Public Courses

In 2023, Blackbox Outdoor Education was formed to take training development for outdoor educators from Pivotal Learning. This will allow Pivotal Learning to focus on educator training and Blackbox OE to be able to cater specifically to outdoor educators. To find out more, check out

As part of the restructuring, the Enhanced Facilitation Skills (EFS) and Intentional Programme Design (IPD) workshops will be conducted by Blackbox OE. Rest assured that the content remains the same. For more information, check out : .

Our upcoming 2023 workshops are listed here : .

Enhanced Facilitation Skills (EFS)


Facilitation is both an ART and SCIENCE. An artist learns the SCIENCE of ART by learning the science first such as the different types of brushes, paint, canvases, color matching, etc. The ART portion is then developed through repetition, practice and guidance. This workshop will provide you with the SCIENCE portion of facilitation and you will learn:

  • 3 distinctions that make debriefing works
  • 5 framing techniques
  • 5 key debriefing techniques that have lots of varieties
  • Principles of Experiential Education

Who should attend:

Experienced Facilitators

  • To get more consistent results in facilitation.
  • To understand why certain things work.
  • To have a structured way of understanding facilitation.

Novice Facilitators

  • To improve your facilitation skills.
  • To build up your debriefing competencies.
  • To get a grip on facilitation.


This is the foundational level of our range of workshops on facilitation. It builds the necessary foundation for our next level of workshops that explore the deepening of learning experiences. Finally, our Advanced workshops will focus on effective programme design and layering. We also have workshops that allow facilitators to collect activities to add on their bag of tricks.

Debriefing is one of the hardest skills for a facilitator as they help to “make easy” the learning process for learners. This workshop will specifically help you to make debriefing or reflection successful.

Interested? Sign Up here!

Intentional Programme Design (IPD)


This workshop is designed to help Adventure Education (AE) practitioners design Adventure programmes in an intentional manner. In our experience, too frequently AE practitioners experience “hit and miss” in programming where it works for some, but misses for others. Whilst this workshop is not a “miracle silver bullet”, it will help increase the likelihood of your programme impacting more people.

Take aways from this workshop include

  • Understanding Educative and Un-educative Learning Experience.
  • Beyond basics in Tuckman’s Group Development
  • Adventure Programme Sequencing based on research models – Multi-Level Programming
  • Intentional activity design
  • Integrating Adventure Wave into Programme Design
  • Insights into Implementation of Challenge by Choice.


Join us if you want to design intentionally with deeper considerations. This workshop is also part of the Advanced Challenge Course Practitioner (ACCP) course and leads to a ACCT Level 2 (Full Track) certification.  

  • Design better adventure programmes
  • Draw more participants into your activity
  • Gain more specific insight into adventure programming

Stay Tuned for the Next Run!

New Workshops!

We have been busy updating some of our workshops and courses so that we can offer them to you!  Check this out…

Implementation of Challenge by Choice

Challenge by Choice is a key concept often used by experiential learning educators in our activities. Let us help unpack this concept further and delve deeper into the intricacies needed to bring about true Challenge by Choice in your activities.

The concept of Challenge By Choice (CbC) has been around for over 30 years since Project Adventure coined the term. Many practitioners have faithfully applied this concept in their work to create an empowering experience in their activities. However they also worry that their participants will one day say,

            “Challenge by Choice… I choose not to attempt the challenge.”

What can we do to address this situation? Or what can be done to even prevent it from happening? What is true CbC?

At the end of this workshop, learners will be able to :
1. Design activities with suitable challenges for different participant profiles;
2. Include a range of choices suitable for participants in the conduct of activities;
3. Encourage participation in the activity whilst honoring the participant’s choice.

The intent of this workshop is to share about the design considerations in activities in order to bring about CbC for the participants. It will be suitable for practitioners who regularly set challenging activities for participants in their programmes and would still like to offer them a range of choices.

Interested? Sign Up Here!

Interested in any of our workshops above for your organisation? Contact us for Corporate Booking Rates, at with the following information :

  1. Organisation Name
  2. Proposed workshop dates
  3. Number of runs
  4. Expected number of participants per run