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 a tad 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:
Strengths Based Focus: For most of us, it is easier to pay attention to what we don’t do well than to focus on the things we are naturally talented at. However, it is from investing in our strengths that we find excellence, greater wellbeing, and maximum efficiency. Using the Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment, every WYLD experience highlights your strengths and how you uniquely operate as a leader. This positive common language becomes the foundation for how to articulate who you are as a leader, what you bring to a team and what you need in an environment to be your best and most productive self. Before you arrive, you will have an hour call with a strengths coach learn more about your Top 5 talent themes and have all your questions answered about your retreat. To learn more about the science of the Clifton StrengthsFinder visit: http://www.gallup.com/strategicconsulting/en-us/strengths.aspx
Quality time and reflection in nature: Every day you will spend a good amount of time out in the wilderness, hiking, reflecting, or doing a fun activity we have planned for you. Our goal is that through connecting and experiencing the elements in nature you will also rediscover and reconnect with the distinct nature of who you are.
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.
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 for the tone and atmosphere we create as leaders. Each horse on the ranch has its own wisdom to provide.
Cattle: Depending on the time of year, the ranch may need your help branding, calving, or 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: Guns 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 scared of “weapons”, our archery and rifle range are built to teach powerful lessons about success, failure, and instinctual leadership.
Be a kid innovations: We must experience positive emotion in order to learn. The serious rigor and pressure of our everyday career or life can keep us from remembering the joy and creativity that comes when we let go of an agenda or getting things “right”. 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.”