Ben Trewren-Metaphorical Mountain Biking

Metaphorical Mountain Biking

Ben Trewren

Session type: Regular forum session


The expression ‘just like riding a bike’ is commonly used throughout our communities, but how easy is it to just get back on the saddle and ride?

Metaphorical Mountain Biking unpacks how adventure-based learning can connect with people at a social, emotional, physical and mental level.

Utilising the mountain bike as the mechanism to undertake a process of learning through doing, this session demonstrates how to move people out of their comfort zone, through their fear zone and into their growth zone.

This is a hands-on session where we explore how the components of the bike, the elements of a trail and the application of the right mindset can appeal to a diversity of people.

With consideration for adjustment, scaffolding and progression, mountain biking can meet people wherever they might be at. A focus on the theory behind the practice, this session is for everyone who has an interest in mountain bikes and how they can be used in outdoor environments to create transformative learning experiences.

About the presenter/s

Ben Trewren is currently the Experiential Learning Manager at Youth Inc. He’s also a member of the Minister for Environment’s Parks and Wilderness Council and is the 2018 Terry Lavender Churchill Fellowship Recipient.

Ben is a Mountain Bike, Bushwalking and Paddling Instructor, Leave No Trace Trainer, has extensive experience in working with vulnerable young people across Education, Not-for-Profit, Adventure Tourism, Political and Faith sectors and has designed, coordinated and lead adventure-based programs locally, nationally and abroad.

Ben’s passion is harnessing adventure-based opportunities as practical, hands-on and holistic learning experiences that develops young people’s social, emotional, physical and practical capabilities.