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Greylock Discovery Tours can help your business with onsite and offsite meeting programs.  We offer the following services.


Destination Planning – Our destination planning service is limited to the Berkshires Hills of western Massachusetts – our base of operations.  Here, we can organize and plan your company’s meeting/retreat including the selection of meeting site, accommodations, meals, meeting space, audio/visual requirements, and recreational activities.  A wide selection of meeting sites is available.


Recreational Planning – All work and no play is no fun.  Let us plan a unique outing for your company.  A walk down a country lane or a more challenging hike to a mountain summit will surely add a new perspective for your group.  Bike and canoe trips, historical tours and cultural offerings are also available. 


Teambuilding Programs – For work or play, our creative and fun teambuilding events will challenge and stimulate your group to work together to solve a myriad of problems covering quantitative, verbal, communication, artistic, physical and other skill sets.  Available wherever you have your meeting, our  Scavenger Hunts, Orienteering Competitions and Create and Build Programs are sure to motivate your group.


Facilitation and Speakers Bureau – MOTIVATE your group with a speaker or facilitator.  Click here to see our complete listing of available speakers.


Greylock Discovery Tours is proud to work with the following hotels and inns on corporate meetings and retreats. 


Cranwell, Red Lion Inn, Orchards, Jiminy Peak, Blantyre, Wheatleigh,
Crowne Plaza Berkshires, Apple Tree Inn


Looking to build a better team of managers as your organization sets new goals and objectives?  Then give them the opportunity to participate in one of Greylock Discovery Tours challenging and fun filled teambuilding events, designed specifically to get people to talk and solve problems together.  Choose from the following:


SCAVENGER HUNT:  Our scavenger hunts take place in various locations throughout the Berkshires and the northeast.  Lasting approximately 2½ hours, these intellectually challenging hunts are sure to keep your troops talking long after the program is over. 


ORIENTEERING COMPETITION:  Orienteering is an excellent way to get people to work together in a fun, competitive exercise that takes place outdoors.  Participants learn to think strategically and quickly while digesting a myriad of details from maps, compasses and score cards.  Focus, determination and time management are also critical skills required to win. 


DESIGN AND BUILD COMPETITION:  Each team has exactly one hour to design and build a structure that will perform better than the other teams.  In the past, groups have built boats, protective containers and racing vehicles.  A variety of materials and tools are provided to each team. 


Speakers and Facilitators


Jerry Posner is widely known as “The Entrepreneur of Positivity.”  He's been the designated trainer for Crowne Plaza Hotel; has given over 350 speeches for guests at Canyon Ranch and provides motivational, and customer service training locally and nationally for clients such as: Red Lion Inn; Ramada; Brunswick Corp.; Berkshire Health Systems; National Endowment for the Arts; Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.; Margaritas Restaurants and Applebee’s Restaurants.  He published The Positive Times magazine and is a well-known commercial voice on Berkshire County radio stations.  Posner is a magna cum laude graduate of Emerson College with a degree in Mass Communications and resides in Pittsfield. 


Jerry talks about “How to Create Miracles in Your Life.”  In this entertaining, practical, popular program (presented more than 300 times for guests at Canyon Ranch Health Resort), you'll discover tools, techniques, strategies, exercises and ideas to help you make your miracles (hopes, wishes and dreams) a reality.


William R. Wilson has been the President and CEO of the Berkshire Visitors Bureau for the last 19 years.  He is well known throughout the State of Massachusetts and is a very dynamic speaker.  Bill’s other job is Minister of a Church in Pownal, Vermont.  Bill loves to talk about the dynamics and importance of faith in the business world. 


Dr. Stephen Berk is Professor of History at Union College and the recipient of The Florence B. Sherwood Chair in History.  He is the author of numerous publications, and is well known as a dynamic and insightful commentator on historical events – both ancient and civilized.  He can talk on a variety of different topics. 


Dr. Jeremy Yudkin is a Professor of Musicology at Boston University, and the founder of the Tanglewood Seminar Series.  His extremely popular instructional text for learning about music is now in its third edition.  Professor Yudkin is well known as an articulate and enthusiastic lecturer.


Cory Hines has over 30 years experience in human resources development and employee training and education programs.  A consultant to Fortune 500 companies, Cory’s most recent activities encompass “coaching” services for senior executives at a number of companies.  She has been downsizing her consulting practice to more fully enjoy life.  Cory talks on a number of topics including a program entitled “Having the Time of Your Life”, which helps participants explore the “seasons” of adulthood and how to get the most out of them.  A seasoned facilitator, Cory leads many of our teambuilding activities and brain storming meetings.


Tina Packer is the Artistic Director of Shakespeare and Company located in Lenox.  The Company enjoys a national reputation and Tina is a dynamic and entertaining speaker.  Tina is the author of “Power Plays – Shakespeare’s lessons in leadership and management”. 


Laurie Norton Moffat has been the Director of the Norman Rockwell Museum since 1986.  She is the author of Norman Rockwell:  A Definitive Catalogue, the encyclopedic compendium of the artist's work, published in 1986.  Ms. Moffat  spearheaded the funding and construction of the museum's $9.2 million facility, which opened in April 1993.  In recent years, she has broadened the vision of the museum beyond its gallery walls.  Norman Rockwell:  Pictures for the American People, a major national exhibition co-sponsored with the High Museum of Art, traveled to Atlanta, Washington, DC, Chicago, San Diego, Phoenix, and Stockbridge, and ends its 7-venue tour at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum New York City in March 2002.  Laurie’s talks concern the  “Business of Art.”


Michael Cassin is the Curator of Education for the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Museum.  He talks about building an art collection with particular reference to the Clark’s experience. 


Maggie Spilner has been a senior editor at Prevention Magazine for 15 years. Writing primarily about the health benefits of walking, she is also the author of Prevention's Complete Guide to Walking for Health (Rodale 2000) and Prevention's Encyclopedia of Walking for Health (Rodale 1992) Her articles have appeared in Family Circle, The Washington Post and Women's Sport and Fitness.  Maggie studied Dynamic Walking with Dr. Suki Munsell, Breathwalk with Gurcharan Singh Khalsa and Kripalu Yoga with Joan Thirion. She is a master's candidate in Transpersonal Psychology at Atlantic University and certified by the Yoga Alliance as a yoga instructor. Maggie has hosted Prevention hikes in the United States, Switzerland, Wales and Austria.


Dr. Maria Sirois is a clinical psychologist and well-known local speaker on spirituality and health related issues.


Tom Tyning is a Professor of Biology at Berkshire Community College and previously a master naturalist for the Massachusetts Audubon Society.  His talks on a variety of wildlife/environmental topics that are both educational and humorous.  One of the best speakers in the area.


Bernice Lewis is a nationally known singer/songwriter who combines the traditions of country, folk, and soft-rock music.  Her five recordings have been recognized by music critics everywhere as possessing both depth and passion.  Ms. Lewis has taught songwriting at Williams College, Omega Institute, Kripalu Yoga and Health Center and the Esalen Institute.  She has studied vocal improvisation with Bobby McFerrin, and her song "Bridges That Hold" was featured in Peter, Paul and Mary's "Lifelines" video.  Her talk is called "Finding Your Voice."


Charles Flint is a nationally recognized collector and appraiser of antiques and expert on Shaker Furniture.  Charlie’s knowledge, easy going manner and humor make him a sought out speaker for groups wanting to learn more about collecting and appraising “old stuff.”


Nina Dawe has over 15 years experience working in the fields of organizational development and experiential learning.  Her low-key approach to problem solving allows program participants to fully engage in the task at hand maximizing learning potential.


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