Southern Oregon Adventure & Resiliency (SOAR) Training

ON HOLD until SPRING 2022: Look for more information soon!

Greta Palmer, MA

Greta Palmer, MA is a seasoned wilderness traveler, marathon finisher, long-distance runner, Life Coach, and educator. Greta has is a former Alpine skiing racer, backcountry & Nordic skier, Avalanche & Weather Observation professional (AIARE II), has led treks across the western states and Alaska, has five children of her own, and specializes in personal training, nutrition, and parent coaching. Greta is looking to complete several new ultra marathons in the near future and is actively engaged in homeschooling and running a small farm.

Dr. DB Palmer

Dr. DB Palmer, Certified Clinical Adventure Therapist, LPC has completed the world’s longest annual paddling race, the Yukon River Quest, twice; is an accomplished wilderness leader with two decades experience across the western states, Alaska, and Canada; is a Professor of Outdoor Leadership for the University of Alaska; has taught nearly every course in the outdoor leadership catalog and is a highly seasoned paddler and group facilitator. Dr. Palmer is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has recently returned to Southern Oregon after nearly two decades in Alaska.

Why Adventure & Resiliency?

Southern Oregon Adventure & Resiliency (SOAR) Training utilizes adventure racing, in all forms, as the mechanism to teach life skills, goal-setting, teamwork, strategy, physical fitness, nutrition, tolerance of failure, and resiliency.

We create, and rigorously foster, a positive and honest training environment where grit, respect, and effort are praised. Training is good and it is difficult… not fun. Seeing growth is fun. You’ll get there!

Basic Details

Start/End Dates: June 14 through July 15, 2021

Time: 8:30-10am

Monday & Wednesday Group (16 max)

Tuesday & Thursday Group (16 max)

Cost: $400 for 10 Training Sessions ($40 per session + Free Saturday Family Sessions)

Minimum Age: 13 years old

Parents encouraged to participate!

Training Sessions

Topics will generally include a warm-up, structured workout, technical skill, health/nutrition topic, debrief (coaching), and inspiration/homework to prep for the next session. Training sessions are high energy, relational, and supportive. Workouts include: high-intensity interval training, running/sprints, plyometrics/body-weight, flexibility/stretching, & endurance/cardio.


8:15 am               Earliest Arrival time

8:30 am               Warm-up & Training Session begins

10 am                   Pick-up time

10:15 am             Staff Departs the area

Summer Session #1

Summer Session #1 (June 14 – July 15), 8:30-10am

16 spots per group

Minimum Age: 13

MW Group: June 14 – July 14

TR Group: June 15 – July 15

Saturday Family Sessions

Unofficial training sessions for our group members (free)

10am – 2pm, Applegate Lake


Kayak Rentals (solo & tandem)

Canoe Rentals (solo, tandem, & C4)

Informal Family Sessions and Q&A with our Coaching staff


Fitness level: Fitness can be gained if you’re determined to keep trying. All fitness levels are welcomed. If you don’t want to be fit, don’t want to work on your discipline, or don’t want to honor the efforts of others in their own journey, then this is not a fit for you.

Late Pick-up Charge: If more than 10 minutes late, your credit card will be charged $25 for extending our staff time on site. After two late charges, the third and continuing late charges will be $50. Late pick-up, regardless of the number late pick-up(s), MAY be grounds for dismissal at our discretion.

Multiple child discount: Spaces are limited for now, but we want to ensure that devoted families are able to provide this opportunity to all of their interested children. The rate for those families with more than one child enrolled is $400 (full session) for the first child, then $350 for each additional child.

“Resiliency is the ability to adapt to adversity without succumbing to bitterness, to step back up when failure arises, and resiliency is the determination to continually strive for personal agency in a world that would rather seek blame or scapegoats. Adventure is not possible without adversity, and resiliency is not gained without adversity. I have found no better media than adventure in which to create the ideal learning laboratory for the formation of resilience, self-reflection, and true competence/confidence.”

Dr. DB Palmer

Book your initial consultation to talk about whether or not this is a fit.

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