in 2002, Destination Outdoors Learning Systems Pvt. Ltd today, is a premier experiential
learning & development organization operating across India, Middle East & North Africa. An organization that uses experience based corporate training
and employee development methods to engage corporates at
a level that encourages long term behavioral changes. This
experiential learning combines interactive business simulations
and exercises with serious learning and is an extremely powerful
medium for imparting learning in new skills and helping individuals
to improve existing ones. All this is simulated through our
Microworlds or containers / learning
labs, 'compress time and space, so that it becomes possible
to experiment and to learn when the consequences of our
decisions / actions can be easily examined, reviewed and
Mistakes and errors made in microworlds are learning experiences.
Destination Outdoor’s forte is designing and creating 'microworlds'
for managers to 'play and learn'. These microworlds are
“playgrounds” for “relevant play” and costs of failed experiments
are non- existent.
'Destination Outdoors' empowers your human capital:
- Business communication
- Team work and
- Conflict resolution
- Project management
- Motivation and
- Vision building & goal
- Strategic Decision
of organizational values
- Self regard & actualization
- Organizations to
create a smart workforce
- A transfer of managerial
and people skills to
technically skilled workforce
- Teams to perform
towards a common goal
- Leaders to facilitate
and inspire their teams
- Organizations to
be able to create change
- Organizations to
be leaders in their industry
What support do we
If you and your team are to achieve the vision you have established then
support is necessary in the way of training and development, facilitation,
coaching, counseling and just general Acquisition of skills.
How effective are
A high energy team is one which regularly reviews its effectiveness and
continually improves its performance. Benchmarks for success can be established
and procedures for learning from mistakes implemented.
Our reason for being lies in creating
learning environments to inspire people to realize their self
potential and being human to others, thereby creating a just
and compassionate world.
1. Provide a platform that combines fun & learning through carefully designed learning mediums.
2. Provide the opportunity for personal
and professional development in an exciting natural environment.
3. Adopt a model of "complete learning" that not only enables managerial capabilities and its application, but also
helps imbibe values in an individual, which changes
the way people behave towards
other people, towards themselves and towards challenges and problems of life.
4. Provide a unique experience of real-life
simulation as a medium for building sustainable learning capabilities across all age groups.
Learning By Doing: D.O. programs are highly effective. Why? The answer is in
our distinctive use of experiential learning methods. Experiential
learning is learning by doing - one learns as a result of direct,
hands-on experience gained through guided exploration and problem
solving. Activities are the heart of the experiential learning
Fully Engaged: Activities in our programs involve adventure, excitement, and
heightened emotions. Participants inevitably find themselves
absorbed in activities and deeply invested in outcomes - a
perfect situation for learning. When individuals are fully
engage -physically, intellectually, and emotionally - in discovering
information, they learn more... and they retain more of what
An Ideal Context: Navigational exercises, high and low challenge courses, and
our repertoire of challenging games / exercises, role plays & business simulations provide an ideal context for individuals to discover new
information and try out new behaviors. Participants can experiment
with solutions to real-life situations without real-life consequences.
The learning process is accelerated because feedback is immediate,
concrete, and visible to all.
Enduring Discoveries Lasting Results: Participants transfer their learning to
their everyday lives with the help of facilitated discussions
and other reflective activities. D.O.'s experienced staff guide
the participants in their exploration. Shaping activities and
helping participants reflect upon their experience, our facilitators
work to ensure that participants derive the greatest possible
benefit from a program and internalize the lessons learned.
And discoveries endure when made in the midst of exhilarating,
“Most outdoor training programmes are conducted for team initiative and group
problem-solving exercises. Current research indicates that
the focus of outbound/wilderness programmes is primarily on
leadership and decision -making (60 percent and 40 percent
respectively). In contrast, the objectives of outdoor - centred
programmes are much more wide ranging. They include team building
(90%), self-esteem (50%), leadership (40%), problem-solving
(20%), decision-making (15%) and encouraging a sense of corporate
Outdoors this type of training does work because
we follow our process for every training programme.
This process include “clear objectives, skilled
facilitation, a plan to transfer the knowledge gained back to
the job, credible evaluation and follow-up.”
Programme Success Reasons - Location, Location and Location
We choose an off-site facility away from work with a reputation for excellent
hospitality standards. The site staff are also trained towards
delivering our workshops and their deliverables aligned to
our goals. The locations which are far from the maddening crowds
are chosen keeping in mind the challanges required for administrating
our exercises / simulations which revolve around water bodies,
cliff faces and natural woods. All these beautiful surroundings
are critical for our programme design and the challenge necessary
for facilitating learning!!
“A birds eye view of the workplace from our unique destinations enables the participants
to look at their workplace very objectively as
we are away from our usual workplace and in a parallel micro-world.”
Success Reason - Our people, our process, our equipment!!
People: Our outdoor staff are trained professionally in the field of "high rope high risk" simulations. Their mountaineering competencies are due to qualifications from
the worlds best institutes with minimum experience
of 10 years in the field. Every programme has an assigned Chief Adventure
Co-ordinator, Safety Officer & Logistics Officer. These professionals administer the exercises and designed
simulations which really form the mediums for learning
for the participants.
Process: Our programmes ensure 100% safety because of a 3 line safety process
followed for high rope simulations. The process for every other
water based or navigational simulations is well designed and
ensures complete safety of the participants and allows them
to step out of their comfort zones in a non-threatening manner!!
Equipment: Our gear including our ropes, hardware, life jackets, rafts, exercise
props, comprehensive medical gear, electronic & navigational tools are all from the world best manufacturers and this ensures
a reliable audit for all outdoor gear. Our staff maintains
logs on usage of all gear as a part of our safety process.
Success Reasons – Experience across industry and across levels
Our interventions have been designed and executed for our FMCG, Insurance, Medical
services, Power, Multilateral and Bilateral Development
provider, Manufacturing, Networks and R & D), Banking and F.I’s, Consulting, Engineering and Construction, Textile, Pharmaceuticals,
Not for profit Organizations, Hospitality, Agro
Industry, Law, Multi-level marketing, Media(Print
and Television), Advertising, BPO, Manufacturing
clients, business schools and senior secondary
Destination Outdoors has experience across
industry and also across levels. This fact is highlighted
in our client list
and some workshop case studies where transformational
changes in behavior have been mapped in participants during the
post workshop period.
just a flash in the pan".
Our Business Success Reason
- People, people & people!!
Our team of facilitators, counsellors, outdoor experts and backend support are
from the best in their field. Our facilitators are from the corporate world
with varied experience in human resources development,
sales and marketing, entertainment and proficient
back end and logistics management. Our outdoors
experts are certified instructors from the best schools of mountaineering.
The team is a dedicated core team with exclusivity for Destination Outdoors and
this ensures complete compliance of all our programme processes.
During the actual exercise, become a "psychological safety net" for participants as they process and focus on the process of the group vs. the
task at hand. "
Our teams philosophy for participants includes:
" to keep a vigilant eye on participants as they engage in the initiative, spot
when necessary, watch for and prevent any misuse
of equipment or people "
Post Workshop Assistance
Destination Outdoors as a part of our process factors in a follow up session
which could be refresher for a standard format workshop or
help facilitate the institutionalization of learnings at the
No programme would be complete if the
intervention does not measure an outcome and this stage is
a very integral part of
|Ashish Kaul -
Vision Guardian and Senior Facilitator
An MBA (Sales & Marketing) from Symbiosis, Pune. With over 27 years of experience, 14 years of industry experience in diverse fields of manufacture, business excellence, quality control besides core competency in managing channel sales and marketing for the FMCG industry having worked with Cadbury, Tata Tea & Tetley and specialising in Experiential learning and development post industry experience. Having lived and worked in India, Middle East, he has a multi-cultural exposure having led European, ME & Indian teams of diverse overseas front end managers and also handled multi-location teams as large as 14,000 managers & channel partners in India. Gave up his corporate life to follow his passion for outdoors and facilitation of learning. Ashish is the Managing Director Of Destination Outdoor Learning Systems Pvt Ltd running a consulting business empowering people to be self motivated and inculcate managerial capabilities.
13 yrs experience in facilitation of experiential learning and development. Has personally conducted over 720 workshops with more than 21,600 participants across industries like Telecom, Retail banking, Investment Banking, Private Banking, FMCG, Pharmaceutical, Insurance, Infrastructure, Consulting, Medical Services, NGOs, Petroleum, Automobiles, Retail, Manufacturing and Youth Development. Specialises in sales teams across Industry for facilitation of life skills & managerial capabilities. Gold awardee of DEAS (Duke of Edinburgh Scheme) for adventure, community service and outdoor learning systems. Adventure Mountaineering Course from H.M.I., Darjeeling. Climbed & peaked Mt Kang, Mt Kamet, Mt Trishul & loads of upper Himalayan & Sayadhri sanctuaries!! Fond of people and spends a lot of his free time (which is seldom!) mountain biking and river rafting!!
|Simran Kaul- Head Backroom Operations
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Simran Kaul has an overall 20 years of experience post her graduation in Political Science & Sociology and Post Graduate Diploma in Advertising and Public Relations from Symbiosis Institute Of Management, India. Having worked in the advertising industry for a few years , she was also actively involved in social & a philanthropic project called DARE which rehabilitated children with special needs. This was a TATA NGO in India driving a business project with revenue being used to rehabilitate children with special needs.
In a few years, Simran prioritised to set up a learning consultancy providing proficiency in life skills and became a co founder at Destination Outdoors. Worked extensively as a facilitator with youth development programmes comprising high school and graduate level students. Actively involved as CFO and Faculty HR head, she forms the backbone at Destination Outdoors.
|Payam Shoghi- Senior Facilitator
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A mechanical engineer by qualification, he got into
the education field right at the start. Expert in the art of participative
learning, co-operative learning and experiential learning
structures, and soft-skills. Highly articulate, confident and persuasive
team-builder, able to motivate and communicate to promote expected performance
achievement. Skilled in supporting and enabling team effort to produce
long-term sustainable development and productivity.
Widely traveled in over 20 countries worldwide in connection with trainings, seminars and other similar professional activities. Facilitated over 450 training workshops, and delivered over 300 presentations and lectures for groups associated with the corporate sector and a number of international educational institutions over the past 20 years.â€
|Bomi Kavina - Senior Facilitator
Banker by profession with 40 years experience!!! 20 years with Central bank with 7 years as Branch manager & 5 years as head training & development. Subsequently, at Standard Chartered Bank -10 years as Training & Development Head & finally at BNP Paribas as Head, Training & Development for 10 years. A total of 25 years as head of a learning vertical at banks!! Currently, 4 years of consultancy in the area of management & behavioural sciences. Extremely fond of music, traveling and understanding people.
|Yasmin Kichlu - Lead Facilitator & Wellness Coach
Yasmin is a holistic
corporate wellness and stress management teacher having 24 years of
corporate work experience. She has worked in multinational companies viz.
Nestle, Lintas, Jet Airways,
Tupperware India and Tupperware Bangladesh. Her multifaceted career also
includes a teaching stint in one of the top schools of Kolkata. She is a cancer
survivor , an experience that has strengthened her mentally and given her a new
life. Yasmin is also a
Metaphysical Healer. She has various qualifications that reflect her passions.
Her academic qualifications include B.Sc, B.Ed and MBA. Yasmin is a certified
teacher for the following: International Sivananda Yoga, Pranic Healing, and Heal Your Life (Louise Hay Philosophy).
She is also certified in Neuro-Linguistic
Programming (NLP) and Hypnosis, which gives her an all round understanding of
holistic wellness. Yasmin has travelled
extensively and attended discourses at the top Yoga institutes of India. She is
associated with the Bihar School of Yoga (Munger, Bihar), Kaivalyadhama Ashram Institute (Lonavla), S-VYASA (Bangalore) and Isha Yoga Center
(Coimbatore). She has also participated in the Corporate Stress Management
Program for executives. Yasmin is also
familiar with The Art of Living program Sudarshan Kriya, Inner Engineering
program of Isha Yoga.
|Rajnish Virmani - Lead Facilitator
Rajnish is a B.Tech and MBA with honours from Delhi
University followed by about 30 Years of Industry experience in multinationals
like TCS, American Express, Aviva, Reliance and Colt Technologies. Having
lived and worked in the USA, UK and India, he has a multi-cultural exposure. having led
European, American and British teams of over 1000 overseas staff and also
handled multi-location teams as large as 14,000 staff in India. Rajneesh has
played a CIO, COO and CEO role for the last 12-15 years and has also been
involved in leading sending and receiving offshored centres in BPO / ITO / KPO. Voted "Role Model" Leader by teams at American Express, Reliance BPO and Colt, Rajneesh is extremely action
oriented and energetic-Still a keen sportsman, he has represented his college
in 9 university level sports disciplines. Fond of people, he leads our senior
management programmes across regions.
|Shilpa Garg - Content Development & Co Facilitator
A post-graduate in management from IMS,
Bikaner, Shilpa has worked for more
than a decade as a pharmaceutical professional. Having worked in the Sales and
Marketing functions of Cipla Limited and Unichem Laboratories Ltd,
she has a vast experience in medico-marketing trainings. She is an avid reader
and is proud of her mini-library. An observer of life and surroundings, Shilpa is a Blogger too and
her blog, is listed among the Best Blogs of
|Sai Chandran - Industry Advisor
Sai is a Thinker, Facilitator & Learner at the core. He has had a successful & busy corporate career; having moved-up ranks to become Head â€“ Learning & Development, for a major Insurance brand. He has supported organizations in L&D Strategy, Implementation, consulting, and capability development with noteworthy achievements. He uses a unique blend of his corporate experience and invaluable insights achieved through his education in Psychology, Psychotherapy & Counseling, Psychometrics, Competency Sciences, and Alternate Medicine Practices. Beside his corporate face, a substantial part of who he has become comes from his work in personal and group Counseling & Alternate Therapies
|Shailaja Madhavan - Content & Business Development
Shailaja has completed her
graduation in B.Com (Hons) from Delhi
University, and is an MBA in Human Resources from IGNOU. She has 16 years
experience across diverse industries including Airlines, ITES and KPO's having
worked in Swiss Air, Amadeus, GECIS, WNS and COLT. Even though she started out
in operations, her natural flair for Learning & Development soon saw her
moving into a L&D role and she went on to head the L&D and HR function
for one of the largest verticals in GECIS and WNS and was the National Head for
Learning & Development at COLT. She loves to read and is also a trained
singer who still enjoys her karaoke evenings with friends."
|Uzma Saeed - Business Development & Facilitator Middle East
Uzma is a
seasoned and multi-skilled HR professional and facilitator with 20+ years
experience as a Subject Matter Expert in
leadership, organization development and organization effectiveness. She has
participated in significant international projects geared towards maximizing
the human potential in organizations such as Zain (in Kuwait, Middle East & African subsidiaries),
Global Investment House, Gulf Franchising Co. and Infocenter. She has
collaborated in multiple projects that encompasses areas of management and
leadership assessments, executive development, employee engagement,
establishing organizational culture, as well as developing and delivering
various HR intervention tools and training programs.
|Prachee Kukreja - Co Facilitator and Back end & MIS Co ordinator
MBA ( Finance) from
ICFAI Business School. Prachee gave up
her banking career at HDFC to join DO!!! She has excellent
analytical, conceptual, decision making and oratory skills. Prachee has been a delegate
of the Swiss Confederation at a UN Simulation at IIMA. She was President of IBS
Rotaract Club of Indore
having conducted an Indo-Malaysian Youth Exchange Conference at
IIM-Indore. A runner-up to the Director's Medal at b-school, a stock market
freak, she loves socializing, reading and travelling.
|Evelyn D'cruz - Event Coordinator
One of our young team
members, bursting with energy. A choreographer, storyteller and creative head,
she has worked with Shiamak Dawar for six years. Her
motto is â€œ live life king sizeâ€ Evelyn has been in the entertainment industry,
a theatre artist besides her dancing skills, she has also been a DJ besides
having an experience in the telecom industry for 3 years!!
|Suraj S Bhoriyal- Chief Adventure Officer
Officer apart from being a core team member of Destination Outdoors. A highly
qualified mountaineer, with a basic and advance course from NIM, Uttarkashi. A trained instructor
with 10 yrs of experience in the outdoors. Loves to lead and very process
driven in administering simulations which process learning.
|Sumit Sah- Chief Logistics & Safety Officer
Our Chief Logistics
& Safety Officer , he has a basic level of mountaineering from NIM with 10
years experience. The quite one and extremely process driven.
|Amit Sah - Adventure Co-ordinator
Basic level of mountaineering from NIM with more than 10 years experience. A keen observer and very process driven mountaineer.
|Ashish Palande - Chief Adventure Co-ordinator
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yrs of outdoor support experience in conducting youth camps, corporate outbound
workshops, adventure based events shooting for ads & movies. Certified
advance level of mountaineering from HMI, Ashish is passionate about rock
climbing and has led more than 65 climbing expeditions & opened
more than 22 virgin rock climbing routes at Sayadhri
|Devidas Anant Dongare â€“ Adventure Co-ordinator
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course in mountaineering from Sayadhri ., a very quite and efficient executor at outdoor
experiential learning workshops. Devi is very meticulous and also looks
after safety logs at Destination Outdoors and his role is
that of an adventure co ordinator.