Meetings with Intent: A Unique Conference Offering for Your Team

Looking for a unique meeting experience to draw your team together and plan for the year ahead? Are you ready to expand your thinking and explore new possibilities? Is it time to renew your business strategy or define a new direction for your future?

Elmhirst’s Resort and The Mane Intent are pleased to offer a unique meeting package designed to create a memorable experience and a productive learning opportunity tailored to your needs.   You and your team will:

Enjoy staying at a destination of choice for meetings and retreats on beautiful Rice Lake close to Elmhirst Resort aerial the Greater Toronto Area. Elmhirst’s Resort  in Keene, Ontario, offers its guests an authentic escape from the everyday in their collection of cottages on the beautiful shores of Rice Lake. The Resort has become a destination of choice for business meetings and corporate retreats, and our staff are always on hand to support a perfectly planned event.   Elmhirst’s Resort will provide the perfect accommodations, meals, breaks and meeting space for your planning retreat.


Caitlin with SunnyBenefit from a Team Building Day and optional Meeting Facilitation hosted by Jennifer Garland and The Mane Intent. We work with individuals and teams to help you take the lead, honing interpersonal skills for optimal group performance, innovation, endurance and deep personal and professional satisfaction. Horses support the process as partners and as emotional sentient beings, co-facilitating awareness for leadership change and learning.

  • By engaging in ground work exercises with horses in a controlled setting, together we uncover communication and interpersonal behaviours. How the horse reacts to your communication, behavior and body language provides us with clear, intuitive feedback you can use to identify opportunities for teams and individual leadership development. No previous horse experience is required and at no point will participants be required to ride or mount a horse. Each exercise is a combination of demonstration, hands on exploration and guided discussion. This allows participants the opportunity to experience, observe and reflect on how attitude, body language and intent impact what we communicate and the results we get.
    • In a session customized to meet your needs, participants will learn to:
      • Use emotions as information
      • Create team alignment on business plans and priorities
      • Improve team member communication and interpersonal skills, including non-verbal
      • Recognize reactions to stress and pressure and learn stress management techniques
      • Become better listeners
      • Prepare for difficult conversations
      • Discover your authentic leadership style
      • Enhance your decision-making and team work skills
      • Learn the ‘give and take’ of consensual leadership.

Elmhirst resort beachThis unique offering by Elmhirst’s Resort and The Mane Intent is the perfect way to increase learning, team building and growth, complementing your business planning retreat.

The 2 Night, 2 Day Meeting with Intent Package includes:

  • Private Reception in Wine Cellar for Your Group – taste some of Ontario’s finest wines in Elmhirst’s unique underground Cellar. A fun and educational experience!
  • 1 evening in the Hearthside Dining room for a 4 course meal with wine pairings chosen by the Elmhirst Sommelier
  • 2 nights accommodation in Elmhirst Resort’s lakeside cottages
  • 2 Premium breakfasts in the Hearthside Dining Room
  • 1 Day team building event at The Mane Intent with breaks and lunch provided by Elmhirst’s Resort
  • 1 Day meeting space provided at Elmhirst’s Resort including standard meeting room setup

Also Included:

  • Complementary professional meeting designer and experienced business planning facilitator to help you plan and facilitate your meeting or conference
  • Dedicated Conference Planning Manager to assist with all the details
  • Audio visual equipment including data projector, screen, DVD, and 2 flip charts
  • Wireless High Speed Internet
  • Complimentary parking
  • Full access to all of Elmhirst’s Resort’s recreational amenities including fitness centre, pool and waterfront activities.

Cost per person: $675

Please inquire about other custom package durations; including 1 night stays.

To book your conference, please call Elmhirst Resort at 1-800-461-1940 to speak with a Guest Service Representative, email the specifics of your conference to or contact Jennifer Garland at The Mane Intent at 705-295-6618.  To find out more about Elmhirst Resort go to

About Your Facilitator at The Mane Intent:

Jennifer Garland has over 25 years of leadership experience in communications, marketing and change management supporting a variety of public and private sector clients. She has provided counsel and support to senior leaders from all walks of life to create opportunities to build productive relationships, facilitate learning and to embrace change. She has facilitated strategic planning retreats and team building events for corporate groups with up to 300 participants. As Program Director and founder of The Mane Intent Inc., her intent is to bring horses and humans together to explore new possibilities and experiences that get them out of their comfort zone and give clarity of voice to their leader within. See more at


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