We have always been keen exponents of active outdoor learning. That’s because over two decades of experience has shown us that people are far more likely to remember and buy in to new ideas if we give them the opportunity to put them into practice before they return to the business environment. It can also be a real eye-opener for participants to see individual and team behaviours in action – and it really does make the learning stick! Why outdoors? Because we find that being in the fresh air raises energy levels (particularly in the infamous graveyard session after lunch!), sharpens thinking and increases enjoyment.
Of course, we are lucky to have a partnership with Live for Today Adventures with permanently set up exercises in a beautiful woodland setting (at both Ripley Castle Harrogate and Castle Green Hotel in Kendal) which we can use to explore issues such as creating trust, managing healthy conflict, increasing commitment and giving and receiving feedback. We also make extensive use of mobile outdoor exercises, on the lawns around the Castle, at other venues and workplaces that develop interpersonal and team and leadership skills.
The team building activities are great fun and make you interact with each other. As a new member of the team at BNL it has certainly helped my integration in the company.
NPD Manager, BNL UK Limited
Loved the setting and the exercises. They really demonstrated and illustrated what we needed to take away from the day.
EPT, Yorkshire Water
The mixture of personal and team challenges not only met the objective we had to start forming a ‘self-managed’ team but also significantly and positively affected all the individuals’ confidence and raised their self-esteem. I would not hesitate to recommend the approach and venue to other teams.
Manager, Ideal Standard