“Great Aspirational Passage” Program at Laurelville Retreat Center
About: Leading a program for a private Road Scholar group. The program is focused on how the Great Allegheny Passage has been an aspirational corridor and continues to inspire and challenge trail users today.
Sept. 15-16, 2018
“What’s Your Spark?” Session at REI Women’s Campout
About: As part of REI’s 2nd Annual Women’s Campout at Ohiopyle, I’ll be leading a fireside activity centered on “Sparking a Flame.” Participants will learn to start a fire with nothing more than a fire striker and tinder and kindling gathered on site. They’ll leave the campout with a new skill and a feeling of accomplishment. More importantly, we will use the experience of “sparking a flame” as a metaphor for the fire within and overcoming obstacles. This session will be led by Cycle Forward with some fire-building assistance by REI staff.
Oct. 14, 2018
About: An appreciation event for past and present coaching clients, as well as a handful of other key supporters.
Oct. 25, 2018 – 6-8 p.m.
About: Sure, gremlins can be scary, but the worst ones are the inner critics in our own heads and of our own creation. You might hear them telling you “You’ll never land that job. You’re not qualified,” or “Don’t get your hopes up. It’s never going to happen.”
In this spooky time of year, we’ll explore what our own personal gremlins might be and how to keep them from holding us back. This two-hour program will be held at the Frick Park Environmental Center’s Greer Living Room, a cozy space that overlooks the park’s Falls Ravine. The “gremlin” theme is inspired by Rick Carson’s classic, Taming Your Gremlin. The wooded location is inspired by, well, my love for nature. Learn more.
Nov. 10, 2018 – 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
About: In this half day workshop, we’ll uncover the myth of multitasking, reveal strategies for singletasking, and discuss why it’s so difficult to stay on a single task in a culture that praises the ability to multitask. Participants will leave with a personal plan for singletasking. Learn more.
Cost: $50, lunch included
Custom retreats, workshops, and nature experiences can be created upon request.
Other Whereabouts of Cycle Forward
Aug. 23-24, 2018
Video production with Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
About: Cycle Forward will be road tripping to northwestern PA to assist Rails-to-Trails Conservancy with a video shoot on the benefits of trails.
Volunteering at the Baker Trail UltraChallenge
About: Humbly helping one of my trail volunteer heroes as she hosts one of the stations for the 50-miler.
Oct. 2-6, 2018
Kawarthas Northumberland Best Practice Mission
About: Hosting four Ontario-based tourism organizations visiting to learn about trail tourism along the Great Allegheny Passage, C&O Canal Towpath, and Appalachian Trail. Read my blog posts on similar past mission trips (2014 and 2016).
About: Speaking at the first-time forum in Moncton, New Brunswick, and offering consulting services while in the area
Northeast PA Roadtripping
About: Visiting Northeast PA to offer community assessments for a client and meet with local stakeholders to discuss visitor attraction strategies
Kane, Pennsylvania SPARKS Annual Community Planning Session
About: Facilitating an annual planning session among various community stakeholders.
Examples of Past Experiences, Retreats, and Workshops
-Absorbed in the Task at Hand (mindfulness and single-tasking workshop)
-A Mindful Hike (with Camera) (exploring the relationship between photography and our nature connections)
-How Getting Outside Changed My Life (a facilitated conversation for River of Steel National Heritage Area)
-Opening Doors to the Outdoors (a faciliated panel discussion for Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area)
-Pop-up Coaching Series in Frick and Schenley Parks
-Spark a Flame (for Women’s Business Network, Inc.) (using fire strikers to start a matchless fire & exploring the “flame within”)
-The Myth of Multitasking (for Global Links)
-Various community workshops, keynotes, and conference sessions related to trails, tourism, and empowering communities