The Dark Experience

We’ll take your team to a place where everyone discovers their limitations and what it takes to overcome them.

What is the Dark Experience?

The dark experience is designed for any organisation looking to strengthen their team and develop their understanding of sight loss.

The day long course is split in to three elements that we’re able to tailor to meet your specific needs.


The Dark Experience

The core event. In total darkness participants go on a journey with only a long cane to help them navigate.

Relying on their other senses and the support of colleagues, participants experience the non-stop problem-solving that people with sight loss undertake every day.

Dine in the dark

A treat for the senses, an obstical course in every other respect!

Simple tasks like ordering food or finding it on a plate bring unexpected challenges. Participants learn how to help each other overcome them. 

Understanding sight loss

Learn practical ways your organisation can support people with sight loss, as we dispel many of the myths and stereotypes. 

Get more information about The Dark Experience and how it can help your company.

Download the full Dark Experience brochure (PDF, 182KB) 

The benefits to your organisation

The Dark Experience has been designed specifically to help you and your team:

  • Work collaboratively and enhance team-building skills
  • Improve interaction and communication, and get immediate feedback on what does and doesn’t work
  • Find new ways to solve familiar problems
  • Increase their awareness of what it means to live with sight loss

"You quickly bond with people as you have to rely on each other. It's funny that 20 minutes ago I was sitting in an office in Belfast to then being in the black going round an obstacle course, relying on people I'd never met. You end up putting your trust in people you didn't even really know before really quickly.  I was dependent on the people ahead of me and had a sense of responsibility to pass that information on to the people coming behind me. It's a very real experience. I really appreciated having a sense of what blind or partially sighted people deal with, even for that short period of time."
- Ciaran Doherty, Translink Northern Ireland.

"It sounds ironic, but this is a really eye opening experience! As a company we've already had colleagues take part in The RNIB Dark Experience from our Belfast Gasworks site and the benefits for teambuilding really stood out then, and again, today. In any workplace, you have people of differing strengths and weaknesses but in this type of environment, you're all the same, relying on the people around you to get through the challenges that the Dark Experience, definitely present. We hope to give more colleagues the opportunity to share the experience in the near future."
- Brendan Morrison, Halifax.

Get in touch

Call us and speak to RNIB NI's Business manager, Michael Law on,