The Horseshoe Lodge at Mountain Park Environmental CenterFacilities and Services
Pueblo Mt. Park
Facilities and Services
The Horseshoe Lodge is the perfect place to retreat into the beauty and simplicity of Nature. Surrounded by towering hundred year old pines, the historic Horseshoe Lodge is a true escape from the hectic pace, busyness, and bustle of our busy lives. Built in the 1930s by WPA crews, the Lodge has been lovingly and tastefully renovated into an eco-lodge, making it an ideal place to comfortably experience Nature’s peace and wonder.
Nestled in a 611-acre mountain park and bordered by a 17,000 acre San Isabel National Forest roadless area, a stay in the lodge offers access to the park’s 3 miles of unpaved roads for walking, 6 miles of trails for hiking, and connection to many more miles of National Forest trails. At an altitude of nearly 7000′ in southeastern Colorado’s Wet Mountains, the area boasts a rich and unique ecology of native plants, migrant and resident songbirds, wildlife, plus lots of blue skies, sunshine, and Milky Way nights.
These all combine to make a stay at the Horseshoe Lodge a place to rejuvenate, explore, adventure, reflect, or just be with yourself, with others, with Nature. See more events in this venue
For People Who Offer Nature-based Retreats
This 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 and authors pertinent to being a Nature Retreat Leader
- The need to connect children to Nature-Creating 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 program will be based out of the Pueblo Mountain Park in the foothills of southern 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. Participants should be prepared to be outside in all sorts of weather, as many classes will take place out in Nature. Depending on weather and the moon cycle, evenings may include an outdoor experience.
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 training: Dave and Helene Van Manen
Nature Retreat Leader Training Cost: $2495
You are responsible for transportation to and from Beulah Colorado. Upon registration, you will be given contacted with updates on arrival and program completion times. Together we will craft a program that meets your schedule needs or you will be updated on set dates/times for next training.
The Nature Retreat Leader training program is for men/women who want to run profitable retreats taking people into beautiful setings to awaken and learn.
Helene Van Manen Founder Retreat Coaches.com
" Ranger Dave" Van Manen
Ranger Dave has been working in the field of education, with both children and adults, for nearly forty years. His background includes being a nationally known children’s musician, performer, and recording artist with a specialty in environmental music and storytelling. He is the author of Plants of Pueblo Mountain Park, a field guide to the flora of the park and surrounding areas. Dave is a recipient of the Enos Mills Lifetime Achievement Award from the Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education. Dave has been a resident of the town of Beulah for 38+ years, where he and his wife Helene raised their two children and now spend much time with their grandchildren. He is an avid hiker and can often be found hiking the trails of of Pueblo Mountain Park and beyond. . Through Mountain Consulting, Dave consults for not-for-profits and those working on special projects. www.DaveVanManen.com See more photos and other events by this presenter