Become a Certified Nature Retreat Leader - Colorado

About This Event

For People Who Offer Nature-Based RetreatsThis comprehensive, in-person training program will grow your skills in leading retreats that focus on our connection to the natural world. The training covers the many facets of running a successful Retreat Leader business, including the unique considerations and skills associated with leading retreats that emphasize Nature as a key component of the retreat experience.  Topics covered in this Certification Course include: The nuts & bolts of running a retreat business: marketing, how to name & price a program, insurance, finding your niche, writing descriptive copy, cancellation policies, managing group dynamics and how to be profitable Developing yourself as a Leader Creating dynamic Nature retreats based on your passions, locations and expertise. Environmental ethics and “Leave No Trace” Fundamentals of selected outdoor skills e.g. animal tracking, plant / tree identification, map/compass skills, basic birding Creating and using a Nature journal to enhance our connection to Nature Identifying community resources to enhance your program e.g. rafting, rock-climbing, challenge/ropes courses Risk Management / Safety Overview of literature/poetry/authors pertinent to being a Nature Retreat Leader The need to connect children to Nature and how to create intergenerational experiences for groups Nature games and activities Developing and nurturing your own connection to Nature The Art of Walking / Sauntering / Hiking Tools and supplies to enhance your retreat leader skills. The field day training will be located at the Pueblo Mountain Park, Beulah, Colorado. The park is a 611-acre ideal outdoor classroom located in Colorado’s Wet Mountains, 70 miles from Colorado Springs. 

 The park, which borders a 17,000-acre roadless area in the San Isabel National Forest, has several miles of hiking trails through conifer forests rich in native flora and fauna.

The Certified Nature Retreat Leader Designation is awarded by the premier training company Retreat Coaches, which began in 2003.

Up until 2014, the certification program was exclusively designed for women and over 400 women have received certification to date. 

Retreat Coaches is now proud to offer this comprehensive training for both women and men that combines business with Nature leadership training, all based on the coaching competencies as outlined by the International Coaching Federation.This competency-based training provides Retreat Leaders a strong skill-set as a foundation for leading Nature Retreats. It includes gaining confidence in how to bring coaching conversations and facilitating group process into your leading style. Upon completion of the in-person training, you will be designated as a Certified Nature Retreat Leader, which can be used in your marketing and advertising.

Training begins upon arrival on day one with welcoming and orientation and continues after dinner with a two-hour class; days two and three consist of full days of intensive learning, much of it outdoors, plus two evening class sessions. Day four concludes the training with a final class session after breakfast for completion and wrap-up of learning modules (in coordination with shuttle departure to airport). Co-led by two respected and experienced leaders in the field of environmental education and leadership trainingThe Nature Retreat Leader Training includes: Your own private room at the newly restored historic Horseshoe Lodge in Beulah, Colorado Eight meals, beginning with dinner on day of arrival and ending with breakfast on day of departure. Special diets can be requested Full Training Program (includes all outdoor activities and more!)You also receive these bonuses: Access to private Nature Retreat Leader on-line library with downloadable resources and activities you can use immediately with your groups. The library will be updated with new resources as they become available and will be a valuable support for your leading. Course reading list to prepare for the training and to extend the learning Recorded classes to prep you for your training Logo to put at your website showing your professional status (Certified Nature Retreat Leader) Listing at online “Find A Retreat Coach Directory" which gives you a strong internet presence.

This is the program that put it all together for me. All of my past education, trainings, (contact info blocked) together for me with my love and passion for Nature. - Sunder H. Seattle, Washington

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  • Regina Weber   January 31, 2015

      A True Wise Woman

    Coach Helene is the one of the most truest, intuitive, and wise woman I have ever met. She truly is a gift to all who have the opportunity to meet her. Her retreats, phone conferences and all her programs warms the heart, makes you feel special and provides such valuable information for self growth! Attending her retreats is definitely a magical gift to yourself. - Reggie Weber, ReggieRetreats & Coaching

  • Shannon McGarraugh   January 28, 2015

      Experiential Guidance and Learning

    Helene is a masterful retreat coach. She has knowledge and personal awareness that keeps her audience satisfied, yet pleasantly yearning for more. A connector, a great heart, and a knack for "knowing" is the essence of Coach Helene. A few days with her, will without doubt, be life changing.

  • Nancy Sawtelle   January 28, 2015

      Colorado Retreat Leader Training

    Helene Van Manen is one of the most inspiring people I know. She is a both a great coach and a polished retreat leader. Going to her Colorado Retreat Leader Training was one of the most rewarding experiences I have had in a long time. She brings the wisdom and compassion of a teacher, along with the experience and sincere desire to grow each and every one of us as retreat leaders and as more self-actualized men and women. Her retreats are nested in one of nature's most beautiful places, southern Colorado! The training provides for deep reflection, as well as practical aspects on leading retreats. Great care is given to the comfort of each individual attending one of Helene’s trainings including food, lodging, massage and easy travel from airport to lodge! If you want a retreat experience, and if you want to learn how to lead retreats, this experience can not be surpassed!

  • Kelly Morrison   September 08, 2014

      Inspiration, juicy practical tools and gentle acountabliity from the heart of an authentic woman.

    The training I have received through Helene Van Manen has literally changed my life. Better yet, it has equipped me to make a difference in the lives of others. Coach Helene is a dynamic coach and mentor, offering wisdom and gentle guidance. She approaches life and business with a joyful heart. Helene has a sweet and sassy positive outlook that is infectious. She has a gift for inspiring others to live their best lives. Whether you are looking for a personal coach, a retreat or even to train to lead retreats, your inner and outer life will be expanded and enhanced through every interaction with Helene Van Manen.

  • Karen McMillan   August 02, 2014

      Heart-centered inspiring coach and master teacher.

    I met Coach Helene as an instructor at CoachU. Wanting more of her heart-centered teaching and ability to create community. I followed her after I graduated and became a student in her Retreat Coach Training program. She inspired me to make retreat a regular practice in my life and earn her Master Retreat Coach Leader certification. Wanting to share the power of this practice with more women, I took up leading virtual retreats. She continues to be my friend, mentor and inspiration to grow me and my business. XO

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