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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).
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!