|Expansion planned for Adventura’s Woodinville facility|
|Written by Deborah Stone|
Big plans are in the works for an expansion for Adventura, an adventure-based experiential company, at its site behind Redhook Brewery in Woodinville.
“We’ve had a massive surge in popularity and have encountered so much attention over the last three years that we have no choice but to expand the facility to keep up with demand,” says Scott Chreist, Adventura’s owner.
Chreist, a former Outward Bound Director and CEO of Team Builders, Inc., has a reputation for delivering innovative programs and designing unique workshops for a wide range of Fortune 500 companies around the world.
He began Adventura back in 2003 out of a profound desire to create opportunities for people to learn about themselves through play and adventure.
His aim was to give people ways to connect with one another through play while fostering growth on an individual level, as well as socially.
Adventura’s programs, which promote physical and mental development, take place on an aerial adventure playground and involve navigating a challenge course that includes 50-foot cargo-net climbs, various cable crossings and a zipline.
The activities can be divided into two categories: Play and Grow.
“Play events are for couples, families and friends who want to go do something fun and adventurous,” explains Chreist. “Grow programs are designed to actively develop and enhance the dynamics between people that work together or depend on one another.” He adds, “At the baseline, our programs are about providing people with an experience that enables them to clearly see the dynamics that exist between peers and to make choices about how to positively influence development moving forward.
“Effectiveness is squarely dependent upon individuals. If they want to grow and develop, the opportunity is there. As for our recreational event goals, the primary objective is to create laughter and bring people together to play. We do this extremely well.”
The Adventure Park places an emphasis on self-awareness and strengthening one’s belief in self.
The idea, according to Chreist is for people to experience something different from their typical environment that will give them the opportunity to look inside themselves.
It’s also a chance to connect with others who are going through the same situation.
In this way, participants help one another while helping themselves.
Many different companies and organizations have utilized Adventura’s programs for teambuilding purposes, from municipalities and small businesses to nonprofit organizations and large corporations.
In addition to the adventure course, participants can engage in special Teamplay events. Such experiences are designed to create positive energy within a group and build a social foundation which encourages people to interact, be creative, solve problems together and learn more about one another.
These activities also aid in fostering camaraderie and work toward strengthening peer relationships.
Chreist notes that Adventura’s programs are not about humiliation; nor are they about pushing people into activities and taking away choice.
He says, “When people feel a sense of control over what they are doing they frequently find a relevancy in the concepts being explored.
“Through dialog and reflection, people make critical connections between who they are, what they think and how they go about being. The Adventure Park is a journey, an adventure, a different path.”
In addition to its facility near Redhook in Woodinville, Adventura also runs custom programs and events all over the Puget Sound in locations such as Discovery Park, Marymoor and Lake Sammamish State Park, as well as a wide range of regional conference centers.
Responses to the company’s programs have been overwhelmingly positive.
Chreist says, “The people who come out to play with us with their co-workers aren’t shy about telling us what an amazing experience we provide. And for all the folks who come out to play with friends, we’re told daily how utterly awesome we are.”
As for the future of Adventura, Chreist notes that the company will continue to develop teaming activities and think of new ways “to bring a little adventure into being for company off-site events.”
Regarding the future of the facility at Redhook, he adds, “We are very excited about our plans to expand and we will have something super cool to announce soon.”
For more information about Adventura: (425) 868-7972 or www.adventura.co.