Paul Roberts is the founder and head facilitator at Mindful Routes. Since 2008, Paul has travelled the globe climbing, developing new routes and pushing his personal limits by climbing multiple 5.13's and up to V11 boulders. His drive in climbing has always been rooted in discovering more about the mental game. This curiosity led him to create Mindful Routes in order to help others understand more about their minds and enrich their lives through climbing. Paul is a sponsored National Athlete with Evolv.
Paul has an educational background in teaching and curriculum design. He has taught a diversity of populations, from school-aged children in science classes to middle-aged adults in outdoor education settings. Paul has taught in high school's including International Schools. Paul has been studying psychological and philosophical approaches to rock climbing since 2008 and has become the leader in offering mental training programs for rock climbers across the world. Paul holds certifications as an American Mountain Guides Association Single Pitch Instructor, and a Wilderness First Responder.
About the workshop:
Our Mindfulness and Rock Climbing Mental Training workshop was developed through years of studying mental training techniques specific to improving one's climbing, thorough interviews with high end 5.13 and v12 rock climbers, and extensive research in the field related to psychology and rock climbing.
The workshop explores an array of topics starting with the foundation of mental training: Breath work, versatile visualization, and internal dialogue. From there we explore specific concentration techniques that help hone in your focus and minimize distractions. Our workshops are always experiential, wherein we climb and practice the techniques as well as discuss them. The workshop curriculum has been successful in eliminating fear, stress, and anxiety. We work closely with these topics to help you train your mind for climbing the best you can. Overall, we work together to help you find ways to become more present and aware of not only your climbing but also your life.
Look at the Syllabus below to view a detailed outline of the basic workshop.
Our workshops are customizable to private clients, working specifically one on one with what you want to learn and overcome. Our workshops are most often facilitated with youth climbing gym teams, where we help the team gain a competitive edge by learning how to relax our mind and body to be focused and present toward our goals and challenges.
Why our workshops are great for gym owners:
When teaching our workshops to your climbing teams, we are helping the youth climbers of today reach new levels in their climbing, which is inspirational for everyone.
As your climbing team members begin to embody the teachings, they become a more wholesome person, which makes for a greater community inside of your climbing gym. With a stronger community, your long term customer retention will increase, and more people will want to join. Plus, when your team members go on to National Competitions due to our work with them (most have) it will be your gym's name that gets recognized.
Everyone remembers where they learned something powerful; your gym could be the next place people remember and return too.