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, May 31, 2010

Patt Says...Keep Gifts Simple

Giving your retreat participants a gift is a nice gesture. A simple gift can add to your offering and make it memorable for your participants. However, simplicity is key. You might want to start by combing your local dollar store or toy store for good ideas. Here are some of the items our participants have enjoyed receiving on our retreats.
  • Candles
  • Water Pistols (great for an outing on the water)
  • Flower or Herb Seed Packets or Flower Bulbs (perfect for a retreat about new beginnings)
  • A bottle of bubbles (also good for water outings)
  • A stone unique to the area, especially heart-shaped stones or sea shells
  • Packets of tea (nice for a contemplative retreat)
  • Local food (jam, jelly, bread, fresh or dried fruit, ...) either prepared during the outing by you or as a take-away
  • Bandanas in bright colors (nice for a hiking adventure)
  • An inspirational card or note
 Use your imagination. Think about the Theme for your offering. What small item ties into your Theme? What small item represents the unique experience you are offering?

Friday, May 21, 2010

Deb Says...Keep Your First Offering Simple

I remember my first retreat. I didn't have a clue. But my retreat partner and I had a strong desire to bring folks together for conversation, insight and an immersion in nature. (More about partnering with someone later)

  • We made our first offering free. We actually collected quite a bit in donations though. That took us a long way towards knowing that what we have to offer has value.
  • The retreat (aka Cool Coaching Campout) was in my backyard. No fancy retreat sites this first time around. I have a wild backyard on the edge of acres of state forest land. A creek, a river and loads of hiking trails were all we needed. I fired up the firepit for the weekend and created plenty of space for indoor and outdoor "camping."
  • We let our participants bring what they wanted to the offering and we let Mother Nature do most of the work. Each day I planted them in a nature-based activity like hiking or rafting. Each night they talked and we listened and we shared.
  • Food was easy. I had the basics on hand. Everyone brought their favorite food and drink. I provided the means to prepare and cook. Mostly we cooked and ate outside. 
Challenge yourself to make your first outing just as simple.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Let's Get Started!

If you're just beginning your adventure and retreat offerings, you've got a few things to get in place. Actually, our 100-point checklist gives you, well, 100 things to get in place.

For now, however, here are the first 5 things you need to get clear about:
  1. Know the length of your offering.
  2. How many participants do you want to attract and who are they (demographics)?
  3. Do you want a partner or to collaborate with someone?
  4. Indoor? Outdoor? Combination? What's you balance between outside and inside on your offering?
  5. How physical do you want your adventure to be? What will your ask your participants to do with their bodies?