Lindley Educational Trust
10th Festival of
        outdoor learning

10th Annual Festival of Outdoor Learning 27-28 February 2016

A great CPD opportunity for Outdoor Professionals, Teachers, Youth Workers or anyone with an interest in the outdoors. Celebrating 10 years in 2016

The festival takes place at Hollowford ( providing a wide mix of workshops and informal networking that will give you plenty of new ideas both conceptual and practical.

Only £100 for the whole weekend - includes 4 workshops, accommodation and meals during the event.

By attending this time you are also supporting our Bursary Fund as the cost includes a £10 per day contribution.

ALL previous festivals have been over subscribed so expect this one to sell out too. Please book early to avoid disappointment. There'll be many of the regulars as well as new providers.

Workshops confirmed so far;

Booking details

Please book your place at the festival in advance

Sign up to workshops on the day

Previous quotes

“Talking about things like this (spirituality) in public is more challenging to me than the thought of climbing Everest”

“It (the workshop) brought me a greater understanding of Facilitation and some new tools”

“I just want to say thank you. I think you’ve saved my marriage in the workshop this morning”

Saturday Evening Discussion; Outdoor Education an inside out approach - Roger Orgill MBE

What is the balance between skills development and understanding and the creation of sensitivity with a focus on heart, head and hands.

From the early 1950s Roger was involved in outdoor recreation and the emergence of outdoor education holding many posts in both statutory and voluntary sectors. Taking early retirement as Head of Countryside Sport and Recreation with the Sports Council in 1996 he has acted in a voluntary capacity serving on government working parties and representing Adventure Education on the National Lottery- New Opportunities Fund. He was for some years chair of a Steiner Waldorf School later to become the first UK state funded Steiner Academy Hereford and remains an advocate of this child centred approach to learning and development

As with previous festivals, Saturday evening is always very informal, other things going on during Saturday evening will include; music making around the fire & storytelling. Or you may just prefer a chance for a chat and catch up in the bar which will be well stocked with local real ales and some "proper" cider.

Roger Orgill




          We are delighted to welcome The Outdoors Company as sponsors of this year's festival


the outdoor company

Working with BME groups - Adnan Zaman

This workshop will help you to develop a broader understanding of BME communities, tailor courses to meet their needs, and explore the solutions to challenges you may face when working with them. We will draw on the knowledge gained through successful projects we have run in the past and the experience of participants in the workshop. The aim of this workshop is to begin to understand BME communities a bit better, explore some of the barriers you might come across, and how to break down these barriers and support them to access the service we provide. There will be plenty of time for open discussion/debate on controversial issues.

It is important to note that although BME encompasses many different demographics, the material for this workshop will draw on the knowledge and experiences of the facilitators, who have a history of working with a Muslim community predominantly Pakistani and Bangladeshi backgrounds.

Adnan works full time for Lindley and co-ordinates our youth projects in Ashton-under-Lyne and North West Derbyshire

Adnan Zaman

Trees and their many uses - Dave Watson

Take a real look at the trees in the local area and learn how to gain confidence in both identifying them as well as their qualities. Time will be spent with materials from the types of trees in order to make a variety of simple products.

Dave is a Leading Practitioner with the IOL and over the last twenty years has been teaching and increasingly training/mentoring people, especially outdoor professionals in the wide field we know as Bushcraft.

Dave Watson

Mathemagic - Jim Langley

This workshop will take you on a journey to discover maths and science using various activities to bring about learning in the outdoors. We will be engaged in mini projects, problem solving and hopefully understanding!! This should be a fun and interactive workshop giving you plenty of ideas and ways to teach with links to the curriculum.

Lindley Educational Trust Festival of Outdoor Learning

If things go wrong... Key lessons on how to manage serious incidents in the outdoors sector - Julian Penney

Fortunately the outdoor sector is very safe with the benefits far outweighing real risk. However things can go wrong and when this involves young people or adventurous activities, it tends to generate negative media attention.

Delivered by Pharos Response, leading incident response specialists will introduce the variety of situations that can happen and how those working in the outdoors can respond to prevent them becoming worse. Focusing on practitioners, instructors and their immediate managers, this session will use real examples and scenarios to highlight key priorities and actions. This will include how to respond to journalists who phone or arrive on site wanting comment (without saying "no comment!"), dealing with parents and families of injured people, social media management and some legal and insurance considerations.

Julian Penney leads a team of incident management professionals at Pharos Response and has over 15 years experience of managing risk and serious incidents in the outdoors, travel and education sectors.

Lindley Educational Trust Festival of Outdoor Learning

Earth Heart - Chris Townsend

Salty Sweet Stars and Satsuma Suns. Earthstone shadows, pingpong Moons and Creature Encounters epic journey from galactic giants to earthbound 'creature teachers' with hands on, reflective, thoughtful and innovative ideas.

A sprinkling of engaging encounters from 'BIG astronomy to micro molecules', enhancing our understanding of our place in the universe and to bond us with life's rich web of connected creatures.

Practical activities with 'Soul' which engender environmental and social responsibility on a local and Planetary scale, linking astronomical and global considerations with a notion of responsibility, respect, care and love, to help nurture a fuller appreciation of the challenges of sustainable development and a sense of purpose in facing them

Chris Townsend has played happily as an educator in the New Forest for the last few decades.

Taking Mountaineering into English Education - Nigel Vardy

I'm looking to expand the use of the outdoors in promoting English and written skills within education. The use of stories and experiences in the outdoors can change a child's life. I'd like to explore those experiences and create letters from basecamp / diaries / sketches and bring in Mountain Heritage and history.

In 1999 Nigel suffered severe frostbite whilst climbing on Mt. McKinley in Alaska, and after three years recovering from my injuries I returned to high altitude and climbed Island Peak in Nepal. I have now completed a British first - to climb the highest peaks on the worlds seven largest islands.

nigel vardy

John Muir Award - Anna Hormigo & Ruth Boys

The John Muir Award is an environmental award scheme for people of all backgrounds - groups, families, individuals. It's non-competitive, inclusive and accessible. It encourages people to enjoy, connect with, and care for the planet's wild places and is suitable for Year 5 upwards.

This workshop will provide opportunities to:

  • Find out about the John Muir Award, and how it works
  • Participate in a variety of relevant outdoor and environmental activities
  • Gain ideas and share good practice for using the John Muir Award
  • Consider how it can support Outdoor Learning through the curriculum and in extra-curricular activities.

EPIC & IDEAL Experiential Learning (The Asian Way of Learning the Outdoors) - Delane Lim

IDEAL: Instructional, Demonstrational, Experiential, Assess Learning

EPIC: Experience, Participate, Image & Connection

We will be covering different activities for different learning groups. How to design and facilitate a good experiential learning programme to engage and empower young participants in experiential learning. Using games, activities and engagers to maximise learners' application of learning and how they can use principles and facts to make decision and setting personal career pathways and life goals.

All the way from Singapore just for the festival! &

Surviving or Thriving: Developing useful toughness through outdoor learning - Kate O'Brien

This workshop looks at the concept of resilience within outdoor learning. It's a term which is becoming more prevalent within the education sphere generally as well as increasingly being sold as an explicit outcome by outdoor providers. But, do all courses actually develop this, regardless of activity choice, overall structure or facilitator style and knowledge? Positive psychology has much to offer outdoor practitioners in terms of our understanding of resilience and crucially how it is developed. This workshop explores both the theory and practice of this applied to outdoor programs.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Participants will increase their understanding of the concept of resilience.
  • Participants will consider how to use the strengths of outdoor activities in consciously developing resilience.
  • Participants will increase their ability to deliver resilience as an outcome on outdoor courses both in terms of activity choices, session structure and facilitation and review decisions

All Things Woolly - Tracy Steare

Over the years that I have been coming to the festival I have always brought my knitting with me. As many people have asked about learning to knit and as I also enjoy spinning fleece and other fibres I thought that this year I would offer a workshop to introduce both.

You will be able to have a go at knitting, spinning preparation, spinning (two spinning wheels available), and drop spindling. I am a member of the Derbyshire Guild of Spinners, Weavers and Dyers and I work as an outdoors activities instructor and assistant. I have my own company 'Natureability' for when I work therapeutically and creatively in schools and in the outdoors. Come and have a go, you won't make a jumper but you can learn some basics.

Hollowford outdoor centre

Therapeutic Outdoor Activities for Children with Autism - David Steare

This interactive workshop with detailed handouts will explore how outdoor activities can assist children with autism improve their relationships and develop their coping skills.

Organisational structures and functions will be considered as well as the therapeutic techniques. After working for more than 40 years in nursing and social care and with some experience working in the outdoors David continues to support parents via the 'Advocates for ADHD and Autism (Derby)' voluntary group.

You can find the group on Facebook along with the 'Well-being in Nature' page that David also hosts. Please use either of these pages to communicate any specific requests for the workshop.

Hollowford outdoor centre

Releasing Human Potential, the Creative Option - Bill Krouwel

Do not attend this session if you're happy just to keep on doing the same old same old....

Bill's session aims to provide participants with practical and active supplements to standard outdoor learning activities. This is very much a hands-on session, usually seen by participants as both absorbing and fun - BIG fun at times.

You will get stuff that you can take away and more or less immediately use in your home milieu... and Bill will provide good theoretical reasons why you should! You will also be encouraged to think creatively about your own programmes.

Dr Bill Krouwel has been involved in outdoor learning for well over thirty years as customer, practitioner and theorist. His writing includes a recent book on Lindley as well as thoughtful and critical books on OMD and scathing critique of the culture of performativity. He's quite a nice bloke, though...

Hollowford outdoor centre

Double-loops... Goals, Actions & Feedback: How to get your feedback really working through a range of VAK learning styles and self-reflection - Caroline Carr

This practical workshop will look at maximising your coaching feedback through reflective questioning that links to the double-loop learning model. This session will look at theoretical concepts and put them into context in a practical open water environment ...Is it all in the stroke?

This session gives you an option to participate in canoes or SUPs on the mini lake or to actively observe and participate in practical feedback, you don't have to be a canoe expert to take part! This workshop will take place both on and off the water and will give the opportunity to work collaboratively to develop & share your own coaching practice.

Suitable for: all levels of paddlers and educators looking at developing the feedback that connects learning.
Bring: an open mind, suitable warm and waterproof kit for being on & off the water, hot flask

Caroline Carr

Finding Stories - Gordon MacLellan

Finding stories: a lively session spinning new stories, wild tales and improbable characters out of found materials. Working indoors and out, we'll look at techniques to use with groups to build stories to tell, practical hints and useful themes for ourselves as leaders and additional activities to give ourselves the confidence to weave new stories on the spot

Wild Books and Instant Journals - Gordon MacLellan

From quick books to pop-up landscapes, printing to card sculptures, this workshop will combine quick art activities with printing, writing and reflection to allow people to make their own personal records of adventures, discoveries and inspirations.

Creeping Toad

Hints and Tips for Mountain Bike Leaders - Glen Probert

This workshop will be an open forum for those involved with MTB leadership, or those looking to get into MTB leadership to get together and share ideas, best practice and experience. It will include practical exercises such as games, bike checks, maintenance and riding skills plus discussions on topics such as leader equipment and learning outcomes/programme application.

The session will be ran by Glen Probert, a British Cycling MTB Leadership tutor and Outdoor Education Manager for Entrust.


Techno Tourism Study, testing a new approach. Do young people see more clearly though a screen? - Chris Robinson & Lorna Fisher

iPad investigations of Castleton. Being creative with technology to engage young people.

The workshop will provide opportunities to:

  • Explore the use of iPad apps such as Skitch, QR code trails, Freezepaint and Tellagami
  • Build confidence and skills with technology
  • Share ideas on effective apps - bring ideas along
  • And should we be encouraging outdoor learning through a screen?

Fun Felting - Jo Hanney

Come and learn the art of felting wool. It is a wonderfully tactile, messy and creative process. As it is a relatively simple craft, it is a fantastic way to engage a variety of different groups in an art project. In the workshop you will have the opportunity to make a small felt picture and we will explore other felting projects that could be used in your work.

Jo Hanney works for the Peak District National Park Authority in the Learning and Discovery Team, based at the Longdendale Environmental Centre. She works with school groups delivering environmental education and opportunities to experience and enjoy the special qualities of the Peak District National Park. Her work with family and community groups helps to develop and promote a lifelong connection to this special place.

Nature Connection - Chris Holland

Chris will lead a Nature Connection, barefoot running style 'wolf-lope' for 3 hours - move like a wolf pack through the land around Hollowford to awaken your senses, experience group mind and oneness with nature. Learn some bird language, go on an active adventure that moves at the speed of the pack, with the chance to have a good howl too!

We'll also look forward to a didgeridoo moment with Chirs around the fire on Saturday evening.

Booking Details

There are 3 booking options;

  • £100.00 - Full Festival, Friday & Saturday night accommodation and meals from Saturday breakfast
  • £ 60.00 - Saturday Only, No accommodation, includes lunch & evening meal
  • £ 55.00 - Sunday Only, No accommodation, includes lunch

Please book your place at the festival in advance by paying through PayPal below, this includes all major credit & debit cards (you do not need a PayPal account). Your receipt ID will be your booking confirmation. Workshop sign-up will be on the day.

Your booking will only be confirmed when payment is received. Payments are non-refundable. Our aim is to make the festival affordable to all. Lindley Educational Trust happily subsidise the event but we do need to minimise our administration costs. We don't mind you asking but sorry, NO DISCOUNTS.

Please let us know if you have any dietary or other special requirements prior to your arrival. Tel 01433 620 377 or email

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