Outward Bound has long been a dynamic force in the experiential education world and continues to provide their students with hands-on learning that fosters strong character, leadership development, and personal growth. This book is for those graduates of Outward Bound that are seeking to continue their journey of discovery after their course. Each habit, one for each month of the year, allows the graduate to focus on creating an Amazing Year. This book succinctly helps anyone looking to experiencing their best year ever to develop the life-giving habits necessary to interrupt old habits and foster new experiences that help people thrive and flourish.
An Outward Bound course is a powerful experience that sets the stage for each participant to take what they have learned and apply it to their life beyond the wilderness or urban setting. Think of your Outward Bound experience as a launching pad for creating an amazing life. Every Outward Bound experience is a little different, but at the heart of each experience is the development of life-giving habits that help you and those around you to thrive and flourish. What does it mean to thrive and flourish? It means that you are not living on cruise-control any longer. You have chosen to live the story of who you want to be in the world. It means that you are living a healthier, happier, and more joyful existence. It means that you are applying what you learned in your course to daily life. You are living a life of compassion through service, physical and emotional fitness, quality work and craftspersonship, and self-reliance. These four central pillars of Outward Bound are at the core of what makes your experience so relevant in our world today. Your Outward Bound course exposed you to some new ways of being that were more life-giving. This course is designed to help you develop and refine those life-giving habits. My hope is that we can circle back and celebrate your amazing way of living with more awareness, with more intention, and with more life-giving actions.
About the Author
My name is Kevin Klein, but everyone calls me Doc, not because I am a physician, but because of my colorful past in the great out-of-doors. For over forty years, I have dedicated my life to helping people and communities reach their highest potential. Much of that time has involved working with Outward Bound as an instructor, course director, program manager, and eventually as the Director of the Kurt Hahn Leadership Center. In addition, my work as a consultant with schools/colleges, health agencies, businesses, and social communities has given me deep experience and insights in how change really happens on the ground level. One of my methods for engaging people is through poetry and photography. This taps into a heart-centered approach that allows people to move beyond the intellectual to look at and change the behaviors and habits that do not serve them. In 2009, I read A Year to Live by Stephen Levine. This book challenged me to live as if I only had one year left on earth. As part of this mindfulness exercise, I chose my last day and lived as if I only had a year left. During this year, I took off two weeks each month for twelve months and climbed fifty mountains with fifty friends. It was truly one of the best years of my life. After completing my year to live exercise, I ended up in the hospital with a rare heart virus and almost died. Miraculously, I survived and began dedicating myself to helping others experience an Amazing Year. Part of my research over the years was to help unravel the mysteries of why Outward Bound courses are so powerful. After hundreds of interviews with instructors and students, I wrote this book. It is a small book with a big invitation to experience your best year ever using Outward Bound as a launching pad. Many students I talked with struggled with applying the lessons of their course back in their real world. I hope that this book and our work together can build stronger more vibrant communities that truly thrive and flourish.