Taking Learning Outdoors in Schilpario, Italy is the single-most inspiring, challenging and motivational CPD course I have been on. I was outside my comfort zone – travelling to Italy on my own to meet up with strangers and spend a week in the mountains – but I found new friends; new knowledge and understanding; new strength and new courage.

Ally and Irene organised a wide range of activities which challenged and inspired us all in different ways and I have returned to my school full of enthusiasm and ideas to make Outdoor Learning a central and integral part of our school’s curriculum. Their enthusiasm has rubbed off!

The hosts at the Refugio; Giovani and Gabriella; are very fun, warm and welcoming and provide excellent home-cooked food and comfortable accommodation. The Refugio is set in the most stunningly beautiful location – even in the rain!

All of this was topped off with brief passing visits to the fascinating city of Bergamo which is now on my ‘hit list’ for a longer stay. Wonderful!

Linda Runciman, Lauder Primary School, Scottish Borders Council.


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