Summer is coming to an end, the days get shorter and cooler. This time of the year is perfect to take walks and hikes. The right time to take people out to nature and plan walkshops. But what does it take for a successful walkshop, especially in autumn? Here is a quick summary of five most important points to keep in mind:
Before planing the walkshop, it is important to clarify the extent of the walking or hiking tour, to make sure that it is suitable for the workshop group. The exercise should be comfortable for everyone involved and, above all, be fun. You can only work well in a relaxed atmosphere.
In any case, you have to do a test walk or hike beforehand to be able to find the right tour for the participants and to adapt your walkshop format to the tour.
The weather can change quickly and it can happen that sun is expected, but the group is surprised by a change in the weather. Therefore, moderators just like participants should be equipped with the appropriate equipment. Additionally, it is important to clarify with the participants in advance that you will be working outdoors and that you can plan and prepare a lot, but the weather is not in your hands.
Sufficient rest areas are needed along the way, where participants can come together, exchange their ideas and write down what they have discussed while walking. In autumn it is advisable to choose a path with huts, café places, or covered resting places; in summer or on short walks in fair weather, you can also bring picnic blankets or use benches with or without tables in a park.
You should make sure that there are enough opportunities to collect thoughts and results and that you have enough material such as pens, moderation cards, clip boards, etc. in your luggage.
We always enjoy working with groups outdoors. Autumn is a wonderful time for it. We are happy to support and design your walkshops or advise you on the planning. Just contact us :)!