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Saturday, May 31, 2014

The Lorax by Dr Seuss

The Lorax (Classic Seuss) is a Dr Seuss Save-The-Planet Classic.

A children's fable, this book has an important message to adults as well and is one of our retreat favorites. There are numerous ways to integrate this classic into your next outing.

"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
Nothing is going to get better. It's not."

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Put Yourself In The Middle

As you start to build your Adventure and Retreat business, you'll employ some of the usual tactics of joining groups or associations that cater to and support your type of business. That's a great idea. Research well and join one or two.

And if you really want to grow your business, create your own group. Becoming the hub, the center, the middle link in a group is far more effective then joining a group. Why? Because all the information, ideas, promotions and referrals flow through you.

Here are only a few options of the type of group you might want to create:
  • Other Adventure and Retreat Leaders
  • Venues who want to learn more about Adventure Retreat Leading as a way to expand their bookings.
  • Outfitters who would like to learn more about Adventure Retreat Leading as a way to expand their businesses.
 And remember, you're not confined to local businesses only. In the age of Webinars and Hangouts, geography doesn't mean a thing. 

So go ahead and join our Adventure Retreat Leader Success Team because we're full of good information like this. And also go out and create a success team of your own!

Monday, May 19, 2014


Well, don't take this as a recommendation. We have not tried PathWrangler yet.

But the best way we know to get the straight talk on a potentially helpful resource for Retreat and Adventure Leaders is to ask you.

Have you used PathWranger for your offerings? Or do you know someone who has worked with PathWrangler? Or have you booked an outing as a participant through PathWrangler?

Apparently PathWrangler will help you organize, coordinate and sell your outings. But right now it's pretty hard to get info from their website. 

Anybody out there know anything about PathWrangler?

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Gift From The Sea by Anne Morrow Lindberg

Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindberg was first written in 1955. Every word, every thought and every meditation is relevant today.

I first received this book from a participant on one of my retreats. I have since gifted Gift From The Sea numerous times.

Consider Gift From The Sea as a treat for yourself and then perhaps a retreat treat for your participants.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Listen to the Retreats and Getaways SIG May Call

Here's how to access our May Retreats and Getaways SIG session Using Nature's Wisdom To Guide Us Through Transitions with Karin Marcus of Stepping Out Coaching and Carol McClelland, author of Seasons of Change : Using Nature's Wisdom to Grow Through Life's Inevitable Ups and Downs

Simply follow this LINK to learn more about how The Seasons of Change transition insights might help you in your own Retreats and Getaways.

Next month on June 5 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern the SIG will meet again with host Patt Osborne of Adventure Coach and Boomer Chick Adventures.

Our guest speaker will be Helen Kosinski, Professional Certified Coach, of Better Than Ever Coaching.

Please join us to hear Professional Certified Coach and Retreat Leader, Helen Kosinski, as she engages us in a discussion about how you can Keep the Sizzle – 3 Secrets to Re-Offering Your Retreats.

Helen Kosinski, PCC, completed her Retreat Training with Patt Osborn and Deb Martin in 2007. She has been offering Women’s Walking Retreats on Cape Cod ever since! Helen partners with small business owners who want more time, more focus and more success.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Know Your Adventure or Retreat Vision

Even though we are all interested in offering Adventures, Retreats, Outings and Getaway, we each have a different vision of what that means. Do you know your vision?

Patt and I have worked and played with enough Leaders, Guides, Organizers, Coaches, Chiefs, Captains, Conductors and even the occasional Guru to know that you're all snowflakes; that is, no two of you are alike. And we're glad for that!

So I'm eager to help you get clear about your vision for taking your participants out to play. Because when you say retreat or adventure or outing to a potential participant, you'd better be ready to define what that means in YOUR business. If you don't have the details, assumptions WILL be made.

Here's the short list of what you need to get clear about:
  • The physical environment for your offerings. Even if you don't take people into the same environment each time, you probably have some preferences that define your offerings. For instance, I will always take my participants on or near the water and the location will be secluded. They need to expect to rough it. Another leader might always use a resort or B & B facility with amenities.
  • Who are your participants? We do suggest you remain open to the creativity everyone can bring to your offerings. Often you'll be pleasantly surprised when you are open. Yet there are some specifics in your vision. Close your eyes and picture yourself on your retreat or adventure. What do your participants look like? What are they wearing? How are they moving? Try not to be "age" specific but more "ability" specific. And for some of you, this will be all men or all women. That's okay. Get an image. 
  • What do you call yourself? Are you a leader? A presenter? A guide? A coach? What else? Each label gives us a different image. For instance, I call myself a Guide. Mostly because I offer fishing and wilderness adventures. I guide others to the fish and into the wilds. Others prefer Leader. And some don't want to lead at all. They simply want to facilitate or co-create. Do you want to be in charge of your offering or would you prefer that you and your participants make it happen together?
Once you have the vision... and this may take some time. Live with it for awhile before you try to articulate it... you'll be in a better position to attract all you want in your Adventure Retreat Leader business.

And don't let anyone or any notions hold you back... go ahead, call yourself a Muse. 

Monday, May 5, 2014

Take It Outside May Special

Are you ready to move your thoughts of leading outdoor retreats and turn them into actions?

In celebration of May, Deb and Patt have an offer for you to help you do just that.

Purchase our downloadable Adventure Retreat Leader Audio Series that gives you everything you need to know to run your outdoor adventure (regularly $99)
Then sign on to join our remaining Adventure Retreat Leader Success Team calls on May 13, July 8, September 9, and November 11 (normally $100)

And you will get both for just $149 

Reasons to Join:
  • Get in Touch…meet others who are offering Retreats and Adventures and want to share their ideas with you as you share your ideas with them. 
  • Get Tips…Success Team members will freely share their thoughts, ideas and tips with you. Ask for some brainstorming time and you'll get it. 
  • Get Focused…not sure how to get started, what your themes will be, where to offer your Adventures and Retreats? Are you feeling overwhelmed about all of this? The Success Team will help you find clarity and laser in on your next steps. 
  • Get Committed and Accountable…what do you need to do next? The team is here to support your commitment for your next step 
  • Get Help…there’s lots of time to brainstorm. In fact, that's what we're all about. Each call's agenda is designed by the team. We’re a fun, dynamic group and we can help make Adventure Retreats happen for you! 
Are you in? Simply call Patt at 609-953-2007 or Deb at 231-879-4178 and we’ll get you started.

Visit Adventure Retreat Leader and check out the links on the right side of each page. There you will see our full list of resources and products. Choose what suits your fancy.

In Fun and Adventure, Patt and Deb

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Boomer Chick Adventures

Have you checked out Patt's Boomer Chick Adventures lately?

May gets you moving with a Restorative Drumming Circle on May 6 and a Segway Tour of the Shore on May 17.