Tips for Planning Your Next Retreat

A retreat can be an excellent experience for you and your group. It can be a great place to bond, relax, reflect, and grow. When planning a retreat, it is important to consider what you and your group need. There are a variety of different options for where to go, what activities to include, etc. In this article, we will cover a few tips on how to plan a successful retreat for your group. 

Understand Your Group’s Needs At A Retreat

First and foremost, you should consider who is going on the retreat. If it is a women’s retreat, a men’s retreat, a family retreat, or a college club retreat, that might affect where you want to go and what activities you would like to do while you are there. For example, families will need activities suited to various ages that are also collaborative and help families grow and learn together. You might set it up where parents and different age kids are off their own for periods of time as well as time where families are together and working together. One common choice for retreats is to pick a place with natural beauty. Since the goal of most retreats is to get away from the stressors of everyday life, being in nature can help inspire a mindset of reflection and relaxation. 

Choose The Right Activities for Your Retreat

Depending on the venue of your retreat, some activities may be available to you. For example, some retreat places have a lake or pond with water activities, while others might have a ropes course or other facilities and amenities. Consider what activities would be best for your group. For example, a nature hike might allow your group time to slow down, reflect, and meditate if you are going on a spiritual retreat. For a family retreat, some high-energy, fun activities can capture children’s attention while also providing a fun outlet for adults. 

Pick a Good Schedule For A Retreat

When scheduling events, there is a temptation to do too much or too little. On the one hand, we have all been annoyed at the retreat, where from the moment we wake up to the moment we go to bed, there is something we are supposed to be doing. Not allowing your group to have free time or time to explore can remove the relaxing effect of a retreat. People enjoy a degree of autonomy. Spiritual retreats benefit significantly from allowing guests to go off their own and pray, read scripture, meditate, or reflect. On the other hand, under planning can also be a bit annoying. If you are on a retreat, there is an expectation of a degree of planned events. Too much free time can make the retreat feel disorganized and like a waste of time. You want to balance free time with structured activities that feel intentional to the needs and wants of your group. 

Plan Your Retreat With Essex Woods!

If you are looking for a great place to plan your next retreat, consider going with Essex Woods. Our team has helped with hundreds of retreats of all kinds over the years. We would be happy to help with a corporate or nonprofit retreat, college retreat, or spiritual retreat. We can also help make recommendations based on our experience working with groups. Give us a call today or fill out our online contact form for more information!

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