Hug A Tree
Start on a track in a pleasant forested area.
This activity works well as a break during a hike.
The purpose is to get people engaged in non-visual, intimate encounter
with trees, as well as the terrain.
The activity also works well as a trust-building activity.
The groups needs reasonable maturity, such that the blindfolded people are
cared for (golden rule: a blindfolded person must always be holding
someone else's hand - or a tree) - watch out for careless guiding
especially from macho males.
For mature groups, a briefing may be enough; for less mature groups, do a
In pairs, one is blindfolded. The blindfolded person is to be the
The tree-hugger is lead through the trees and then placed next to a
special tree. The tree-hugger touches the tree and tries to memorize its
size, shape, location, texture, etc.
The tree-hugger person is lead back to the starting point, takes his/her
blindfold off and tries to locate his/her tree.
Swap. Usually participants like to have a couple of turns at being
blindfolded and trying to find a tree.
Forested area. Blindfolds.
Total ~ 10-30 minutes. Plus to location. Discussion (optional) ~ 10
In a forested area, pairs take turns being blindfolded, lead to a tree
(for touch and feel) and then lead away. After removing the
blindfold, the tree hugger tries to locate his/her tree.