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Aesthetic Approaches to Outdoor Learning with IOL South




Thames Young Mariners, Surrey


Aesthetic Approaches to Outdoor Learning
~ A CPD day with IOL South ~

26th February 2020
9.30 - 16.30

Thames Young Mariners, Nr Richmond, Surrey

Southern Region IOL presents this exciting new CPD opportunity as part of its commitment to Continuing Professional Development of Practitioners in the Region.

Aimed at - Outdoor Practitioners/ Instructors/ Teachers/ Youth workers

Aim of the Day

We often use a narrow definition of aesthetics in the UK which relates to a sense of beauty gained through the arts or nature. Here it is used as a broader concept to encompass feelings, perceptions and understanding that arises from emotional experiences in the outdoors.

With ever tighter government controls over formal education and emphasis on business derived models and content-based learning, aesthetic approaches have been side-lined.

It is now more difficult for young people to have access to art, drama, dance and outdoor education as part of the school curriculum and the closure of many youth services in the UK means that these fields of learning are not always available through non-formal education.

Time in nature frees us from the noise and pressures of everyday living. It allows us to slow down. Through sensory experiences we can appreciate that we are part of and not apart from nature. It can open our minds, leading to curiosity and creativity.

This CPD day, developed with the European Network of Outdoor Centres, provides a framework and introduction to the techniques and activities to develop this approach.


£15 IOL Members

£25 others


Instructor - Stu Meese, has been working with the European Outdoor Network to devise this innovate new way of thinking about Outdoor Learning.

Stu was previously head of centre at the Frank Chapman Centre and has led youth expeditions overseas. He is now a freelance Outdoor Practitioner, based in the Midlands.



Kit Required
This course is based indoors, but come prepared to spend some time outdoors (in February!)

Food/Catering Info - Tea & coffee provided

Bring a packed lunch and reusable water bottle/ Cup!





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IOL Members £15.00
Non members of IOL £25.00

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