Planning for a Ladies Retreatby Jerry Stokes retreat center
The planning of a ladies retreat should be well ahead of the actual retreat, albeit, this will be somewhat dependent on the numbers who are going to be in attendance. For most retreats, planning should begin from around four months out.
Set the goals for your retreat:
First, you ought to understand what it is you wish to accomplish with this particular retreat. Is the retreat to be used as a planning strategy? Is it more for staff training? Or, perhaps it’s as a way to rekindle friendships and acquaintances? It could be a means to re-energizing your ladies group? Asses why it is you need this retreat and then put in place some specific objectives.
There are a number of potential goals for any retreat and this may include either one or more than one of the following points:
- Team building and unity
- Planning and strategizing
- Problem solving
- Re-examination of goals and objectives
- Training and orientation
Begin to research retreat facilities
You may be hosting your retreat at a resort, a campground, a retreat facility, or maybe a hotel. Irrespective of which, begin making calls and asking for brochures as well as other information with regards to pricing and facilities.
If you can, discuss matters with members of other groups who have been involved in recent retreats to find out their recommendations with respect to suitable facilities.
Furthermore, do also consider both free and inexpensive locales. As an example, state parks frequently provide free retreat facilities, and college campuses may donate space to various organizations that are non-profit in nature.
Decide who will attend
Who is this retreat going to be for? Is it a retreat that is being set up for ladies board members? Are there volunteers included? Is it for church members?
Understanding the goals of the retreat will enable you to make a decision as to who can best contribute to achieving the goals. This will aid you in selecting the appropriate individuals who will be participating in the retreat and what roles they should take.
Look for consultants or presenters
This issue will depend on the type and scale of the retreat, and it will depend on the goals, too. Occasionally it can be a prudent idea to involve someone who is not a part of the organization. As an example, if the retreat’s aim is to reduce conflict, an impartial party can step in and mediate.
Popular speakers and good facilitators can be booked well in advance, so if you know who it is you wish to engage, check on their availability as soon as you can.
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