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May 31, 2022

How can we create psychologically safe learning environments for our participants?

In Part 1 of this 2 part episode, Phil, Lisa Hunt and Romy Alexandra discuss;

- What is a psychologically safe learning environment?

- How, using 4 animals, you can identify the needs of your group

- Role-modeling vulnerability and asking...

May 24, 2022

This episode, inspired by the Multi-stage fitness test (PACER or beep test), brings in Phil to become a guest facilitator for your program.

Phil guides your participants through 3 different opening activities, providing you with framing ideas and reflection prompts. 

Activity 1 - Jump In Jump Out - 3:00 - 12:40


May 17, 2022

This phrase describes both our work as Experiential educators but it is also a large part of Bryn's pathway in this industry.

In this episode, Bryn Lottig (co-founder of Kikori) talks to Phil about;

- The transformational power of working in the outdoors and its effects on her

- The need for this educational pedagogy to...

May 10, 2022

Do connection activities actually help our participants connect?

This was the topic of discussion in this live recorded episode of the podcast.

It was recorded while attending the BOOST (Best Out-Of-School Time) 2022 Conference

The contributors in this conversation;

Phil Brown - @verticalplaypen

Sam Copland -

May 3, 2022

This is a short update episode to let you know that VPP will be on the road!

Phil will be bringing his microphones with him this busy training season to learn more about the life of a trainer and to interact with the diversity of people he meets along the way.

If you would like to submit questions he should ask folks on...