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Launched Eight


Innovative Experiential Learning Concepts


The National Conference Center in Leesburg, VA, the largest training and meeting conference center on the East Coast, and a leader and enabler in learning, development and training meetings recently launched eight innovative experiential learning concepts.


The concepts were introduced at the Reston Herndon Meeting Planners’ (RHMP) Summer Camp. RHMP is a membership organiza- tion of meeting and event industry professionals that are located in the Northern Virginia and Washington, DC metro area.


“The experiential learning room concepts and features, like the Tiki bar, gave the venue a festive atmosphere to help generate extensive networking among planners and suppliers. The room setups enabled our educational sessions to deliver on their content objectives and helped to cultivate the shared learning and best practices among the meeting professionals that we strive for,” said Phil Rappoport, vice president, sales and marketing for AgendaPop Mobile Event App and programming chair of RHMP.


Attendees were immersed in a tropical theme camp that allowed them to try out the new experiential room concepts firsthand. The one-day meeting ended with The National’s Executive Chef Frank Estremera’s Tiki Taco bar setup. Attendees were welcomed to the Tiki Bar where they could get into the tropical theme by tasting house-made tacos with local pork belly, savory Mexican chocolate and poblano pepper brisket tacos, or smoky chipotle chicken tacos with a variety of traditional toppings that complemented the chef’s creations. The chef also conducted a hands-on presentation with nitrogen ice cream.


Next, attendees visited these themed rooms to encourage team building, conversation and interactive engagement. Each room was designed with props, lighting, music and aromas, along with food and beverage breaks to stimulate the senses and enhance the fol- lowing themes.


The Color Room is a creative artist workshop with sights, smells and tastes of color, as doodlers dream with paper covered tables, crayons and markers as colorful balloons cover the ceiling to create a fun and interactive experience.


The Bean Bags and Bubbles Room creates an overall relaxed meet- ing environment with bubbles floating in the air, bubble wrapped- floor, shoe cubby and bean bags, presenting a relaxed setting.


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In the Get Fit Room, participants bust through the boredom with live- ly and upbeat workout music, exercise balls, aerobics or games to let off steam.


The Green Room takes the meeting outside with plenty of sunshine and fresh air. This room was recreated inside with artificial grass, trees and flowers, plus all of the aromas of the outdoors.


The Challenge Room stimulates the mind with puzzles and chal- lenges. Experiential learning meeting rooms can be set up for healthy competition, team building, or as a way to work through communication issues. Finish the day on the 14-element Challenge Course, designed for outdoor team building of all levels.


The Meditation-Zen Room is a relaxing environment with low light- ing, soft music, water fountains, pillows, and other relaxing items to create a healthy atmosphere.


Each of these innovative Experiential Learning Meeting Rooms are available for half- or full-day bookings, or even for just a few hours.


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