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Ellen Cruyt

Howest, Researcher, PhD in Health Sciences, Belgium

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Ellen Cruyt is a researcher in Occupational Science/Therapy, passionate about topics such as meaningful activities and experiential learning in nature. She studied four years the meaningfulness in daily activities during her Ph.D. trajectory at Ghent University and has recently been starting in a project at Howest Kortrijk, studying the facilitators and barriers of the implementation of experiential learning in nature

Experiential learning in and with nature

Experiential learning in and with nature (ELNA) is a potent approach for enhancing individual well-being and resilience (Butler, 2022; Walsh et al., 2020; Sze Nga Fan et al., 2023). This holistic approach can be applied both preventively and therapeutically, addressing the increasing demand within the sector and society for strength-based and recovery-oriented interventions across diverse contexts (Pijpker et al., 2022). However, despite its potential, experiential learning in and with nature remains limited in availability, often met with hesitancy. Various barriers have been identified. 


The ELNA project has been enrolled in Belgium aiming to gain enhanced insight into these barriers and facilitators for the sustainable implementation of experiential learning in and with nature across diverse contexts, as well as to identify strategies for mitigating barriers and reinforcing facilitators. Ultimately, these insights will be translated into high-quality solutions developed through an iterative process. In this presentation and active combination of the workshop, we introduce experiential learning by doing exercises and shortly present the results of the facilitators and barriers and let the GATE participants experience the method of KAWA to facilitate the discussion about barriers and facilitators in their working environment as regard implementation of nature or/and experiential learning.

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