Outdoor Experiential Therapy

04 March  |  Team Outing

The World Health Organization defines Health as a “complete state of physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”

The hectic world of today poses a plethora of challenges that we must face on a daily basis, be it at work, at home or in our personal lives. Known as a distinctive form of psychotherapy, outdoor experiential therapy is hence being considered as one of the most important forms of therapy that can be given to improve physical health, emotional health and increase in an awareness of self. It has been known to reduce fear as well as improve mental health.

As per a study published in “The Open Psychology Journal” by Daniel Bowen and James Neill – there is strong evidence that associates an increase in self-esteem of an individual participating in outdoor experiential programs.

Psychotherapists have come to appreciate these and similar other aspects of outdoors which has subsequently given birth to the field of “Outdoor experiential therapy”. The therapy uses man’s struggle against the primal forces of nature (in a controlled environment) to make him more aware of the self. The experiences a person goes through guide him towards a better version of self. Nature forces one to get out of our sheltered existence. All the usual protective layers between us and nature are removed, and we feel the turbulence of river with our feet, sustained gusts of winds on our cheeks, the solidity of rocks with our palms, with Discovery Village’s opportunities for day outings in Bangalore resorts.

Thoreau said, “I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in Nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us alright.” Nature was and is our first teacher. The cornerstone of human evolution is our ability to meet the challenges thrown at us. In a setting different from the outdoors, we can contemplate, speculate, think, imagine, and still exist, but when pitting our wits against the forces of nature, our actions are all that count. A better character-building exercise is hard to find.

Discovery Village recognizesand understands the requirements of a cognitive-behavioral-affective approach to experiential therapy. With various activities such as zorbing, team events and adventure trails, Discovery Village has a wide choice for peoleto choose from.

According to a study on Outdoor Therapy and Education conducted by Bowen, Wilson and Hans in 2013, it is said that outdoor therapy, which includes setting one in a risky environment and asking them to fend for themselves, is akin to helping one increase their self esteem and believe that they can gain control of the events occurring around them, thereby leading to less stress.

Grow as an individual and as a leader with Discovery Village. Be it a group office bonding event at resorts in Bangalore for a team outing,or a family outing at resorts in Masinagudi, Discovery Village provides you the opportunities to further your goals in the realm of self-improvement. Our list of adventurous activities will provide with the opportunity for a tête-à-tête with nature.

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