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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. 
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