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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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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year from Adventure Retreat Leader

We wish you all the best in 2012 and beyond.

The Good News: Adventure Retreat Leader is a resolution-free zone. We only ask that you find a little adventure in your life each and every day.

  1. Adventure Can Be Simple: Too often we think of adventure as this big thing we have to plan and put together. Arrangements need to be made, schedules coordinated, time secured, etc. Now that can take the adventure right out of adventure! Adventure can be as simple as just stepping out your door with no plan in mind.
  2. Hang Out With An Adventurer: Do you know someone who has an adventurous nature? Spend some time with them. Adventurers love to lead others into uncharted territory.
  3. Adventure Is An Attitude: Get that and you will find adventure in everything you do.
  4. Go To The Wilds: True, adventure can be found at work, home and even in a good book. But in the wilderness, your senses become more acute. You'll smell, see, hear and feel more. A sun-soaked rock can feel as good as a down-covered bed; a light breeze or a cool lake as good as a full body massage; a campfire more wonderful than turning up the furnace; a field of flowers or just plain old earth more scent-filled than the best perfume. The best place to start with adventure is to let you body sense where all adventure comes from, the wilds.
  5. Move Your Body: You'll see this in most of my top ten lists. Your body knows more than your mind ever will. Hone it.
  6. Be A Child: When you were five, adventure came naturally. What did you love doing at that age? Do it. Yes, this may mean you'll have to get in the sandbox, on a swing, hang from the monkey bars or lead the cat around by a toy at the end of a string. (Hint: Kittens and puppies can teach you a lot about adventure)
  7. Take The Dog For A Walk: Let him or her lead.
  8. When The Directions Say Turn Right, Turn Left
  9. Make Choices In Seconds: Not, hours or days. If you can't decide in a few seconds, then choose not to choose. Let it go as though you never had the choice.
  10. Find a Creek and Follow It: Upstream, downstream, it doesn't matter.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

May Your Days Be Merry and Bright

Happy Holidays from Deb and Patt at Adventure Retreat Leader.

We wish you warmth, wellness, wisdom and wealth in 2012 and beyond! And, of course, as much adventure as you can pack into a lifetime.

Thanks for your support.

We hope we have helped you Take It Outside!

Peace and Much Love
Deb and Patt

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Too Young to Retire


Too Young to Retire: 101 Ways to Start the Rest of Your Life by Maika and Howard Stone is an excellent resource if you are thinking about offering a Baby Boomer Adventure Retreat.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Women's Adventure Magazine

Women's Adventure Magazine is full of inspirational ideas and articles for women who love adventure.
  • Read stories about others on adventure
  • Find travel destinations
  • Get tips about preparing for you adventure
  • Find adventure ideas specific to your favorite sport.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Give Your Outing Away

"What!?" you say. Why would I want to give away one of my Adventure Retreat offerings? Well you don't have to. But we have played with this one and find it helpful in several circumstances:
  1. You are brand new to offering Adventures and Retreats. You feel a little inadequate and suffer from concerns about being "good enough." I gave my first outing away as a way to get over this hump. It worked. And people ended up paying me something anyway. In fact, I made more than I would if I'd had the nerve to ask.
  2. You want to expand into a new market and you are not sure there is potential there. Just like restaurants offering a taste of their meals at a business expo, offer a "taste" of what you have to offer to your new market. It does not have to be a complete retreat. A two-hour taste will do.
  3. You want to show a business or organization who can send a lot of work your way what you might do with their employees, executives, or customers. I have often given my offering away in exchange for a much larger contract. This takes guts because you have to be extremely confident in your product. But it works.
  4. You have pulled together a group of friends and acquaintances who are centers of influence. You know that they can influence others to buy your outing.
If you are going to give it away, there are a few rules to play by:
  • Make sure your participants understand that you will be charging in the future. That this offering is a beta version in order to gather information. This is not a free community or public service but, instead, a marketing research project.
  • Get what you need from your participants. Plan time for feedback from them and help them understand that by participating they are agreeing to give you that feedback. Get that feedback during your offering instead of waiting for feedback to come in later. If your participants are those centers of influence, use time to brainstorm with them about how they are going to help you sell your offering. Get names about others they would like to invite, not just promises to talk to people.
  • If you are doing this for a larger business contract, have the contract agreed upon prior to your offering. In other words, if the business or organization is wowed with your offering, there is nothing left to do but sign the contract.
Now go get 'em!