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, October 20, 2014

Convert Interest To Adventure Retreat Participants

Often we spend much time planning, preparing and publishing our upcoming Adventures and we ignore converting interest to participants. How many times have you enthusiastically shared a planned outing with someone only to find they have disappeared when you're ready to convert their expressed interest to an enthusiastic participant? The 3, 4, 5 or more individuals you were expecting to register can't be found.

This is common. Our excitement about our offering spills over when we are initially talking to others about our Adventure Retreat plans. They say things like "let me know when" or "I want to do that." But what are they responding to? Well, you, your energy and your personal excitement about delivering the outing.

What do you want these interested folks to respond to? What's in it for them is the best way to convert interest to participants. Practice your language. Know your getaway benefits and how they will inspire, help, energize and give to your participants. So drop the "I" language. It's not about you. Even drop the "We" language. It's not about you and your participants. Engage others with the word "You." It's about them.

Use your conversation to put each person you talk with in the middle of your offering now. Practice.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Autonomous Tent

Here's a intriguing potential retreat venue. Tell us what you thing about Autonomous Tents from Autonomous Tent Co

On one hand, we're intrigued by the ability to erect a temporary retreat site, for say a season of retreats, and take it down without leaving a trace (as the website emphasizes).
On the other hand, how do you feel about so many "portable" homes cropping up in remote places.

Would love to hear your thoughts.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Listen to Our October Retreats and Getaways SIG Call

Hey Everyone

Thanks Kate for playing with me on the Retreats and Getaways SIG call. I could not have done it without you!

You can listen to our October 2nd call HERE.

Our November Retreats and Getaways SIG call is scheduled for November 6.

Karin Marcus of Stepping Out Coaching will be your host. Marjorie Johnson will be our guest speaker discussing “Deepening Awareness: Mindfulness Practices for Coaching and Retreats.”  

Join Marjorie Johnson, LCSW, PCC, Seasoned Coach and Meditation Teacher to experience Mindfulness Practices that are easily integrated into coaching and retreats. Together we will explore the benefits of Mindfulness and discuss how Mindfulness can enhance relaxation, awareness, and learning.  You will walk away with exercises you can incorporate into your business right away.

Monday, September 29, 2014

The Retreats and Getaways SIG Meets October 2... Join Us!

The Retreats and Getaways SIG meets again on Thursday October 2, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern

Bridge Number: 712-432-0075/PIN 736148# Note: Different Number for this call only

Your host is Deb Martin of Portage Transition Coaching and Wilderness Adventures and Adventure Retreat Leader.

Deb's topic for this call will be Using Metaphors to Design Your Retreat Themes

Do you have a theme for your getaway or do you simply have a topic? Do you know the difference? How can you be clearer about your offering using a retreat theme? And just what is a theme? What are the 3 elements that comprise a retreat them? How do you express them? Do your participants understand what it is you are offering when you advertise your Retreat or Outing or Getaway or Adventure?

Join Adventure Coach Deb Martin in a one-hour brainstorming session designed to help you better understand what your retreat theme is and how you can express it through metaphors. Please bring your questions and your ideas as they related to what “Using Metaphors to Design Your Retreat Themes” means to you. Deb will share a few examples and then we’re ready to brainstorm about your Retreat Theme.

Deb Martin, Master Certified Coach and Professional Mentor Coach, integrates her coaching and her love of the wilds to offer what she calls Wilderness Adventure Coaching.

Additionally, Deb co-authors and delivers Adventure Retreat Leader Training to others who want to expand their businesses and take what they do best outside.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Best American Retreats

Are you looking still looking for an Adventure Retreat location after my U.S. National Parks post a couple of weeks ago? Yes? Well check out Best American Retreats. Here's another way to go. You can browse this site based on Landscapes, Property Types and Retreat Types. Have fun!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Listen to the September Retreats and Getaways SIG Call

Here’s the access info for listening to the the recording of our September 4 Retreats and Getaways SIG session with the wonderful Elizabeth Barbour. Be sure to contact her if you are interested in her e-course Smart Self Care for Busy Women.

To access the September 4 call recording:
Call: 712-775-7099
Access code: 901847#
Reference # 39

On October 2, Deb Martin of Portage Transition Coaching will be your host, leading a discussion on how can you be clearer about your offering using a retreat theme?

On November 6, Karin Marcus of Stepping Out Coaching will be your host. Marjorie Johnson will be the guest speaker discussing “Deepening Awareness: Mindfulness Practices for Coaching and Retreats.

On December 4, Patt Osborne of Adventure Coach will be the host.

Please know that after 9 years of hosting this SIG, Patt will be leaving this position at the end of the year. Her co-hosts of 3 years, Karin Marcus and Deb Martin will also be leaving. So…if you would like to see this SIG continue and are interested in taking the hosting reins, please contact Patt and we will be happy to show you the ropes.

Deb and Patt will begin hosting free Adventure Retreat Leader Community Calls once a month, starting in January 2015. Subscribe for the free tips and announcements (left column on the page) to get regular announcements about these calls as well as Adventure Retreat Leading tips.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

A Perfect Gift For A Referral

Many of us offer "buddy" discounts for our outings; that is, bring a buddy and you each come for less. Or we might offer referral discounts; that is, refer a participant and get $'s off your next registration. These are wonderful ways to build your business. Especially in the beginning when just one extra person can make the difference between whether or not your adventure is a go.

Recently, however, I received a gift for a referral. It was the perfect gift; a $25 gift certificate to my local restaurant. This gift was totally unrelated to what the person was selling. Personally, I did not want what they were selling. But I liked them and I wanted to help.

I'm betting that many people don't want to go on your retreat. And they don't want a tee shirt or a hat advertising our outings either. But they do want to refer. So think about the person who just sent you a new adventurer and give the "perfect" gift.