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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Holiday theme retreats can really work for you. And Halloween can be one of the best holidays. There are many activities around Halloween from carving pumpkins to creating costumes to playing tricks and finding treats that can be woven into your Adventure Retreat. And Halloween food is so playful!

Add to that some of the spooky, daring, bewitching and magical aspects of the holiday, and you've got some makings for a great offering in which your participants will be engaged and active. No need to stay indoors unless you want to. Some amazing insights can come from stepping boldly into the dark of night.

What have you personally done for Halloween in the past? What are some of your favorite Halloween activities? How can you turn these into an Adventure Retreat Offering?

Here are a few themes you might consider for your future Halloween outings:
  • Exploring the Unknown
  • Embracing your Dark Side
  • Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My
  • A Better Boo!
What else? Please share your thoughts and Halloween ideas. And bring your flashlight!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Pocket Field Guide to Wildflowers

Pocket Field Guides to Wildflowers are oh so very helpful on your Retreats and Adventures.

  1. Be a resource for the questions your participants may have about the wildflowers they see on your offering.
  2. Use wildflowers as a reflection activity by asking your participants to take a photo (no picking necessary) of the flower they find that best illustrates where they are at right now in their transition or goals or image of themselves. You can download the photos right on to your iPad and send them to each participant with a quote that best articulates why they choose that particular flower. Or make a card.
  3. And at some of these great prices, you can give a field guide as a thank-you gift to each participant.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Boulder Mountain Guest Ranch

Boulder Mountain Guest Ranch is definitely worth checking out for your next adventure.

One of the things we love about using a venue like this, whether it's Boulder Mountain Guest Ranch or another retreat facility, is that they provide the accommodations, food, environment and even some of the activities. This frees you up, as the host and leader, to provide the insights, teachings or reflection activities in order to offer a complete experience.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Where Do Your Potential Participants Hang Out?

It seems so simple and makes so much sense. Market your Adventure and Retreat offerings where your potential participants hang out. But we tend to skip the step of discovering where the folks we want to attract spend their time and, instead, start throwing mud on the wall to see what sticks.

Are your offerings more reflective and indoors, asking your participants to join you around a roaring fireplace for some good treats and reflection activities? Perhaps you want to market at your local bookstore by providing customers with a mini-retreat or a talk.

Are your adventures very much about roughing it in the elements? Maybe your local camping and outdoor equipment store is where you can best spend your marketing time.

Do you want to have women only or men only on your retreats? Where do these women tend to gather? Men? What publications do they to read?

Even look at what you are calling your offerings. A "retreat" may interest some people and turn off others. Likewise, a registrant for an "adventure" may never consider signing up for a retreat.

And if your offerings are not local and you are marketing to a national or international audience, you still need to find out where your potential participants hang out; that is, virtually.

Friday, October 7, 2011

The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron

The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron is one of our favorite Adventure and Retreat "idea" books.

Beyond being a great personal read that we recommend for everyone, this book has some outstanding activities you may find helpful to modify for your participants while they are on your outing.

Get the book, do the work, and then adapt some of the activities you found most helpful to your next adventure!