Teambuilding Activity: Blind Trust
A blindfold exercise that you can easily do indoors is this one! With many thanks to Heleen van Tol.
This exercise promotes:
- Trust in your own senses.
- Trust in others.
Below are the instructions:
Time: 30 minutes
Participants: 5 to 15
Indoors (but outdoors is also possible)
- Sufficient blindfolds
- A suitable physically safe environment
- Make sure to mention that you are also present to ensure safety.
First part of the exercise:
- Take a position in the room, spread out a bit.
- Close your eyes, listen to your own breathing, and concentrate on your surroundings.
- Walk carefully through the space with your eyes closed, without colliding with anything.
- If you concentrate on your surroundings, you won't collide because you will feel when something or someone is near you.
- Let everyone walk around for a while to experience what it's like.
Instruct participants to form pairs and give one person a blindfold.
- Blindfold the other person so that they can't see anything.
- The person who is not blindfolded guides the blindfolded person through the space, making sure they don't bump into anything.
- After a few minutes, switch roles and walk through the space again, with the roles reversed. You can increase the pace later on if desired.
Instruct participants to form groups of four.
- Form a small circle with one person standing stiffly in the middle.
- The blindfolded person falls gently into the arms of the surrounding individuals. The group then pushes them to the other side of the circle, creating a rocking effect.
- If this goes well, the entire group can form a well-closed circle and repeat the exercise.
-What did you think when you received the task?
-How did it feel to be responsible for someone else?
-How was it to lead/be led?
-When did you feel doubt?
-What did you do then?
-Did you maintain and communicate your own boundaries effectively?
-How did you feel as an individual, and what happened within the group?