therapeutic climbing courses

Climbing therapy in psychotherapy & experiential education


Date 2020

WED, November 11th, 2020  (10:00 AM) –
SUN, November 15th, 2020 (3:00 PM)



Climbing Gym „K3“ in the town of Bad Ischl (Austria, Europe)
a modern Climbing Gym in a very beautiful mountain region called „Salzkammergut“ in Austria (one day of the program we will climb outdoors on rock and on trees), there are also some lakes in the vicinity, so maybe you want to extend your stay as holidays…


Who can attend the training programs?

Since our beginnings in 2003 we have good experiences with a broad variety of participants coming from different professions: psychologists, psychotherapists, doctors, teachers, outdoor trainers, social workers, physical/occupational therapists or nurses working in psychiatry or climbing instructors working in the field. If you have any doubts, wether your background is sufficient or if the program fits your needs contact us.
Concerning your climbing skills: it is highly recommended that you have already experienced climbing and are able to climb and belay toprope and lead. But it´s not required that you have a professional training as a climbing instructor (in the long run we recommend to attend such a training).


Goal of the course

Qualifying the participants to plan and conduct programs using climbing as a psychological or pedagogical tool, including the choice of exercises and the verbal interactions before, during and after the action.

climbing helps with depression, anxiety disorders, ADHD...

Contents of the 5 day program

In general we alternate between theory and practical parts to keep the program vivid and let you experience the theoretical issues. That´s what we will present you in detail:


  1. Identification and discussion of “experiential qualities”. We tried to identify all different aspects what climbing set´s in motion in people´s minds like: trust, fear, self esteem, self efficacy, planning (training of the executive functions), borders (to deal with them, to go over them sometimes), performance (who much pressure do I put on me in climbing concerning my level of performance), body (e.g. in the sense of relaxation and tension, where do I feel emotions in my body, breathing), social aspects, attention, enjoying/happiness and some more. For these aspects we tried to find settings, which trigger them in a person in a group. So we discuss who to choose the right exercises.
  1. Discussion of different mental disorders like depression, anxiety disorder, OCD, ADHD, personality disorders e.g. BPD in there relation to climbing: what can we expect when people with this disorders climb with us and who can we use climbing (the direct experience but also social factors) to influence these disorders through climbing.
  1. We identify typical settings in the field of experiential education, mostly for the work with social organizations but also in the field of profit oriented firms (teams).
  1. Level of verbal interventions: we tried to put all aspects of verbal interventions on a scale and discuss these in relation to people´s professions because we have participants from various fields (like social workers, doctors/m.d., psychologists, experiential educators, climbing teachers and so on) and needs of the clients or situation of a therapeutic group.


Course Fee

€ 628 + 20% VAT = € 753,-
The fee includes the entrance fee for the climbing gym.