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EP 177 Retreat Insurance considerations with Cera Schrems

EP 177 Retreat Insurance considerations with Cera Schrems

In this crucial episode of The Retreat Leaders Podcast, we sit down with Cera Schrems, a seasoned business insurance specialist, to unpack the complexities of insurance for retreat hosts and venue owners. Cera brings her expertise to the table, providing essential knowledge to protect your business and ensure peace of mind.

 

Key Discussion Points:

1. Understanding Insurance Needs:

   - Cera outlines the different types of insurance policies that retreat hosts and venue owners should consider, including liability insurance, property insurance, and business interruption insurance.

   - Explanation of how these policies protect against various risks associated with running retreats such as accidents, property damage, and unexpected cancellations.

 

2. Tailoring Insurance to Retreat Operations:

   - Discussion on the importance of customizing insurance coverage to fit the specific needs and risks of a retreat business.

   - Cera provides tips on assessing risk factors and choosing the right level of coverage.

 

3. Legal Requirements and Best Practices:

   - Insight into the legal requirements surrounding insurance for retreats and how to comply with local laws and regulations.

   - Best practices for maintaining adequate coverage and regularly reviewing insurance policies to ensure ongoing protection as your business grows.

 

4. Cost Management Strategies:

   - Cera discusses strategies to manage insurance costs without compromising on necessary coverage.

 

 

More info on Cera:

Cera "C" is a Business Insurance Specialist who advises on risk management and mitigation. Through her work, she contributes to building more resilient and sustainable businesses with communities and planet in mind. Her holistic approach to insurance reflects her values of compassion, integrity, and a deep-seated desire to make a positive impact on the world around her.

 

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EP 176 Retreat Marketing WITHOUT social media with Courtnie Nichols

EP 176 Retreat Marketing WITHOUT social media with Courtnie Nichols

In this insightful episode of The Retreat Leaders Podcast, we sit down with Courtnie Nichols, a Luxury Travel Advisor and Business Strategist renowned for disrupting the travel industry. Courtnie shares her expert strategies for marketing retreats without relying on social media. Delve into the world of SEO, evergreen content, blogging, and other effective marketing techniques that can elevate your retreat's visibility and attract more attendees.

Key Discussion Points:

1. Introduction to Courtnie Nichols:

   - Overview of Courtnie’s background as a Luxury Travel Advisor and her influence as a Business Strategist and industry disrupter.

   - Discussion on her approach to innovative marketing strategies in the travel sector.

 

2. The Role of SEO in Retreat Marketing:

   - Courtnie explains how optimizing your retreat website and content for search engines can significantly increase organic reach and attract more targeted traffic.

   - Tips on keyword and SEO best practices tailored specifically for retreat leaders.

 

3. Leveraging Evergreen Content:

   - The importance of creating timeless content that continues to attract and engage potential retreat attendees over time.

   - Strategies for identifying topics that resonate with your target audience and maintaining relevance in your niche.

 

4. Blogging as a Marketing Tool:

   - How to use blogging effectively to share valuable information, establish authority, and build trust with potential attendees.

   - Insights on integrating SEO techniques into your blog posts to maximize visibility and engagement.

 

5. Additional Marketing Strategies:

   - Courtnie shares other non-social media marketing avenues such as partnerships, email marketing, and guest posting on relevant platforms.

   - Discussion on the integration of these strategies to create a comprehensive marketing plan that enhances retreat enrollment.

 

More info on Courtnie Nichols:

https://www.courtnienichols.com/about 

 

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EP 175 The Secret Ingredient: Enhancing Retreats with Chef Jennifer’s Strategies

EP 175 The Secret Ingredient: Enhancing Retreats with Chef Jennifer’s Strategies

In this enlightening episode, we welcome Chef Jennifer, a former executive chef turned intuitive somatic healer and mindfulness chef, who shares her profound journey from high-stress kitchen life to nourishing souls at retreats. Discover the critical role a chef with the right alignment and energy can play in enhancing the retreat experience, along with practical tips for retreat hosts on collaborating effectively with culinary professionals.

 

Key Discussion Points:

 

1. Introduction to Chef Jennifer:

   - Brief background on Chef Jennifer's transition from a high-pressure culinary career to a mindfulness-based approach to food and healing.

   - Insight into how personal challenges and a transformative retreat experience redirected her career towards a more fulfilling path.

 

2. The Impact of a Mindful Chef at Retreats:

   - Discussion on how Chef Jennifer’s approach to cooking enhances the retreat experience by aligning meal preparation with the overall theme and energy of the retreat.

   - The importance of having a chef who embodies mindfulness and how this influences the retreat atmosphere and participant satisfaction.

 

3. Expectations and Logistics of Working with a Retreat Chef:

   - Key considerations retreat hosts should keep in mind when hiring a chef, such as understanding the chef's food philosophy and ensuring it aligns with the retreat's purpose.

   - Practical aspects of integrating a chef into the retreat planning, including communication of dietary restrictions, meal planning, and scheduling.

 

4. Navigating Costs and Menu Planning:

   - How retreat hosts and chefs can collaborate to manage and anticipate food costs, which can vary due to factors like seasonal availability and rising market prices.

   - Strategies for creating flexible menus that can adapt to different budgets and guest preferences while maintaining high nutritional and taste standards.

 

5. The Role of Food in Healing and Connection:

   - Chef Jennifer shares how thoughtfully prepared meals can facilitate deeper connections among participants and support the healing processes intended during the retreat.

   - Examples of how specific dishes or ingredients can be used to enhance the thematic elements of a retreat, like fostering grounding or invigoration.

 

6. Advice for Retreat Hosts:

   - Tips on how to select the right chef for their retreat and the importance of gauging alignment and commitment.

   - Considerations on how to effectively manage the dynamic between the retreat team and the chef to ensure a cohesive and supportive environment for all.

 

Find Chef Jennifer at: https://www.fourdimensionretreat.com/about or info@fourdimensionretreat.com 

 

 

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EP 174 Guest Speakers & Collaborators: Enhancing the Retreat Experience

EP 174 Guest Speakers & Collaborators: Enhancing the Retreat Experience

In today's episode, we delve into how guest speakers and collaborators can profoundly enrich the retreat experience. We discuss the myriad benefits of their inclusion, practical steps for choosing the right collaborators, and the best ways to integrate them into your retreat’s programming effectively.

 

Key Topics Discussed:

1. Benefits of Inviting Guest Speakers and Collaborators:

   - Expertise and Credibility: We explore how guest speakers bring depth of knowledge and credibility, enhancing the educational value of retreats.

   - Variety and Engagement: Discussion on how diverse perspectives keep the content engaging and ensure dynamic participant interaction.

   - Networking Opportunities: Insights into how speakers can expand the retreat’s reach and foster networking through their own networks.

   - Cross-Promotion: The advantages of using guest speakers for promotional efforts to widen audience reach and potentially reduce marketing costs.

 

2. Choosing the Right Guest Speakers and Collaborators:

   - Alignment with Retreat Goals: Importance of ensuring that the expertise of speakers aligns with the retreat’s objectives.

   - Audience Relevance: How to select speakers who resonate well with the target audience’s interests and needs.

   - Reputation and Reliability: The necessity of choosing professionals who are reliable and well-regarded.

   - Chemistry with Hosts: Why good rapport and mutual respect between hosts and guest speakers are crucial for a harmonious retreat environment.

 

3. Integrating Speakers into The Retreat’s Schedule:

   - Balanced Programming: Strategies for integrating sessions into the retreat schedule without overwhelming participants.

   - Preparation and Coordination: Tips on preparing speakers about the retreat’s format, expectations, and logistical details to ensure smooth delivery.

   - Feedback Mechanisms: Importance of establishing channels for feedback to assess and refine the contribution of speakers to the retreat.

 

4. Payment Models for Guest Speakers and Collaborators:

   - Overview of different compensation models including flat fees, profit sharing, per participant fees, and barter arrangements.

   - Discussion on factors affecting payment decisions such as whether speakers are local, their participation level in the retreat, and if their travel costs are covered.

 

5. Securing Agreements for Seamless Operations:

   - The critical role of formal agreements in clarifying expectations, ensuring legal protection, and facilitating effective communication.

   - Key Agreement Components: Detailed walkthrough of essential agreement terms such as scope of work, compensation details, communication protocols, intellectual property rights, cancellation policies, dispute resolution, and confidentiality clauses.

 

Highlighting the transformative impact guest speakers and collaborators can have on the success of a retreat. We emphasize the importance of careful selection, thoughtful integration, and clear agreements to maximize the benefits of their involvement.

 

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EP 173   Why Your Retreat Isn't Filling Up: Common Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them

EP 173 Why Your Retreat Isn't Filling Up: Common Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them

In today's episode, we explore the critical reasons why many retreats struggle to fill up and provide actionable strategies to overcome these challenges. From the importance of mindset and audience targeting to refining marketing techniques, we cover essential factors that impact the success of your retreat.

 

Key Discussion Points:

 

1. Belief and Mindset: The Foundation of Success

   - Discuss the crucial role of the retreat host's belief and mindset in the success of the event.

   - Highlight the negative impact of doubt and fear on retreat promotion and how cultivating a positive outlook can attract more attendees.

 

2. The Importance of Niching Down

   - Emphasize the necessity of targeting a specific audience to increase the appeal and relevance of the retreat.

   - Tips on how to identify and cater to a niche, enhancing the effectiveness of marketing efforts.

 

3. Crafting Compelling Copy

   - Explain the importance of marketing copy that resonates with the targeted niche by addressing their specific needs and pain points.

   - Suggest hiring an expert if necessary to ensure the message is impactful and persuasive.

 

4. Marketing Failures

   - Overview of common marketing mistakes that lead to poor enrollment, such as insufficient lead time and underutilizing marketing channels.

   - Recommendations for a comprehensive marketing strategy incorporating multiple platforms and starting the promotional activities well in advance.

 

5. Additional Reasons for Low Enrollment

   - Discuss other factors that can deter potential attendees, including pricing issues, poor timing, inadequate value proposition, and logistical challenges.

   - Strategies to address these issues, ensuring the retreat is accessible, competitively priced, and offers clear value.

 

Episode 166 on belief and mindset: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/happy-hour-podcast/id1186563181?i=1000649181544 

 

Episode 156 on Niching down: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/happy-hour-podcast/id1186563181?i=1000639316510 

 

Episode 172 on pricing: https://directory.libsyn.com/episode/index/id/30730688 

 

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EP 172 How to price your retreats that sell out with guest Erin Haag

EP 172 How to price your retreats that sell out with guest Erin Haag

In today’s episode, we sit down with Erin B. Haag, the mastermind behind Pricing Overhaul®, to explore the art and science of pricing retreats effectively. With her extensive experience in numerical analysis and pricing strategies, Erin offers valuable tips for retreat hosts to optimize their pricing for profitability.

 

Key Discussion Points:

Introduction to Erin Haag:

   - Background on Erin as a “Math Nerd,” serial entrepreneur, and the creator of Pricing Overhaul®.

   - Her journey in the financial realm, working with both large corporations and small businesses, leveraging her expertise in numbers and pricing.

Principles of Pricing Overhaul®:

   - Erin explains the fundamentals of her Pricing Overhaul® method and how it can be applied to retreat pricing.

   - The importance of shifting mindsets around money and math to establish a profitable pricing structure.

Strategies for Pricing Retreats:

   - Discussion on key factors to consider when pricing retreats, such as value proposition, target market, and operational costs.

   - Tips on analyzing the market and competition to set a competitive yet profitable price.

Common Pricing Mistakes:

   - Erin highlights frequent mistakes retreat hosts make in their pricing strategies and how to avoid them.

   - The balance between affordability for participants and sustainability for the retreat business.

Tips for Retreat Hosts:

   - Practical advice for retreat hosts on managing their finances, including budgeting, forecasting, and monitoring financial performance all with the intent to MAKE MORE MONEY.

 

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EP 171 Elevating human consciousness and taking risks with Chelsae

EP 171 Elevating human consciousness and taking risks with Chelsae

In this episode, we're joined by Chelsae Zirna, a facilitator and coach who guides people to their edge of discomfort, equipping them with the tools and resources to soften into their deepest truth, identity and purpose.  She is the founder of Chrysalis, a global community dedicated to elevating human consciousness. Through her events, she has empowered over 2500 in 30 countries with the tools to cultivate emotional liberation, radical self responsibility and inner authority. She also facilitates Authentic Relating internationally, specializing in intimacy and belonging. 

 

We discuss her amazing work she is doing, what happens on her retreats and her tips for retreat leaders (you don’t wanna miss this!).

 

 

Resources and Links:

 

 

Connecting with Chelsae:

You can find her Luminescence Retreats at Retreat Ranch Jun 7-10 here: 

https://bookretreats.com/r/4-day-luminescence-rite-of-passage-retreat-in-austin-tx/

 

Or you can message her on Instagram for more info: 

https://www.instagram.com/chrysalisspace/

 

If you would like to work with her 1:1 you can find options here:

https://www.chelsaezirna.com/coaching

 

If you are interested in the introductory retreat, you can head to:

https://bookretreats.com/r/7-day-luminescence-rite-of-passage-retreat-in-guatemala

 

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EP 170 How to Offer Scholarships for your Retreat

EP 170 How to Offer Scholarships for your Retreat

In this weeks episode, we delve into the strategic and compassionate world of offering scholarship spots for retreats. We address how scholarships not only increase accessibility to transformative retreat experiences but also enrich the entire retreat community.

Key Discussion Points:

  • Establishing a Scholarship Program:
    • Detailed exploration of setting up a scholarship program, including defining eligibility criteria and creating a thorough application process.
    • Discussion on the importance of a clear selection process and the formation of a diverse panel to choose recipients fairly.
  • Funding Strategies:
    • Various methods for funding scholarships, such as allocating a percentage of retreat revenue, organizing fundraising activities, and encouraging donations through a pay-it-forward system.
  • Overcoming Challenges:
    • Insights into the decision-making process for awarding scholarships, including managing the emotional and logistical aspects.
    • Strategies to ensure that scholarship recipients value and commit to the retreat experience.
  • Impact and Benefits:
    • The significant community impact of offering scholarships and how they can be used as a marketing tool to broaden audience reach and secure sponsorships.
    • The value of post-retreat engagement with scholarship recipients to promote the retreat’s success and influence.

Conclusion:

Highlighting the rewarding aspects of integrating scholarship programs into retreat offerings, emphasizing the logistical and financial planning required to create a successful and inclusive retreat experience.

 

Resources and Links:

 

 

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EP 169 Turning pain into success with Gabrielle Juliano-Villani

EP 169 Turning pain into success with Gabrielle Juliano-Villani

In this engaging episode, we sit down with Gabrielle Juliano-Villani, the visionary behind GJV Consulting & Training, who masterfully blends her extensive business acumen with clinical expertise as a therapist to guide individuals toward their success. Gabrielle also gives us an inside look at her upcoming "Reset & Regulate Retreat" set in the idyllic backdrop of Thatch Caye Resort, Belize, scheduled for June 20-25, 2024.

Key Takeaways:

1. Gabrielle’s Journey:
   - Introduction to Gabrielle Juliano-Villani and the inception of GJV Consulting & Training.
   - How she combines her business prowess with clinical insights to dismantle roadblocks to success.

2. Reset & Regulate Retreat:
   - Overview of the retreat, highlighting the transformative experiences awaiting in Belize.
   - The retreat’s aim to provide a break from life’s hustle and offer a tranquil space for self-discovery and rejuvenation.

3. Business Logistics for Retreat Hosting:
   - Gabrielle shares her advice on managing the business side of retreat planning, from waivers, logistics and scheduling 

Learn more about Gabrielle:

instagram.com/gjvconsulting 

tiktok.com/@gabriellejulianovillani 

youtube.com/@gabriellejulianovillani  

Gabriellejulianovillani.com

Medicareconsultingfortherapists.com

GJVConsulting.Etsy.com

https://www.linkedin.com/in/gabriellejulianovillani/

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Bio of Happy Hour Podcast

The Happy Hour Podcast, hosted by best-selling author Shannon Jamail, invites listeners to join in on engaging conversations about business, life, relationships, and topics commonly discussed during happy hour gatherings. With a focus on connection, growth, and thriving, the podcast aims to provide valuable insights and foster a sense of community among its listeners.

Happy Hour offers various retreats and training designed to support personal and professional development. These events provide opportunities for individuals to connect with others, expand their knowledge, and enhance their well-being. Retreat Ranch, a special retreat center located near Austin, Texas, serves as a dedicated space for intimate retreats, events, and unique overnight stays.

One of the transformative tools featured by Happy Hour is the Yoga Teacher Training program. This training course goes beyond yoga practice, serving as a life course that enables participants to delve deeper into self-discovery and their connection to the world. It offers powerful tools for personal growth and can also prepare individuals who aspire to become yoga instructors.

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