designed to increase resilience, adaptability, and self-awareness
Why Step Outside?
Wherever you go, bring your whole self.
Step Outside is a first-of-its-kind adventure program serving the Austin, TX community. We design outdoor experiences for individuals and organizations that help participants embrace challenges as opportunities and respond according to their values.
To develop these skills, we use a proven methodology for interpersonal skill-building and pair that with experiential activities like hiking and climbing. While natural settings and challenging experiences have their own inherent benefits, Step Outside's curriculum intentionally maximizes the opportunity for personal growth by training participants to develop more flexible ways of thinking and being in those environments, which directly influence how we show up in our work and personal lives. We also rely on small-group discussion as a tool for reinforcing self-discovery and building community.
In short, we're helping individuals and teams be present, open up, and do what matters — so that we can bring our whole selves to work and to life.
What is ACT?
Develop flexibility, navigate uncertainty
The concepts supporting Step Outside's curriculum originate from Acceptance and Commitment Training (pronounced "act" like the verb). It's an empirically-supported approach that promotes behavior change through values-driven action.
The purpose of ACT is to help us recognize and acknowledge what's outside of our control. From there, we work to engage fully and consciously in the current moment so that we can act based on what's important to us (check out Russ Harris's introduction to ACT here).
Unlike the intense expectations that are reinforced culturally (via social media, self-help books, etc.), ACT is not about helping us feel happy or demanding us to think positively; instead, it's about developing skills and behaviors that increase our willingness to embrace the difficult thoughts, emotions, and circumstances we can't control, and then choosing to respond with actions that work for us over the long-term as we move towards what we care about.
If you're looking for a cure or solution to every painstaking difficulty, challenge, or inefficiency that your team will face (or frustration you'll experience interpersonally), Step Outside isn't your answer. But if you're interested in developing skills that will allow you and your team to navigate an array of challenges more productively and efficiently, take a look at our programs and consider connecting with us here.
A comprehensive series of ACT-inspired workshops designed to encourage your team to move through uncertainty, communicate openly, and produce more meaningful work.
Outdoor trips tailored to meet your team's most pressing needs. An overview of values-based action to help teams collaborate more effectively.
"Step Outside gives you an opportunity to challenge yourself physically and mentally. That challenge puts you in a headspace that opens you up to new ideas and ways to think about yourself."
-Ally McKnight, Engineering Manager at NoRedInk
An ongoing series of monthly workshops built to help individuals engage more productively with challenges and respond presently
according to their values.
An introductory two-day trip that offers a brief overview of ACT concepts with activities that help participants develop self-awareness and flexibility.