Past Events

Previous events

Outdoor Recreation Risk Management led by Jim Moss

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Montreat College's Black Mountain Campus, 191 Vance Ave, Black Mountain, NC 28711

2-day Rate: $450 (includes lunch for both days) Participants will receive a copy of Outdoor Recreation Risk Management, Insurance & Law, a $70 textbook!

Contact us about a college student rate

Jim will lead us is discussing risk management issues facing our operations: outdoor recreation risk management, insurance and law what you need to know working, managing and owning a business/program in the outdoor recreation industry.

Write your own risk management plan, plan your risk management program. Participants will leave this workshop with everything they need, and will have written their risk management plan for their program!

Jen Stanchfield: "The Art of Experiential Group Facilitation"

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Manor House - Montreat's Blk. Mtn. Campus, 191 Vance Ave, Black Mountain, NC 28711

CALL 828.669.8012 Ext. 2761 to Register. *Early Bird Registration: $125 includes lunch and a book. $99 for college students- includes lunch and a book.

Workshop tuition includes the new edition of Tips & Tools for the Art of Experiential Group Facilitation and Teaching.

Join this interactive workshop and fill your group facilitation toolbox with experiential, brain-based techniques to inspire, motivate, and promote engagement and buy-in. Take away practical strategies to facilitate meaningful reflection and create lasting lessons. Empower participants to take ownership over learning and build a positive, productive environment. Leave with creative inspiration and new perspectives on your role as a facilitator.

We will explore:

-Experiential, brain-based strategies to actively engage learners physically, emotionally, socially and intellectually

-New research from the field of educational neuroscience that supports and informs experiential education practice

-Strategies for increasing participant involvement, buy-in, and ownership of learning experiences

-Fundamentals of experiential group facilitation such as the importance of participant choice and control, sequencing, ongoing assessment, and meaningful reflection to create lasting lessons

-A variety of group-building activities to develop rapport, respect, positive communication, problem-solving, collaboration, and creativity

-Methods to help group leaders design, sequence, facilitate and adapt activities to enhance learning outcomes and take advantage of “teachable moments”

-Innovative reflection tools and techniques to increase relevancy, meaning, depth of understanding, and connection to future learning situations

-Techniques to help group leaders become participant-centered, empowering learners to take control and responsibility for their learning

-Ways to enliven the traditional sharing circle with active methods to facilitate processing and dialogue that meet the diverse needs of learners

-The role of the facilitator as guide, and the importance of flexibility, attitude, adaptation, and awareness of group and individual needs and differences

Whether you are new to the field and looking for an introduction to the possibilities of experiential facilitation, or an experienced practitioner looking for new ideas and inspiration, join in with a playful spirit and take away a valuable set of tools to enhance your work.

Jen Stanchfield: "Inspired Educator/ Inspired Learner"

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Manor House - Montreat's Blk. Mtn. Campus, 191 Vance Ave, Black Mountain, NC 28711

CALL 828.669.8012 Ext. 2761 to Register. *Early Bird Registration: $125 includes lunch and a book. $99 for college students- includes lunch and a book. You will receive a certificate for .6 continuing education credits upon check-in.

In this interactive workshop, educators will fill their toolbox with experiential, brain-based techniques to engage, motivate and meet the diverse needs of learners while building a positive, collaborative learning community. We will explore a variety of brain-based approaches that involve learners emotionally, socially, physically, and intellectually. These strength-based approaches help educators differentiate instruction and maximize social-emotional learning and academic outcomes.

We will explore:

-Experiential, brain-based strategies to actively engage learners physically, emotionally, socially and intellectually

-New research from the field of educational neuroscience and its impact on learning and social-emotional skills development

-Methods for creating a positive and supportive environment for learning, starting on day one and maintaining it throughout the school year

-Strategies for increasing student involvement, buy-in, and ownership of learning experiences

-Strategies for embedding instruction in play including games and activities to teach, reinforce and review academic content –maximizing engagement and learning

-Interactive activities and teaching techniques to cultivate important social-emotional skills such as: communication, social problem-solving, relationship skills, collaboration and cooperation, self-regulation, responsible decision-making, self-awareness, emotional expression and reflection

-Innovative reflection tools and techniques to increase relevancy, meaning, depth of understanding, and connection to future learning situations

-The role of the educator as guide, and the importance of flexibility, attitude, adaptation, and awareness of group and individual needs and differences

Educators will take away practical, brain-based approaches to increase engagement and ownership in learning and group experiences and the classroom management strategies and structures needed to make them a success. These techniques create multiple pathways to learning and allow educators to review and reinforce academic, social-emotional learning content in novel and engaging ways. Join and gain strategies that will enhance academic and social-emotional learning outcomes for all students, and support your school’s efforts to create a positive, collaborative learning community.

Teams for a New Generation: Day 1

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Manor House - Montreat's Blk. Mtn. Campus, 191 Vance Ave, Black Mountain, NC 28711

Workshop will occur regardless of weather conditions. Please take caution when determining travel.

Day 1: Facilitating Collective Learning in the Workplace with Greg Robinson

Registration Open!

$125 (includes lunch and Greg's book, "Teams for a New Generation")

“Teams for a New Generation” workshop focuses on creating or enhancing the type of learning that will result in sustainable collaboration for any team. One of the critical success factors for teams today is CONTINUOUS learning both individually and collectively. We want to offer you the opportunity to learn how to facilitate this process for your team.

If you have responsibility for a team, e.g., management position, team lead, project lead, etc., you will find this workshop invaluable, because it will help you develop the necessary skills and abilities in order to:

• Understand the dynamics of your team

• Deal with resistance and acute problems

• Identify and address the root issues of chronic team problems

• Promote innovative thinking, trust and high performance.

• Facilitate team reflection in order to learn from experience

• Create a collaborative atmosphere

The format of this course is experiential; which means that you will have the opportunity to take the the concepts you learn and put them into practice in a “safe” environment. This will allow you to receive immediate feedback and coaching to develop these new skills and abilities.

Day 1 Topics:

• The Changing Nature of Teamwork in the 21st Century

• Understanding the System

• Team Learning

• Building a Collaborative Infrastructure

• Sustaining Collaboration: Action Learning

This day, in itself, is a complete workshop. To gain further insight into Teams for a New Generation, attend Day 2 as well.

Effective Debriefing Tools and Techniques & Low Prop to No Prop Teambuilding Activities!

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Manor House - Montreat's Blk. Mtn. Campus, 191 Vance Ave, Black Mountain, NC 28711

Michelle Cummings returns on Saturday for her most requested workshop- Effective Debriefing Tools and Techniques... and more!

Register Soon!

2 Sessions in 1 day!

$125 includes lunch and a book!

Morning Session: "Effective Debriefing Tools and Techniques"

Are you good at the games but not so good at the debrief? Do you ask questions and get blank stares from your participants? This workshop will focus on 10+ effective debriefing tools that are simple and easy to use. We will discuss 5 different techniques for processing to help liven up your debriefing circles.

Debriefing is a term used in experiential education to describe a question and answer session with participants. These talking sessions are generally thought to be a ‘sit down’ circle where the Facilitator asks questions and the participants answer. Although this can be an effective debriefing technique, if it is the only technique used, participants can become bored with it and can become easily distracted.

Debriefing an experience helps participants connect lessons and activities they learned in a workshop or program to the outside world. It is a very important piece of experiential education and learning as a whole. If participants are not allowed to reflect on their experiences and relate them to the outside world, then a lot of the learning may be lost. So including debriefing is really valuable after powerful experiences in your program. And mixing up your debriefing activities will keep participants engaged in what they are learning and allow you to create more teachable moments.

Afternoon Session: "Low Prop to No Prop Teambuilding Activities!"

Come prepared to play and learn a ton (10 or more!) of interactive games in this action packed workshop. The activities are adventure based and suitable to share with groups ages 12 and above and group sizes of 4 to 50+ players. All of the activities presented require no props at all. Michelle will present a new version of Simon Says that will have you hooked from the first command.

Ice-Breakers to Problem Solving activities will be covered as well as various ways to use the activities to suit the different skill levels you might encounter with your groups. This workshop is loaded with useful ideas and resources you can utilize right away. Comfortable attire and a smile is all you need to wear for this fun filled workshop.

Conflict Resolution, Bullying Prevention, Awesome Icebreakers & Energizers!

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Manor House - Montreat's Blk. Mtn. Campus, 191 Vance Ave, Black Mountain, NC 28711

Learn from one of the Masters- Michelle Cummings. Register soon!

Michelle will lead 2 sessions in 1 day!

$125 includes lunch and a book. (The book alone is a $70 value!)

Morning Session: "Conflict Resolution & Bullying Prevention Activities"

This workshop is based on the book, Setting the Conflict Compass. It is an engaging, highly interactive program focused on conflict resolution and bully prevention. You will leave with a variety of tools and techniques for dealing with conflict, bullying and discipline issues. Apply your learning immediately to help your participants understand that through collaboration, encouragement and an appreciation of differences in one another’s lives we can defuse tense situations and de-escalate conflict.

Afternoon Session: "Awesome Icebreakers and Energizers"

This high-energy, hands-on workshop will teach participants how to play some of the industry’s best icebreakers. Kick off day one with some fun! Ice breakers and energizers need not be just fillers or boredom-breakers; when used effectively, they too can be directly tied to leadership objectives and markedly advance the transfer of learning to the real world. Learn 10 Icebreakers you can utilize right away.

*Each participant will receive a detailed handout with write-ups for each of the activities presented. Enhance the participant experience by learning new ways to get to know their fellow participants.

To learn more about Michelle's work, visit: http://www.training-wheels.com

Jen Stanchfield with Tips & Tools for the Art of Experiential Group Facilitation

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Manor House - Montreat's Blk. Mtn. Campus, 191 Vance Ave, Black Mountain

$125 per person (includes a copy of Jen's book and lunch). College discounts available.

Join in this 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 dialogue to enhance learning outcomes. Limited to 25 participants.

Jen Stanchfield : The Inspired Educator / The Inspired Learner

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Manor House - Montreat's Blk. Mtn. Campus, 191 Vance Ave, Black Mountain

$125 per person (includes a copy of Jen's book and lunch). You will also receive a certificate for .6 continuing education credits upon check-in.

Experiential approaches to teaching enhance your ability to motivate learners, inspire a sense of discovery, instill a desire to learn and create a positive and supportive learning community. This workshop offers a variety of active learning approaches that engage learners emotionally, socially, physically and intellectually. These brain-based methods will help you facilitate meaningful dialogue and reflection, develop social and emotional skills, and review and reinforce lessons in a fun and engaging way. Limited to 25 participants.

The Best of Teamwork and Teamplay with Jim Cain

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Manor House - Montreat's Blk. Mtn. Campus, 191 Vance Ave, Black Mountain

Now a 1-day event! Cost: $100 (lunch included), space is limited!

Jim is a master at timing, “tempo” and energy level of a group. Come pick up some tips! Author and team building guru Dr. Jim Cain shares his favorite, newest and best team and community building activities from around the world, featuring: Games every camp counselor should know, painless icebreakers, games that change the world, high level team building activities, no prop activities, creative debriefing techniques and much, much more.

A Day with Dr. Chris Cavert

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Montreat's Blk. Mtn. Campus, 191 Vance Ave, Black Mountain

Cost: $100, lunch included.

Chris Cavert's highly anticipated workshop will take place in one action-packed day. Join us! "Large Group Activities for Community Building"

Dr. Chris Cavert will share a wide variety of activities from his co-authored book, "The More The Merrier: Lead Playful Activities with Large Groups", as well as offer up different tips and tools for working with large groups. This workshop will be 100% hands-on fun and engagement! Whether you find yourself from time-to-time, or all-the-time, working with groups up to 30, 50, 100, or even more, you will walk away from this experience with loads of programming possibilities. Chris welcomes all: observers and players alike- learning by watching or doing.