Experiences are a source of spiritual growth and greater knowledge. Discover the components of a successful experiential learning program and explore our journeys to the Ecuadorian Amazon.
For many, the concept of “school” can elicit mixed feelings, but when we delve deeper into the realm of education, we find learning encompasses so much more.
Learning is a joy. We feel it when our mind lights up with new knowledge and and we feel it when we begin to understand more about the world around us and about ourselves.
With experiential learning, even daily routines are transformed into rich opportunities for personal growth and enlightenment.
Experiential learning is based on the premise that learning isn’t restricted to a classroom – life is the classroom.
At the heart of experiential learning is the idea that lived experiences are the source for growth and greater knowledge. And when woven together, experience and intellect can create a learning opportunity exponentially more powerful than either could on its own.
Experiential educators help cultivate an environment susceptible to a successful learning experience. Some environments include:
In other settings, as in many therapeutic approaches, the educator and learner create a “curriculum” that works on experiences that have already taken place. In both cases, the learner stands to benefit from a profound growth experience.
To take part in experiential learning, there are just two key elements: your openness to the experience, and a guide to help distill the knowledge you seek (and knowledge you might not be seeking but find anyway).
Experiential learning can be an important tool in our spiritual development as well.
One of the greatest experiences can be immersing yourself into another culture, and seeking knowledge of another way of living, through an indigenous communities’ cuisine, habits, community, and home. We can find meaning and depth by accepting a new morning routine as our own, and relishing in our new surroundings. Our daily routines are given greater meaning when we allow ourselves to learn from them.
Deep in the Amazon, there are infinite possibilities for experiential learning. Whether it’s connecting with Achuar communities, exploring the rainforest, engaging in the lively atmosphere of small towns or discovering the wealth of the Amazon’s natural resources and wildlife- there is a beauty and depth in learning through experience.
Our Pachamama Journeys to Ecuador incorporate experiential learning as a key component of cultural exchange and spiritual growth. Throughout the year, Pachamama Journeys embarks on trips to Ecuador. The journeys are an essential component of cultural exchange and spiritual growth. And as a Journey participant, you’ll immerse yourself in a radically different culture, while experienced local guides support you to cultivate greater knowledge through a Journey of rich experiences.