Experiential learning is an active and co-creative process, which engages you to discover what is wanted and needed to reach the next level of fulfillment or success in any area of your life. Practically, it occurs when participants are present in the experience, rather than note taking, memorization or studying.

In 1983, David A. Kolb, published a groundbreaking book entitled Experiential Learning: Experience As the Source of Learning and Development (Prentice Hall, 1984). This book essentially exposed the principle that a person would learn through discovery and experience. The reason the theory is called "experiential" is its intellectual origins are taken from the experiential work of Lewin, Piaget, Dewey, Freire and James, forming a unique perspective on learning and development.

Experiential Learning Theory (ELT) provides a holistic model of the learning process and is a multi-linear model of adult development, both of which are consistent with what we know about how we naturally learn, grow and develop. This practice focuses on the central role that experience plays in the learning process.

Learning how to swim or ride a bike are great examples of experiential learning. They illustrate the widely known four-step experiential learning model (ELM) as purported by Kolb and outlined in the image.

Following this example, in the "concrete experience" stage, the learner physically experiences the bike in the "here-and-now." This experience forms "the basis for observation and reflection" and he or she has the opportunity to consider what is working or failing (reflective observation), and think about ways to improve on the next attempt made at riding it (abstract conceptualization). Every new attempt to ride is informed by a cyclical pattern of previous experience, thought and reflection (active experimentation).

Through Momentum Education’s experiential curriculum you will participate in creating an environment that encourages authenticity and honest communication. You will achieve remarkably new levels of self-awareness and develop tools that will support you in maximizing your personal and professional accomplishments.

Below are a few approaches you will have the opportunity to experience as part of our curriculum:

  • Interactive Discussions

    The trainer will speak about various subjects relevant to contemporary adult life, and will suggest points of view concerning these subjects. The purpose is not for you to agree or disagree with what is said, but rather assist you in observing how you participate in the experiential aspects of the workshop. Your observations of yourself are the basis for what you learn in the workshop.

  • One on One

    You may be asked to answer a series of questions, tell a story, or complete sentences in a one-on-one situation with another participant.

  • Small Group Exercises

    You will break out into small groups consisting of approximately 6-12 people. These group sessions may be informal discussions or structured communications. A volunteer assistant may act as facilitator for your group.

  • Closed-Eye Processes

    During a closed-eye process, you visualize a situation as guided by the trainer. Frequently, music and the lowering of lights are used during these processes to facilitate relaxation and promote creativity.

  • Voluntary Sharing

    A core component of the workshop is sharing. All sharing is voluntary.

  • Interactions with Trainer

    Interactions with the trainer are intended to be an opportunity for you to examine the underlying assumptions from which you live your life.