Vertical Playpen show

Vertical Playpen

Summary: Join the staff at High 5 as they explore the many components of Adventure and Experiential education. High 5 Adventure Learning Center is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to helping individuals, teams, schools, communities and businesses improve the way they live, learn and work together. Connect with us at

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 Repeating Activities | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 19:20

In this episode of Tinker Talk, the Training Team (Phil, Jim, Chris and Lisa) talk about the positives and possible pitfalls of using the same activities from group to group and how to respond to participants who have "seen this one before".

 Justin McGlamery - Owner, Chief Locus Focuser - Focus Your Locus | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 21:14

Justin chats with Rich Keegan, High 5 Trainer, about his start in adventure programming, his great work with Dylan's Wings of Change and his love of our Executive Director, Jim Grout.

 Making Mistakes | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 20:53

Mistakes can occur in the work that we do and these can result in many different outcomes ranging from the more common; not meeting a group's needs, to the hopefully rare; physical injury. The Training team (Phil, Chris, Lisa and Jim) discuss mistakes they have made (real and/or perceived) in their careers and the significance of making them. This question is a follow up from a previous episode; Tinker Talk - How We Learn Our Craft.

 Alicia Theriault - Fernwood Cove - Associate Director | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 30:22

Alicia talks with Phil about making Summer Camp a full-time career, the benefits of professional training and tiny tiny pocket horses. Learn more about Fernwood Cove here:

 Managing Your Energy | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 14:08

Warm weather months often result in our calendars filling with programming which can lead to staff having low energy. The Training team (Phil, Chris, Lisa and Jim) talk about how they manage their energy levels during the busy training seasons and when the weather may not cooperate.

 Mark Collard - Experiential Trainer, Author and Founding Director of | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 40:08

Mark shares with Phil his story about the transformative power of experiential learning, his thoughts about the future of the industry and how ducks have the ability to detect vegans.

 Trainer Tips - Belaying | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 11:39

Phil Brown, High 5 Lead Trainer, gives 3 tips that could improve your belaying.

 Ian Doak - High 5 - Assistant Director of Challenge Course Services | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 20:52

Ian talks to Phil about the joy of designing challenge courses, having a strong work ethic and eating too much Fish & Chips on the road.

 Learning How to Facilitate | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 09:03

The team answer the question - "What has been the method by which you have most learned your facilitation techniques?"

 Pam Nuovo - High 5 - PR and Communications | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 25:43

Pam talks to Phil about the joys of living in Vermont, a challenging air travel experience and the Great British Baking Show

 Phil Brown - High 5 - Trainer | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 18:05

Phil talks to guest hosts, Jamie and Rich, about his start in Adventure Education, Branston Pickle sandwiches, and announces an artistic opportunity to win some High 5 products.

 Facilitation Tips We Disagree With | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 11:46

The Training Team answer the question - "Are there any facilitation tips or advice you've had over the years that you disagree with or struggle with?"

 Jim Grout - High 5 - Executive Director - Part 2 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 22:18

Jim continues his conversation with Phil talking about his thoughts regarding the future of Adventure Education, the most recent books he has read and how he would never turn down a conversation with a penguin.

 Jim Grout - High 5 - Executive Director - Part 1 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:18

Jim talks to Phil about his first Adventure Education work, people who have supported him along the way and the Edge of Leadership program.

 The Name of the Game - Nose and Toes Tag | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:19

Ryan, Rich and Phil look through antique game books (some over 100 years old) with the task of identifying how to play the games with only the name and a few other clues to help. In this episode the games to identify are Nose and Toes Tag, Have You Seen My Sheep?, Pig in a Hole, Jamaquack and Flowers and the Wind.


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