Community Retreat at Rocky Gap 2009

PROMISE: Maryland's AGEP is pleased to announce the 2009 Community Building Retreat at the Rocky Gap Conference Center in Cumberland, Maryland. Please stay tuned to this site for all updates and announcements.

The dates for the retreat are FRIDAY: Feb. 27 - SUNDAY, March 1, 2009

Each PROMISE Retreat contains a Dissertation House Component. For information about the Dissertation House, see:
The Dissertation House orginated at the 2005 PROMISE Community Building Retreat at the Coolfont Conference Center in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia.
Students who are approaching graduation within the next 6-8 months, who have participated in PROMISE or DH events in the past, or who have established meetings and office hours with the Dissertation Coach are provided with the opportunity to participate and have primary access to the available slots.

Our Outward Bound Professionally trained LEAD FACILITATORS will be Craig Imler and Denise Ashman. PROMISE has been working with Craig since our first retreat in 2004.  Denise is new to the team, she brings a wealth of experience in outdoor skills. Denise is the Founder of Heartland Wilderness Skills, LLC. Craig works with Terra Trax Teambuilding out of Arizona.
About Heartland:





Heartwood Founder, Denise E. Ashman has been Teaching Outdoor/Environmental Education for 25 years; Expedition Leadership, Wilderness Skills Training, Adventure-based Education, Professional Development Coaching/Training, Teambuilding & Leadership Training (resume available)

Heartwood Wilderness Skills School: DBA since 1993

Became Heartwood Wilderness Skills, LLC in 2008


*Heartwood Leadership Curriculum earned ‘NYS Promising Practice’ Status 2007-08*


Current Wilderness First Responder (SOLO certified)

Current Trainer and Officer~ Niagara Frontier Search & Rescue (NYSAR)

Current NY State Certified~ Ropes Rescue Technician

Member: Association for Experiential Education

Member: Chamber of Commerce-East Aurora

Member/article writer: Society of Primitive Technology




About Craig Imler: (Lead Facilitator)

Former Marketing Director of Professional Development Programs for Outward Bound (14 years of experience)

Education & Training: Southern Illinois University (B.S.), Harvard University (Master's Degree - School Improvement and Organizational Development), Michigan State University (Doctoral work)

Developed professional training for:
The World Bank; U. of Maryland Executive Development Programs, Project Management College, and other training organizations;
Corporations: Marriott, Lockheed Martin, Black & Decker, State Farm, Xerox, AOL, Mobil, Wachovia, Vanguard, Securitas Capital, Wyeth, Martin Guitar, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab, and others.

Created the largest corporate training center for Outward Bound nationally.

Worked with:
- Baltimore Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound
- Harvard-Outward Bound Project, Cambridge, Ma.
- Hurricane Island Outward Bound School

*Facilitated group effectiveness, communication skills, and taught sailing, seamanship, rock climbing,
ropes courses, and outdoor skills.

DIVEMASTER, Smithsonian Institution/Harbor Branch Marine Foundation; Supervised all research diving activities in blue holes and caverns to study deep-water marine algae in joint expedition to Belize.




Other members of the team include: Jeff Geyer, Gary Tublin, Lynne Lindsey, Daryl Pollard, and Lisa Harper.
Many of these outdoor skills professionals have worked with PROMISE during past retreats. We are pleased that they are joining us again!


PLEASE Read the "How to Prepare" and the updated Program Agenda below.
Feb 10, 2009, 3:03 PM
Feb 25, 2009, 8:33 AM
Feb 5, 2009, 10:08 AM