The College of Extraordinary Experiences

Web Name: The College of Extraordinary Experiences







The College of Extraordinary

Dates and location to be announced in spring 2023




t the College of Extraordinary Experiences, almost a hundred people from all over the world come together for five days to explore the realm of experience design. Will you take a leap into the unknown and join us?

Experience Trailer

Czocha Castle during the College of Extraordinary Experiences 2018 – artwork by Dave Zaboski

he College was born from a desire to change how professional networking and learning take place. It is an invitation to an immersive experience that allows people to learn about experience design in a hands-on way.

Jacob Marshall – Interdisciplinary Artist, Storyteller, Quantum Spin Studios

Jonathan Burow – VP Customer Experience, Independent Health

Anne Kathrin Merkle – Innovation Culture Manager, WWF INT

Eleonora Lombriser – Minimalism Consultant, SWISS International Airlines

David Bassuk – Professor of Theater Arts, Purchase College

Mike Hodzelmans – Strategy Execution Manager, ASML

Sam Lee – Folk Singer and Activist, The Nest Collective

Eugen Petersen – Architect, Rememberland

Barnet Bain – Producer, Barnet Bain Films

Adah Parris – Storyteller, The House of Griots

Michael Isted – Founder, The Herball

Charles Michel – Creator, CxM

Angela Huser – Change Partner

Katarzyna Węgierska – Vocalist, Holistic Psychologist

Josiah Hobson – Managing Dir., Spinifex New York

Julia Eisenlöffel – Founder, Imagineer, Dream Lab

Claus Raasted – Author, Coach at McKinsey

Konstantin Mitgutsch – CEO, Playful Solutions

Rob Tesh – Founder, The Training Experience

Viktoria Sabini – Founder, The Erebus Project

Sebastian Mindroiu – Founder, Picktwo Studio

Scott Weiss – Partner, Community by Design

Sieghard Ranacher – Co-Founder, The Point

Joanna Antigone Nastos – Liminal Explorer

Jane Chuner Tan – Co-Founder, Paperclover

Kim Sykes – Activator, Maximizer, Architect

Amrei Andrasch – Co-Founder, Knoweaux

Lynn Zebeda – Founder, Lighthouse

Adi Livneh – Founder, The Capsule

Aga Szóstek – Author

William Lanham-New – Programme Director, University of Surrey

Mary Shindler – Head of Learning & Development, Uberall

Christophe Willaert – Knowledge Catalyst, 109 Innovation

Acylina Barros – Regenerative Physician, Quantum Bliss

Nathaniel Whitestone – Co-Founder, A Fairer Society

Frances Vieras Blanc – CEO, Eat the Cake Studio

Frankie Fang – Cuisine Designer, Jia Wu Creative

Paul Bulencea – Author, Gamification in Tourism

Jen McNabb – Sr. Mgr, Experiential Mktg, Xylem

Lina Edris – Founder, Experience Creation Ent.

Beroz Ferrell – Co-Founder, The Point

Melanie Goodwin, Creative Strategist

Hae-Jin Marshall – Artist at EMBC

Fabienne Locher – Changemaker, Conscious Leaders Club

Jeremy Boxer – Creative Lead, Multidimensional Studio

Tijana Tamburic – Creative Director, Female Narratives

Amanda Burt – Manufacturing Academy Lead, ASML

Michele Braas – MBA Student, Villanova University

Eliza Calmat – Artistic Director, The Dream Factory

Sharon Pittaway – Learning Experience Designer

Sam Kern – Founder, Curator, Experience House

Palōmi Rānī Sheth – Founder, Soulprint Institute

Robert Laszlo Kiss – Designer, Visual Facilitator

Günel Eva – Fashion Designer and Fine Artist

Nicholas Garrett – CEO, RCS Global Group

Ryan Hill – Founder, Change Lead Solutions

René Bokær – General Secretary, Bifrost

Victor van Doorn – Founder, Sherlocked

Jan Mizgajski – Mage

Marianne Finnsdatter – Event Project Lead, Team Danmark Kommerciel

Benny Leijdsman – Head of the Enabling Functions AcademyASML

Katja Wallisch – Chief Consciousness and Transformation Officer

Hans Feilberg – Work Enviromental Coordinator, Socialpsychiatry

Claudia Ursulet-Popa – Product Manager and Knowledge Seeker

Philipp Jacobius – COO, College of Extraordinary Experiences

Elena Rodriguez Blanco – Regenerative Experience Designer

Audette Sophia – Chief Experience Officer, Catalyst Arts

Francine Boon – Head of Development, Sherlocked

Pim Schachtschabel – Experience Design Director

Michael Badelt – Owner,  intya // Creative

Jonathan Vesth – Project Manager, Bifrost

Icel Argana – Managing Director, Excite

Dominic Santiago – Shenanigeer

Eleni Michael – Food Anthropologist, Regenerative Systems Specialist

Zina Delyagina – Experience Designer, Questomatica Escape Rooms

Kasper Karlsson – Economics, Danish Department of Food & Health

Alexander Gierholz – Creative Director, Logic Locks

Pratap Chahal – Chef Director, That Hungry Chef

Hannah Nash – Minister of Magic, Madcap Party

Luisa Bulencea –  Food Scenographer, DO&CO

Kenji Morimoto – Fermenter, Content Creator

Blanca del Noval – Gastronomy Researcher

Smadar Krampf – Creative Director, Arpilit

Ewa Wisniewska – Academy Lead, ASML

Melanie McIntosh – Chef Owner, Speck

Leon Simmonds – Whimsical Wizard

Katalin Kocsis – Chef, Naked Pea

Alicja Kubicka – Alicja Kubicka

Gunnar de Jong – Actor, Immersive Director, Co-founder, Gradual

Maksymilian Hara – Founder, Foundation for Unconditional Love

Grégoire Clémençon – Head of Game Design, Institut Art Line

Ewa Mrozikiewicz – Visual Artist, Art Curator, FWD: Gallery

Iryna Oleksyuk – Public Speaking, Communication Trainer

Jaime Westendarp – Head of Story, Social Good Club

Juan Pablo Barrios – Architect,  In praise of shadows

Divine Bradley – Professor, Bennington College

Yohan Blanc – CEO Co-Founder, Institut Artline

Marta Węglińska – Kobalt Migrating Platform

Katie Lipsmeyer – Vision Steward, CxM

Wouter Visser – Dean, ASML

Dominika Brychcy – Illustrator

Dan Gorelick – Musician

Scroll left and right for more of our 2022 participants.


Having a sandbox where everyone can easily contribute. Flexible Focus

Shifting attention from the detail to the big picture. Rapid Prototyping

Pivoting based on feedback from fast iterations.

Of all the engagements I had last year, the College of Extraordinary Experiences was by far my favorite. That is because I was not just some outside "expert," I was an integral part of the experience, and easily learned as much as I contributed. I heartily recommend it to anyone who not only wants to gain knowledge about the Experience Economy but immerse themselves in experiencing, in co-creating, and in performing.

B. Joseph Pine IIAuthor, The Experience Economy

Wow... Talking about the first event I ever attended that truly walked the talk! I went down the rabbit hole and feel I can really say I came out a different person on the other end.

Miranda von BrückProgram Director, Meeting Professionals International (MPI)

Among the wide range of human experiences, “the experience of the extraordinary” is certainly a most fascinating one, with deep, archetypal roots in the domains of religion, mythology and the numinous. Being myself professionally dedicated to designing “magical experiences,” my time at the College was truly mind-blowing. I’ve never seen anything like it; discovering a place devoted entirely to Extraordinary Experiences was a pure delight.

Ferdinando BuscemaMagic Experience Designer

It was one of the most exhilarating, challenging, educational, and meaningful experiences of my life. Plus, they gave us the run of a 13th century castle to do it in! Thank you to the College of Extraordinary Experiences for the opportunity to be professors among such people.

Chadney EverettArt Director, Meow Wolf

The College of Extraordinary Experiences was an event so extraordinary, an event so out of the mundane and ordinary, that it is beyond difficult to put its power, meaning and impact into words.

Barbara NeuhoferHead of Experience Design, Salzburg University of Applied Sciences

When you return home and try to tell people about your experience you hear responses like, “The castle must have been so cool!” or “Wow, that looks like you had a great time.” But as many of you understand, words simply cannot explain what happened at the College. You can talk for days about the experiences we had, the crazy prototyping we did, and the many secret passageways leading to the alchemy bar, but at the end of the day the experience remains ineffable. You simply can’t explain the family bonds that were built, the knowledge gained, or the transformations that took place.

Andrew LacanientaProfessor in Experience Design, Cal Poly University

From the moment I walked into the College of Extraordinary Experiences, I found myself swept away on a journey of discovery that not only provoked all my senses but challenged all my preconceived ideas about experience design. The College transforms the notion of traditional conferencing and networking by combining aspects of rapid prototyping, live action role play, game design thinking and deep meaningful human interactions within the dramatic confines of a highly imaginative location.

Werner PuchertFormer Senior Manager, Experience Strategy, Deloitte

This was in the top five experiences of my life. It was transformative. It was beautiful. I met so many wonderful people who've influenced me in the most amazing ways.

Christie ClevelandFormer Product Manager, Disney Consumer Products & Interactive
y creating an environment where people from radically different backgrounds truly bond and learn from each other, we facilitate the creation of deep connections.

The College of Extraordinary Experiences 2016 – a visual report by Event Canvas

large part of the College magic is what happens after the experience, as connections turn into friendships, projects and collaborative efforts across the globe.

Experience Testimonials

Stephen Hicks
Anne Merkle
Mariam Al Afridi
Rob Tesh
Gijs Geers
Roman Eggenberger
Divine Bradley
an’t join the event, but you are looking to design and produce extraordinary experiences? Our experienced multi-disciplinary team and community can help. SEND US A LETTER OF INTENT ›
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Experience design is multi-disciplinary and at the College we welcome students from diverse backgrounds. Diversity of approaches helps everyone design better experiences and creates foundations for cross-industry collaborations.

For any questions, write us at: ADVENTURE@EXTRAORDINARY.COLLEGE. Join our newsletter if you are interested in the Experience Economy, want to be connected to our immersive experience events and our wonderful alumni, or if you feel you are an Extraordinaire yourself.

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Pudisoo küla, Männimäe ◦ 74626 Kuusalu vald
Harju maakond ◦ Estonia ◦ EE102122145





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