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Additional Benefits of Experiential Learning:

Experiential learning incorporates the following principles*:


* Experiential learning occurs when carefully chosen experiences are supported by reflection, critical analysis and synthesis.

* Experiences are structured to require the client to take initiative, make decisions and be accountable for results.

  * Throughout the experiential learning process, the client is actively engaged in posing questions, investigating, experimenting, being curious, solving problems, assuming responsibility, being creative and constructing meaning

  * Clients are engaged intellectually, emotionally, socially, soulfully and/or physically.  This involvement produces a perception that the learning task is authentic.

* The results of the learning are personal and form the basis for future experience and learning.

* Relationships are developed and nurtured:  client to self, client to others and client to the world at large.

* The client may experience success, failure, adventure, risk-taking and uncertainty, because the outcomes of experience cannot totally be predicted.

* Opportunities are nurtured to explore and examine personal values.

* The facilitator's primary roles include setting suitable experiences, posing problems, setting boundaries, supporting clients, ensuring physical and emotional safety, and facilitating the learning process.

* The facilitator recognizes and encourages spontaneous opportunities for learning.

* Facilitators strive to be aware of the their biases, judgments and pre-conceptions, and how these influence the client.

* The design of the learning experience includes the possibility to learn from natural consequences, mistakes and successes.

This above list is from the the Association for Experiential Education (AEE) website and explains the basic learning process of EAP.  While experiential approaches can be conducted in a variety of settings, using unlimited tools, EAP has the advantage of utilizing horses, dynamic and powerful living beings who enhance the experiential process.