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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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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Visions And Missions

One of  my participants' favorite topics on my Adventure Retreats is to find their Vision and Mission. I admit, it is a delightful topic to tackle while one is away from those daily routines that can cause vision and mission confusion.

Also, there seems to be more and more social pressure to know your personal Vision and Mission. It's trendy and what individuals want to discover and talk about.

We find many Adventure Retreat participants are drawn to an outing about finding ones personal Vision and Mission. The perfect marketing scenario, right?

Must you have a Vision and a Mission to live your life well? No. Nor do you need to have a legacy (another popular retreat topic). But many people are curious to understand and eager to share their Vision and Mission, if only they knew what that was.

The topic is attractive. Yet, as the leader, remember to hold this topic lightly. Leaving your offering with a Vision and Mission is not required. And leaving without a Vision and Mission is not a failure.

Having said that, because having a Vision and a Mission is so popular and you're eager to offer a "Sold Out" outing, here a couple of tips to get you started:


A Vision is something you want for the world. It's bigger than you and many people have the same vision. It could be peace, clean water, a voice for everyone or animal care and dignity. 

Your Mission is the part you play toward that vision. What do you do to contribute to peace, clean water, a voice or animal dignity? You and others with the same Vision but different Missions (contributions) together get the Vision done!

It's that simple. Easily a weekend offering could be created with Day 1 devoted to Vision and Day 2 to Mission. 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Listen to Our May Adventure Retreat Leader Community Call

Thanks to all who joined us our May call of our year-long Adventure Retreat Leader Community Calls series. We hope you found our tips about Getting Hired For A Solo Outing helpful. It's one of my favorite ways to work!


To listen to Community Call recording, simply click HERE.

Coming Up:

June 9:
Our free Adventure Retreat Leader Community Call on the topic: Communicating The Values and Benefits of Your Offerings.

In Adventure
Deb and Patt

Friday, May 8, 2015

Join Our May Adventure Retreat Leader Community Call

Join your Adventure Retreat Leader hosts Patt Osborne and Deb Martin to learn about leading Adventure Retreats in Nature.

Adventure Retreat Leader Community Calls meet on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 12 noon Eastern (NY) time.

Our next meeting is Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Our next topic is Item Number 35 on the Adventure Retreat Leader checklist, Getting Hired For A Solo Outing

Your hosts are Patt Osborne, PCC of Adventure Coach and Boomer Chick Adventures and Deb Martin, MCC, of Portage Transition Coaching and Wilderness Adventures.

For details about this and other free ARL Community Calls, visit Adventure Retreat Leader Community Calls.

It's time to get your clients outside!
Spring is Here! And if you’re like us, here at Adventure Retreat Leader, you’ve got outdoor adventures on your mind. If you’ve been wanting to get your clients and customers outside, now is a good time to get into planning mode.

Here are just a few resources to help you get going:
  1. Purchase our Downloadable Audio Series that includes 7 recordings of our detailed teleclass series plus the infallible 100-point Checklist and Playbook; all designed to give you everything you need to lead a successful and memorable outdoor adventure.
  2. Buy our Guide To Your Next Adventure, an excellent resource to use as you take yourself on your own adventure. 
  3. Join our free monthly Adventure Retreat Leader Community Calls 
  4. Subscribe to tips, weekly posts, and resources, plus upcoming reminders for our ARL Community Calls by giving us your email address. Simply find the "subscribe" box on the left-hand side of any page at Adventure Retreat Leader. You will find that we have TONS of valuable stuff to help you move forward with your own exciting ideas.
Let us help you Take It Outside!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Time for YOU!

Have you scheduled free time for yourself during your adventures and retreats? Yes? Good for you!

Now go back to your schedule and add an addition 25% of free time for yourself. For instance, if you are doing a 1-day offering and you've scheduled an hour for yourself, make it an hour and 15 minutes. If you're doing a 5-day offering and you've scheduled 4 hours each day (usually in the evening or early morning), add an additional 1 to your daily schedule right in the middle of the day.

We have a tendency to believe that because we are the leader, we need to be "on" and with our participants most of the time; that they've paid to be with us and that's what we need to give them.

In reality, your participants have paid for the experience you are providing. Yes, be with them. Have insightful discussions and ask provocative questions. Then give them a reflection activity and send them off on their own. And take that down time for yourself; not to plan and prep and scurry around getting ready, but to really relax and use the time just for you.

"Research on naps, meditation, nature walks, and the habits of exceptional artists and athletes reveals how mental breaks increase productivity, replenish attention, solidify memories and encourage creativity."

Source: Scientific American

So by giving your participants less of yourself and finding more time for YOU, you're actually giving your participants more. Your presence is less important than you think. Enjoy the irony. Preferably in a hammock somewhere in nature.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Listen to our April Adventure Retreat Leader Community Call

Thanks to all who joined us for call 4 of our year-long Adventure Retreat Leader Community Calls series. Setting fees for your offerings can be both emotional and complicated. We hoped this call helped.

Today's April 14 Community Call topic was: Earnings and Fees

To listen to Community Call recording, simply click HERE.

Coming Up:

May 12: Our free Adventure Retreat Leader Community Call on the topic: Getting Hired For A Solo Outing

In Adventure
Deb and Patt

Thursday, April 9, 2015

No Need To Fix


 We often think that offering Retreats and Adventures and Outing in nature are opportunities for us to help others become whole in some way or to point the way to a better life by letting go of something and making significant changes; in short, to fix something. And so we spend time creating activities that will heal the wounded, challenge the frightened, face our fears and help everyone learn to live in the world.

In fact, however, our best participants don't need fixing. They join us on our adventures because it's fun. They bring their friends because they like to play.

Take a look at your marketing material and your activities. See if you are heavily promoting the "fix." If so, change the fix to fun as a way to change the type of participant you are attracting. Your participants will have just as many insights on your retreats and you won't be the "fix-it" person.

Surround yourself with participants who are already in touch with themselves. Surround yourself with participants who will evolve you!

Friday, April 3, 2015

Join Our April Adventure Retreat Leader Community Call

Join your Adventure Retreat Leader hosts Patt Osborne and Deb Martin to learn about leading Adventure Retreats in Nature.

Adventure Retreat Leader Community Calls meet on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 12 noon Eastern (NY) time.

Our next meeting is Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Our next topic is Item Number 27 on the Adventure Retreat Leader checklist, Determining Earnings and Fees for Your Adventures

Your hosts are Patt Osborne, PCC of Adventure Coach and Boomer Chick Adventures and Deb Martin, MCC, of Portage Transition Coaching and Wilderness Adventures.

For details about this and other free ARL Community Calls, visit Adventure Retreat Leader Community Calls.

It's time to get your clients outside!
Spring is here! And if you’re like us, here at Adventure Retreat Leader, you’ve got outdoor adventures on your mind. If you’ve been wanting to get your clients and customers outside, now is a good time to get into planning mode.

Here are just a few resources to help you get going:
  1. Purchase our Downloadable Audio Series that includes 7 recordings of our detailed teleclass series plus the infallible 100-point Checklist and Playbook; all designed to give you everything you need to lead a successful and memorable outdoor adventure.
  2. Buy our Guide To Your Next Adventure, an excellent resource to use as you take yourself on your own adventure. 
  3. Join our free monthly Adventure Retreat Leader Community Calls 
  4. Subscribe to tips, weekly posts, and resources, plus upcoming reminders for our ARL Community Calls by giving us your email address. Simply find the "subscribe" box on the left-hand side of any page at Adventure Retreat Leader. You will find that we have TONS of valuable stuff to help you move forward with your own exciting ideas.
Let us help you Take It Outside!