About Us

“Our unique combination of active learning, personal development and adventurous training gets you so much more from your CPD!”

We are CPD providers, or should we say CPD facilitators, but with a difference.

Why do we feel the need to be different?

Give this a thought: Most of what we’re told is wrong! The human track record sadly supports this…. the world is not flat, the galaxy is not the universe, an atom is not built like a plum pudding, cholera is not air borne!! On it goes. Given that so much turns out to be wrong our most effective stab at adult education is actually reflective learning – finding out what worked and what didn’t, what was right and what was wrong, and then…. sharing such reflections. Learning from each other, especially from our reflections, (backed by a little research of course!!) is ‘active learning’ – its fun, engaging and very effective. But don’t stop there. What good is knowledge on its own? To be useful knowledge needs to be ‘converted into action

Most conventional education is heavily biased towards ‘what we should do and how we should do it’. We encourage a more ‘thinking’ style approach…’Why should we do something? How else could we do it?’ As life gets more technical and more complex we need to develop thinking skills so we don’t ‘lose the capacity to decide‘ which, amazingly, according to an EU commission, is cited as number nine on the list of significant threats to civilisation!

……we combine three special elements to make our CPD uniquely effective: Active Learning, Personal Development, and Adventurous Training. Our aim – to enable our delegates to improve knowledge but most importantly to convert the knowledge into action

 What is Active Learning?

Active Learning is ‘learning from each other’ (LFEO)

In small groups, and with the help of a trained facilitator who shares the same interests, delegates/members research, share, reflect upon and debate their chosen topics. The resulting ‘refined’ knowledge is converted into an action plan for implementation in practice. After all, it was Herbert Spencer who famously said “the great aim of education is not knowledge but action”

…and what is Personal Development?

Defined by Aristotle as “the practice of virtues that lead to human flourishing”. Or more recently:  “personal development improves awareness and identity, develops talents and potential, builds human capital and facilitates employability, it enhances quality of life and contributes to the realisation of dreams and aspirations” Aubrey (2010). The sessions, activities and social side alone achieve this but we offer cultural extras such as cookery demonstrations, wine tasting, lessons in digital photography or even painting! Our aim is to enhance personality and, in so doing, boost confidence.

 …and what on earth is Adventurous Training?

The British Army define it as: “engaging in challenging outdoor adventurous activities in order to develop leadership, teamwork, physical fitness, moral and physical courage and other personal attributes and skills that are vital to the delivery of operational capability”. Don’t panic! – you don’t have to do it!…. but it remains a recommended part of personal development. What sort of activities?; snow sports, climbing, white water rafting, kayaking, cycling, mountaineering or paragliding – you choose! Our aim is to build ‘courage‘.

Most professionals are sufficiently  full of knowledge , but a common problem is the lack of ability to express that knowledge and communicate it to others, especially when under under heavy fire! We believe that the refinement of knowledge is well achieved by active learning but the crucial conversion of ‘knowledge into action’ requires two catalysts; confidence and courage – we work on this!

The company is based in Hexham in the North-East of England but our courses usually take place elsewhere – our main training centre is in the French Alps.

Find out more by browsing our website or ring Sarah on 07922883354 or Roger on 07796 948982.

Some of our forthcoming courses:

Don’t Worry About It!

Don’t worry about it! Make stress your friend!

Join us for snowsports, fun activities, alpine relaxation and a series of Active Learning Sessions  that will help us better understand ‘support’, ‘growth mindsets’, ‘acting’ and stress. Delegates will build approaches to help themselves, colleagues, clients and loved ones be happier and more fulfilled in their careers and lives.

 13th –  18th January
18th – 22nd January
22nd – 27th January
th—10th March

Active Learning: Support models, the ‘Growth Mindset’, Faking it to making it as opposed to ‘Imposter Syndrome’, ‘making stress your friend’.
Personal Development: Wine Tasting, Barista Training and Cocktail Making amongst many others!
Adventurous Training: Ski, Shoe or Snowboard the Grand Massif with the local guides and instructors at Zig-Zag, on or off piste.

To book or for more information please…

ring Sarah 07922 883354