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Time for a digital detox

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A couple of years ago, a handpicked group of 35 CEOs, entrepreneurs and other influencers were whisked away to Morocco, where they had their tech taken away from them and their behaviour studied by undercover neuroscientists.

They had access to their smartphones on the first day of meeting one another, before undergoing a digital detox. Everything from their facial expressions to their physical movements and relationships were analysed as Fast Company reports, here’s what the neuroscientists uncovered:

Better posture, deeper connections

People’s posture changed dramatically during the digital detox. Rather than looking down at their screens, they looked up at one another. Their bodies opened up with shoulders back, which made their energy open up and helped them to appear more approachable. Better eye contact led to friendships blossoming, and the group felt more at ease with one another.

Conversation flowed

When we don’€™t know the answer to a burning question, we Google it which the study found is quite the conversation killer. Unable to rely on search engines, when a question arose, the group would keep talking as if they were searching for the answer, which often resulted in creative storytelling, guessing games and cracking jokes. These are the conversations that really form bonds with people,€ said the study’€™s leader, Kate Unsworth.

Improved memory

After just several days of switching off from tech, the group could remember random details about each other better, like the names of distant relatives that cropped up in conversation. The neuroscientists said this was because people were more €˜present€™ in conversations, with their brains able to process and store information more easily. As the article quite rightly explains: €˜With the distractions of technology, our brains have been trained not to register seemingly insignificant details. These minor facts are actually very important in the process of bonding and learning about other people.

Better sleep

During the digital detox, the group said they didn’€™t have to sleep as long as they normally did, but felt more rested and revitalised. This was attributed to the blue light emitted from screens which suppress melatonin in our bodies, making us more alert as we drift off. There’s lots of research to suggest that people who check their phones just before hitting the pillow don’€™t get a very good rest.

Fresh perspectives

One of the most significant findings from the study was that the group were more inclined to make big changes to their lives when they were switched off from tech. Some members made the decision to change jobs, while others decided to recommit to their health and fitness. €˜The lack of constant distraction appeared to free people’s minds to contemplate more important issues in their lives, and it also made them believe they had the willpower to sustain a transformation,€™ the article explains.

 

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Your turn to detox!

It€™s clear to see that there are loads of benefits to disconnecting with tech and reconnecting with what’€™s real with one another and with the world around us.

So, why not enjoy some of these benefits yourself by planning a digital detox this summer? Whether it’s tonight, this weekend or next week; whether it’s for a few hours, an evening or a week or two. Get your tribe involved, enforce a ‘€˜no tech’€™ policy in your house between certain hours. Instead of staring down at screens, head outdoors and look up and all around you. Rather than scrolling aimlessly through social media, catch up with friends and family,€“ find out what they’ve been up to and engage in conversations that actually mean something.

We all need to step back from technology from time to time. To slow things down. To reconnect with ourselves. To just breathe. To feel free. To reclaim your spare time. To find that healthy balance.

The heart of the forest is the perfect place to head if you’re enjoying a digital detox. There’€™ll be no beeping or pinging to distract you; just the sound of birds chirping and bees buzzing, oh, and Go Ape-rs hollering like Tarzan in the treetops! Ditch the wi-fi and try a different connection by embarking on a Tree Top Adventure with your tribe. Catch you in the canopy soon!

We welcome our 7,000,000th customer!

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Fellow tribesmen and tribeswomen, we’€™ve done it! We’™ve only gone and welcomed our 7,000,000th (yep, seven millionth) Go Ape customer!

 

To think a€“ in 15 years, seven million people from across the UK and beyond have visited our leafy hideouts. Seven million people have swung through the treetops, whizzed through the air on zip wires and rolled around the floor on our Forest Segways. Seven million people have chosen to Go Ape and live life adventurously. In fact, we actually feel a little emotional about it!

How we celebrated

Of course, this mammoth millionth milestone certainly deserved a celebration€“ and celebrate we did!

We surprised three lovely ladies visiting Go Ape Cannock, as they embarked on a Forest Segway Experience. Unsuspectingly, they completed their forest-themed adventure wearing helmets with three 7,000,000th customer tickets sneakily planted inside of them.

We secretly set our video cams to €˜record€™ and filmed Jane, Julie and Jane turning up to Go Ape. We followed them with our cams as they cruised around the forest floor, hiding behind tree trunks so we didn’t get caught out!

Then, as they rolled back to base, stepped off the Segways and removed their helmets. SURPRISE! Cue the music, party hats, bananas, gorillas, singing, dancing and huge celebratory certificates! You could say the three Js were rather taken aback!

After the buzz died down and we explained to Jane, Julie and Jane why they were receiving the extra-special treatment, we got to find out more about the ladies. They know one another through their husbands who work together (along with one of the Janes).

The ladies occasionally organise a girls’€™ day out and, upon their arrival at Cannock, told one of our tribe that they’™d decided they wanted to do more adventure-filled things together. One of the Janes referred to herself as ‘the Segway expert€™ after rolling around multiple times on the self-balancing machines (including at Go Ape Cannock). We can second that after witnessing her skills whilst filming them on the forest floor!

The ladies had enjoyed a leisurely stroll before the roll and said that they were delighted with being surprised! As an extra thanks for helping us to reach the milestone, we gave Jane, Julie and Jane a hamper packed with merchandise and gift vouchers – so they can come and enjoy another adventure-filled girls’€™ day out with us again in the not-too-distant future!

So, we’€™ve got to say a huge thanks€™ to Jane, Julie and Jane! Thanks as well to all of our lovely, loyal Go Ape-rs who have helped us to reach the seven million mark. Thanks for living life adventurously and for being advocates of our forest-themed adventures!

Here’€™s to the next seven million visitors!

Head to the trees for The Big Canopy Campout!

Big Canopy Campout Blog
Adventurists, explorers, climbers, Go Ape-rs’€ anyone who (like us) shares a burning passion for the wonderful wild world a€“ put the 24th of June in your diaries.

Why? Because it’€™s The Big Canopy Campout!

On the eve of the 24th, canopy and climbing communities across the world will unite to spend the night pitched-up in the treetops, underneath the stars (our idea of heaven). The campout will raise money to help the World Land Trust (WLT) purchase and protect critically threatened rainforest in Borneo.

If you’€™ve never heard of the WLT, it’€™s a charity focused on rainforest conservation with over 20 years of experience carrying out successful environmental projects.

Sir David Attenborough said: €œThe money that is given to the World Land Trust, in my estimation, has more effect on the wild world than almost anything I can think of.

Each expert troop around the world will share pics, vids and experiences of their canopy camps on social media and on The Big Canopy Campout website. They’€™ll be monitored from dusk until dawn, helping us to learn about the unique life and environment of every forest.

Get involved!

Now, we can’€™t let all the pros have all the fun, can we? The Big Canopy Campout is calling out to YOU to get involved! It wants YOU to join in and celebrate rainforests and help protect the canopy through adventure!

Chances are, you may not have the skills, experience or equipment needed to rig a tent in the treetops (if you do, then climb away!). But you can still set-up camp on the ground, whether it’s in woodland, or in your own back garden with your family or buddies. You might not be treated to the same awe-inspiring views from the floor, but the experience will be just as exciting!

As the event website explains, it doesn’t matter where you end up camping, but it would be great if it was somewhere with a story; somewhere perfectly picturesque and where you’re surrounded by forest life.

If you like, you can fundraise for The Big Canopy Campout“ or, just sharing your experiences on social media using the hashtag #TheBigCanopyCampout will help to spread the word and raise much-needed awareness about this awesome cause!

The Go Ape tribe will certainly be joining in the fun in any way we can. We spend most of our time in the canopy; and although we’€™re pros (if we do say so ourselves) at treetop obstacle courses, we€’re not as skilled at pitching up a tent in the treetops. So, we think we’€™ll be setting up base on the forest floor!

Up for it? Of course you are! Join like-minded adventurists across the globe, all united by their shared love of forests! We hope to see you in the trees (or in amidst the trees) very soon!

Confidence development for your class

GROUP OF SCHOOL KIDS WITH GORILLA ALEXANDRA PALACE
Want to know how you can become the coolest teacher ever?
It’s simple: book a school trip to Go Ape!
Escape the confines of the classroom and spend a day in the treetops with your tribe! Sub maths for monkeying around; switch science for swinging in a Tarzan style; and swap lunchbox sandwiches for an awesome forest feast, cooked up by our highly-talented chef.
Educational and adventurous

Our Tree Top Adventure and Tree Top Junior courses are tree-mendously fun, but will also provide your kids with an educational experience they’ll never forget.

We know we bang on about it, but spending time in the great outdoors is mega important for our health and wellbeing. And for kids, being immersed in nature plays an important role in their personal development.

Our unique adventures encourage kids to feel confident in the great outdoors and confident in their own ability. Here’s how…

Independence

A treetop course requires kids to engage their brains and consider how to tackle certain obstacles. Shall I tip-toe across this one or travel on hands and knees? Do I need to hold on or can I attempt a hands-free crossing? It encourages independent thinking and at the same time, sharpens their problem-solving skills.

Treetop mingling

A sky-high adventure encourages kids to move out of their cliques and connect with new classmates. Helping and spurring one another on as they tackle each obstacle will build stronger bonds, which in turn will boost their confidence in-class. This makes Go Ape an awesome ice-breaker trip for the start of a new school year.

Discover potential

If you’ve never Go Ape-d before, it’s hard to describe the feeling you get as you whizz through the air on the final zip wire. We’ll describe as elation, with a sprinkling of disbelief. Completing a course makes you feel like you can conquer the world…it must be the adrenaline!

So, the more obstacles your mini tribe conquer, the more confident they’ll grow and this is bound to have a positive impact when they’re back at their desks. Go Ape might give them the confidence boost they need to sign-up to a club, make new friends or volunteer to speak during assembly.

And if any of your tribe start off scared but finish with skills to rival Tarzan’s, that’ll be a major confidence boost for them. The sort of confidence boost that’ll make them shout out, “I can do anything!”

Tree Top Adventure and Tree Top Junior school trips are available during the week, and supervising adults get to swing absolutely free!

If you want to make your experience a little more educational, we’ve also developed a range of KS1 and KS2 learning resources to compliment your visit.

Want to chat through it some more? No problem just give one our friendly tribe members a call on 0845 643 9215.
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