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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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Monday, April 29, 2013

The Retreats and Getaways SIG Meets May 2

The Retreats and Getaways Special Interest Group meets Thursday, May 2 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern.

If you are interested in becoming a Retreat and Getaway Leader or you already are a leader and you're looking for a community, please join us.

The price is right. No charge. Just show up and get connected.

Conference Number: 712-432-0075
Access Code: 736148#
Host: Deb Martin of Portage Transition Coaching and Adventure Retreat Leader
Speaker: Deb Martin

Topic: How to Create a Financial Breakeven for Your Next Retreat, Outing or Adventure

Do you know whether or not you're going to make money on your next outing? If so, do you know how much? Do you have a point at which you cancel your retreat because you lack the number of participants you need? How do you know? Join Adventurer and Coach Deb Martin in a 55-minute discussion and presentation of how to create a financial breakeven analysis for your next retreat. Come to the call prepared to take notes. A calculator will be helpful. We will be doing a sample breakeven analysis during the call.


Deb Martin integrates her coaching and love of the wilds to offer 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.














Join the Adventure Retreat Leader Success Team at a special price for the remainder of 2013. Contact Deb at deb@portagecoach.com

The Adventure Retreat Leader Audio Training Series is on sale for just a little while. 

Patt and Deb also offer a free Brainstorming Session for anyone interested in sharing their Adventure Retreat Business ideas and getting direct feedback.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Apprenticeship

Apprenticeships are awesome ways to either learn Adventure Retreat Leading or build your Adventure Retreat Leader business.

Patt and I rarely recommend partnerships. There are loads of problems in these retreat relationships. But an apprenticeship can be very valuable.

If you become an apprentice for an established Adventure Retreat Leader, you're obviously going to learn a lot. Bargain your time and energy for instruction about what's being created and why.

If you take on an apprentice for your Adventure Retreat business, you're going to get some much-needed help and probably some word-of-mouth advertising.

Either way you go, sit down and draw up the terms of the apprenticeship so everyone is clear. Then Take It Outside!


The Adventure Retreat Leader Downloadable Audio Training is on sale for just a little while longer.

Friday, April 19, 2013

The Accusplit Pedometer

Here's a pedometer we love! 

ACCUSPLIT AE170 Pedometer with Steps, Distance, and Calories Burned

If you're doing health-related retreats and outings, consider asking your participants to wear one of these. 

Saturday, April 13, 2013

The Seven Laws of Money by Michael Phillips



The Seven Laws of Money (Shambhala Pocket Classics) by Michael Phillips is a good "discussion" book for those Retreats and Getaways you offer on the topic of money. How to live with money: Get it, care for it, and forget it.

Consider our downloadable audio series that will give you all you need to know to host your first (or next) retreat...then join our Success Team to connect with other professionals who are leading retreats.

And if you want to do some retreating on your own this spring for your own self-exploration, try our guide for your next Adventure Retreat The Rest of Your Life: A Playful Retreat for Successful Transitions. Your 46-page guide book to clarity.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Great Resources for Taking It Outside!

We at Adventure Retreat Leader are celebrating Spring!

Are you too dreaming of outdoor adventures? NOW is the perfect time to move forward on your retreat plans...your clients are likely ready to rumble now that the weather is changing so nicely...and we have just the right resources to help you help them.


Consider purchasing our Adventure Retreat Leader Downloadable Audio Series, designed to give you all you need to know about hosting your first (or next) retreat.

Then, join our Success Team to connect with other professionals who are leading retreats. Our next Success Team session is May 14.

And if you want to do some retreating on your own for self-exploration, why not buy A Guide for Your Next Adventure Retreat; a playbook we call "The Rest of Your Life: A Playful Retreat for Successful Life Transitions." This 46-page guide is a detailed resource to help you find clarity around your next life transition.


It's all (and more) at Adventure Retreat Leader.  And keep us posted on how we can help you Take it Outside!

And finally, we thank you for passing our information on. 

In Adventure,
Patt and Deb

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Tell Me A Story

One of the best ways we know to market to our potential Retreat and Adventure participants is to tell them a story. Tell them a story about a past outing. Pick part of a day in your outing and weave an enchanting tale. Your story should include:
  1. Your environment. A rocky Lake Superior beach strewn with agate pebbles glistening in the June sunshine... The North Country Trail winding the banks of the mighty Manistee River on an unusually warm and earthy October day... A dense Northern forest loud with the Spring racket of forest creatures all competing to be heard...
  2. What the weather was like. Not a cloud to be found in a sky so clear it was blinding... Light wisps of cirrus clouds moving slowly across a blue sky... Fall air so crisp your nose hairs stand on end and your eyes water... Thunderous rain rattling against and pouring down the window panes of our humble cabin... Jumbo snowflakes falling from a black winter night sky so dense we hung on to each other to keep our balance...
  3. An interesting activity that includes an insight or change in one of your participants. Be specific. Pick one participant to tell the tale about. Jeannie gave a loud whoop as she jumped from the river bank into the current. This was the first time she... Tom fell asleep in a patch of moss and it was only after 15 minutes that we realized he was not with us. He tells us he does not remember ever being so relaxed that... Jane slipped under the water, opened her eyes and found herself surrounded by turtles. She'd never been that close in their environment and now she only wants to .... 
These stories will serve you well. They touch your participants in ways far greater than giving them a list of benefits and values in order to convince them to attend your next offering.

Photo Credit: David Bailey MBE


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Friday, April 5, 2013

Listen to the Retreats and Getaways SIG April Call

The Retreats and Getaways SIG met on Thursday, April 4. If you missed the call and want to listen in, here's how:
Dial: 712-775-7099
Enter the Access Code: 901847#
Enter the Reference Code Number: 30

To learn more about April's Guest Speaker, Carol Kortsch, simply visit her website at Stonehaven Commons


Our Retreats and Getaways SIG meets again on Thursday, May 2. Your host and speaker will be Deb Martin of Portage Transition Coaching.

The topic is How to Create a Financial Breakeven for Your Next Retreat. Know before your adventure whether or not you will make money.

Monday, April 1, 2013

The Retreats and Getaways SIG Meets April 4

The Retreats and Getaways Special Interest Group meets Thursday, April 4 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern.

If you are interested in becoming a Retreat and Getaway Leader or you already are a leader and you're looking for a community, please join us.

The price is right. No charge. Just show up and get connected.

Conference Number: 712-775-7000 
Access Code: 901847#
Host: Karin Marcus of Stepping Out Coaching and Seasons of Change
Speaker: Carol Kortsch

Topic: Creating a Safe Space for the Solitary Wild Soul in a Retreat Community

Join us to consider what makes a retreat group process safe and yet challenging. How does the leader offer enough space for the shy soul to show up? How can a leader tap into Earth's wildest resources in her own soul and, at the same time facilitate a hospitable, open space for creative community to emerge? How do we facilitate the conversation of silence in a world that cannot stop talking? Answers (and lots more questions!) will emerge during our conversation, as we ponder and discuss a core of eleven "Touchstones" or "Boundary Markers" that can be considered the foundation of a soulful retreat.

Born and raised in Angola, Africa, and educated in Zambia and Canada, Carol Kortsch and her husband raised their three children while working in diverse international mission communities. For 20 years she counseled and helped establish live-in training centers, and then settled in the United States working as a psychotherapist in private practice. She is a group facilitator prepared by the Center for Courage & Renewal, based on the work of Quaker educator and author Parker J. Palmer.

Carol combines her lifelong passion for gardening and the inner-human journey toward wholeness, advocating dynamic and soulful relationships with all of Earth's community. She writes and offers group retreats from her enchanting garden at Stonehaven Commons in Radnor, Pennsylvania



Join the Adventure Retreat Leader Success Team at a special price for the remainder of 2013. Contact Deb at deb@portagecoach.com

Patt and Deb also offer a free Brainstorming Session for anyone interested in sharing their Adventure Retreat Business ideas and getting direct feedback.