Ariel National Center for Leadership Development

Training Tomorrow’s Leaders

Israel’s premier outdoor training site, the Ariel National Center for Leadership Development provides a one-of-a-kind, experiential platform for Israelis and visitors to discover and realize their potential. Accompanied by curricula incorporating Jewish themes, each training program draws from Biblical values and narratives to prepare Israeli leaders for the future through a bond with the past. Educators and course leaders deliver training that encourages guests to think creatively, communicate effectively, engage in self-reflection, foster teamwork, develop discipline, and recognize theirs strengths and those of their peers.

With the beautiful landscape of Ariel and the surrounding hills as the backdrop, our guests also deepen their connection to the land of Israel and to the Jewish state. Students, educators, corporate staff, high-tech personnel,  families and tourists regularly make the Ariel National Center for Leadership Development their choice for an activity that empowers individuals while uniting the group. The Center is based on a partnership with friends from the United States at JH Ranch and with local and national agencies in Israel.

The Facilities

The Center consists of six courses:

The Odyssey – The most visually daunting apparatus, The Odyssey allows for a slew of creative “plays” which challenge teams to learn how to work together and think creatively to make it across the ropes, thus empowering solidarity.

The Alpine Tower – With “plays” for both individuals and groups, the 56-foot tall Alpine Tower demands from those who climb its ropes to overcome fears and trust in others as they aim to the top.

The Leap of Faith – Also called “David and Goliath,” this 27-foot tall apparatus is designed for individuals to have faith in their abilities to set and reach goals.

The Giant Swing – Leap toward the sky for a panoramic view of Ariel and the surrounding hills.

The Low Training Development Course (TDC) – While lacking in height, this team apparatus does not lack in difficulty. Trainers guide guests through a series of challenging tasks that push teams to work together, solve problems, and maintain focus.

Climbing Wall – Climbers test their endurance, stamina and speed as they climb their way to the top of this 40-foot wall, honing their communication and leadership skills in the process

In addition to the obstacle courses, the Center features outdoor and indoor areas for group briefings and informal education and the “Big Top” tent for events. At the apex of the Center overlooking the City, the Pioneers Museum tells the story of Ariel’s founding.

Each training session is tailor made according to the needs of each group.

Message from the Mayor

Our sages say: “No one is wiser than the person of experience.” The Ariel National Center for Leadership Development was founded to foster wisdom through hands-one training that provides new insights, skills, and tools for both personal growth and communal engagement. We all want to live in a better place and to make a better world. At the Center, you could start – or continue – the journey, from theory to practice.