There is more in climbing than just climbing. Your approach to the challenges on rock face, and your interaction with fellow climbers, provide you opportunities to learn more about yourself and how you can do better... in climbing and in other aspects of your life.
Zen Climb instructors facilitate your learing of life lessons through climbing. The following are some of the life lessons our clients have learned through their climbing experience with us.
"I learned a lot about patience, and that sometimes you need to just go for it and hope for the best." -- Zachary Fulton, Whitby, Ontario.
"There were so many lessons that I learned throughout my time climbing; trust, determination, perseverance. However, one of the biggest lessons that stood out to me had to do with knowing that I accomplished a huge task that was in front of me. I had it in me. I pushed myself (with a lot of help and support from my wonderful boyfriend and instructors.) This instantly translated into real life for me. Just as I conquered my physical mountain, I can also conquer the mountains I face everyday in my life." -- Sarah-Jane Theobald, Ajax, Ontario
"Double check everything!" -- Boris Peresechensky, Toronto, Ontario
"That doubt, in my partners ability, and mine, is not always a bad thing. Safety is paramount!" -- Raz Peel, Toronto, Ontario
"When you feel you're stuck and couldn't continue, you look around and you can find other handholds and footholds. You can find a solution. It's the same in life. When you encounter a problem, just keep looking for options. Don't give up. You can always find a solution." -- Bassam Husain, Mississauga, Ontario
"I tend not to seek perfection. Back in school, when I knew enough to get the mark I wanted, I would stop studying. Today, in the anchor setting course, I had to tie every knot and do everything perfectly. I realized that it feels good to go beyond the required, in fact it feels great when you know you did your best. I realized that it is not about getting the result, it is about doing your best during the process, and once you do your best, great result will follow. In future, I will surpass the expected and go beyond the required in order to have this great feeling of achievement again." -- Veronika Orlova, Toronto, Ontario
"Foot holds are important. It's the same in business. You have to be secure with your footholds... such as contracts." -- Greg Koniecek, Mississauga, Ontario
"There were two lessons that I walked away with. First, while I can have the fanciest equipment but without a team and a strategy, I won't get too far up the rock. Second, I was reminded that a tolerance for risk is necessary for growth." -- Alnoor Wissanji, Toronto, Ontario
"It was nice to spend the day outside and learn something new. I was expecting a day of fun and exercise but got so much more out of the experience. With your support, I was able to challenge and push myself more than I thought I could. I realized that I can step outside of my comfort zone and strive to achieve new goals." -- Karen Sabet, Barrie, Ontario