Creating The Ultimate Wellness Guide Service
Hello! I'm Melanie Webb. I'm an innovator in the fitness, adventure and wellness travel industries with a passion for sharing my active lifestyle with others. I believe that if every person could experience the joy of what their body can do, in connection with the wonders of nature, the entire world would be healthier and happier.
I'm raising money to share my method of leading fitness retreats through an online training program and two-day teacher training workshop, Sol Guide Certification. I've seen others de-stress and rejuvenate on my fitness retreats, and I want more people to have these opportunities. Together, we can help our communities be healthy and reclaim that wild, instinctive, necessary part of being human - outdoor adventure!
Welcome to My Rally Campaign
I cut my teeth as a fitness professional working with the best trainers at the country's finest sports clubs and training studios. My clients, who knew I was an adventurer, started hiring me to lead them on their bucket list adventures so they could see their gym fitness applied to a real-life experience. We backpacked the slot canyons near Zion National Park, biked and hiked in Deer Valley, and explored the Inca Trail on a 3-day trek to Machu Picchu, Peru.
Sharing my love of fitness and the outdoors expanded my career opportunities and I formed my small company Sol Fitness Adventures. After years perfecting my trade I started asking the question, what if more people had the tools to bridge the gap between fitness and the outdoors and lead others into an active lifestyle?
My Rally goal is to raise $10,000 to help people around the world live healthier lives and form a connection to nature. Please support me in my efforts by donating by July 22 and sharing this message.
Why I'm Raising Funds
I've dedicated my life to helping others; now it's time to share what I know. It turns out that creating Sol Guide was the easy part of this process, and taking a new idea to market is an entirely different challenge! I've given Sol Guide everything I've got - now I just need a little extra financial help to make the last push. Thank you for helping me!
The $10,000 raised through this Rally will help me:
1. Share my message and reach the organizations who need this toolkit
2. Complete the back end IT integration processes needed to purchase the course online
3. Register the course for continuing education credits (CEC's) with fitness certifying bodies
4. Cover operating costs for the first 6 months
I chose to raise money with RallyMe because I need the support of a tribe of people who share my values. Your donation means there are people who:
• value education and experiential learning as much as gear and gadgets;
• understand the significance of what the U.S. Secretary of the Department of the Interior Sally Jewell said, that "the future of the outdoor industry and America's public lands depends on reconnecting people - especially our young people - to the outdoors;"
• believe that everyone deserves to experience an outdoor adventure.
The latest science reveals that nature plays a vital role in mental and physical well-being. Yet, because of our sedentary lifestyle, we face a serious health crisis. Up to 69% of Americans are overweight. An additional 18% suffer from anxiety and depression. Our children suffer from the effects of nature deprivation. Sol Guide Certification is my way of trying to make a difference and inspiring others to embrace an active lifestyle.
How I Got Here
I'm a former wildlife biologist and environmental consultant with 15 years as a Certified Personal Trainer, a B.S. from Brigham Young University and graduate work in exercise science, nutrition, & eating behavior. I've compiled an impressive list of media appearances and contributions including Good Morning America, IDEA Fitness Journal, Los Angeles Times, Real Simple, Appalachian Mountain Club, DC Style, 805 Living, Sierra, and more. I've shared my expertise with tens of thousands of online readers as a National Sponsored Athlete with ATHLETA, a Gap brand, and as Assistant Editor of Exercise & Fitness at AllThingsHealing.com.
A few of my successes:
• Named one of the Top Trainers in the Industry in 2008
• Included in Outside Magazine's Top 10 Outdoor Innovators in 2010
• Highlighted in Outside Magazine's Top 10 Trips In or Near a National Park in 2010
• Named "The person to call for guided trips in Utah's National Parks" by DEPARTURES Magazine in 2014
• Selected as one of the Top 10 Outdoor Innovations in Grow Utah's Concept to Company competition in 2015
It's been many years in the making. Now I'm excited for Sol Guide to see the light of day!
I've made it this far with the support of many friends, family, colleagues and clients. Special thanks to a few key players who coached and helped me create Sol Guide Certification:
Dynactive Software. Their technology makes my ideas shine and come to life in a sustainable way.
Aaron Guitan, Brian Bunton, Pete Iccabazzi, and Ryan Richardson. My amazing team of creative talent.
Kathy Smith. Her expert insight was critical as I weighed my decision to jump in and try to make a difference.
Barbara Crane-Gilbert. "When the student is ready the teacher appears" can never be more true than Barbara.
Robert Hacker & Cathy Brentzel. They believed in me before I saw the big picture for myself.
Thanks to my friends at ATHLETA, Carbonerro, NAAWK skincare, and TraceTrek for sharing swag with my generous donors.
Join My Team and Spread the Word!
Thank you for helping me! Please donate by July 22. You can share my Rally on your own Facebook, Twitter, and blogs and follow me on:
Select Swag For Your Contribution
$25The Booster ClubEvery dollar counts! Your donation gives me a big boost toward my goal, and in return I'll shout you out on Facebook and send you a thank you email.
$75NAAWK SkincareYou'll receive a special summertime gift from all-natural NAAWK Skincare, a Facebook shout out, and Thank You email. (Gift limited to continental U.S. orders).
$150ATHLETA Yoga MatYou'll receive a branded yoga mat from the one and only ATHLETA and be entered into a raffle to win Sol's expert planning guide to Southern Utah's National Parks. You'll also get a Facebook shoutout and Thank You email. (Yoga mats limited to continental U.S. donors, unless you don't mind picking up the cost of shipping).
$250Sol Guide Online CertificationSave $50 when you pre-order the online course now. You'll receive an emailed discount code to enter upon checkout. Don't forget the Facebook shout-out and thank you email.
$500Carbonerro Stand Up PaddleYou'll receive my favorite paddle, so you never have to use a rental again! And, of course, a Facebook shout out and Thank You card. (Limited to continental U.S. donations, unless you don't mind picking up the shipping).
$1,800Sol Guide 2-Day Teacher TrainingYou'll save $200 and reserve your spot in Sol Guide 2-Day Teacher Training. Don't forget the Facebook and thank you email. (Offer available on the first two workshops only. Completion of Sol Guide Certification Online Training a prerequisite. Does not include travel expenses).
$10,000Zion Fitness RetreatYou and three friends will receive an all-inclusive, two-day, guided fitness retreat in Zion National Park, Utah with me. (Must be redeemed by November 25, 2015. Dates subject to rooms and availability. Does not include travel to destination).