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Adventure Retreat Leader is a resource for Coaches, Speakers, Authors and Writers, Educators, Practitioners, and all Heart- and Nature-Based Entrepreneurs and Professionals. We offer teleclasses, audios, guidebooks and coaching; all designed to help you lead Outings, Adventures and Retreats in nature as a profitable part of your business.

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Monday, August 10, 2015

BELIEVE!

Believe...
  • in the work you do.
  • that your participants will love your offering.
  • that your participants "get it." 
  • in yourself.
  • in what you have to offer.
  • that less is more.
  • that your participants contribute to your offering as much, if not more, than you do.
  • that Mother Nature has got your back! 
What are you disbelieving that is getting in your way of offering a triumphant Adventure Retreat? 

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Bundle Up

Package two, three and even four of your outings together under one theme. Why?
  • You can offer special pricing to those who buy the package and intend to play with you multiple times each year.
  • There's way more value to advertise as each offering takes your participants a little deeper into the theme.
  • Once you've got the "bundle," you can tailor it to target specific groups, offering this bundle several times a year to different groups.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Environments

Are you skilled at creating or finding environments that facilitate your offerings? The right environment can do most of the work for you so this is a skill to hone. Here are a few things to practice:
  • For sure, visit the environment ahead of time. In fact choose two or three and visit them all. Live in each environment for at least 24 hours as though you were a participant in your offering.
  • Ask yourself, am I comfortable? If not, why not? If so, what about this environment adds to your comfort? Consider sounds, scents, temperatures, humidity, scenery, etc.
  • Ask yourself, does this environment fit my theme or is it in conflict with the theme of my outing? For instance, if your theme is about simplifying your life, you might be in conflict offering your outing in a busy city's garden. Cities require strategies to get somewhere within the city. And the large elaborate gardens, while beautiful, are so sophisticated that it takes a professional gardener or two to maintain them. You may be giving a conflicting message. Maybe the beach or a quiet hiking trail would be better for an offering with a simplifying theme.
  • Ask yourself, does this environment inspire me? First and foremost, your chosen environment needs to inspire you. That inspiration flows from you to your participants. If you're not inspired, you'll be checking your watch regularly, looking for the end of your offering.
If can honestly assess your comfort level as well as find an environment that fits your theme and inspires you, you're on your way to becoming a pro at designing environments that support your offering.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Logos

Do you have a Logo for your Adventure and Retreat business? Think carefully about your logo. Take your time. A logo is meant to be with you for a long time. Using a logo on all your material will, over time, help with recognition. A logo can be inspiring and be the very thing that attracts a new participant. And ultimately, a logo can be converted to tee-shirts, bags and hats.

Here are some logos participants of our trainings have created.






 



Saturday, June 20, 2015

Throw Out The Rules


Here's what Patt and I hear often from new Adventure and Retreat Leaders:
  • I need to be an expert about my theme, my topic, my adventure environment.
  • My offering has to be scheduled in small increments in order to start on time, deliver what I promised, and end of time.
  • I must have activities that relate to my theme
  • I need to have long and thorough discussions with my participants that relate to my theme.
  • I need to be a coach.
Forget it! How you lead your adventure is based on what YOU WANT to do. We can give you advice and suggestions based on our experience. But....

THERE ARE NO RULES!

Friday, June 12, 2015

Go Take A Hike

These Tips For How To Lead A Successful Hike by The North Country Trail Association are a wonderful resource for your next hiking offering. The tips are generic enough for any trail. And there are numerous great links to more information like:

  • The Sierra Club's "How To Lead A Hike" Video
  • National Outdoors Leadership School
  • Leave No Trace Principles
  • The American Hiking Society

See you at the Trailhead! 

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Listen to Our June Adventure Retreat Leader Community Call

Thanks to all who joined us our June Adventure Retreat Leader Community Call. You can learn more about these calls at Adventure Retreat Leader Community Calls series. We hope you enjoyed Communicating the Value and Benefits of Your Offering. 

To listen to this Community Call recording, simply click HERE.

Coming Up:
We're taking July and August off.
September 9:
Our free Adventure Retreat Leader Community Call on the topic: Your Retreat Leading Tools

In Adventure
Deb and Patt