Should We Hire a Retreat Planner For Our Retreat?

Should We Hire a Retreat Planner For Our Retreat?

The last time my group went on a retreat to NOLA, the member in charge of the retreat sent us a 90-page PDF filled with various unique experiences, restaurants, stories, tours, historical landmarks he has bookmarked over the years. The reason he has a list like this for almost every city in the world is […]

Should We Hire a Facilitator For Our Retreat?

Should We Hire a Facilitator For Our Retreat?

Every Forum I’ve been a part of was lucky enough to have at least one trained/professional facilitator in the group. On retreats, we’d often run the activities ourselves, which was nice because it would save money, but it came with several negatives: Can’t Participate – If someone is successfully facilitating an activity, it’s almost impossible […]

Retreat Planning Template

Retreat Planning Template

As I’ve mentioned prior, an amazing retreat doesn’t just happen; it’s well planned ahead of time. That’s why every Forum should have a dedicated person in charge of retreat planning. This person is in charge of coordinating the Forum’s yearly Full Retreat. This doesn’t mean they do all the work but rather coordinate the overall […]

Six Elements Of An Amazing Retreat

Six Elements Of An Amazing Retreat

Retreats are a critical part of a forum’s long-term health because deep emotional bonds are built through shared experiences and physical time together during retreats. However, these connections don’t happen magically because a great retreat requires dedicated planning ahead of time. Some Forums host week-long retreats but most run 2-4 days because that’s about how […]

Pre-Paying for Retreats

Pre-Paying for Retreats

Yearly Forum Retreats create some of the deepest bonds between Forum members, but the lead up to the retreat is also the number one time of the year when Forum members tend to leave a Forum. This is because, for some people, it’s easy to commit to 3-4 hours once a month. But if a […]

One-Day Retreat Agenda

One-Day Retreat Agenda

A common practice of many Forums is to host a one-day retreat per year. While nothing about a one-day retreat is set in stone, here are some common guidelines to help Forums run a successful one-day retreat: Held locally Starts early AM goes late PM No overnight stay required Replaces a monthly meeting Some hire […]

Setting a Retreat Budget

Setting a Retreat Budget

Typically Forums do one multi-day retreat per year. But because each Forum mate tends to be in a different financial situation each year, setting a budget for the retreat can be a challenge. Here are three options that I’ve seen work with Forums I’ve trained: Set it and Forget it – put a set retreat budget […]