One person leaning back into the arms of another as expected in trust-building exercise called Trust Leans or Trust Rocks

Trust Leans

Fun exercise to develop trust, support & spotting skills.

  • Exciting
  • Promotes trust & empathy
  • Develops critical thinking
  • Partner activity
  • No props

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Have you played this activity? What worked, what didn't work? What type of group? Do you have useful advice for other users? Do you know a fun variation?

Comments (2)

  1. David Piang-Nee

    One of the very first activities I participated and learnt very early on. Still use these today for a variety of purposes. Focussing on the spotting stance itself, it can be really useful when pointing out to participants the importance of being in balance for whatever situation. Demonstrate variations on them for archery, bike riding, surfing… any activity really can be heightened through the skill of spotting and the importance of being in balance… could be something you might feel like incorporating in your program. Feel free to ask

    • Mark

      You’re right David, and thanks for sharing. It just takes a little thought to connect any experience to important learnings for our groups. Please, anyone, reach out if you’re struggling to think of a way in which a particular experience could amplify the learning in your program.

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