;
  • conflict management;
  • giving and receiving feedback;
  • letting loose to create amateur art;
  • looking for the truth as a unifier of all points of view;
  • psychotherapy.