Become a Certified Nature Retreat Leader - Colorado
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 schedule and format for the program is as follows:
You arrive in Beulah, Colorado on Thursday morning, Oct 18th. You will spend the day in session upon arrival until 4:30 pm.
Thursday includes a comprehensive day in the field working with Naturalist and Master Nature Educator, Dave Van Manen.
You spend the night in Beulah on Thursday evening and we will have a half day of of training Friday morning. This will allow you to travel back to the airport for an afternoon flight home.
You will also receive 3 training classes by phone (Zoom) with fieldwork to complete – (reading and study of environmental ethics, philosophy, wise use practices and more) to achieve your completed Nature Retreat Leader Certification.
You are responsible for your transportation to Beulah and return to airport plus your lodging and meals for Thursday and Friday.
Accommodations at the Horseshoe Lodge include comfortable private overnight rooms. Book A Room
There are quite a few affordable Airbnb’s in Beulah see here
Or Pueblo Colorado is 26 miles away and there are hotels there including nearby Microtel Inn
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.