Outdoor education and EQ are a natural fit, bringing clarity to the concept of personal development. Our approach integrates emotional intelligence with experiential learning, using an EQ curriculum and tools to design and deliver focused outcomes.

What do you really want your students and your children to learn?

We work closely with schools and teachers to choose relevant and meaningful social and emotional learning outcomes. Instead of general goals like expanding comfort zones, we look at connecting outcomes + objectives + EQ competencies, for example linking dealing with adversity, increasing personal resilience, and exercising optimism.


Behaviors we want to see by the end of the course


Specific knowledge, attitudes and skills


Fundamental Emotional Intelligence skill

This approach identifies a clear purpose and provides direction.

Dragonfly’s trainers have clear goals that direct lesson planning, feedback and reflection. Schools and parents have clear expectations and can follow up a course with guided questions.

Courses use EQ measurements.

Each student completes an online EQ assessment. These are then consolidated by activity group in a dashboard, creating a picture of the group identity, strengths and areas for development.

Have Dragonfly come into school for pre-program learning focused on EQ.


Dragonfly works in many locations from school campuses to Hong Kong, China and international destinations. We help schools make the best choices relative to age appropriateness of sites, interests and aims, distances and travel times.

Hong Kong SAR

Sai Kung, Lantau Island and Cheung Chau Island


Guangxi, Yunnan, Fujian, Guangdong


Niseko, Hokkaido


Sabah, Borneo


Chiang Mai


We lead many activities, and these vary by location. Here is a general list, but feel free to ask us about others. When designing a program, we consult closely with schools, advising activities which fit best with the aims of the course. Activities are the medium for facilitating outcomes.


Abseiling, Camping and Camp Skills, Caving, Cooking, Biking, Canyoning, Coasteering, Hiking, Improvised Building, Orienteering, Rock Climbing, Skiing, Snow Boarding, Snow Shoeing, Survival Skills


Abseiling, Camping and Camp Skills, Caving, Cooking, Biking, Canyoning, Coasteering, Hiking, Improvised Building, Orienteering, Rock Climbing, Skiing, Snow Boarding, Snow Shoeing, Survival Skills


Kayaking (ocean, river and lake), Raft Building, Snorkeling, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Swimming, Whitewater Rafting


Kayaking (ocean, river and lake), Raft Building, Snorkeling, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Swimming, Whitewater Rafting


Community interaction and service projects, Environmental Activities, Martial Arts, Organic Farming, Tea Farming, Chinese Fan Painting


Community interaction and service projects, Environmental Activities, Martial Arts, Organic Farming, Tea Farming, Chinese Fan Painting

Planning and Designing a Program

We work very closely with schools when designing programs. Here are some helpful tips for planning the best program.


Improving emotional intelligence results in many positive outcomes, improved results on exams, increased self-esteem and responsibility towards others, and decreased problem behaviors and emotional distress, among many others.

11% Improvement in achievement test scores

23% Improvement in positive social behaviors


Tomorrow’s Leaders focuses on developing life-long skills for better relationships, confidence in one’s abilities, internal motivation, personal satisfaction and achievement, and health. It is ideally suited for 14 to 17-year olds.

The program is flexible, with five modules that can be taught individually or bundled into multi-day courses. Schools and organisations can choose a course that fits into a one-week program, or opt for one-day modules that are completed over a longer period of time.

The Modules

Dragonfly makes learning practical and relevant, with group work, thought provoking videos, individual EQ assessments, and activities that support the transference to everyday life. The modules use Six Seconds models and structure, beginning with the Know-Choose-Give model and related competencies and elements of the Team Vital Signs.

Click on the diagram below to see descriptions.

Team Action Change Motivation Trust VISION OU T C OME G L O B A L LOCAL



Looking to the Future

A five-day course would be an ideal fit for Grade 11/12 (Year 12/13) students ending their secondary studies, setting goals for further education and employment.

In-Depth Development Strategies

Get detailed analysis of your child’s emotional intelligence by completing a SEI individual report. This comes with a personalised debrief with one of our certified assessors. A summary of the report and action plan created with the student is communicated to the parents.

Host a Course

The program can be led on school campuses. Work with us to organize a private on-site course, or host an open enrollment program to complement your summer school offerings.

Summer Public Courses in Hong Kong

Join one of our public courses for 14 to 17-year olds next summer. The courses include all 5 modules, the SEI individual EQ report, EQ profiles, separate professional debrief and goal setting, and summary report given to parents. If you would like more information and details, contact us.


Change begins with you.

Everyone remembers those teachers that inspired them and had an impact on their choices in life. While youth are our future, teachers have an important role in shaping that future. Teaching is also a demanding profession. Research shows that developing emotional intelligence improves quality of life, wellbeing, and relationships- all things that help work-life balance.

These skills can be learned, can be measured, and help us navigate stress, be more compassionate, positively influence others, and make better decisions. EQ can also be applied to a school culture to build a supportive environment, with a shared purpose among all stakeholders.

Integrating emotional intelligence into schools is relatively new and can be difficult to implement at the start. To further this goal, Dragonfly offers professional development sessions and certified EQ courses for teachers and school management, both led by Dragonfly and in collaboration with Six Seconds.

Better EQ among teachers results in improved relationships with students, renewed energy and a greater sense of purpose.


Getting Started with EQ

For personal and professional development, an introduction to EQ benefits, models and tools. The half-day session is interactive and provides a faculty with a common starting point from which to go forward. Dragonfly provides this session free of charge to current clients in and near Hong Kong. For others, please inquire about pricing and how Dragonfly can add to your professional development days.

Unlocking EQ

A one-day certified course aimed at helping people integrate EQ into their work and life. It goes deeper into the Six Seconds model and methods, with a focus on taking action. Recent science into the brain and emotions is reviewed. Using the Think-Feel-Act model helps identify patterns and gives a practical tool to use with ourselves and others. The course includes the use of a personal EQ assessment and concludes by clarifying a personal vision and goals for continuing EQ development.

EQ for Educators

This is an intensive 2-day course that focuses on integrating social and emotional learning with in-class teaching and interactions with students. Participants take a SEI, or EQ assessment, prior to the course, and further their own emotional intelligence. Educators will extend their use of practical tools and activities. They will also be able to communicate the value of EQ to school leaders and parents. A prerequisite is to first complete Unlocking EQ.

Management Essentials

School leaders can look at these five workshops focused on Trust, Navigating Change, Motivation, Teamwork and Execution. They are designed as stand-alone workshops and can be bundled together to form a longer more intensive course. Three different EQ measurements and reports are used in total, and clients use these during the workshops to gain insight into themselves and others. Find out more on our Business page.

Host a Course

Contact us if your school would like to host a course. You can choose to make it a private training program, or open to other schools, teachers and the public. Dragonfly and the Six Seconds network will help market public programs. Also, check our events to see if there is a course coming up soon.

School Measurements and Reports

Is school climate important to you?

The Educational Vital Signs (EVS) is a statistically validated, normed assessment of school climate. It gets input from stakeholders, typically students, teachers, parents and administrators. Analysing learning, involvement, safety and thriving are key outcomes. Schools can use this tool and receive objective data on stakeholder perceptions.

A report and follow-up consultation reviews outcomes and help in generating next action steps. School leadership teams can look at the Team Vital Signs to help create a shared vision, improve dynamics, increase effectiveness, and drive change initiatives.


Emotional intelligence is a better indicator of success than IQ and technical skills. Whether getting into the university of your choice, performing as an undergraduate, being accepted to higher degree programs like MBA’s, or getting your preferred job, EQ skills help differentiate an individual from others.

There is a 90% correlation between EQ skills and what moves people up the career ladder

Because EQ is more valued than ever, having strong emotional intelligence skills is becoming an expectation for future leaders and employees. Harvard teaches EQ as an important part of Strategic Leadership, Yale School of Management gives students EQ tests and coaching, while Stanford Graduate School of Business integrate EQ into multiple courses.


EQ Orientation

Beginning university is a big change, with new environments, relationships and expectations. This is a 3-day program preparing students for new challenges, setting goals, discovering personal values, identifying motivation and direction. Understanding what truly drives us helps with making the best decisions going forward in life and career.

EQ for Business and Leaders

Our Management Essentials courses complement university study and give students an advantage as they enter the workforce or apply for an MBA program. These are five modules that can be delivered on or off campus, and focus on EQ skills associated with Trust, Navigating Change, Motivation, Teamwork, and Execution.

Our courses use EQ measurements, individual debriefing, and are based on-campus or off-site for a multi-day intensive program. Dragonfly puts theory into practice using active methods that conclude with specific personal goals.

Build EQ skills that set you up for success and create better opportunities.

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