Shipwrecked: A team building experience


Shipwrecked: A team building experience wake up on a remote island. No food, no water , no shelter, just you, your team members and some raw materials. This is exactly what happened to a group of colleagues last month. 

They were shipwrecked on the barren, arid landscape of Terranea Resort….The group had washed ashore after their luxury cruise ship sank off the southern coast of California. They were forced to become resourceful, collaborative, and innovative in order to survive the extreme conditions of the luxury resort. 

The “lost” group divided themselves into smaller “tribes” and completed survival tasks using their wits, skills, and teamwork. Their first task was to build a shelter to protect themselves from the harsh mediterian climate of southern California! They did so using “found” materials of bamboo and beautifully crafted sarongs (essential for decorative purposes of shelter on a barren landscape). The tribes came up with some pretty creative formations as the entire tribe needed to be able to fit inside in case of stormy weather!

The tribes also needed to form a tribal identity. They all made logos, hats, flags, and chants to fit their tribal vibe! Each tribe proudly performed their songs and displayed their shelters thereby tightening the tribal bond. 

After the performances, the (blue) sky rumbled as a storm approached the village! All the tribes worked together and linked their beautifully designed structures for extra strength. All the separate tribes flags came together and flew as one in the wake of a “stormy” day! Together, all tribe members huddled together under their strengthened structures and celebrated with a unifying drum circle. The beat of the drums enhanced the team’s camaraderie and appreciation for one another. Finally, as the “storm” passed overhead, the group came together for one final embrace to commemorate their new found friendships and alliances.

When the colleagues were rescued from the island and returned to work on Monday they noticed some improvements regarding teamwork in the office. They found significant improvements in productivity, motivation, collaboration, creativity, communication, and positive reinforcement. The teams shipwrecked experience turned out to help build a more productive company and positive work environment! Maybe the team should get shipwrecked more often?


Electric Bike Tours of Laguna's Stunning Back Roads


Electric Bike Tours of Laguna's Stunning Back Roads

Want to fall more in love with Laguna, if such a thing is possible? Take a eBike tour with us, and head up Mystic Way for a downtown view of low-rise buildings and greenery unlike any other coastal town and you’ll understand why so many are alarmed by over-development. Then head south to Bluebird Canyon Road, deep into the ravine that once housed Olympic athletes and is now home to the stunning, regenerative urban farm and education resource known as Bluebird Canyon Farms.

Then swing around and go north on Temple Terrace past our beautiful historic neighborhoods, and glide down Lombardy Lane to experience the cutest gingerbread living in town. Careful crossing Thalia, but then plunge down Wilson past Nita Carman Park and savor the exquisitely dense greenery just off our main drag. Arrive at the high school, take in the athletics, and, depending on surf, wonder how many kids are “out sick.”

Zip down El Camino Del Mar to experience our one and only roundabout. Maybe loop it twice or three times and ponder how useful they would be in other places before heading into town and past the littlest church in the west, St. Francis by the Sea.

Take Mermaid, pop a taco in your mouth at La Sirena, and then head to the Arts District and park with ease. Maybe one day we’ll be able to ride all the way out the canyon to Barbara Lake on a dedicated path. And maybe visitors can park out there and ride a bike into town.

But for now, circle back, cross Broadway, head up Lower Cliff Drive, and adventure into the awesomeness that is North Laguna. Jump on Monterey and ride our only dedicated bike lane. It runs less than a mile but hey, it beats a sharp stick in the eye. Say hello to Riddle Field, the oldest baseball diamond in the OC, and then transition onto Hillcrest. Stop to savor historic Pine Castle, and notice the juxtaposition between the austere, Normandy Revival Castle, and the modern, fluid lines of Planning Commissioner Jorg Dubin’s stunning, sexy gate (oh yeah, he occasionally makes art.)

Keep going until you reach Dartmoor, where your electric torque will power you up to the trailhead that only fit bikers could reach before. Though electric bikes aren’t allowed on trails, the first part is a paved fire road, so I’m giving you an exemption. Round that first bend and take in the amazing view to the south. Look across the hill at the exotic mid-century Hortense Miller house and gardens. Then imagine her Shangri-La life back in the day, cavorting and creating art all over her expansive garden. Probably naked, too.

Now cross Coast Highway (always at the crosswalk), head over to Crescent Bay Park, and tell me if there’s a more exotic view anywhere on planet earth. Heavenly Crescent Bay in the foreground, our undulating coast behind, and just in front Seal Rock, with frolicking sea lions and cormorants. A view among several that no doubt inspired many to change their lives and move here!

Now roll down Cliff Drive and experience North Laguna coastal living. If it sounds like a coffee-table book, it should be. Crescent Bay, Shaw’s, and Fisherman’s Cove, and finally mighty Heisler Park. Yum.

Stop to see the time capsule, Jorg Dubin’s 9/11 memorial (did I mention he makes art?), the whale, the flowers, the trees, the sculptures, the amphitheater, the yoga, the sunset serenades, the views, the lawn bowling, the smells, the picnics, and the multi-cultural joy of living in a free country. Pause for a moment of gratitude that you live here! Then hop on your bike and head back home for a sundowner.

This isn’t some utopian dream for the future. This is right now and every day. Come ride with us.