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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!


Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Do You Have An Adventure Retreat Leader Reserve Fund

One of the problems that comes up for new Adventure Retreat Leaders is cash flow.

At some point in your Adventure Retreat Leading, you will find yourself having to make reservations, put down deposits and buy equipment and materials. And yet, you're waiting for the first deposit to come in from your participants. You could even be missing discount deadlines because you don't have the cash flow.

We suggest you have at least 1/3 of your offering's expenses in a reserve fund. This will get you through those times when participants are slow to pay and yet, facilities need to be reserved.


Now through the end of December we're offering significant discounts on everything at Adventure Retreat Leader:
The Downloadable Audio Series: $99 $49
The LIVE Teleclass Series beginning in February: $329 $249
The Audio Introduction and Playbook to Leading Retreats: $15 $10
Adventure Retreat Leader Coaching with Patt and Deb: $399 $299
A Guide to Your Next Adventure Retreat: $15 $10
Our Adventure Retreat Leader Community Calls: ALWAYS FREE

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Listen to our December Adventure Retreat Leader Community Call

Thanks for joining us our December Adventure Retreat Leader Community Call. You can learn more about these calls at Adventure Retreat Leader Community Calls series. We hope you enjoyed our discussion about Your Time After Your Outing.

To listen to this Community Call recording, simply click HERE.

Coming Up:
January 12 at Noon Eastern
Our free Adventure Retreat Leader Community Call on the topic: Making Your Retreat Logistics Clear to your Participants.

We have a holiday gift for YOU.

Now through January 1, EVERYTHING at Adventure Retreat Leader is on sale.
  • The Live Telecall Series beginning in February
  • The Audio Series for Leading Adventures and Retreats in Nature
  • The Take-It-Outside Introduction
  • A Guide to your Next Adventure Retreat...The Rest of Your Life
  • and Adventure Retreat Leader Coaching with Patt and Deb

We especially encourage you to take a look at the Adventure Retreat Leader Telecall Series beginning in February, 2016. This is our complete Adventure Retreat Leader training, with the Playbook and the 100-point checklist and includes 2 strategy sessions, one with Patt and one with Deb. While all our offerings are excellent, are participants tell us this one gets them off the fence and moving toward offering their own retreats and adventures.

In Adventure
Deb and Patt

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Join Our December 1 Adventure Retreat Leader Community Call

Our next Adventure Retreat Leader Community Call is on Tuesday, December 1, at noon Eastern (NY) time. NOTE: This is one week earlier than our usual call days (the 2nd Tuesday of each month). This month we're meeting on the 1st Tuesday. Mark your calendar.

The topic for our December 1 call is YOUR Time After The Outing! That's right. You are not quite done once your retreat is over. Let's talk about why it's important to take some time for yourself and how we suggest you do that.

The Bridge Number is: 712-432-0075
The Access Code is: 736148#



Your hosts are Deb Martin and Patt Osborne.

We're looking forward to meeting you on this complimentary call.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Be Interesting

You've heard it before. When networking or dating or even communicating with coworkers, friends and family, "Be Interested, Not Interesting."

It's true as far as the "interested" part goes. Showing interest in others is good networking, good dating and, well, just plain polite. My mother taught me to be interested because it's the right way to communicate, not to mention I'd learn a lot. She also taught me to be a good conversationalist. And for that you also need to be interesting.

So I wish I could get my hands on the person who added "not interesting" to that little piece of advice. What?!

If you've been practicing being Interested at the expense of being Interesting, Stop It! Instead, be Interested AND Interesting. And I don't just mean as a networking, marketing, dating or communication technique. I mean because it's the best way to relate to others.

But I will say, if you've been practicing interested, not interesting as part of your Adventure and Retreat marketing technique, you're only using half of what's available to you, probably less.

People join you on your outings because you are interested in them, you enjoy them, AND because you entertain them, deliver something new they can explore, teach them another way of being, doing, learning. In short, because YOU ARE INTERESTING.

Number 5 on our 100-point Adventure and Retreat Leader Checklist: "I know that WHO I AM is as or more important that what I'm offering." This checklist, along with the Audio Series is on sale now through the end of the month at a significant discount. Interested?

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Adventure Retreat Leader Reminders and Announcements

Our upcoming Adventure Retreat Leader Community Call will be on the First Tuesday in December, December 1 instead of the second Tuesday. Just so Patt can get back to her precious Virgin Island Retreat spot on St. John. A wonderful place for an outing, by the way. The time and phone number remain the same. Details at Adventure Retreat Leader Community Calls. The topic will be Your Time After The Outing.

We're offering a November THANK YOU with a special price on the Adventure Retreat Leader Audio Series, now through the end of November. Normally $99 at a special Thank You price of $33. Details at Adventure Retreat Leader Audio Series.

The Adventure Retreat Leader Live Telecall Series is beginning again in February. Keep your eye on Adventure Retreat Leader Live Telecall Series for upcoming dates and information. We'll have dates on the website very soon.

And beginning in January 2016, we'll be reworking the website and the shopping cart so there may be a gap when you cannot purchase online. But, as always, we're available to you via email if there's something you've just gotta have during our construction period. Just let us know and we'll make it happen. deb@portagecoach.com or patt.adventurecoach@verizon.net.

Deb & Patt at Patt's "Happy Place" St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands

"See" you on Dec 1 for our upcoming Community Call and our December special offer.

Love,
Deb and Patt

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

National "Take A Hike" Day




Here in the U.S., today is National Take A Hike Day.

Go take a hike (get lost) in nature. Take your time. Slow down.

It's a perfect day to decide to start your Adventure Retreat Leader business. Or not.

But do take that hike. Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Listen to Our November Adventure Retreat Leader Community Call

Thanks to all who joined us our November Adventure Retreat Leader Community Call. You can learn more about these calls at Adventure Retreat Leader Community Calls series. We hope you enjoyed our discussion about Falling in Love with Your Participants.

To listen to this Community Call recording, simply click HERE.

Coming Up:
December 1 at Noon Eastern
Our free Adventure Retreat Leader Community Call on the topic: YOUR Time After the Outing.


We want to express our Thanks to YOU. 

Now through December 1, we're offering our Downloadable Audio Series for $33, regularly $99. 

Get your slice of the pie right HERE.

In Adventure
Deb and Patt

Friday, November 6, 2015

Join Our November Adventure Retreat Leader Community Call

Join Adventure Retreat Leader hosts Patt Osborne and Deb Martin to learn about leading Adventure Retreats in Nature.

Adventure Retreat Leader Community Calls meet on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 12 noon Eastern (NY) time.

Our next call is Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at Noon, Eastern

Simply dial 712-432-0075 and enter the access code 736147# when prompted.

Our next topic is Item Number 81 on the Adventure Retreat Leader checklist, Loving Your Participants.

Your hosts are Patt Osborne, PCC of Adventure Coach and Boomer Chick Adventures and Deb Martin, MCC, of Portage Transition Coaching and Wilderness Adventures.

For details about his and other free ARL Community Calls, visit Adventure Retreat Leader Community Calls.

Let us help you Take It Outside!


Monday, November 2, 2015

Vayable

Vayable is an interesting service you might want to explore as you are launching your Adventure Retreat Leader business.

If you can be a local tour guide with Vayable, simply sign up with Vayable and list the local experience you would like to provide. Set your prices and Vayable charges a 15% commission for sending the business your way.

The experience you create for Vayable will also give you language, photos, ideas and videos you can use to sell your offering on your own.

Remember we've got an Adventure Retreat Leader Community Call on Tuesday, November 10.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

A Halloween Dead....Line

Welcome to the Fall season; the perfect time to turn your Adventure Retreat dreams into reality!

Deb and Patt are excited to help you bring your Retreat plans to fruition and here’s how you can do just that;

How? Sign on for 3 Coaching sessions with us; we’re offering a deeply discounted Coaching Special until 10/31. 
  • Do you have ideas for leading Adventure Retreats that you want to bounce off a couple of pros?
  • Do you need help getting your Adventure Retreats off and running?
  • Are you ready to take your Adventure Retreat biz to the next level? 
If you answered with a resounding “ YES!!! “ to any of these questions, you’re ready for some Coaching.

If you sign on with us before October 31, here’s what you’ll get: 
  • 1 one-on-one 60 minute phone session with Patt 
  • 1 one-on-one 60 minute phone session with Deb 
  • 1 two–on-one 90 minute session with Deb and Patt 
  • All three sessions for just $299!!! (Regularly $399) 

Don’t miss out on this offer...after Halloween, it disappears...Let us help you get out of the dark and into the woods and moving forward!

Are you in? Simply go to Adventure Retreat Leader to purchase online. We’ll then get right back to you to schedule your 1st session.

And there the Adventure begins…Take it Outside!
In Fun and Anticipation,
Patt and Deb

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Listen to Our October Adventure Retreat Leader Community Call

Thanks to all who joined us our October Adventure Retreat Leader Community Call. You can learn more about these calls at Adventure Retreat Leader Community Calls series. We hope you enjoyed our discussion about Planning Activities for Your Adventure.

To listen to this Community Call recording, simply click HERE.

Coming Up:
November 10:
Our free Adventure Retreat Leader Community Call on the topic: Loving Your Participants.


Now through Halloween, we're offering our 3-session Adventure Retreat Leader Coaching Package for $100 off the regular price.

In Adventure
Deb and Patt

Friday, October 9, 2015

Start A New Business Your Way

If you are excited about becoming an Adventure Retreat Leader, sign up for our tips like this one, hear what we have to say, take what suits you and.... discard the rest and start YOUR OWN new business.

We have tips, we have examples, we have ideas, but it's YOUR business. This is a case where you DO reinvent the wheel. How do YOU want to lead adventures and retreats in nature? Do you want to lead adventures at all? What about retreats? Not into nature? We are, but this is your gig.

Too often we see new leaders trying to follow our models. And guess what? What works beautifully for us does not work for them.

We have good tips and advice. And our Adventure Retreat Leader Audio Series is outstanding! But this is your game, your offering, your invitation to others to come out and play with you.

You are NOT selling Adventures, Retreats or even Nature. You're selling your love of introducing others to themselves in an environment that nurtures you with activities that you love.

We're going to talk more about preparing your activities on our upcoming Adventure Retreat Leader Community Call on Tuesday. Please join us. It's free!

Oh, and worse than trying to replicate what Patt and I are doing is buying into the idea that you have to offer what potential participants want. Offer what you love and let the right participants find you. To offer what others' want because you're trying to follow the money will diminish you and your offering.

Join Our October Adventure Retreat Leader Community Call



Join Adventure Retreat Leader hosts Patt Osborne and Deb Martin to learn about leading Adventure Retreats in Nature.

Adventure Retreat Leader Community Calls meet on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 12 noon Eastern (NY) time.

Our next call is Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at Noon, Eastern


Simply dial 712-432-0075 and enter the access code 736147# when prompted.


Our next topic is Item Number 66 on the Adventure Retreat Leader checklist, Planning Activities for Your Adventures

Your hosts are Patt Osborne, PCC of Adventure Coach and Boomer Chick Adventures and Deb Martin, MCC, of Portage Transition Coaching and Wilderness Adventures.

For details about this and other free ARL Community Calls, visit Adventure Retreat Leader Community Calls.

Let us help you Take It Outside!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Take It Outside! Again...


With the Fall season almost upon us, NOW is the perfect time to learn something new! If you've been dreaming about how to lead outdoor adventure retreats as an exciting component of YOUR business, here at Adventure Retreat Leader we have just the thing for you... and it's starting SOON! Join our upcoming 9-session teleclass series titled "Designing and Hosting Successful Adventures and Retreats in Nature."

Let us help you move forward with next steps to bring that dream of becoming an Adventure Retreat Leader to fruition!

Here's what we're talking about...
  1. Attend our 9-session tele-series where you will learn everything you need to host your own adventure. This comprehensive series is starting in 3 weeks. Our first session is Tuesday, October 6 at 6:00 p.m. Eastern. You can see the details HERE.
  2. Another option is to simply purchase our downloadable audio series that includes 7 recordings of that detailed teleclass series, plus the infallible 100-point checklist and Playbook; all designed to give you everything you need to lead a successful and memorable outdoor adventure. Details about the downloadable audio HERE.
  3. You can join our free monthly Adventure Retreat Leader Community Calls. Our next call is Tuesday, October 13 at Noon Eastern. Details about these calls are HERE.
  4. You can also subscribe to tips, resources and upcoming reminders by giving us your email address. Simply find the "subscribe" box on the left-hand side of any page at Adventure Retreat Leader
No need to do this alone. Let us help you Take It Outside! You'll be glad you did.

In fun and adventure, Patt and Deb

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Listen to Our September Adventure Retreat Leader Community Call

Thanks to all who joined us our June Adventure Retreat Leader Community Call. You can learn more about these calls at Adventure Retreat Leader Community Calls series. We hope you enjoyed our discussion about Your Retreat Leading Tools.

To listen to this Community Call recording, simply click HERE.

Coming Up:
October 13:
Our free Adventure Retreat Leader Community Call on the topic: Planning Activities for Your Adventure

Listen to this call to find out how you can take advantage of a special price on our Live Adventure Retreat Leader Telecall Series beginning October 6. Yup, that's a price even better than our Early Bird Special running now. 

In Adventure
Deb and Patt

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Join Our September Adventure Retreat Leader Community Call

Join Adventure Retreat Leader hosts Patt Osborne and Deb Martin to learn about leading Adventure Retreats in Nature.

Adventure Retreat Leader Community Calls meet on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 12 noon Eastern (NY) time.

Our next call is Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Our next topic is Item Number 66 on the Adventure Retreat Leader checklist,Your Retreat Leading Tools: Completing, Organizing and Testing in Time for Your Upcoming Offering

Your hosts are Patt Osborne, PCC of Adventure Coach and Boomer Chick Adventures and Deb Martin, MCC, of Portage Transition Coaching and Wilderness Adventures.

For details about this and other free ARL Community Calls, visit Adventure Retreat Leader Community Calls.

Let us help you Take It Outside!
If you’ve been wanting to get your clients and customers outside, consider taking advantage of our Early-Bird discount and join our Live Teleclass Series to Leading Adventure Retreats, beginning October 6. Act NOW!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Host A Webinar

An Example of a Web Conference. Source Wikipedia
A Webinar, sometimes called a web conference or web meeting, can be a delightful entree to your upcoming Adventure Retreat. Here are a few things to consider:
  1. Find a webinar provider. There are many free providers out there who offer upgrades if you want more features. Find the one that works best for you. Keep in mind that some may require you and/or your participants to download software. So choose a more popular webinar provider so many of your participants already have the software, if necessary. Some people are reluctant to download software to their computer in order to participate in a webinar.
  2. Get webinar training yourself first. Find out what a webinar is and what it is not and know how to use the software and features. Practice. Features of most webinars include a white board, live audio and video, slideshows, polls, and text messaging or chats. You don't have to use all the features just because they are there. But do know your capabilities and how they work. 
  3. Get a helper. You will want someone to handle technical issues like advancing slides, monitoring noise and moderating social media and conversation. And a helper to handle participant confusion like a web address where they find more information, a problem downloading files and inappropriate interruptions. 
  4. Understand hashtags and how they work. Create a hashtag for your webinar so participants can continue to ask questions and generate interest about your upcoming adventure. The theme for your upcoming adventure is often a good hashtag. i.e. #TheRestOfYourLife or #LifeIsABeach or #BiggerFishToFry. Monitor tweets with that hashtag for days after your webinar
  5. Have an written agenda for your webinar and share that agenda beforehand. Your webinar agenda must relate to your Adventure Retreat offering. Share tidbits in your webinar that will be explored more thoroughly in your adventure. If your agenda does not directly lead into your retreat, you'll just confuse folks about what they need to do next if they liked what they heard on the webinar. 
  6. Keep your content simple. Less is more. Remember your webinar participants may be distracted by all they are seeing and all the options they have to participate. So content must be direct (have a take-charge presence), simple (3 agenda items is enough) and jargon-free so international participants are not confused by your language. 
  7. Have references for your participants like links to your last retreat, your adventure venue, more information about your theme and books and other materials that would be helpful to access before your adventure retreat offering. Be sure these references are part of your slides or downloadable. You can get stuck repeating url's as participants come and go or do not hear your clearly.
  8. Have some informative and interesting poll questions for your participants. Ask meaningful questions, not questions just to ask questions or to use all the technical bells and whistles a webinar can offer. Place your polls strategically to lead your participants through the decision of whether or not to join you on retreat.
  9. Invite your participants to join you on your upcoming outing. Make it formal, clear and with sincerity. Provide ONE link to all the information they need to sign up easily.
  10. Say Thank You to everyone who joined your webinar whether or not they register for your outing. Sincere thanks will generate followers. Many folks will follow your webinars several times before they join you on retreat.
Join our FREE Adventure Retreat Leader Community Call on Tuesday, September 8

The LIVE Adventure Retreat Leader Teleclass Series begins Tuesday, October 6

Monday, August 10, 2015

BELIEVE!

Believe...
  • in the work you do.
  • that your participants will love your offering.
  • that your participants "get it." 
  • in yourself.
  • in what you have to offer.
  • that less is more.
  • that your participants contribute to your offering as much, if not more, than you do.
  • that Mother Nature has got your back! 
What are you disbelieving that is getting in your way of offering a triumphant Adventure Retreat? 

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Bundle Up

Package two, three and even four of your outings together under one theme. Why?
  • You can offer special pricing to those who buy the package and intend to play with you multiple times each year.
  • There's way more value to advertise as each offering takes your participants a little deeper into the theme.
  • Once you've got the "bundle," you can tailor it to target specific groups, offering this bundle several times a year to different groups.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Environments

Are you skilled at creating or finding environments that facilitate your offerings? The right environment can do most of the work for you so this is a skill to hone. Here are a few things to practice:
  • For sure, visit the environment ahead of time. In fact choose two or three and visit them all. Live in each environment for at least 24 hours as though you were a participant in your offering.
  • Ask yourself, am I comfortable? If not, why not? If so, what about this environment adds to your comfort? Consider sounds, scents, temperatures, humidity, scenery, etc.
  • Ask yourself, does this environment fit my theme or is it in conflict with the theme of my outing? For instance, if your theme is about simplifying your life, you might be in conflict offering your outing in a busy city's garden. Cities require strategies to get somewhere within the city. And the large elaborate gardens, while beautiful, are so sophisticated that it takes a professional gardener or two to maintain them. You may be giving a conflicting message. Maybe the beach or a quiet hiking trail would be better for an offering with a simplifying theme.
  • Ask yourself, does this environment inspire me? First and foremost, your chosen environment needs to inspire you. That inspiration flows from you to your participants. If you're not inspired, you'll be checking your watch regularly, looking for the end of your offering.
If can honestly assess your comfort level as well as find an environment that fits your theme and inspires you, you're on your way to becoming a pro at designing environments that support your offering.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Logos

Do you have a Logo for your Adventure and Retreat business? Think carefully about your logo. Take your time. A logo is meant to be with you for a long time. Using a logo on all your material will, over time, help with recognition. A logo can be inspiring and be the very thing that attracts a new participant. And ultimately, a logo can be converted to tee-shirts, bags and hats.

Here are some logos participants of our trainings have created.






 



Saturday, June 20, 2015

Throw Out The Rules


Here's what Patt and I hear often from new Adventure and Retreat Leaders:
  • I need to be an expert about my theme, my topic, my adventure environment.
  • My offering has to be scheduled in small increments in order to start on time, deliver what I promised, and end of time.
  • I must have activities that relate to my theme
  • I need to have long and thorough discussions with my participants that relate to my theme.
  • I need to be a coach.
Forget it! How you lead your adventure is based on what YOU WANT to do. We can give you advice and suggestions based on our experience. But....

THERE ARE NO RULES!

Friday, June 12, 2015

Go Take A Hike

These Tips For How To Lead A Successful Hike by The North Country Trail Association are a wonderful resource for your next hiking offering. The tips are generic enough for any trail. And there are numerous great links to more information like:

  • The Sierra Club's "How To Lead A Hike" Video
  • National Outdoors Leadership School
  • Leave No Trace Principles
  • The American Hiking Society

See you at the Trailhead! 

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Listen to Our June Adventure Retreat Leader Community Call

Thanks to all who joined us our June Adventure Retreat Leader Community Call. You can learn more about these calls at Adventure Retreat Leader Community Calls series. We hope you enjoyed Communicating the Value and Benefits of Your Offering. 

To listen to this Community Call recording, simply click HERE.

Coming Up:
We're taking July and August off.
September 9:
Our free Adventure Retreat Leader Community Call on the topic: Your Retreat Leading Tools

In Adventure
Deb and Patt

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Join Our June Adventure Retreat Leader Community Call

Join your Adventure Retreat Leader hosts Patt Osborne and Deb Martin to learn about leading Adventure Retreats in Nature.

Adventure Retreat Leader Community Calls meet on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 12 noon Eastern (NY) time.

Our next call is Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Our next topic is Item Number 39 on the Adventure Retreat Leader checklist, Communicating the Values and Benefits of Your Outing

Your hosts are Patt Osborne, PCC of Adventure Coach and Boomer Chick Adventures and Deb Martin, MCC, of Portage Transition Coaching and Wilderness Adventures.

For details about this and other free ARL Community Calls, visit Adventure Retreat Leader Community Calls.

It's time to get your clients outside!
Summer is just around the corner. And if you’re like us, here at Adventure Retreat Leader, you’ve got outdoor adventures on your mind. If you’ve been wanting to get your clients and customers outside, now is a good time to get into planning mode.

Here are just a few resources to help you get going:
  1. Purchase our Downloadable Audio Series that includes 7 recordings of our detailed teleclass series plus the infallible 100-point Checklist and Playbook; all designed to give you everything you need to lead a successful and memorable outdoor adventure.
  2. Buy our Guide To Your Next Adventure, an excellent resource to use as you take yourself on your own adventure. 
  3. Join our free monthly Adventure Retreat Leader Community Calls 
  4. Subscribe to tips, weekly posts, and resources, plus upcoming reminders for our ARL Community Calls by giving us your email address. Simply find the "subscribe" box on the left-hand side of any page at Adventure Retreat Leader. You will find that we have TONS of valuable stuff to help you move forward with your own exciting ideas.
Let us help you Take It Outside!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Build Your Adventure Retreat Business by Starting with FULL Offerings

Start your Adventure Retreat and Outing business with full offerings.
  1. Plan your first outing. Make it small and simple enough that it will not cost you. Then FILL it. Do whatever it takes to fill this outing, including giving spots away. Then deliver an outstanding experience. TIP: In order to fill your first offering you must determine what FULL is! It does not need to be a large number. You simply have to decide what full means to you for this outing and go for that number. Let your participants know it's FULL.
  2. Plan your next outing. Again, simple and inexpensive for you. This Outing's theme can be totally different from the previous outing or it can be a continuation based on the same theme. But it must be different. Then fill it as before, doing whatever it takes. You'll likely find your income increases somewhat. But if not, fill it anyway with free spots. Then deliver an outstanding experience. TIP: This offering MUST be different than your first offering because you want participants from the first to want to join the 2nd, and 3rd and 4th....
  3. Plan your next outing and repeat step 2.
When your outings are full, you're more fun. When your outings are full your reputation grows. When your outings are full, you generate more followers more quickly.

Soon you'll be in a position to offer a multi-day offering and you'll have enough followers to join you and cover your costs of a more expensive outing.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Visions And Missions

One of  my participants' favorite topics on my Adventure Retreats is to find their Vision and Mission. I admit, it is a delightful topic to tackle while one is away from those daily routines that can cause vision and mission confusion.

Also, there seems to be more and more social pressure to know your personal Vision and Mission. It's trendy and what individuals want to discover and talk about.

We find many Adventure Retreat participants are drawn to an outing about finding ones personal Vision and Mission. The perfect marketing scenario, right?

Must you have a Vision and a Mission to live your life well? No. Nor do you need to have a legacy (another popular retreat topic). But many people are curious to understand and eager to share their Vision and Mission, if only they knew what that was.

The topic is attractive. Yet, as the leader, remember to hold this topic lightly. Leaving your offering with a Vision and Mission is not required. And leaving without a Vision and Mission is not a failure.

Having said that, because having a Vision and a Mission is so popular and you're eager to offer a "Sold Out" outing, here a couple of tips to get you started:


A Vision is something you want for the world. It's bigger than you and many people have the same vision. It could be peace, clean water, a voice for everyone or animal care and dignity. 

Your Mission is the part you play toward that vision. What do you do to contribute to peace, clean water, a voice or animal dignity? You and others with the same Vision but different Missions (contributions) together get the Vision done!

It's that simple. Easily a weekend offering could be created with Day 1 devoted to Vision and Day 2 to Mission. 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Listen to Our May Adventure Retreat Leader Community Call

Thanks to all who joined us our May call of our year-long Adventure Retreat Leader Community Calls series. We hope you found our tips about Getting Hired For A Solo Outing helpful. It's one of my favorite ways to work!


To listen to Community Call recording, simply click HERE.

Coming Up:

June 9:
Our free Adventure Retreat Leader Community Call on the topic: Communicating The Values and Benefits of Your Offerings.

In Adventure
Deb and Patt

Friday, May 8, 2015

Join Our May Adventure Retreat Leader Community Call

Join your Adventure Retreat Leader hosts Patt Osborne and Deb Martin to learn about leading Adventure Retreats in Nature.

Adventure Retreat Leader Community Calls meet on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 12 noon Eastern (NY) time.

Our next meeting is Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Our next topic is Item Number 35 on the Adventure Retreat Leader checklist, Getting Hired For A Solo Outing

Your hosts are Patt Osborne, PCC of Adventure Coach and Boomer Chick Adventures and Deb Martin, MCC, of Portage Transition Coaching and Wilderness Adventures.

For details about this and other free ARL Community Calls, visit Adventure Retreat Leader Community Calls.

It's time to get your clients outside!
Spring is Here! And if you’re like us, here at Adventure Retreat Leader, you’ve got outdoor adventures on your mind. If you’ve been wanting to get your clients and customers outside, now is a good time to get into planning mode.

Here are just a few resources to help you get going:
  1. Purchase our Downloadable Audio Series that includes 7 recordings of our detailed teleclass series plus the infallible 100-point Checklist and Playbook; all designed to give you everything you need to lead a successful and memorable outdoor adventure.
  2. Buy our Guide To Your Next Adventure, an excellent resource to use as you take yourself on your own adventure. 
  3. Join our free monthly Adventure Retreat Leader Community Calls 
  4. Subscribe to tips, weekly posts, and resources, plus upcoming reminders for our ARL Community Calls by giving us your email address. Simply find the "subscribe" box on the left-hand side of any page at Adventure Retreat Leader. You will find that we have TONS of valuable stuff to help you move forward with your own exciting ideas.
Let us help you Take It Outside!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Time for YOU!

Have you scheduled free time for yourself during your adventures and retreats? Yes? Good for you!

Now go back to your schedule and add an addition 25% of free time for yourself. For instance, if you are doing a 1-day offering and you've scheduled an hour for yourself, make it an hour and 15 minutes. If you're doing a 5-day offering and you've scheduled 4 hours each day (usually in the evening or early morning), add an additional 1 to your daily schedule right in the middle of the day.

We have a tendency to believe that because we are the leader, we need to be "on" and with our participants most of the time; that they've paid to be with us and that's what we need to give them.

In reality, your participants have paid for the experience you are providing. Yes, be with them. Have insightful discussions and ask provocative questions. Then give them a reflection activity and send them off on their own. And take that down time for yourself; not to plan and prep and scurry around getting ready, but to really relax and use the time just for you.

"Research on naps, meditation, nature walks, and the habits of exceptional artists and athletes reveals how mental breaks increase productivity, replenish attention, solidify memories and encourage creativity."

Source: Scientific American

So by giving your participants less of yourself and finding more time for YOU, you're actually giving your participants more. Your presence is less important than you think. Enjoy the irony. Preferably in a hammock somewhere in nature.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Listen to our April Adventure Retreat Leader Community Call

Thanks to all who joined us for call 4 of our year-long Adventure Retreat Leader Community Calls series. Setting fees for your offerings can be both emotional and complicated. We hoped this call helped.

Today's April 14 Community Call topic was: Earnings and Fees

To listen to Community Call recording, simply click HERE.

Coming Up:

May 12: Our free Adventure Retreat Leader Community Call on the topic: Getting Hired For A Solo Outing

In Adventure
Deb and Patt

Thursday, April 9, 2015

No Need To Fix


 We often think that offering Retreats and Adventures and Outing in nature are opportunities for us to help others become whole in some way or to point the way to a better life by letting go of something and making significant changes; in short, to fix something. And so we spend time creating activities that will heal the wounded, challenge the frightened, face our fears and help everyone learn to live in the world.

In fact, however, our best participants don't need fixing. They join us on our adventures because it's fun. They bring their friends because they like to play.

Take a look at your marketing material and your activities. See if you are heavily promoting the "fix." If so, change the fix to fun as a way to change the type of participant you are attracting. Your participants will have just as many insights on your retreats and you won't be the "fix-it" person.

Surround yourself with participants who are already in touch with themselves. Surround yourself with participants who will evolve you!

Friday, April 3, 2015

Join Our April Adventure Retreat Leader Community Call

Join your Adventure Retreat Leader hosts Patt Osborne and Deb Martin to learn about leading Adventure Retreats in Nature.

Adventure Retreat Leader Community Calls meet on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 12 noon Eastern (NY) time.

Our next meeting is Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Our next topic is Item Number 27 on the Adventure Retreat Leader checklist, Determining Earnings and Fees for Your Adventures

Your hosts are Patt Osborne, PCC of Adventure Coach and Boomer Chick Adventures and Deb Martin, MCC, of Portage Transition Coaching and Wilderness Adventures.

For details about this and other free ARL Community Calls, visit Adventure Retreat Leader Community Calls.

It's time to get your clients outside!
Spring is here! And if you’re like us, here at Adventure Retreat Leader, you’ve got outdoor adventures on your mind. If you’ve been wanting to get your clients and customers outside, now is a good time to get into planning mode.

Here are just a few resources to help you get going:
  1. Purchase our Downloadable Audio Series that includes 7 recordings of our detailed teleclass series plus the infallible 100-point Checklist and Playbook; all designed to give you everything you need to lead a successful and memorable outdoor adventure.
  2. Buy our Guide To Your Next Adventure, an excellent resource to use as you take yourself on your own adventure. 
  3. Join our free monthly Adventure Retreat Leader Community Calls 
  4. Subscribe to tips, weekly posts, and resources, plus upcoming reminders for our ARL Community Calls by giving us your email address. Simply find the "subscribe" box on the left-hand side of any page at Adventure Retreat Leader. You will find that we have TONS of valuable stuff to help you move forward with your own exciting ideas.
Let us help you Take It Outside!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Smile!

Want to lead more Retreats and Adventures? Smile!

Photos of you, smiling, in the very settings you intend to take your participants should be all over your advertising media.

So get out there, take a photographer (let's face it, we all know a selfie when we see one), have fun and smile.






Happy Spring, Everyone!
Patt and Deb

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Listen to Our March Adventure Retreat Leader Community Call

Thanks to all who joined us for call 3 of our year-long Adventure Retreat Leader Community Calls series.You asked some very insightful questions on this call and we appreciate you all for that.

Today's March 10 Community Call topic was: Scheduling Free Time on Your Outing

To listen to Community Call recording, simply click HERE.

Coming Up:

April 14: Our free Adventure Retreat Leader Community Call on the topic: Earings and Fees

In Adventure
Deb and Patt

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Wellness Retreat Dos and Don'ts

Here's an informative article in the Huffington Post by Lauren Coles about The Dos and Don'ts of Planning a Wellness Retreat.

Bring someone to help coordinate, Build a relationship with the people who will be running the space, Explore outside your retreat center, and Keep the fun going after the trip ends are four topics this article addresses.

Much of what is in this article Patt and I teach in our Adventure Retreat Leader teleclass and audio series and we're in full agreement. So enjoy the read!

Friday, March 6, 2015

Join Our March Adventure Retreat Leader Community Call

Join the hosts Patt Osborne and Deb Martin to learn about leading Adventure Retreats in Nature.

Adventure Retreat Leader Community Calls meet on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 12 noon Eastern (NY) time.

Our next meeting is Tuesday, March 2015

Our next topic is Scheduling Free Time During Your Outing

Your hosts are Patt Osborne, PCC of Adventure Coach and Boomer Chick Adventures and Deb Martin, MCC, of Portage Transition Coaching and Wilderness Adventures.

For details about this and other free ARL Community Calls, visit Adventure Retreat Leader Community Calls.

It's time to get your clients outside!
Spring is just a couple weeks away. And if you’re like us, here at Adventure Retreat Leader, you’ve got outdoor adventures on your mind. If you’ve been wanting to get your clients and customers outside, now is a good time to get into planning mode.

Here are just a few resources to help you get going:
  1. Purchase our Downloadable Audio Series that includes 7 recordings of our detailed teleclass series plus the infallible 100-point Checklist and Playbook; all designed to give you everything you need to lead a successful and memorable outdoor adventure.
  2. Buy our Guide To Your Next Adventure, an excellent resource to use as you take yourself on your own adventure. 
  3. Join our free monthly Adventure Retreat Leader Community Calls 
  4. Subscribe to tips, weekly posts, and resources, plus upcoming reminders for our ARL Community Calls by giving us your email address. Simply find the "subscribe" box on the left-hand side of any page at Adventure Retreat Leader. You will find that we have TONS of valuable stuff to help you move forward with your own exciting ideas.
Let us help you Take It Outside!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

High Quality Offerings = Charging More

Do you want to charge more for your Adventures and Retreats as a way to make more money and/or work with fewer participants at a time? Here are just 5 of many ways to market your Adventures and Retreats as high-quality offerings:
  1. Create remarkable and memorable content. Whatever your theme, topic and environment, your content has to be remarkable. Your offering will not be memorable if you are presenting an environment and topic that has been done before, especially if your activities come right out of a "workshop" tool box. As you are planning every part of your offering, ask yourself, "How can I do and offer this AND make it memorable?" Memorable and Remarkable = High Quality.
  2. Create a lead-generator activity that gives your potential participants a taste of your remarkable and memorable offering. Whether you do this online or in person (we recommend both) make sure this activity "spoils" your participants. Think food, gifts, gift certificates, etc. Luxury = High Quality. BTW: You can experience "luxury" even roughing it in the wilds.
  3. Invite all your participants, present and past, to your exclusive adventure and retreat club. Offer club specials, freebies, and giveaways, especially for inviting others to join your offerings. Exclusivity = High Quality
  4. Don't market to your participants, invite them to join you. Literally, send out invitations. Invitations = High Quality
  5. Use fun, colorful, quality photos (and lots of them) of your environment in your materials. Pay for these photos if you have to. Professional Photos = High Quality

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

If You Had All The Time And Money...

... what would you most want to learn, practice and research. What would you like to master? Who would you like to become? Create an Adventure Retreat around that and deliver it soon!

Too often we offer our outings around topics and themes in which we are the expert. After awhile, we get stale and so does our Retreat.

Get out there and start learning. Schedule your outing now to get yourself in learning mode. Contract with an expert to deliver the part of your offering your are not yet able to deliver yourself. Become a participant in your own Adventure.

Start living your life, including how you earn, around what you really want to do and be.

Live, love and learn

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Breathe Retreat

Here's an interesting retreat service, all around the topic of Breath Retreat. Breathe, Ski and Yoga Retreat. It just rolls of the tongue. I like it!

It's pretty hard, though, to find their pricing. Don't do that on your Adventure and Retreat website. But otherwise an excellent example of picking a theme that works!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Get In Touch

Who do you want to join you on your Adventure Retreat outings? Do you know? Have you thought about your ideal Adventure Retreat participant?

If you are hoping to attract your perfect participants to your offering, it's essential to know, and keep in front of you, who you want to play with.

Here's our short list. Grab it and feel free to add on. Then post your list where you see it often.

The more you pay attention to your ideal participant, the easier marketing will be. Perhaps your marketing will even be effortless.

People who:
  1. are in touch with themselves.
  2. enjoy discovery 
  3. are curious
  4. can affording my offering
  5. embrace the unknown
  6. evolve me
  7. respect nature and the wilderness
  8. are playful
Get in touch with who you want on your adventures and you are in a better position to help them get in touch with themselves. Have fun!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Listen To February's Adventure Retreat Leader Community Call

Thanks to all who joined us for call 2 of our year-long Adventure Retreat Leader Community Calls series. We enjoyed and appreciate you.

Today's February 10 Community Call topic was:Choose The Right Retreat Environment

To listen to Community Call recording, simply click HERE.

Coming Up:

March 10: Our free Adventure Retreat Leader Community Call on the topic: Scheduling Free Time On Your Outing


In Adventure
Deb and Patt

Friday, February 6, 2015

Get Comfortable With Change and Chaos


Building an Adventure, Retreat or Outing business requires a comfort with change and even chaos. Remember, your participants are expecting you to introduce them to a new way of thinking, an exciting experience, an inspiring environment and a few ah-ha moments. You just can't do that if you have become too comfortable with your offerings. Come on, shake it off and shake it up! Let's Take It Outside.

Our live Adventure Retreat Leader Teleclass Series began on Feb 3. It's not too late to join us. There are 8 more sessions and you'll have access to the recording of Session 1. Contact me at deb@portagecoach.com if you've got questions.

February's Adventure Retreat Leader Community Call -- Join Us Feb 10


Here at Adventure Retreat Leader we're still playing and adventuring in the snow and chilly temperatures. But our thoughts are turning to Spring and more outings. So Patt and Deb want to share more ideas and tips about offering your own retreats in nature.

Our next FREE Adventure Retreat Leader Community Call is on Tuesday, February 10th @ 12 noon ET. and our topic is Choose The Right Retreat Environment

These monthly sessions are informative, thought-provoking, and offer motivation for anyone who wants to lead outdoor Adventure Retreats.
We’re going to tell you stuff…LOTS of valuable stuff!
We invite YOU to join us. And why not? It's FREE!

To join the Adventure Retreat Leader Community Calls all the phone access information, dates and topics are listed on the Adventure Retreat Leader Community Calls page.

And if you're inclined, simply find the "subscribe" box on the left-hand side of any page at Adventure Retreat Leader and give us your email address.

By subscribing, you will receive weekly posts containing tips and resources for leading successful Adventure Retreats AND reminders and topics for our upcoming Community Calls.
  1. Get in Touch ...Meet others who are offering Retreats and Adventures. 
  2. Get Tips ... on each Community Call, Deb and Patt will share at least one tip from their famous Adventure Retreat Leader 100-Point Checklist. There's plenty of time for discussion. 
  3. Get Focused ...Are you feeling overwhelmed about offering Adventure Retreats? The Community Calls will help you find clarity and a community. 
  4. Get Committed ...What do you need to do next? The calls will help you find the resources you need to make the commitment to yourself that you want to become an Adventure Retreat Leader. 
  5. Get Help ...There is a lot of time on each call to ask questions. 
And to deepen your learning, we invite you to join us for The Complete Teleclass Series to Leading Adventure Retreats, which began February 3rd. But it's not too late. The first call has been recorded and the second call is on February 10 at 6:00 p.m. ET

We look forward to connecting with you on February 10th and beyond…. And excited to help you Take It Outside!

In Adventure, Patt and Deb

Friday, January 30, 2015

Our February Adventure Retreat Leader Community Call and Upcoming Teleclass Series

Last month's ARL Community Call was a wonderful kick-off to this new series! If you have not yet accessed the recording of that call, you can do so HERE.

These monthly sessions are informative, thought-provoking, and offer motivation for anyone who wants to lead outdoor Adventure Retreats. And They Are FREE!

Our February Call is about Choosing the Right Retreat Environment, item number 3 on our Adventure Retreat Leader 100-point checklist.

You can find details at Adventure Retreat Leader Community Calls. All phone access information, dates and topics are listed on this page.

And if you are inclined, simply find the "subscribe" box on the left-hand side of any page at Adventure Retreat Leader and give us your email address.By subscribing, you will receive weekly posts containing tips and resources for leading successful Adventure Retreats AND reminders and topics for our upcoming Community Calls.


And, to deepen your learning, we invite you to join us for The Complete Teleclass Series to Leading Adventure Retreats, which begins February 3rd@ 6pm ET. Four openings remain.

We are excited to help you Take It Outside!
In Adventure, Patt and Deb

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Spend More Time

Where do you want to spend more of your time? At the beach? In a garden? On a horse? On the water? With children? In a relationship? In the kitchen? ... Well, you get the idea.

Sit down. Make a list of where YOU would like to spend more time. These are your next Adventure and Retreat environments and themes and topics. Slip more than one into a single adventure if you want.

We spend way too much time trying to think about what others will want; that is, what will sell. What will sell best is creating an outing around what YOU want. Do what you want, invite others, and let's go. I'm with you!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Take A Break

You deserve it because you have earned it, Or maybe you haven't. It does not matter. We don't always have to "earn" those things we find delicious, rewarding and healing.

This is the message Patt and I give to our retreat participants. It's not about what you've earned, it's about who you are. That is, gift yourself a break for no reason at all. Be more of who you are, not what you do. The doing will happen naturally when you find more of yourself by taking a break.

Now off with you. Go wiggle your toes, hands body, head in something delicious.

One of Patt's favorite "break" sites is Calm. I've come to love it too.


Our Live Adventure Retreat Leader Teleclass Series begins February 3. Will you join us?
Want a sample of what you'll learn about leading Adventure or Retreats on these calls? Listen to our January FREE Community Call.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Listen to the January's Adventure Retreat Leader Community Call

Thanks to all who joined us for the kickoff of our year-long Adventure Retreat Leader Community Calls series. We enjoyed and appreciate you.

Today's topic was: Know Your Intention For Your Offering

If you missed the call or just want to listen in again, you can access the recording by clicking on this LINK.

Coming Up:

February 3: Our Live Adventure Retreat Leader Teleclass Series begins Feb 3 and run for 3 months.
Special Pricing TODAY and WEDNESDAY

February 10: Our free Adventure Retreat Leader Community Call on the topic: Choosing the Right Retreat Environment

Email me any time with your questions at deb@adventureretreatleader.com

In Adventure
Deb and Patt

Friday, January 9, 2015

May I Call You?

Such an easy question. And it has such big impact on building your Adventure Retreat business. Yet we are often reluctant to ask. So ask this question until it becomes automatic and easy.

Unless you've specifically made an appointment, most of your networking will be in public places and events. Often, for numerous reasons, the person you are talking with does not have the time to listen to all you have to say about your offerings. Or the environment in which you are trying to carry on the conversation is distracting and noisy.

Getting a phone number and permission to call opens up all kinds of time to generate interest. Your first call may be nothing more than setting a time for a second phone call or an in-person meeting. That's okay.

Just follow through and you'll create an environment that is much more conducive to being heard fully. You'll engage more people. You'll fill  more outings.

The Adventure Retreat Leader teleclass training begins February 3. Interested? May we call you? Simply zip me an email to deb@adventureretreatleader.com with your interest and phone number and either Patt or I will follow up. Thanks!

Join us on January 13 for our free Adventure Retreat Leader Community Call

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Rolling into 2015 with Adventure Retreat Leader Community Calls and a Special Offer

Here at Adventure Retreat Leader, we are ready to rumble as we roll out our new Adventure Retreat Leader Community Calls.

It all begins next Tuesday, January 13th @ 12 noon ET.

These monthly sessions will be informative, thought-provoking, and will offer motivation for anyone who wants to lead outdoor Adventure Retreats.
We’re going to tell you stuff…LOTS of valuable stuff!
We invite YOU to join us. And why not? It's FREE!

To join the Adventure Retreat Leader Community Calls all the phone access information, dates and topics are listed on the Adventure Retreat Leader Community Calls page. Then, simply find the "subscribe" box on the left-hand side of any page at Adventure Retreat Leader and give us your email address.

By subscribing, you will receive weekly posts containing tips and resources for leading successful Adventure Retreats AND reminders and topics for our upcoming Community Calls.

And in case you’re wondering why you would want to join these calls, here are Five Reasons You Will Want to Join Us:
  1. Get in Touch ...Meet others who are offering Retreats and Adventures. 
  2. Get Tips ... on each Community Call, Deb and Patt will share at least one tip from their famous Adventure Retreat Leader 100-Point Checklist. There's plenty of time for discussion. 
  3. Get Focused ...Are you feeling overwhelmed about offering Adventure Retreats? The Community Calls will help you find clarity and a community. 
  4. Get Committed ...What do you need to do next? The calls will help you find the resources you need to make the commitment to yourself that you want to become an Adventure Retreat Leader. 
  5. Get Help ...There is a lot of time on each call to ask questions. 

Next, to deepen your learning, we invite you to join us for The Complete Teleclass Series to Leading Adventure Retreats, which begins February 3rd@ 6pm ET.

And in celebration of our new free Community Calls, register for the teleclass series on January 13 or 14 and pay only $249! We'll remind you on our Jan 13 call. 

We look forward to connecting with you on January 13th and beyond…. We are excited to help you Take It Outside! In Adventure, Patt and Deb

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Fabulous Frannie

Essential oils are often just the thing to help your participants calm and breathe into the reflection activities you are offering. Patt loves Fabulous Frannie for herself and her retreat participants.

Patt says....
"Fabulous Frannie's essential oils are fragrant, therapeutic and affordable. I particularly like the 6-bottle gift set that includes peppermint, lavender, sweet orange, rosemary, eucalyptus, and tea tree; very aromatic. All packages come with detailed tips on how to best use the oils as well as what benefits will be gained from each."


The Adventure Retreat Leader teleclass training begins February 3.

The free monthly Adventure Retreat Leader Community Calls begin January 13.