Loneliness and the Power of Connection


Episode 213: Inspired by a New York Times article, this conversation explores the topic of loneliness and the importance of connection in adventure education. Founding Director, Jim Grout shares his personal experience with loneliness during his hospital stay and highlights the power of connection in sustaining him. The conversation emphasizes the need for intentional community building in workshops and the adventure education industry. It also discusses the importance of creating a supportive community for newcomers in the field through mentorship programs and scholarships. The conversation highlights the importance of reaching out and connecting with others. It emphasizes the power of simple gestures and how they can create a positive reaction in the other person. 


Episode Takeaways:

  • Loneliness can have detrimental effects on physical and mental health.
  • Connection and community building are essential in adventure education.
  • Creating intentional moments for connection in workshops can enhance the overall experience.
  • The adventure education industry should prioritize community building and support for newcomers.

Additional Resources

New York Times link to article on loneliness 

New York Times link to loneliness video