Spring and summer are a great time to gather employees together to strengthen and motivate for continued team success. Lucky for us, the East Valley has some of the most memorable team building activities around. We found three East Valley resources with unusual team-building activities guaranteed to make an impact while uncovering hidden reservoirs of leadership and talent in your corporate team.

MESA

Jester’Z Improv Comedy

Jester’Z, a popular East Valley improvisation troupe, has been inspiring small businesses and Fortune 500 companies since 2001. Owner and producer Jef Rawls offers three levels of team building services to clients – pure entertainment, hands-on fun and experiential team training focused on improving one major aspect of the business.

“We offer a variety of in-depth training that teaches critical communication and decision-making skills employees and managers can apply within their business,” explained Rawls. “Or, teams can sit back and have fun while our comedy group performs sketches specific to their company culture!”

Rawls and his team offer a variety of skills to focus on, including:

Communication: Employees sharpen their ability to tell compelling stories without preparation. Rawls teaches spontaneous communication skills in a fun, supportive atmosphere, and how to reduce fear of public speaking to better understand body language and non-verbal cues to adapt presentations and use persuasion as a tool.

Teamwork: Learn principles of agreement and listening through humorous impromptu performances. Team members also enhance trust, build on ideas, cooperate, solve problems, put egos aside for a common goal and have fun.

Creativity and Innovation: Create powerful solutions with a group-mind mentality. Employees get to polish skills to create something out of nothing, act on instinct, ignore the saboteur, create win-win solutions, generate ideas quickly, unlock imagination and brainstorm with purpose. Training isn’t focused on making employees funnier; it’s about “thinking on your feet”, opening minds to more creative solutions and improved messaging to co-workers.

To learn more about JesterZ team building training or book them for a corporate retreat, call  480-423-0120 or visit www.jesterzimprov.com.

Location: 1061 N. Dobson Rd. #114, Mesa. About 25 minutes from Cadence, take the 202 North and then exit at Dobson Rd.

AZ Goat Yoga

The founders of goat yoga are right in our own East Valley backyard, making this team building activity convenient as well as memorable. Business partners April Gould and Sarah Williams came up with the idea because April is a goat farmer and Sarah has been teaching yoga for 20 years. April is also a frequent competitor on American Ninja Warrior and began using goats in her training years ago. Sarah and April were also recent competitors on the realty show Amazing Race.

AZ Goat Yoga is a casual and fun environment with some participant opting to just meditate, or sit on their yoga mat and pet the goats. While only 20% of participants do yoga on a regular basis, the majority find they actually like yoga after their first Goat Yoga class.

Each class is an hour long and participants should bring their own mat. If not, AZ Goat Yoga has a limited supply for rent or sale. During class, the goats interact with the participants, running around, through, over and even on team members while doing individual and group yoga sequences.

AZ Goat Yoga can accommodate team-building groups from 5 to 100 in a large farm field setting. Everyone from Ozzy Osborn, to local TV reporters have tried the latest fitness craze, with most being incredibly surprised at how much fun they had, even if they weren’t big yogis.

Classes fill up quickly, so contact April and Sarah early to ensure you team has a spot. Also, keep in mind that classes may be canceled for rain or irrigation.  Contact owner@GoatYoga.com, or call (480) 269-4144.

Location: Welcome Home Ranch in Gilbert at 26601 S. Val Vista Dr., about 25 minutes southwest of Cadence. Take the 202 West, exit at Val Vista Dr. and head south to Riggs Rd.  

APACHE JUNCTION

Goldfield Ghost Town

The Goldfield Ghost Town in Apache Junction offers more than a glimpse of the past with its “Old West” mining town, saloon and gold panning. Business teams can choose exhilarating jeep tours or horseback rides, relaxing carriage or historic train rides and explore Arizona heritage through an underground mining tour, historic museum tour or at the live reptile exhibit as part of one of the East Valley’s most unusual team building locations.

Goldfield Ghost Town can accommodate a variety of group sizes through an informal retreat or structured afternoon of team building activities and dining. Large businesses often cap a day of adventure with an old-fashioned (catered) outdoor BBQ complete with saloon girls and grilled steaks. Employees can also enjoy Goldfield’s free gunfights every hour, unique shopping and breathtaking sunsets.

For information on team building opportunities, call Robert Schoose or Jay Zingler at (480) 983-0333 or visit www.goldfieldghosttown.com

Goldfield (Ghost Town), 4650 N Mammoth Mine Rd, Apache Junction, AZ 85119

Location: 4650 N. Mammoth Mine Rd., Apache Junction, about 35 minutes northeast of Cadence. Take the 202 North to the 60, head east and then take the 88 north to the ghost town.

For additional team building ideas or corporate retreats, visit tourism offices in Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Apache Junction and Queen Creek. Team members will appreciate thoughtful leaders helping them push themselves to try new experiences and develop skills they never thought possible.

For more tips on doing business in the East Valley, or to learn about new homes in Mesa, visit http://cadenceaz.com/

*Photos courtesy of Trapeze U