Why Experiential Education?
Whilst much of my experience is in outdoor education, I've also owned a café, sold dishwashers and washing machines and been a computer technician! I didn't learn to do any of this at school. Instead, it was all though just getting in there and giving it a go that I worked out what to do! Experiential education is not just about outdoor ed, it's a much broader approach to education and one which needs to be embraced if we want the next generation of students to thrive in an ever-changing world. Theory has its place, but nothing builds confidence, develops problem solving skills and resilience better than experiential education.
Challenge, Experience, Growth
• Without challenge, there's no reward.
• Without stepping outside your comfort zone, there's no experience.
• Without pushing the boundaries, there's no growth.
Experiential education is the most valuable way people learn. Getting out there and actually doing stuff that pushes people beyond their comfort zones is what I love to do.
Be it in school, business or life, helping people realise that their boundaries are often just self-imposed restrictions is the most exhilarating feeling. I love seeing that Aha! moment when someone finally gets it and through their experience they grow as a person. In my 16 years as an outdoor education leader, it's these moments which have always stuck with me and are the best memories and the most rewarding part of any expedition.
- David Gregory
Outdoor Instructor, Teacher, Entrepreneur, Author, Blogger and Skier