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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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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

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Join Our June 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 call is Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Our next topic is Item Number 39 on the Adventure Retreat Leader checklist, Communicating the Values and Benefits of Your 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!
Summer is just around the corner. 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!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Build Your Adventure Retreat Business by Starting with FULL Offerings

Start your Adventure Retreat and Outing business with full offerings.
  1. Plan your first outing. Make it small and simple enough that it will not cost you. Then FILL it. Do whatever it takes to fill this outing, including giving spots away. Then deliver an outstanding experience. TIP: In order to fill your first offering you must determine what FULL is! It does not need to be a large number. You simply have to decide what full means to you for this outing and go for that number. Let your participants know it's FULL.
  2. Plan your next outing. Again, simple and inexpensive for you. This Outing's theme can be totally different from the previous outing or it can be a continuation based on the same theme. But it must be different. Then fill it as before, doing whatever it takes. You'll likely find your income increases somewhat. But if not, fill it anyway with free spots. Then deliver an outstanding experience. TIP: This offering MUST be different than your first offering because you want participants from the first to want to join the 2nd, and 3rd and 4th....
  3. Plan your next outing and repeat step 2.
When your outings are full, you're more fun. When your outings are full your reputation grows. When your outings are full, you generate more followers more quickly.

Soon you'll be in a position to offer a multi-day offering and you'll have enough followers to join you and cover your costs of a more expensive outing.