Canoe
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.

Adventure Retreat Leader successfully motivates and trains you in the art of adventure retreat leading.


Let Us Help You ... Take It Outside!


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.