Harnessing the power of outdoor learning

in assocation with INOUTRAINING
The training workshop described below has already taken place.

It is left here as an example of a workshop design that may be repeated in the future. If you would like to host or attend this kind of workshop (or are just curious about what happened) send a message to roger@reviewing.co.uk


  An intensive 5 day seminar for experienced trainers

  • This seminar is designed to develop your understanding, experience and competence in experience-based training.
  • The location at Castro Daire, in northern Portugal, will allow you to experience a potent mixture of indoor and outdoor training methods.
  • The presenter is Dr. Roger Greenaway who provides experience-based trainer-training events around the world.

  The benefits of attending

  • You will learn practical ways of applying the principles of experience-based learning to Management Development Outdoors.
  • You will develop insights and competencies in facilitation, reviewing, evaluation and programme design.
  • You will extend your toolkit for reviewing outdoor learning experiences and for ensuring transfer back to the workplace.
  • You will enjoy networking with other trainers and learning from each other both as co-participants and as co-trainers.

The programme

  • The structure of the programme is unique: two courses will run in parallel.
  • The morning sessions will be like a management development course in which each new day focuses on a new theme.
  • The afternoons and evenings will be more like a trainer-trainer course in which the main theme for the day is explored as trainers.

The daily themes

  1. (meeting Sunday evening)
  2. Monday: ENERGISERS - and other ways of starting and setting up outdoor training events
  3. Tuesday: GROUP TASKS - intensive grounding in group dynamics and teamwork
  4. Wednesday: INDIVIDUAL CHALLENGES - for building confidence and developing leadership skills
  5. Thursday: LEARNING TO LEARN - developing learning, coaching and facilitation skills
  6. Friday: POWERFUL ENDINGS - how to conclude experience-based training events for maximum value and transfer.

More detail about the programme

Each day from Monday to Friday is based on a key theme that is actively explored through a mixture of inputs, discussions and exercises. Most of the event will follow the principles of experience-based learning. We will be drawing on experiences that happen during the course as well as on your own previous experiences as a trainer or participant on outdoor courses.

Two courses in one

The whole programme (mornings, afternoons and evenings) is designed as a trainer-training event, but in the mornings you will be a participant on an outdoor training course. Experiences from the morning activities will be carried forward into the afternoon when we will actively explore the theme for the day from a trainer-training perspective.

Outdoor activities

Final decisions about outdoor activities will be taken during the programme itself - depending on the weather, river conditions and on the previous experience of participants. You may find yourself on a walk, a bike ride, canoeing or climbing. Weather permitting most of the course will be outdoors, and there will be a number of short outdoor training games and activities.


The programme starts on Sunday evening with gentle introductory activities.

Monday - Starting a course

You will be taking part in sessions and activities that can be used near the beginning of an outdoor training event. The emphasis will be on ways of setting up a supportive and dynamic learning environment. This includes ensuring that each learner knows how to get the best out of the opportunity - and is motivated to do so. You will also be trying out reviewing techniques that can help to accelerate learning at this early stage of a programme.

Tuesday - Groups and Teams

This day provides an intensive grounding in group dynamics and teamwork. The morning will involve a wide variety of short teamwork tasks. The main purpose will be to build the team and accelerate group development. Even where outdoor courses have aims other than team building, it is still important to create a team that will work well together. A range of strategies, exercises and reviewing tools for team and group development will be tried out and compared.

Wednesday - Individuals

The emphasis today is on individuals. It is a deliberate contrast to yesterday’s emphasis on the group. We will explore designs, activities and reviewing tools that help individuals learn about themselves and achieve personal targets. Giving sufficient attention to each individual is always important, but especially when the programme aims to build confidence, provide assessment or develop leadership and management skills. There will also be opportunities to explore ways of working with other individual objectives that feature in your training programmes.

Thursday - Learning to learn

This is ‘learning to learn’ day. This is one of the most powerful benefits that people can take away from an outdoor training course. In the morning you will be asked to take part in a skills swap shop. Do you have a skill (outdoors or indoors) that you would like to pass on to others? Any skills (from work or leisure) e.g. musical, creative, physical, dancing, circus or magic tricks, martial arts, yoga, survival skills. Please bring any equipment or resources you might need to conduct a 30 minute taster session for anyone who wants to learn your skill. The rest of the day explores how you can develop learning, coaching and facilitation skills during an outdoor training programme.

Friday - Ending a course

‘Powerful endings’ - how to conclude experience-based training events for maximum value and transfer. The day begins with concluding the morning course. This will involve active reviewing of the previous four mornings, and various exercises for carrying your learning into the future. The afternoon brings together your learning from the trainer-training event as a whole and provides you with ideas and strategies for your further professional development experience-based training. As well as carrying out evaluation throughout the five days, you will also have a chance to explore evaluation as a topic on this final day.

Dr. Roger Greenaway

Roger began working in Outdoor Management Development in 1981. He received a doctorate in 1995 for a study of the experiences of managers during OMD events. Roger now provides reviewing skills training to a wide range of clients in the UK and abroad. Their testimonials are published on Roger's website - providing evidence of transfer at many levels. You will discover that Roger practises what he preaches - using experience-based training methods to learn about experience-based training.


The programme will be supported by a course manual and by relevant extracts from Roger's books and articles.
Both as preparation and follow-up for this event you are recommended to browse Roger's highly acclaimed 'Online Guide to Active Reviewing' at: http://reviewing.co.uk
It is also an excellent place from which to find other sites on related training topics.
Use the A-Z index or the search box to find these web pages at http://reviewing.co.uk


For details about Roger Greenaway's trainer-training events contact:
Roger Greenaway
Reviewing Skills Training
9 Drummond Place Lane
Scotland   FK8 2JF
Tel/fax: +44 1786 450968
Email: roger@reviewing.co.uk
Website: http://reviewing.co.uk
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Roger Greenaway (Reviewing Skills Training)
''... went down so well with the staff that we asked Roger to run a second training event for us''
Randall Williams
Bowles Training Services, UK
''Your techniques are still working wonders for us on the job with what occasionally seem to be miraculous results. Thank you still.'' [3 months on]
Caroline Sillman
Corporate Adventure Associates, SA
''... our clients benefited long term because the transfer of learning from our programmes was greatly enhanced''
Andy Brown
Executive Director of ThinkWOW, China

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10 benefits of effective reviewing

  1. You are more in touch with learners
  2. You develop communication skills (yours and theirs)
  3. You develop learning skills (yours and theirs)
  4. You add value to what happens
  5. You make benefits more tangible
  6. You find evidence for evaluation
  7. You become more alert and responsive to what is going on
  8. You help learners clarify and achieve their objectives
  9. You assist transfer of learning

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