Crafty retreat activityOnce 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 alternate conversations about their personal lives which allows for bonding and group cohesion.  Here are some ideas that you can bring to your group:

  1. Homemade thank you cards: Thank you cards are a special way to show someone you really appreciate them, and designing your own card adds that special touch. Creative Homemade Thank You Cards
  2. Make your own Tile Coasters: Coasters are a basic essential in anyone’s home. Why not make your own? You can decorate your own space with these unique coasters or give them as a gift, either way you can really tune into your creative side with this fun craft project. DIY Coasters
  3. Unique photo frames: Add a special touch to your bedroom, children’s room, bathroom or even entry way with this unique photo frame. These also make for a great gift. These creative photo art frames are definitely a great group craft idea DIY Photo Art Frames

Arts and crafts are a great way to spend downtime at a retreat.  You are able to get to know other retreat guests without forced ice breakers and can bring home something you created on your own. It is a nice memento to have around and remember the retreat you recently took. For more DIY Craft ideas, try checking out pinterest!

This post was featured in the October Retreat Central e-newsletter. 

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By Jess Dudley, Marketing and Event Coordinator, Retreat Central
Having recently graduated from Bowling Green State University, Jess puts her degree in Communications to good use as she is always the quickest to answer the phones. In addition to her marketing responsibilities for partner camp & retreat centers, she manages incoming inquiries, and planning various large affairs for clients. She is also known around the office as the “good luck charm” as business has really picked up since she came on board.

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