Why experiential learning?
Only working with cognitive interventions to bring about behavioral change appears to be insufficient. Simply explaining theories and mechanisms, followed by concrete plans for behavioral change, often does not yield long-lasting results. However, experiential learning offers the opportunity to actually experience the difference between old and new behavior. By actually experiencing difference in behavior and subsequent results, a direct and personal learning experience is created that will remain with you for a long time.
Experiential learning – how do you do it?
In my workshops, trainings and coaching I incorporate as many elements of experiential learning as possible. Depending on the question, the intended outcome of the intervention and the particular target group, I combine the necessary theoretical explanation with practical, experiential exercises. The aim is to support participants in finding the answers to their questions themselves. This creates space to experiment and to take steps based on experiences. For instance, working with equine-assisted interventions (i.e. activities in collaboration with horses) offers a unique way of learning through reflection based on concrete experiences. Of course, the spectrum of implementing experiential learning in workshops, trainings and coaching trajectories varies depending on the chosen intervention.