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2-day Experiential Education Residential Workshop by Prof. Colin Beard

1. Objective / Nature

This hands-on two-day programme will be delivered by Prof. Colin Beard, a master practitioner and leading global specialist in experiential education. 

The many practical techniques that you will experience first-hand have influenced educationalists across the globe, with a considerable number of organisations and individuals continuously reporting increased participant engagement, deeper understanding, and longer-lasting memory. 

Participants will be introduced to a brand new experiential learning cycle (ELC) that will improve your teaching designs. Each day approximately six innovative practical techniques will be introduced covering a wide range of topics and different KFBG experiential activities will be led by Colin and KFBG Education Officers collaboratively. 

You will learn how to: ‘teach’ complex subjects, how to design for effective learning, apply human spatial cognition
to greater effect, use experience as the foundation of learning, make learning and thinking visible, apply co-production and inheritance, create positive learning habits, work with the whole person, encourage students or participants do the learning proactively and independently, and develop a range of tools and materials that act as navigational aids to support deep learning at any age and level. 

The core experiential principles that will be learnt can be applied to any of your education and training work. The programme includes takeaway materials, including workshop PDF, published articles, and a video.

Download the programme leaflet


Previous Participants’ Comments

“Before I joined the Experiential Education Workshop, I would teach my students by just presenting a
lot to them. It was boring and exhausting for all of us. Now that I have learnt both the theory and some practical technique of experiential learning, I tried to spend more time and effort in preparing and designing experiences for the students, while on the lessons I just have to facilitate them to do the learning themselves. This approach is more fun and engaging for the students, it also makes teaching classes more enjoyable and less exhausting. I will definitely join other courses to learn more about experiential learning and education.”

“It is very inspiring. Colin has taught a whole new perspective on experiential learning. It is not only
about the techniques showed in the workshop, but also the theory behind which I could definitely
apply to my work.”


2. Facilitator

Colin Beard is an expert in experiential learning; he is a Professor of Experiential Learning at Sheffield Business School, as well as being a consultant to organisations around the world regarding learning and development, in his private capacity. He has experience working with people from diverse backgrounds, training clients from China, India, South America, and Europe, from the National Health Service, teachers, nature educators, outdoor-based personal development educators and corporate groups.

His expertise has been recognised by a National Teaching Fellowship Award
from the UK Higher Education Academy and he has published extensively,
co-authoring a key text in the field: ‘Beard C. and Wilson, J. (2013) Experiential Learning: A Best Practice Handbook for Educators and Trainers’


3. Content

  • Experiential education inputs and activities with Colin Beard
  • Exploring the broad “field”: Experience, Learning, and Education
  • Understanding the human experience of learning 
  • Different ways to use experiential education: learning from experiences, and the experience of learning
  • Immerse yourself in a wide range of exciting and practical learning experiences in each of the two days
  • Experiencing and staying overnight at the Green Hub, Grade I listed historic building at the Old Tai Po Police Station


4. Date / Time

11 – 12 January 2020 (Saturday to Sunday)

11 January 2020 / 09:00 – 20:30 
12 January 2020 / 09:00 – 17:00 

Participants are expected to participate fully in every session. Applicants wishing to attend only parts of the programme will not be accepted. Accommodation is optional.


5. Venue

Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden, and The Green Hub, at the Old Tai Po Police Station, Tai Po, Hong Kong

Located on a small hill at Wan Tau Kok, the Old Tai Po Police Station was the first permanent Police Station built in the New Territories in 1899. The Antiquities Advisory Board accorded the Old Tai Po Police Station Grade 1 Historic Building status in December 2009. The Development Bureau awarded the site to KFBG to transform the Old Tai Po Police Station into a 'Green Hub for Sustainable Living' under the Batch II of the "Revitalising Historic Buildings Through Partnership Scheme".

In revitalising the Green Hub, KFBG adopted an integrated approach to conserve the historic, architectural and ecological values of the site. At the Green Hub, a range of low-carbon living programmes, and residential transformative workshops are now provided, to help individuals and organisations understand the low-carbon living alternatives to unsustainable consumption that is causing climate change and rapid resource depletion. 

The ‘Revitalization of the old Tai Po Police Station into the Green Hub for Sustainable Living’ project has received awards from UNESCO and the Green Buildings Council. You may visit the Green Hub website at for more information.

6. Language


7. Target group / No. of Participants

This workshop content is appropriate for any educators, teachers, university lecturers, training course developers or outdoor/ nature-based education trainers, who want to open up new ways for learning that result in high levels of understanding and memory retention, and behavior change.

Maximum 25 participants


8. Fee

HKD$1,900# plus accommodation fee+ (depending on room type at the Green Hub / it is optional for any participants who live nearby the venue)

# including lecture fee, vegetarian meals, outing arrangement and shuttle bus service between Green Hub and visiting sites during the workshop

+Accommodation Fee (depends on the room type; breakfast is included) Per-bed/person:

Room Type

Single Room

Twin Bed Room

Triple-bed Room

Six-bed Room

Price per night





- Multi-bed rooms will be organized according to gender
- Most rooms have fans and natural ventilation, only a couple of rooms have air-conditioners. You may indicate your preference in the application form. We will try to arrange your accommodation based on your preference. Please note that a first-come-first-served policy will be adopted. For more information about the rooms, please visit

9. Application

Please complete the online application form and pay the course fee (HK$1,900) online on or before 31 December 2019. Details are as follows:

  1. Please click here for the online registration and payment.
  2. Upon receipt of the application form and course fee payment, acknowledgment of the application will be sent to you by email within 5 working days.
  3. Spaces are limited and we may have to select participants from a large number of applicants.
  4. If your application is not accepted, full payment will be refunded to you within one month. 
  5. The accommodation payment method will be provided in the notice. Please settle the accommodation fee within one week after receiving the notice. Otherwise, your reservation may be cancelled and released to others.
  6. A confirmation letter will be sent to you by email after all payment is settled.
  7. Payment is not refundable after acceptance.

10. Enquiry
Please contact Ms. Rose Chung at 2483 7112 or email to