The benefits of meeting in a naturally beautiful environment may seem obvious.  Waking up to the sounds of birds and breezes, breathing fresh air and experiencing a sunset are just a few of the built in benefits.  But according to researchers at University of Michigan nature improves cognitive benefits in directed-attention abilities.  Just taking a…

Once your group has settled into your retreat programming, it is always nice to take a break from your focus and have craft time. Crafts can help you transform any space, especially a remote location like a camp or conference center. Often times when groups begin making crafts they are given the chance to have…

Those of you who recall George Carlin’s routine on “stuff” remember that we all seem to have a deep concern for our “things”.  When we travel away from home, especially overnight, the concern heightens. Ironically, for many people, the idea of getting away from the mainstream for a retreat causes deep anxiety about not having…

By Jaynie Schultz, co-founder of Retreat Central I recently participated in a webinar sponsored by SuccessfulMeetings. Twenty five years in the meetings industry means I have great resources! The topic was “Unconferences and Open Space Meetings”. It was a fascinating seminar about the various kinds of alternative meeting approaches. Mary E. Boone and Kaliya Hamlin…

There are many variables in any meeting, however, the important considerations for any meeting are the same regardless of the variables of location, size, etc. Here are 5 things you should keep in mind: If you have a choice, pick a meeting room with windows! They are always the best because they add natural light,…

Understand Your Options Each company has its own standards. However, there are basics for the overall meeting. You need to understand the terms that are commonly used when discussing costs: F.A.P. – Full American Plan – all meals included in the room rate M.A.P. – Modified American Plan – breakfast and either lunch or dinner…

Often the success of a meeting will relate directly to where it is being held. If you are planning a two to three-day event, look for facilities close to the airport or office, no more than two hours away. No attendee appreciates spending much of the first day traveling, possibly arriving tired or hassled, then…

The purposes of most retreats are to educate and motivate the attendees and to provide an opportunity to share information and techniques, as well as to create an atmosphere for social interaction. Some meetings have as their goals employee team building or leadership development. Many companies and organizations schedule meetings simply because they are the…

Looking for new icebreaker ideas for your next retreat?  Try Human Bingo!  This is a great way to get the entire group up and moving around, trying to speak to as many people as possible.  Create a sheet that has 5 rows of 5 squares, with the middle square as a free pass.  Then, fill…