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”

the outdoor company

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

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.

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.

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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 ASIA 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

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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