What is ADVENTURE TRAINING?
NATURE RETREAT & ADVENTURE TRAINING

Adventure Training or Adventure Learning is a branch of the Experiential Learning Concept (ELC). In short the ELC is the learning method of "learning by doing with reflection". It is based on the belief that people will learn more effectively by physically and actively participating in the learning process. It is based on the theory that experiences may not necessarily result in learning however experiences, which are reflected upon and analyze in a positive and structured manner will result not only in learning but also growth. Hence Adventure Training is a learning process that encourages Active Participation and results in effective learning and positive growth through Synthesis and Reflection.

Adventure Training focus mainly on interpersonal and intrapersonal relationships. The process involves the use of adventurous activities that provide groups and individuals with compelling tasks to accomplish. These activities can range from land to sea, from group project work to individual challenges. The activities will expose the participants to situations that may give rise to confusion, conflicts, disagreements, doubts and fear. Through these experiences they will learn about adapting to change, planning, decision-making, teamwork, communication, leadership and trust. Individually, the participants will learn to overcome self-imposed perceptions of their capabilities and how to turn limitations into abilities. Participants will learn more about themselves and at the same time they will learn how to relate and work better with others.

Activities are done primarily outdoors though some activities can be done indoors. As with other outdoor activities, the elements of risk and dangers, human and environmental, are prevalent in all the activities. However most of this risks and dangers are structured in such a manner that participants will perceive them as being enormously high while in actuality they are much lower. The activities are designed to appropriately challenge the participants. Adventure Training advocates that people will change when placed outside their positions of comfort and positive and appropriate challenges will bring out the best in people. The activities are not just physical challenges but total challenges that requires creative, careful and mature thinking, determination, teamwork and leadership.

Another unique feature of Adventure Training is the use of the Challenge-by-Choice ethic. The participants are responsible for their own decisions and actions and are given the right to decide for themselves their level of participation. Participants are allowed, without the intervention or manipulation of the trainers or instructors, to decide for themselves how they wish to participate in the program. The focus is not on winning or losing, right or wrong, the focus is on what positive lessons the participants can get from their participation and experiences. Being given the freedom to decide liberates the participants from self-imposed doubts or peer pressure and will eventually motivate them to push themselves beyond their normal boundaries.

Adventure Training can be used for almost all types of programs that focus on teams and individual growth. This includes Team building programs, Leadership programs, Motivational courses, Corporate Executive training programs, Therapeutic programs, Family Counseling programs, etc. Adventure training courses provides learning opportunities that are lasting and relevant in almost all situations in life. They bring people together creating bonds among people who are unique and memorable. Adventures rejuvenate, liberate, change and strengthen us. Adventures teach us to appreciate life, to appreciate people around us and to appreciate ourselves. Adventures make us strive to push ourselves forward and beyond our limitations.