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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Friday, December 27, 2013

The Nature Principle

The Nature Principle: Reconnecting with Life in a Virtual Age

Author Richard Louv makes a case for the need for more Vitamin N (nature) "to boost mental acuity and creativity; promote health and wellness; build smarter and more sustainable businesses, communities, and economies; and ultimately strengthen human bonds."

An inspirational read for those of us who want to take what we do outside.



Another year of the Adventure Retreat Leader Success Team is upon us. Please join us. 

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Ask Your Colleagues

Patt and I have found that the best way to fill your Retreats, Adventures and Outings is to ask your colleagues to help. Call them up, send them a note, take them out for coffee and simply ask:
  • Would you and perhaps your friends or family like to join me on my next adventure? 
  • Do you know someone who needs an outing like I'm offering?
  • Would you like to put a group together and have me host a retreat designed just for you and your group?
  • Where would you like to go? What would you like to learn? What would you like to do? How can I make that happen for you and your group?

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Bamba Experience For The Independent

Bamba Experience is a very interesting service for those of us who want to travel independently.

Choose from "Hop On Hop Off" flexible travel passes, "Adventure Trips," or a create-your-own "Tailor Made Trip."

Travel options cover the Americas, Asia and Africa. Online help is available. And you can find them on facebook.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Annapurna: A Woman's Place

Annapurna: A Woman's Place (20th Anniversary Edition) Here's a great holiday read for those of you who want a little adventure and inspiration during your holiday down time.

Happy Holidays Everyone. Here's to warm, cozy, dry and good company.





The Adventure Retreat Leader Success Team is gearing up for another year of support, insights and help with your own offerings. Join us for the 2014 season, beginning in January, and receive access to our recorded November 2013 call for free. Let us help you Take It Outside!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

The Retreats and Getaways SIG Meets December 5

The Retreats and Getaways Special Interest Group meets again on December 5, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Retreat and Adventure Coach Patt Osborne of Adventure Coach, Boomer Chick Adventures and Adventure Retreat Leader will be your host and guide.
Bridge Number: 712-775-7000 901847#

Topic: Retreats Past, Present and Future: A Conversation to Wrap Up 2013 and Plan 2014

Join Co-Host Patt Osborne and others for our annual December conversation about retreat leading. Share your own experiences from this year and/or explore new ideas. Talk about wins AND challenges. Hear what your colleagues are up to. Haven't led any retreats yet? No worries! Get some ideas simmering and you questions answered. We'll also set the stage to begin planning retreats for 2014. Take part in this end-of-year dialogue and get inspired and motivated to take action. What is YOUR retreat vision for 2014? Come ready to participate.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Break The Rules

Do you want your Adventure Retreats to get noticed? How do you stand out among all those who are offering Adventures and Retreats in nature? Why follow the leader and be at the back of the pack forever?

Break The Rules.

Take a few minutes to think about the common rules to leading retreats. Here's a start for you:
  • Most offerings have one price or an early-bird price and a regular price
  • Either retreat with a group or people you have not yet met or pull your own group together
  • The location is determined by the leader in advance of the offering
  • Activities are planned in advance of the outing
You get the idea.

Now, spend some time thinking about how you can break these rules.

Maybe your participants pay based on the value they find from you offering. Or you offer your activities in an a la carte fashion. Perhaps you combine two or three distinct groups together in one offering, facilitating each group at different times. Maybe you bring a group together for an outing and let them decide during the opening half hour where you're going and, perhaps, even what the group is doing.

Yes, we know. As soon as we throw these ideas out there you're already thinking about why they won't work. Instead, break the rules. DON'T DO THAT! There are plenty of people out there who will be happy to tell you why it won't work. Figure it out for yourself.


Are you struggling with breaking the rules? Here's an option...

·         The Adventure Retreat Leader Success Team is gearing up for another year of support, insights and help with your own offerings. Join us for the 2014 season, beginning in January, and receive access to our recorded November 2013 call for free.   

Sunday, November 24, 2013

The Adventure Retreat Leader Success Team in 2014

Hello Adventurer!

Do you get good energy by spending time outside? Do you dream of ways to move at least some aspects of your work outdoors? Have you been thinking for a long time about leading Adventure Retreats but haven’t taken a first step yet? Or maybe you have already led a retreat or two but you have LOTS of questions about how to do it successfully. If you said YES! to any or all of these questions, read on…

As we get closer to a New Year, this is the time to begin taking those next steps to leading Adventure Retreats in 2014. And we are here to help you do just that!

We recommend joining our Adventure Retreat Leader Success Team. This group of lively individuals meets six times a year to discuss (you guessed it!) all aspects of retreat-leading.

Our members run the gamut from newbies with just a seed of an idea to veteran retreat leaders who have led a few and are gearing up for more. Our motivating (and playful) conversations are rich with info and ideas for moving forward with your own retreat-leading plans.

As The Adventure Retreat Leader Success Team gears up for another year of support, insights and assistance, why not join us for the 2014 season beginning in January. This opportunity is way too good to miss out on!

Simply visit The Adventure Retreat Leader Success Team for more info or contact us with any questions. There we have additional resources, tidbits, and products that will help you breathe new and exciting life into your business and encourage you to Take It Outside!

As always, a BIG thank you for passing this on to your colleagues!

 In Fun and Adventure,
Patt and Deb

Monday, November 18, 2013

Glamping Hub

Unique Access to the Outdoors

Are you familiar with Glamping, or Glamorous Camping? Gamping is fast becoming a popular way to be in nature, adventure and retreat with some of the comforts of and luxuries of home or hotel.

Glamping Hub is an outstanding resource if you are considering this new way of being in nature.


  • Know where you're going? Simply click on your Glamping Destination. 
  • Want to Glamp in a specific way? Choose from yurts, tree houses, tipis, tents, caravans and cabins.
  • Want to vacation in an ecologically sensitive way? Solar power, composting toilets, collected water and even working gardens can be part of your experience.
  • Want to travel while you glamp? Caravans are an option.
  • What a child- or pet-friendly glamping experience. That's available too.

The Adventure Retreat Leader Success Team is gearing up for another year of support, insights and help with your own offerings. Join us for the 2014 season, beginning in January, and receive access to our recorded November 2013 call for free.   

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Last Child In The Woods by Richard Louv

Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder by Richard Louv

Unplug your children (and yourself). Reconnect kids (and adults) to the lessons learned from the great outdoors.

What is your relationship with nature? Why do we need nature?

"When I see birches bend from left to right...
I like to think some boy's been swinging them." ~Robert Frost


The Adventure Retreat Leader Success Team is gearing up for another year of support, insights and help with your own offerings. Join us for the 2014 season, beginning in January, and receive access to our recorded November call 2013 for free.  

Friday, November 8, 2013

Listen to the Retreats and Getaways SIG November Call

Thank your Mary and Pat for joining me on the Retreats and Getaways SIG call yesterday.

Our topic was Balancing Retreat Activities and Free Time for Your Participants

If you missed the call and want to listen to the recording, here's the link:
Retreats and Getaways SIG November 2013 Call

Our December call will be on Thursday, December 5 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Your host will Patt Osborne of Adventure Coach, Boomer Chick Adventures and Adventure Retreat Leader.
Patt will host Planning Session for your 2014 Retreats, Adventures and Getaways.


The Adventure Retreat Leader Success Team is gearing up for another year of support, insights and help with your own offerings. Join us for the 2014 season, beginning in January, and receive November 2013 for free.  

Monday, November 4, 2013

The Retreats and Getaways SIG meets November 7... Join Us!

The Retreats and Getaways Special Interest Group meets again on November 7, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Retreat and Adventure Coach Deb Martin of Portage Transition Coaching will be your host and guide.
Bridge Number: 712-432-0075/PIN 736148# Note: Number Change for this call only.
Topic: Balancing Retreat Activities and Free Time for Your Participants.

How much open and free time do you want to give your participants on your retreats? Is there a good formula for deciding how much activity time vs. free time you should plan? How do you know you’re providing value without over-scheduling? What does free and open time look like on your outings? What kinds of activities, if any, are most effective during your free time? Each adventure is different. Come to the call with your examples and specific questions and we’ll do our best to help you plan the schedule for your next offering.

Deb Martin 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. Learn more at  www.portagecoach.com and www.adventureretreatleader.com












The Adventure Retreat Leader Success Team is gearing up for another year of support, insights and help with your own offerings. Join us for the 2014 season, beginning in January, and receive November 2013 for free. 

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Adventure Retreat Leader November Offerings. Join our Success Team

Hello Adventurer!

As we move closer to wrapping up 2013, this is the perfect time to begin planning the Adventure Retreats you will lead in 2014. And we are here to help you do just that!

One thing you might want to consider is our Adventure Retreat Leader Success Team. This a group of lively Leaders meets 6 times a year to discuss (you guessed it!) retreat-leading; all aspects of it.

Whether you are brand new to Adventure Retreat Leading or a veteran, our motivating and playful conversations are rich with information and ideas, moving you toward your own retreat-leading plans.

The Adventure Retreat Leader Success Team is gearing up for another year of support, insights and help with your offerings. Join us now for the 2014 season, beginning in January, and receive November 2013 for free. This opportunity is just too good to miss!

Visit The Adventure Retreat Leader Success Team to get more information or contact us with any questions.

And please visit us at Adventure Retreat Leader. There we have additional resources, tidbits, and products that will help you to breath new and exciting life into your business and desire to Take It Outside! Check us out!

As always; a BIG thank you for passing this on to your colleagues.

In Fun and Adventure,
Patt and Deb

Friday, November 1, 2013

Birthday and Holiday Cards and Gifts

Do you collect information about your Adventure Retreat participant's birthdays, favorite holidays and other days-to-remember? Consider do so. It's easy to collect during your retreat registration process.

Yes, even in this day of facebook where we are privy to lots of info about those we connect with, there's nothing like a unique acknowledgement

Consider creating a list of dates for anyone who has attended your offerings. Send them a little love with a card and maybe a gift of a discount or even free registration for your next getaway.

An easy way to get this done is to enter your participant's information in an online service like Send Out Cards. Cards are customizable, including a photo you may have of this person from a previous adventure with you. Or you can send out the same customized card to everyone for a special adventure retreat announcement or a holiday. You can also send gifts right from the site.

One tip: Try switching up your holidays. Christmas cards get lost during the season. Maybe you want to spread a little love during Halloween or May Day. Shake it up. Do you know that National Play Outside Day is the first Saturday of every month?


The Adventure Retreat Leader Success Team is gearing up for another year of support, insights and help with your own offerings. Join us for the 2014 season, beginning in January, and receive November 2013 for free. 

Saturday, October 26, 2013

DicaPac Takes You Under Water

If you are adventuring anywhere near water, we do suggest the DicaPac WP410 (10.5x16.0cm) Small Zoom Alfa Waterproof Digital Camera Case with Optical Lens (Clear)






You never know what lurks below the surface.













The Adventure Retreat Leader Success Team is gearing up for another year of support, insights and help with your own offerings. Join us for the 2014 season, beginning in January, and receive November 2013 for free.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Every spirit builds itself a house; and beyond its house a world; and beyond its world a heaven. Know then that the world exists for you. For you is the phenomenon perfect." Ralph Waldo Emerson

As I turn more inward during this season of change, Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson, becomes an even more provocative read.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Offer Your Best Environment

If you want to create an outstanding reputation for your Adventure Retreat Offerings, offer your BEST environment to your participants.

Does this mean you have to take your participants to some elite place that may cost significant dollars. Not at all. You can. And that's a choice you'll make depending on the types of individuals you are attracting.

Your best environment does mean that once you have some options for your next offering, give it your 'fussy" test:
  1. Is it clean? Yes, even campsites can be dirty or clean.
  2. Are staff and hosts polite and attentive? Sometimes you'll work with another provider. Perhaps a venue or an outfitter. What's their customer-service rating on your "fussy" meter?
  3. Does everyone have a good view? Whether it's a day in the park, a week in the wilderness, or a weekend at a B&B, all of your participants should be able to appreciate a great view. I mean, that's why we do this, right? That is, to let nature do the inspiring. But nobody wants to look at a brick wall from his or her bedroom window, or 20 scout tents between your group and the lake, or the rest room doors from your group table.
  4. Is the weather accommodating? Yes, I know, weather is not always predictable. Especially if you are booking your offering well in advance. And sometimes you can create great insights out of big weather trials. But nobody wants to go on a retreat that purposely tests their stamina. So address the weather conditions you can address. Are you going on retreat at a time when you are more likely to experience... slushy Spring thaws, hurricane season, flooding, unbearable hot or cold temperatures unending rain? Sometimes you can get a good booking deal from a venue during these "uncomfortable" seasons. Is it worth it?
  5. And what about the flora and fauna conditions? Are you retreating in high pollen season, high mosquito or other biting insects conditions, during full wildflower bloom, or when majestic and "special" wildlife can easily be seen? 
  6. What does your environment smell like? Not everyone can tolerate heavy, earthy, moldy, and intense (even the good ones) smells. Give every tent, room, site and trail your "fussy" sniff test. 
  7. And just what are you listening to in this environment? Why do we go into nature? To hear and see it, right? Bubbling rivers and creeks, lapping waves on the beach, crickets, birds, the call of the loons or the wolves, the Whippoorwill at dusk and the owl in the middle of the night... these are the nature sounds we crave. Is there a jet flying over every few minutes? Can you hear highway traffic from your little getaway? Even the delightful sound of children playing can be too much when you are trying to host an outing for adults. Pay attention to not only these sounds, but the time of day you might hear them. A rowdy party down by the pool at midnight just does not get it unless it's your party.
 This list is just to get you started. Look at your environment critically. Make good decisions about what you would like to see, hear, feel, smell and touch if you were on this offering. Be Fussy.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

REI for Deals and Learning

You probably know that REI is a wonderful place to get super deals on all kinds of outdoor clothing, equipment and gear.

Did you know that REI also is a place for Outdoor Learning? At an REI Outdoor School, you can join a beginning to advanced-level training in areas like hiking, climbing, biking, backpacking, camping, navigating and wilderness medicine.

You'll also find articles on these topics.

Use the REI website to find a store near you and get moving!

Friday, October 4, 2013

Take It Outside. Last Call for a GREAT Teleclass Series

Hello Adventurer

Imagine taking your clients in an outdoor setting like this. Possibilities abound!

Tuesday, October 8, will be the 1st session our live teleseries, Designing and Hosting Successful Adventures and Retreats in Nature

This 9-session teleclass will give you all the tools, training, and support you need to lead your 1st or 2nd, or 10th successful outdoor adventure. You’ll love the experience and your clients will love you for taking them outside.

Details about all nine sessions can be found at Adventure Retreat Leader--Buy The Live Series.

And if you want a taste of what you’ll get in this detailed teleseries, you can try out our Take It Outside Intro. For only $15, you will receive a 60-minute Audio Intro with PDF Playbook and PowerPoint presentation. This intro is sure to get your creative juices flowing AND it’s a great way to get ready for our Live Series.

Please visit us at Adventure Retreat Leader. There we have additional resources, tidbits, and products that will help you to breath new and exciting life into your business, a perfect time of year to do just that. Be sure to subscribe to our free tips and resources.

Check us out! Hope to see you in our Fall training. You'll be glad you decided to “Take It Outside”

And a BIG Thank You, as always, for passing this on to your colleagues.

Happy Trails, Patt and Deb

Listen to the Retreats and Getaways October Call

We had an excellent SIG session yesterday with speaker, Margaret Emerson. You'll want to listen to this recording for her discussion of Contemplative Hiking.


Playback number: 712-775-7099
Access code: 901847#
Recording number: 34

Margaret Emerson holds a Master's degree in ecopsychology and is the author of the book Contemplative Hiking Along the Colorado Front Range. She leads groups on silent, contemplative hikes through her MeetUp group and facilitates nature-based retreats a couple times a year. She also works full-time as a freelance writer and designer. You can learn more about Margaret and her offerings at Contemplative Hiking.

This book contains activities that are adaptable to any trail you decide to explore.

Next Up:
November 7
2:00 p.m. ET
712-432-0075 (Note: This is a different phone number from our October call).
736147#
Host: Deb Martin of Portage
Topic: Balancing Retreat Activities and Free Time for Your Participants. How much open and free time do you want to give your participants on your retreats? Is there a formula for deciding how much activity time vs. free time you should plan? How do you know when you're providing value without over-scheduling? What does free and open time look like on your outings? What kinds of activities, if any, are most effective during your free time? Each adventure is different. Come to the call with your examples and specific questions and we'll do our best to help you plan the schedule for your next offering.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Go Your Own Way

Go Your Own Way: Women Travel the World Solo

This inspiring book is full of essays recounting the adventures of 23 very cool women in various stages of life who each go off on their own solo getaway.





Register Now! Adventure Retreat Leader Training with Patt and Deb begins on October 8. The price is great and your instructors are smart and knowledgeable.  It's a very, very, very good deal!

Monday, September 30, 2013

The Retreats and Getaways SIG Meets October 3 -- Join Us

The Retreats and Getaways Special Interest Group meets again on October 3, 2013.
Retreat and Adventure Coach Patt Osborne will be your host.
Our guest speaker is Margaret Emerson who will speak on the topic of  Using Contemplative Time in Nature for  Self Development

Here's how you can access this free call:
Conference Number: 712-775-7000
Access Code: 901847#
Details: Thursday, October 3 at 2 p.m. Eastern, 60 minutes.


Numerous studies have show that nature can be a powerful healing force on the psyche. Combining the positive mental and physical benefits of exercise (hiking) and time in a natural environment can ease stress, increase creativity and promote self-reflection. Margaret Emerson will explain why she promotes "contemplative hiking" as a way to become present to the inner and outer wild, access inner wisdom and re-discover one's soul.

Margaret Emerson holds a Master's degree in ecopsychology and is the author of the book Contemplative Hiking Along the Colorado Front Range. She leads groups on silent, contemplative hikes through her MeetUp group and facilitates nature-based retreats a couple times a year. She also works full-time as a freelance writer and designer. You can learn more about Margaret and her offerings at Contemplative Hiking.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Speak

Engaging others is one of the best ways we know to fill your Adventure Retreats. If you love what you do, it shows oh so much better when you speak to individuals or groups than when you try to use other types of media to get your message and invitation across.

So get out there and speak. Speak to individuals about what you do, speak to groups, speak to families, speak to businesses. Here are some talking tips:
  • Share the environment ... lush green pine forest walking trails...brilliant orange and purple sunsets...wildflowers as far as the eye can see...waves crashing on long stretches of  island beaches... The more you share though thoughtful language the environment you intend to take your participants, the better they can feel into your offering.
  • Share what others have experienced on past offerings. How did they feel? What did they learn? Who did they become?
  • Share a typical day, morning, afternoon and evening. Add scents, scenes, tastes and textures to this day.
  • Share what's coming up next. If you don't have an upcoming adventure to talk about, figure that out before you start speaking.
  • Share yourself. Why do you do this? How has being an Adventure Retreat Leader changed you? What new things do you discover about yourself each time you go out with a group?
  • Share answers. Allow loads of time to answer questions. Don't just talk to people. Instead speak with them.
Our Adventure Retreat Leader's Live Telecall Training begins October 8. Learn the ins and outs of taking others outside! Deb and Patt love teaching this class and their energy is infectious. You'll get some very personal one-on-one help as you move toward becoming an Adventure Retreat Leader.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Plano Storage

Plano Molding 1819 XXL Storage Box

I can't say enough good things about this box. This is my rough and tough, can-take-anything-you-dish-out box when I'm heading to camp the wild north. In fact, I take three, one for food, one for fishing equipment and one for clothing, bedding, and personals.

I've dropped this box off of railroad cars, trucks and docks. It has sat outside in snow and rain. It has gone down muddy bush roads on the back of a truck and sloshed around in the bottom of a boat full of water.

Everything always gets to camp clean, dry and without damage.

Stack-able, on wheels, easy to lift handles. It's a gem! And perfect for your next rough and tumble adventure.

We are fast approaching our October Adventure Retreat Leader's Live Telecall Training. Learn the ins and outs of taking others outside! Deb and Patt love teaching this class and their energy is infectious. You'll get some very personal one-on-one help as you move toward becoming an Adventure Retreat Leader.    

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Into Thin Air by John Krakauer

Continuing our Adventure reading, Patt would like to introduce you to Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster by John Krakauer.

An amazing tale of a journey to the top of Mt. Everest.

I've not read this one yet but Patt says it's a goody. I'm looking forward to diving in.




Last day to register for our Adventure Retreat Leader's Live Telecall Training in October at the very Special Early-Bird Rate. Learn the ins and outs of taking others outside! Deb and Patt love teaching this class and their energy is infectious. You'll get some very personal one-on-one help as you move toward becoming an Adventure Retreat Leader.    

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Take It Outside! A Great Discount for a Great Program

Hello Adventurer!

 It’s time to say goodbye to Summer and hello to Fall learning. And we have the perfect training to assist you with some fun and inspired education.

Why not consider our upcoming live teleseries: “Designing and Hosting Successful Adventures and Retreats in Nature?” This 9-session teleclass will give you all the tools, training, and support you need to lead your 1st (or 2nd, or 10th) successful outdoor adventure. You’ll love the experience and your clients will love you for taking them outside.

Our Live Series begins October 8th and if you register before September 15th, you’ll get a nice Early Bird Discount

And if you just can’t wait until then, you can try out our Take It Outside Intro. For only $15, you will receive a 60-minute audio intro with PDF Playbook and PowerPoint presentation. This intro is sure to get your creative juices flowing AND it’s a great way to get ready for our Live Series that starts in October.

We encourage you to visit us at Adventure Retreat Leader. Here we have additional resources, tidbits, and products that will help you to breath new and exciting life into your biz and encourage you to Take It Outside…. Check us out!

We hope to see you in our Fall training …you’ll be glad you joined us. And a big thank you, as always, for passing this on to your colleagues.

Happy Trails,
Patt and Deb

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Stay in Touch

Have you considered how often your retreat participants need to hear from you? It's more often than you think. If you have participants who follow you, attend more than one of your outings, and are eager to hear about your upcoming adventure, they are likely looking forward to your next connection with them.

Often we feel we are being just a little pest by sending out frequent emails and announcements. And this may be true if you are marketing to those who have not yet experienced one of your offerings.

But your participants are your friends. They want to hear from and they want to know what's going on, what's coming up next. Friends don't drop out of sight. They stay connected.

Too much you say? Consider a Facebook group for your Adventure Retreat participants. Simply post something simple and quick often.


We are getting close to this special offer deadline...
We are fast approaching our Adventure Retreat Leader's Live Telecall Training in October. Learn the ins and outs of taking others outside! A special rate is offer if you register by September 15. Deb and Patt love teaching this class and their energy is infectious. You'll get some very personal one-on-one help as you move toward becoming an Adventure Retreat Leader.   

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Listen to the Retreats and Getaways September Call

Thanks to those of you who joined Karin on the Retreats and Getaways SIG on Thursday for a discussion of The Healing Power of Nature.

If you enjoyed the call and want to listen again or if you missed the call, here’s the playback information.

Playback number: 712-775-7099
Access code: 901847#
Recording number: 33

Here are some additional resources from our September call.
Research Studies:
To build immune system and cancer-fighting agents: A 2004 study by Japan's National Land Afforestation Promotion Organization. Michael shared that this study was recently referenced in Outside Magazine.
To battle depression: A 2007 study by the University of Essex sited in Time Magazine.
Books:
Seasons of Change : Using Nature's Wisdom to Grow Through Life's Inevitable Ups and Downs by Carol McClelland, PhD
Clean Language:Revealing Metaphors and Opening Minds by Wendy Sullivan and Judy Rees
Healing Energies of Trees Patrice Bouchardon
Whispers from the Woods: The Lore & Magic of Trees Sandra Kynes
Trainings:
Season of Change Training for Professionals
Tuesdays, September 17 - November 5, 2013 Teleclass
60-minute calls, 7 p.m. Eastern
8 CEU's
For Coaches, Therapists, Counselors and Other Professionals who Support Clients in Transition

Our next call is on Thursday, October 3. Patt Osborne will be hosting guest speaker Margaret Emerson who will speak on the topic of  Using Contemplative Time in Nature for  Self Development
Numerous studies have show that nature can be a powerful healing force on the psyche. Combining the positive mental and physical benefits of exercise (hiking) and time in a natural environment can ease stress, increase creativity and promote self-reflection. Margaret Emerson will explain why she promotes "contemplative hiking" as a way to become present to the inner and outer wild, access inner wisdom and re-discover one's soul.

Margaret Emerson holds a Master's degree in ecopsychology and is the author of the book Contemplative Hiking Along the Colorado Front Range. She leads groups on silent, contemplative hikes through her MeetUp group and facilitates nature-based retreats a couple times a year. She also works full-time as a freelance writer and designer. You can learn more about Margaret and her offerings at Contemplative Hiking.