MSI Successful Board Retreat


Burning the midnight oil

At MSI’s recent residential retreat, the energy was contagious. The board members worked on actively bringing Mountain Spirit to a new level of commitment and confidence. MSI was started in 1998, when R. Richards,  after having just returned from high alpine guiding in Peru, led a trip under the MSI name to the Cusco region of Peru.  Since then the non-profit organization has had numerous and successful programs and workshops ranging from a Peruvian Shamanic Studies program which ran over the course of two years, a wilderness experience educational program, author lectures, and a film series, ongoing programs to Peru, the teen healing adventure and the Peru/USA Music Exchange held in the Northeastern US in the fall of 1998.

“Becoming more sustainable as an organization, and building capacity to deliver programs ” has been the board’s goal for the last two years.  At each board retreat we’ve identified how we can move forward, and at our last retreat, we dug in and wrote our first grant together. Laptops were all over the room, crunching numbers from every program we have on the calendar.

We had a ball, put in some long hours and have some great results. Importantly, we have set a time to develop our annual program schedule where we’ll slate new programs for the coming year during our Board of Directors summer retreat. Also, as  a result of the great work every did putting together some great programs and an top-notch organization-wide budget, we applied for our first grant to the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation’s Express Grant. We put in some serious hours, and suffered from a bit of what fellow board member Craig Cimmons calls “HBO”.  The acronym stands for “Haven’t Been Outdoors”.

Thanks to Cindy Heath, Craig Cimmons, Bob Stremba, and Amanda Richards for all the work and energy that they put into the board retreat! Adelante!

Image: MSI Board Members LtoR: The beagle Daphne (not a board member), Randy Richards, Amanda Richards, Bob Stremba, dinner guest and author *Henry  Homeyer, Cindy Heath and Craig Cimmons. (*Who you’ll be seeing more about on this blog)

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3 Responses to “MSI Successful Board Retreat”

  1. sarah chapman Says:

    I would like to be in touch with you personally. How can I do this? Kudos for your successful concert. Wish I could have been there. More news when you send me your personal e mail and address as I have something to send to you by snail mail. So great to have met you. With deep affection and wishes for success. Wish I were younger and could engage in the outdoor activities. Sarah

    • Amanda Richards Says:

      Hi Sarah! Amanda here. Great to hear from you. I received your card as well as the article about Harold Pinter. Thank you so much. I will write soon. The concert was a wonderful success. We had over 315 attendees and it was a special evening. I don’t think that too many of the MSI outdoor activities are out of your reach – they are not all at high altitude! It was delightful and inspiring to meet you. Amanda (

  2. sarah chapman Says:

    Hy, I would like to be in touch with you personally. Is this possible? I am so pleased to have learned about the success of the concert and hope it reaped much for your mission. Wish I were younger so I could engage in the remarkable outdoor events you offer. with deep affection ,

    Sarah Chapman

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