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The Art and Science of Experiential Group Facilitation and Teaching

Experiential, Brain-Based Approaches to Facilitating Meaningful and Productive Group Work, Teaching, and Reflection

Join in this fun and interactive workshop and fill your group facilitation toolbox with experiential, brain-based techniques to inspire and motivate participants, create a positive and supportive learning environment, and facilitate meaningful reflection and group dialogue. Help learners make connections between educational experiences and real life situations and take ownership and responsibility for their learning.

We will explore:

  • Brain-based strategies to actively engage learners physically, emotionally, socially and intellectually
  • New research from the field of cognitive neuroscience and its impact on learning, teaching and social and emotional skills development
  • Strategies for increasing participant involvement, buy in, and ownership in learning experiences
  • Methods to help group leaders sequence activities to enhance learning outcomes
  • Active, brain-based strategies to facilitate meaningful reflection, review and dialogue to increase depth of understanding and connection to future learning situations
  • A variety of "brain-based" teaching approaches and interactive games and activities that will help “spice up” your  lessons, training or academic curriculum
  • Techniques to help group leaders become more "participant-centered," empowering group members to take more control and responsibility for their learning
  • Engaging group-building activities to develop rapport, respect, positive communication, collaboration and creativity
  • Innovative reflective tools and techniques including the use of metaphor to increase relevancy and meaning and create lasting lessons participants will carry forward


Whether you are new to the field and looking for an insightful overview of group facilitation and experiential learning, or a seasoned veteran seeking inspiration, join in with a playful spirit and gain a valuable set of tools to enhance the art of group facilitation and teaching. Leave with creative inspiration and new perspectives on experiential learning, brain-based learning and your role as an educator.

For more information about Jen Stanchfield and experiential education visit her website at 

 Jen Stanchfield facilitating a workshop

Experiential Education Workshop Participants

Activities at Experiential Education Workshop
About Jennifer Stanchfield, MS:

In her 23 years in the field Jen has worked as a clinician in treatment centers for children adolescents and adults, as a teacher, challenge course facilitator, and in the professional training setting. Through these experiences she has developed an extensive repertoire of experiential activities, tools and methods she brings to her engaging and informative workshops and training sessions. She is known for helping experiential facilitators add to their repertoire of reflective tools and strategies and for her work in helping schools and community programs in the US, Canada and Japan use experiential methods to develop a positive learning environment, increase student engagement and develop positive assets and social emotional skills. She has a master’s degree in Experiential Education from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Jen is author of A Teachable Moment and Tips & Tools for the Art of Experiential Group Facilitation