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We Dare You!

We have a very exciting leadership retreat coming to The Crossing this November – check it out! Early bird pricing is available, so be sure to register soon to save yourself a spot.

Incito - The Daring Way for Leaders - November 2016

Thanks Mom!!

Mother’s Day Getaway & Brunch

It’s almost that time of the year when we say a special thanks to our moms for all she does. Mother’s Day gifts are pretty simple – all she wants is time with you! This Mother’s Day show your mom how grateful you are for her ongoing love and support by treating her to an overnight stay and a delicious brunch at The Crossing! Nothing says thanks like a relaxing night in the countryside followed by a gourmet breakfast!

May is a beautiful time of year at The Crossing. Warm weather, colorful wildflowers, and endless acres of land make it the perfect place to celebrate mom and spend time with family! Bring your hiking shoes for a picturesque stroll to the river or a trek up to the scenic ridge. You can also bring your competitive spirit for a game of riverside horseshoes or croquet on the lawn.

If you cannot spend the night…no worries bring mom and the family for brunch Sunday, May 8.

Spaces are limited, so please call 403-932-3392 to make reservations.

Mother's Day Poster final with border

Sights, Sounds, and Smells of the Season!

The Season is upon us!  Whether you are getting ready to string lights, put up the tree, or bust out the rolling pin for some holiday baking, the holidays are right around the corner.  Some may loathe them, and some may love them, but regardless of where you fall on the spectrum it is hard to deny the beauty that this time of year brings.

From lights and decorations, to songs and children’s squeals of delight, it’s hard to be a Grinch.  I mean who can pass up a festive cocktail and canape or two…or seven.  And, the season begins long before the floor is littered with wrapping paper and everyone is fighting for a spot on the couch in a turkey coma.  Some of the best things about the holiday season are the events and traditions leading up the various celebrations.  The annual visit with Santa for the little ones, local holiday markets, food and beverage events, skating, tobogganing….the list goes on.  Here at The Crossing we love tradition, and we love being located in an active community that recognizes and fosters holiday cheer!  And so, we have put together a small list of local activities to help deck the halls and make your season merry and bright!

Enjoy the wonder of the season!

Banff Beer Fest – November 27/28th journey through Banff to find your favourite craft beer! www.albertabeerfestivals.com

Lights – Calgary Zoo ZOOLIGHTS from November 27th to January 2nd with full details at http://www.calgaryzoo.com/zoolightsyyc

Art – Youth Art Show starting December 5th to January 23rd featuring local artists from Grades 7-12 at the Leighton Art Centre http://leightoncentre.org/exhibitions/exhibit/generation-genesis-youth-art-show-206

Public Skating – Saturdays and Sundays from 1-2:15pm through December at Spray Lakes Sawmills Family Sports Centre http://www.slssportscentre.com/

Visit with Santa – December 5th to 20th at Spray Lakes Sawmills Family Sports Centre http://www.slssportscentre.com/

Christmas Market – December 12th marks the Cochrane Farmers’ Market Last Minute Christmas Market at Spray Lakes Sawmills Family Sports Centre http://www.cochrane-environment.org/farmers-market

Santa Claus Parade – December 12th is also host to the second annual Cochrane Santa Claus Parade starts at 5:00pm.  Check www.cochranesantaclaus.ca for full details.

Music – Sounds of the season can be heard from the Cochrane Music Society on December 15th starting at 7:30 pm, Cochrane Alliance Church, 902 Glenbow Drive.  Admission is free.  A donation to the food bank is welcome, more details at www.cochranemusic.ca .  Additionally, The Cochrane Young Singers Christmas Concert, also on Dec. 15th at 7:00 pm, Location TBD.  Please bring a food bank donation.  (www.cochraneyoungsingers.com)

 

 

2014, Thank You

It’s hard to believe that in less than 24hrs a new year will be upon us, with many of us saying, ‘where did the time go?” So today, in the last few hours of 2014, we wanted to take some time to reflect on what an incredible year it has been.

One of the most important things to us at The Crossing is our relationships, and so, it seems appropriate to start there. This past year has brought us a host of new guests ranging from corporate, to non-profit, education, wellness, public service, and the arts, just to name a few. The variety of the groups and individuals has had such an inspiring impact on our own team and we are constantly learning new things from our guests. We were also extremely proud to welcome back many old friends whose companies and organizations have been visiting us regularly, some for over 10 years; a true honour in our books to have been your chosen host!

A year of firsts comes to mind when looking back through some of the unique, and truly unbelievable events held at The Crossing in 2014! Never in our wildest dreams did our quiet little piece of country paradise think that it would host the Stampede party of the year thrown by The National Music Centre with friends Jim Cuddy, Buffy Sainte-Marie, and Paul Brandt! It was magic, something we will never forget! We also made many people happy when the wish for a yoga retreat was offered by the talented Suzette O’Byrne of Flow Training and Yoga, a very rewarding journey for everyone in attendance and a welcome addition to programs at The Crossing.

Our close ties to art through our sister organization, Reflections West Art, brought the WestGuild artists to us not once, but twice this year. With a retreat in February, and again in August (sharing some events with our friends at the Leighton Art Centre), budding and accomplished artists, both young and old, descended on The Crossing to learn from some of Western Canada’s greatest talents. Both weekends certainly were a feast for the eyes!

We would be amiss if we didn’t include some of our tried and true fan favourite events, especially our ever popular Mother’s Day Brunch and Father’s Day BBQ. The holiday season also brings us many repeat guests who happily mix business with pleasure by working in some team building with their annual holiday party. Throughout all of the yearly festivities, one thing is for sure, no one leaves The Crossing hungry, Chef Doug and his team make sure of it!

One of the things that we are perhaps most proud of this year is getting to know and to be in the company of some amazing organizations who do incredible work. Already mentioned are the National Music Centre and Reflections West Art, both bringing the arts to the masses. We are also very proud to be involved with Casting for Life (women’s cancer survivors fly fishing weekend), and Diakonos Retreat Society in conjunction with the Calgary Fire Department (couples’ retreats to help maintain healthy relationships in a demanding career), among several other organizations who are doing spectacular things in our communities.

Last but not least, we want to reflect on all of the additions and teamwork that has taken place internally this year at The Crossing. It takes a certain person to, not only understand guest service, but to genuinely care for our guests. We feel that we have found those team members and they work very hard to make The Crossing feel like your home. Many long hours, multiple shifts, and time away from their own families was sacrificed to make this a very successful year at The Crossing. For all of this, we want to say thank you, thank you, thank you!

With just a few hours left in 2014, we look back with fond memories and are grateful for all the lessons and opportunities this past year afforded us. Our promise is to study and learn from these so that we can provide an even better experience to all of our guests in 2015!

All the best, see you in the New Year!

Thanks for Thanksgiving!

Who doesn’t love a time of year when outdoors looks like a Norman Rockwell painting, or that it is time to pull out your favourite wool sweater, or perhaps that the season now calls for culinary comforts such as shepherd’s pie, chili and cider?

Fall is here in all of its glory! Mother Nature is a master composer, blessing us with brilliant seasons, each one different than the next. With Thanksgiving weekend upon us, it is no wonder that she saved the brilliant colours, tastes and gatherings for Fall so that we could feast our eyes, tummies, and hearts.  To kick off this beautiful Thanksgiving weekend, we wanted to share some of the things that we are thankful for with you!

We are thankful for….
…This beautiful place we call The Crossing; the land is a true gift that gives in so many different ways.
…Our Crossing Team and extended company colleagues who truly are like family; a group where hugs are preferred over handshakes.
…The wonderful smells that waft out of our kitchen from food that is prepared with the utmost love and care, visibly bringing joy to those who consume it.
….The many hands that treat The Crossing as if it were their own, mindfully and tenderly making sure that everything is ‘just so’ to ensure our guests always feel like they are at home.
…Hours of laughter, tears, and long conversation that we have watched our guests enjoy while they are with us.
…The naturally occurring soundtrack of the river, birds, and the rustling shimmer of wind through the grasses and trees that we are priviledged to listen to everyday.
….Our community that has embraced and engaged with us on a multitude of levels.
….Lastly, you, our guests, followers, and supporters, thank you for encouraging us to continue to do what we believe in and for helping make it possible!

In closing, we just want to share the warmth of the season with you. Many of us are so lucky, let us remember this and to share our good fortune with others.

From our home to yours, all the very best this Thanksgiving weekend!

Your friends at The Crossing

Get Hitched!

Bride

The cozy and comfortable ambiance of a quaint venue in the countryside is the perfect setting for a unique and sophisticated wedding. A picturesque outdoor wedding inspired by nature, keeps it simple and elegant while providing the opportunity to use nature as your backdrop. Just imagine… mason jars filled with wild flowers become centerpieces, tree branches mark your aisle, and wooden coasters become place cards. The beauty of any wedding is the simple touches that add personality and uniqueness.

If an outdoor wedding isn’t your style, there are also a number of beautiful indoor venues available at The Crossing, including a screened-in riverside pavilion or a traditional barn with an outdoor patio. To accompany the perfect venue, The Crossing offers world class meals, tailored to each couple’s taste or theme.

Whether you have been dreaming of this day since you were a little girl or only recently started thinking about this exciting adventure, The Crossing at Ghost River provides a variety of options to suit any couple.

To inquire about our wedding venues and services, please call 403-932-3392.

The Sights and Sounds of Spring!

Spring marks a fresh new start – flowers blooming, spring cleaning, retiring a winter wardrobe for summer clothes, and trading in those heavy winter boots for sneakers and flip flops. Spring brings brighter mornings, sunnier afternoons, and longer evenings. Spring means family dinners in the backyard, drinks on the patio, and long walks in the park.

prairie view lookout

A sure sign spring is here

Here at The Crossing we are happy to see signs of spring appearing all around us – melting snow, wild flowers, sun showers, and the list goes on. Spring is an exciting time at The Crossing, as it brings many new programs and events. First of which, is the Yoga and Mindfulness Retreat facilitated by Tracey Delfs on July 22-24. This program is a perfect way to embrace the fresh start that the spring season represents.

Spring weather also brings new opportunities to experience the outdoors, such as hiking on our 145 acres of beautiful land or fly fishing on Ghost River, just minutes from The Crossing’s main house. And, of course… we are excited about the culinary opportunities that accompany spring… preparing superb cuisine on the barbecue, enjoying fresh local fruits and vegetables, and dining on the patio.

As we not-so-patiently await the benefits of spring, we also look forward to welcoming the season with the Easter long weekend. We hope you take advantage of the longer days, unseasonably warm weather, and upcoming weekend to celebrate spring, the outdoors, family time, and great food.

Cheers!

Do You Dare?

When is the last time you paid money to spend a weekend being openly vulnerable with a group of strangers?

Most would say never, but then again most have not yet experienced The Daring Way™ for Leaders. This past weekend at The Crossing, Jenn Lofgren of Incito Consulting Inc. and Jamie Davidoff of Spark Success Coaching, both Certified Daring Way Facilitator Candidates, lead an intimate group of strangers (yes we realize this sounds a bit like an oxymoron) on an intense two day leadership journey. Individuals from varying levels of management and leadership positions, with a confetti of professional backgrounds including health care, finance, energy, technology, and academia, descended on The Crossing looking for ways to become better leaders. What they didn’t realize was that they would have a transformational experience and develop deep, lasting bonds.

To give a bit of background, as per the website, “The Daring Way™ is a highly experiential methodology based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown. The method was designed for work with individuals, couples, families, work teams, and organizational leaders. It can be facilitated in clinical, educational, and professional settings. During the process we explore topics such as vulnerability, courage, shame, and worthiness. We examine the thoughts, emotions, and behaviors that are holding us back and we identify the new choices and practices that will move us toward more authentic and wholehearted living. The primary focus is on developing shame resilience skills and developing daily practices that transform the way we live, love, parent, and lead.” Needless to say, one must realize coming into this retreat that there is going to be some serious internal work required, but the benefits will last a lifetime!

The Crossing team welcomed Jenn, Jamie, and the participants on Friday afternoon and they didn’t waste any time getting started. Working through several exercises to create trust was the first task. Through said exercises and statement of intentions for the weekend, everyone quickly realized how much they had in common. And, what better way to continue to build trust and foster conversation than over dinner! As Jenn shared, “(Chef) Doug spoiled us like your best Grandma visit, ever!” After dinner the group picked up where they left off and dove into the myths of vulnerability and stepped into areas of risk, uncertainty, and emotional exposure. They rounded out the evening by starting to explore using the metaphor of an ‘arena’ representing wherever it is in your life that you are looking at showing up and being brave from a leadership context. They discussed what potential seats could be in the arena and who sits in them. After this it was time to call it a night and everyone eagerly made their way back to their inviting rooms.

After a hearty breakfast the participants took advantage of a beautiful morning and set out on the property for a walk to complete their first task of the day; discussing a Harvard Business Review article on Authentic Leadership that had been given to them in advance. Once back in the meeting room the day really got started with the presentation of their homework assignment from the previous night which was choosing a personal theme song. The morning was off to a rocking start (pun intended)!

But the party couldn’t last forever and hard work reared its head again. Saturday was full of the guts of The Daring Way™ program. Hard topics like empathy, self- compassion, shame, and examining values, pushed participants out of their comfort zones and forced them to ‘dig deep’, a phrase often used by Brené Brown herself, to come up with authentic answers to help forge a more wholehearted path. All of this hard work required some brain food and as Jenn relayed, “we ate and we ate and we ate!” After sharing another delicious home cooked dinner, the participants were ready for some much deserved R&R, but instead it was homework time. The assignment was extremely challenging, especially after an emotionally and mentally exhausting day. The crew rallied though, and found strength in the trust and meaningful friendships that had been built within the brief 24 hours they had spent together. They headed off to attack the task. Shortly after Jenn and Jamie found the small group working away, seemingly enjoying the torturous assignment, with hoots of laughter sparking the air late into the night.  The wine might have helped but it’s amazing what a little camaraderie can do for the soul!

Sunday morning was bittersweet as the participants gathered for the start of the final day. As a fresh fire was lit in the conference room, the group eased in to sharing the challenging work they completed the night before.  They discussed how to apply this to their position as empowering leaders, specifically focusing on the delicate art of providing feedback. From here they moved into their final exercise which was choosing guideposts and how to focus on implementing one or two into their daily lives.

Overall the weekend was a great success! We thoroughly enjoyed having the entire The Daring Way™ ensemble with us here at The Crossing, it was a perfect fit! We see one of our strengths as being able to provide a safe and inviting environment that allows people to open up and tap into a deeper level, both as individuals and as a team. Jamie and Jenn had some very kind words about their experience with us which we are very proud to share….

“The peaceful and quiet environment allowed people to be more focused and present. The fact that we had the building all to ourselves was a bonus as well. It allowed participants to freely use the meeting space in the evening knowing that they would not be disrupting any other guests. That also made it feel safe, comfortable and intimate.” Jamie Davidoff, Spark Success Coaching

“We couldn’t have selected a more suitable place for a transformational leadership retreat. The Crossing at Ghost River was the private, reflective, and beautiful location needed to support our clients going deeper into their work in a way that could not have been achieved in a busy hotel or in a venue in the city. The food and hospitality put us over the top; we felt spoiled in so many ways allowing us to be immersed in the program experience. “ Jenn Lofgren, Incito Consulting Inc.

It was our pleasure to host such a dedicated group!  Taking the time and energy to work on oneself, to improve not only their own lives but those around them, to become better leaders and self aware individuals, is something we applaud.  We hope you enjoyed your time with us and feel like The Crossing is the type of space that emits a welcoming, safe and open atmosphere.  Hopefully this incredible experience can be shared here again in the future!

A Perfect Match!

It finally happened….yoga!

For as long as we can remember, people have been asking, “when is there going to be a yoga retreat at The Crossing?” Well, it came, it was zen and bendy and fantastic, and now we can officially say we have hosted a dedicated yoga retreat thanks to Suzette O’Byrne and her students from Flow Training and Yoga.

A veteran instructor, Suzette came across our location and decided it was an excellent opportunity to host a local retreat. Truly a professional, Suzette had essentially sold out the retreat before we even had the opportunity to advertise it on her behalf! And so, last weekend, with 14 students in tow, Flow Training and Yoga made the short trek to The Crossing for a weekend of nurturing, yoga, relaxation, and building friendships.

The retreat commenced on Friday evening with an opening and grounding ceremony, followed by an evening yoga practice. With yoga sessions sprinkled throughout the weekend, it was important to Suzette to convey that the retreat was about nurturing; doing what people felt was best for them. Some participated in all practices throughout the weekend, while others took one off to have some downtime and enjoy the setting. Using the Pine Loft as their classroom base, everyone really enjoyed the bright, sunny space and dedicated ‘studio’.

As with most groups, mealtimes were a highlight! Deciding to eat ‘family style’ really made an impact on the group and Suzette mentioned that it allowed everyone to bond more easily, which is exactly what we always hope for around the ‘family table’. Overall it was a lovely weekend and The Crossing was very happy that Suzette and her students chose to host their retreat with us!

Yoga practice is a beautiful and individual journey, and we truly feel that The Crossing atmosphere deepens this experience. Please let us know if you would be interested in participating in a yoga retreat at The Crossing, or if you are an instructor looking for the perfect retreat setting, we would love to talk to you!

Your Friends at The Crossing

*Please note that picture is from a photo shoot with our friends at INLIV

Come One, Come All!

With roots dating back to 1902, “The Little Engine That Could” is a story that we love here at The Crossing.  Its values of positivity and hard work are two things that strive to accomplish every single day.  Similarly, we are not the biggest train on the track and we might not have all the bells and whistles of a larger engine, but we have the ones that count and we more than make up for the rest with passion!

This week we want to spend some time sharing the spectrum of what The Crossing can offer.  With over 140 acres of beautiful Rocky Mountain foothills as our backyard, cozy but modern accommodations, food to rival the best around, and staff who live and breathe hospitality, let us open the doors of possibility for you!

Off-site corporate conferencing and meetings find a comfortable and productive home here at The Crossing.  With several meeting spaces, food services to accommodate a variety of schedules and needs, and casual common spaces which spur social interaction, we are proud to have built strong relationships through the many return visits of our group guests.  Add in endless opportunity to team build, either on or off-site through our local connections, our guests often reach a new level of ‘teamwork’.  Think orienteering, team development with horses, group yoga or fitness, heck, even a bouncy castle obstacle course; we’ll work to deliver a unique experience for your team.   We understand and respect the hard work that not-for-profit and charitable organizations do and, that they too, need time and space to plan and achieve their goals.  At The Crossing, we are happy to work with groups in the non-profit sector to aid in creating an experience that meets both their productivity and financial expectations.

We are often asked, “Can I come out for a night with my friends, family or spouse?”  Yes you can!  Although we do not operate like a hotel, The Crossing does offer a variety of ways that you can enjoy a stay with us through programs and special events.  Throughout the year, various instructors ranging from art to yoga, business, leadership, and fitness just to name a few, set up day or overnight workshops that individuals can sign up for.  Often hikes, bonfires, outdoor games and ample downtime to enjoy the property are worked into the schedule.  The most popular question we are often asked at the end of these are, “when is the next program I can sign up for?”

Custom, each and every visit to The Crossing is built upon the needs of our guests and no two are alike.  Need one meeting space for an afternoon or the entire property for several days?  We can do that.  Does your group have several dietary restrictions?  We can work to provide a menu that suits those needs.  Looking for something truly ‘out of the box’ to engage your team?  The sky is the limit!  Interested in challenging yourself individually through a new program being offered?  Pack your bag!

Every season brings new opportunities for groups and individuals of all kinds to experience The Crossing.  Be sure to follow our website, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram pages to stay up to date as well to benefit from the many articles on business, wellness, local news, pictures and recipes to enhance your day to day!