While many people ask us for an itinerary of their days on the Ranch, we know that the element of mystery and surprise is a fundamental way to keep people outside their comfort zone. Each retreat will be customized to the individuals participating, however, the following experiences are likely to show up during your time at the Quarter Circle G Ranch:
Pre- Retreat: Before you arrive at the Quarter Circle G Ranch you will be asked to complete a personalized survey for us to find out your needs and define your goals. WYLD provides you with learning resources and a code to complete the Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment. Prior to your retreat you will be invited to have an hour call with a strengths coach to learn more about your Top 5 talent themes. During this call we will also address any questions or needs you may have.
Strengths Based Focus: It is from the awareness and articulation of our strengths that we enhance our ability to navigate the important choices and relationships in our life. Rooted in 40+ years of research around talent in the workplace, Clifton StrengthsFinder serves as a common positive language utilized throughout your retreat. Almost every WYLD activity highlights your strengths and how you uniquely operate as a leader.
Neuroscience: Using the brain as a tool to understand how we respond and react to our environment is a key part of WYLD. Neuroplasticity is a fundamental thread in our curriculum; we challenge you to examine the status quo and create new pathways for continual growth. Through knowing how our brains are wired and activated at any point in time, we can more intentionally architect how to integrate and best use our minds especially in moments of stress, pressure or anxiety.
Quality time and reflection in nature: Every day you will spend time in the wilderness; hiking, reflecting, or learning. Through connecting and experiencing the elements in nature you will also rediscover and reconnect with the distinct nature of who you are.
Intuitive Horsemanship: As prey animals, horses act as a mirror for who we are and the internal life within each of us. A horse reacts to our body language and energy immediately, providing instant feedback to the tone and atmosphere we create as leaders. Each horse on the ranch has a unique wisdom to provide.
Cattle: Depending on the time of year, the ranch may need your help driving cattle from one pasture to another. Each retreat will include working and managing cattle, a great metaphor for how we lead and “move” people.
Shooting and Archery: Riflery and hunting are of great pride and pleasure in Wyoming, as is the ancient art of the bow and arrow. Whether you’re a marine or new to these arts, our archery and rifle range are built to teach powerful lessons about success, failure, and instinctual leadership.
Fishing: Patience, rhythm and timing; fishing teaches us a lot about leadership. Whether you want to fly fish or use a spinning rod, there is a stocked trout pond on the ranch for you to catch a snack. If fishing is an activity your group would like more focus on, we can arrange float trips or half day adventures on the Big Horn River.
Ranch Innovation: There are always problems needed to be solved on a working ranch. The unexpected challenges of daily western work call for creative, critical thinking and team work. It’s our goal to remind individuals of the joy and imagination that comes when we let go of the getting things “right” and simply try to enjoy the journey of figuring things out. You can guarantee on returning to your childhood wisdom and imagination while you are here.
Storytelling: In every culture in the world, storytelling is a ritual used to pass wisdom of one tribe or generation to another. In today’s culture, the act of sharing stories and the memories of our lifetime has become a lost art. As Tim O’Brien says “stories are for joining the past to the future. Stories are for those late hours in the night when you can't remember how you got from where you were to where you are. Stories are for eternity, when memory is erased, when there is nothing to remember except the story.”
Post-Reteat: Every individual is provided an hour call with one of their co-leaders to debrief and personalize their WYLD experience and how they hope to apply their learning to everyday life. Each tribe will also create their own communication strategy for keeping their connection and learning going.