Outdoor Educators Learn the Ropes at Enchanted Hills Retreat

Members of the Outdoor Educators Institute (OEI) participate in a low-ropes challenge course at EHC. All under training shades, they support three members who are balancing on a single rope raised a few inches off the ground.In November members of the Outdoor Educators Institute (OEI) visited Enchanted Hills for a two-day training to learn more about how to adapt outdoor recreation activities to include the blind community. We provided instruction on human guide technique, myths and facts about blindness and philosophy of inclusion. Participants had a chance to meet with LightHouse Board and staff on issues of accessibility and discuss best ways to instruct blind students.

“We learned so much this weekend. Thank you to Enchanted Hills Camp and LightHouse for the Blind – San Francisco Bay Area for showing us how you create access to the ‪#‎outdoorsforALL”
-from the OEI Facebook page

Enchanted Hills Camp Director Tony Fletcher said, “I was extremely impressed by the enthusiasm and competence demonstrated by the students. The opportunity for Enchanted Hills Camp to partner with OEI, gave both our organizations the chance to build a partnership that will truly benefit the blind community in inclusive outdoor education.”

An OEI student explores a tree carving tactilely.

The Outdoor Educators Institute provides a 3-month long professional and workforce development program training the next generation of outdoor leaders. Their leadership training includes wilderness backpacking, sea kayaking, ropes course facilitation, environmental education, group management, professional skills, conservation skills, and equity, diversity, and inclusion trainings.

Are you looking for a retreat setting for your company training or other group outing? Please call us at (415) 694-7310 or learn more at www.enchantedhillsretreat.com.

In the Dining Hall at Enchanted Hills, Camp Construction Manager George Wurtzel, complete with feathered hat, takes time out to chat with members of OEI.