Renew and Inspire… in Nature.
“If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.”
— Henry David Thoreau
Whether you are starting a new venture, figuring out how to improve the business or life you are currently in, or just ready to hit pause and refresh, finding the right setting to do so is vitally important.
As my partners and I embark on our journey to build a company dedicated to unleashing potential in people, products and organizations, we descended upon the idyllic and evocative setting of North Corner Haven for a day of fellowship, planning and rejuvenation.
North Corner Haven is a special place. I first visited 18 months ago during the planning stage for the launch of its “agritainment” business. At the time, it was undergoing a transformation from a beautiful family farm and getaway into a thriving space devoted to creating lasting memories for people and groups, including corporate events, family gatherings, and weddings.
It was amazing to see the change that had occurred since my last visit: the careful attention to detail, an interactive canvas of nature. And yet much had also remained the same: the serene setting that helped to slow one down and to take in the gentle buzz of life and nature.
When I drove up the long gravel driveway, saw the picturesque lower field pond and the wild flowers, I immediately felt a calmness inside, coupled with an excitement of possibilities. My mind both slowed down, and opened up to the newness ahead of building a new business with partners I could learn from and with — and enjoy working together each day.
I have found that nature has often become an elixir for me when needing to focus and energize. As we huddled together, with a view into the hills and blue farm sky, my thoughts became more clear. When we took breaks to stretch our legs, walk the grounds and breathe in the air, ideas seemed to arrive more easily.
Being intentional about finding spaces to slow down and be inspired by is so important, especially during seasons of stress and change. I am also reminded of one of my favorite books, Daily Rituals by Mason Currey, which points out that many of history's greatest minds had built small respites — such as nature walks — into each of their days. During these walks, they would often find inspiration and the re-charging necessary to be more productive.
The Antelope team is looking forward to helping design experiences for busy — and perhaps overwhelmed — individuals and teams to help them decompress and discover new clarity and inspiration in beautiful and natural settings.
If you would like us to design a special retreat for your team at North Corner Haven, please let us know.
If you would rather join us on a personal adventure, check out our upcoming event in Colorado: Recess _ Boulder.
I hope you will create opportunities to immerse yourself in a natural setting and benefit from the space it can create and the rejuvenation that can occur.
It's easy to start the process with a short daily walk.
breathe the air,
look up at the sky,
and be grateful for life’s big possibilities.