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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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Adventure Gear Expo

Will you be anywhere near Utah in early November? Here's an Adventure Gear Expo to check out.

The next best thing to being on adventure is checking out gear and talking adventure with like-minded folks.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Raise Your Fees

What!? But you say, "I just got started. I need to beta test and develop my business through attracting participants with my very reasonable prices!"

Well if you want to keep your Adventure and Retreat offerings full for the long run, consider raising your rates now.

Most of us, when we start our business, tend to offer a lot of value to our participants while undercharging for our services because we want to build our business. But what we are often doing is training our participants and customers to expect a lot of value for little money. When you finally get tired of working so very hard for so very little money, it's hard to raise your rates because you've developed a certain kind of client who expects you to continue to deliver a lot for low prices.

Raise your fees now. Attract the kind of participant who is willing to pay for value. Deliver all you promised and more. Enjoy being a quality Adventure and Retreat Leader and appreciate the good income you make.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Adventure Center...Another Resource for You.

Whether you want to take an adventure yourself or get ideas for your own Adventure and Retreat offerings, Adventure Center will inspire you.

For instance, I put a couple of search criteria for offerings that would inspire me and found two great trips with details, including Overview, Itinerary, Dates and Prices, A Map, and The Operator. Will I take these trips? Maybe, maybe not. But they have both certainly given me some great ideas about offering an Adventure that interests me and some of the things my participants would expect.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Sizzlin' Summer Special at Adventure Retreat Leader

Hey there, Adventurer!

Patt’s Boomer Chicks cooling off on a Boomer Chick Kayaking outing
 Such a fun way to get customers outdoors.

If YOU are dreaming of ways to get YOUR clients and customers outside AND get paid for it, of course, we have some great info for you!

Take advantage of our Sizzlin’ Summer Special and get our downloadable audio series, “Become an Adventure Retreat Leader” for just $59 (Regularly $99)

Hey, A fun way to listen to it might be on a walk or a hike!

You’ll learn all you need to know to lead Successful and Playful Outdoor Adventures. This audio is chock full of specifics! PLUS you’ll get the Playbook which includes our famous 100-point checklist and lots of helpful handouts.

Are you ready? Simply visit Adventure Retreat Leader's Audio Download page and scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on “Yes! I want to securely purchase the Downloadable Audio Series Now!”

And there your adventure begins… Do remember, we’re here to help you on the way!
Patt and Deb

Monday, July 7, 2014

What Bugs You? Tis The Season

Photo Credit: lolotahiti

I love all critters, big and small. Some just a little bit more than others. The lowly mosquito is one I can do without. More about my thoughts on mosquitoes at Another Lesson From The Creek.

But don't stay home. You've got Adventures to lead! Sea to Summit Bug Jacket & Mitts with Insect Shield (Large)

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Whose Right?

Your Adventure Retreat participants are of course. Even if they are not right, they are.

Yes, you need to manage your Adventure Retreat in a way that it ultimately delivers what you promised you would deliver what you advertised. This is what you promised and you have an obligation to follow through on that promise.

Here the areas you need to follow through on:
  • Start time and end time
  • The topic (if you have one) of your offering
  • Materials you promised
  • Activities you promised
  • The amount of time off (independent free time) you promised

Having said that, here are some areas where your participants are more right than you:
  • Some or all want to take more independent free time. Notice I did not say more time together. This is not your responsibility. If your participants want more time together, they will make that happen during their free time. But allow participants to wander away from an activity when they've had enough.
  • Some or all want to expand an activity or discussion, spending more time it in.
  • Some or all do not want to participate in an activity and/or a discussion. They are ready to sit out.
Here are some things you can do to make your offering more user-friendly:
  • Allow for more free time than you think is necessary. I like to fill about 25% of my retreat with group activities and 75% with independent activities and/or free time.
  • Present your material (if any) in a variety of ways. If your offering is heavy on group discussion and your participants do not know each other, find ways for those who are not participatory in nature to engage with the material. Patt and I like to offer independent reflection activities.
  • Make it safe (at the beginning of your adventure) for anyone to pass on a request to do a physical activity or share something personal at any time. This is how working with outfitters can be so great. When someone wants to pass, for instance, on running a rapids or climbing a rock wall, your outfitter will get them where they need to go to continue with the group.
Of course, the ideal Adventure is one in which everyone participates, enjoys your topic and hangs on your every word. But the ideal Adventure is also one in which your participants are made to feel right.