Napa (& Sonoma) Valley Bike Tours

If you (and your team) really want to experience why they came all the way to Napa Valley in the first place, then a guided, casual bike tour is a perfect solution. Cycling slowly down backroads between vineyards, sights, sounds, smells and all, is a completely different experience than rushing through in an air-conditioned vehicle. You literally can stop to smell the flowers.

Napa Valley Bike Tours can customize your event for your group’s unique needs and abilities. Do a team building thing or just relax and visit wineries selected for their hospitality. The guides are friendly, knowledgeable and non-judgmental when you decide to ride the van home after winery visit number three. www.napavalleybiketours.com

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Napa Valley Wine Train

Your group can buy out a car or an entire train. Do teambuilding (the cliché is the Murder Mystery thing… but being a cliché does not mean it’s not great fun… or a wine tasting/food pairing, or… whatever you and the absolutely wonderful Train People can dream up. And you can do this while enjoying fine dining service, multi-course meals cooked to order, Napa Valley scenery and exquisitely restored antique rail cars.  Their marketing prose says it’s faithfully restored with Honduran Mahogany, so there is that too. Lots of options at www.winetrain.com        

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Breakaway Tours

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Breakaway Tours has been doing wine tours and corporate events for 22 years. They know everyone. They are really nice. Want to have a dinner in a winery, or at Hearst Castle, or do tours, tastings… need transportation, team building… creativity… they have a great reputation and so… check them out. www.breakaway-tours.com

Donna Cohen

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Make A Movie Trailer Competition

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Feet First Eventertainment (www.feetfirstevents.com) has produced hundreds of team building movie productions on the back lots of film studios, in parks and in hotel meeting rooms.  Team sizes range from 10 to 25 (so everyone can be involved).

Each team draws the name of a famous movie out of a hat (doesn’t have to be a hat), and they test their cooperative skills by determining how to best use their teammates’ strengths to produce the best Movie Preview possible of that famous movie’s sequel (director, camera person, boom person, costumer, sound person, editor, and of course, the actors). They can tie the sequel to your company theme, or make a commercial about your product… or about… anything really. Sky’s the limit.

Teams receive all the professional equipment necessary to make their movie preview, plus a Producer (a Feet First facilitator) to ensure that they know how to use the equipment properly and stay on track.  After all shooting is completed and edited, the previews are screened to the entire group. Perhaps at an Academy Awards-style theme banquet? (ooh, idea for another blog).

Spin Class Will Come To You

I used to take reasonably good care of myself, but now that I am north of 60-ish I figured it is time to relax and let things slide. The hope is that by the time I am done I will still have enough range of motion to be able to reach the TV remote. The jury is still out on my decision… fingers crossed (and so far, I can still cross my fingers). Anyway… for people who think that is a bad idea and that practicing wellness makes you (and/or your team) happier, smarter, and more productive, then here is an outfit that can definitely help…

The core value of their business: The belief lies in the notion that the sum of many personally “well” individuals equates to a healthy team and in turn a vigorous business culture. This, it appears, is a trend that’s here to stay. I suspect this is true because while I am sitting outside my favorite San Francisco café sipping a small triple-shot soy latte with just two pumps of vanilla, I notice that about every third person is carrying a yoga mat and doing something on a smart phone (which I assume is related to their very successful (and vigorous) career as a something). 

Consequently, your team members will more than appreciate… a “they bring it to you” Spin Class. i.Art Fitness rolls in their stationary bikes, the sound equipment, fitness towels, water and staging. Sure, it can be done in your meeting room, but the class can also be outside: ocean side, overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge, at a winery vineyard paired with a lunch and wine tasting, and an infinite number of other cool and/or iconic locations. Best part, i.Art fitness will plan it all - permits, catering, transportation… and all of that meeting planning stuff.

But wellness is not just about the body. It’s also about the Mind and Soul. Personal note… Presumably, if I have a Soul, it is already well and doesn’t need me to make it “well-er”. On the other hand, I whole-heartedly admit I know absolutely nothing about pretty much everything.

I tend to believe that rather than a Soul, I am just an emergent quality of a complex system (and maybe that’s the same thing) and will dissipate when the system “un-systems”. Kind of like an ant colony. But that’s just me. I also don’t think I have chakras, chi or karma. It seems other people do and they enjoy having them.

I also sometimes think that The Matrix (Part One) is a true story and when the Powers That Be realized that too much information had been disclosed, they purposefully made Matrix Two and Three so bad that everyone just dismissed all of them as nonsense. So don’t let me stop the illusion of you from experiencing the illusion of experience. Or, as my seven-year old tells his friends, ”That’s my Dad. Just ignore him”. I digress.

With i.Art Fitness, meeting planners can easily build a wellness track and incorporate it into their meeting agenda, be it a 4 day conference or a 1 day planning session.  Every service or event they create is customizable.  For example, a “wellness for the body” spin class can become a glow in the dark spin class with a live D.J; a “wellness for the Soul” build-a-bike program can become a Gilligan Island theme party, etc.  If you have a meeting theme or fun idea and want to play---i.Art Fitness will do it.  Check out their web site for the details.  www.iartfitness.com