Our restless daily lives shroud and impair our spiritual well-being. How then can we rekindle and deepen our relationship with the Lord and with each other through a day of spiritual refuge?
A retreat is one good way to start reevaluating your purpose as you go through your day to day routine. Conducting a retreat with your team be it from school, work or community creates a new perception of your faith, and double as a way to bond and strengthen your relationship with one another.
- Establish and stick to your goals
Spending a day or two out of your daily groove will give you fresh perspectives and renewed energy. Don’t put this into waste by not setting the right place to channel this vitality.
Aside from bringing you closer to Him and to each other, you might also want to set other specific goals for the event. For instance, this might be a good way to rework on oneself, better the team dynamics, improve leadership, and understanding why putting God in the middle of it all is vital.
Once done, find time to take stock of the improvements and lack thereof. It will help you reassess and see other approaches.
- Ensure quality leadership
Quality leadership can spell out the success of the retreat from the outset to attaining the desired outcome. It cuts across various aspects of the entire activity.
Leadership begins with motivating the team members to join the program. Some may have reservations due to circumstances and reasons personal to each. The leader is responsible for encouraging everyone to be there. After all, the team isn’t the same without each player.
Logistics and organization is another element that leaders have to look into when planning for a group retreat. By all means, he or she can delegate tasks or even create committees. But, ultimately sound decision making and systematizing comes from the leader.
- Get the right resource speaker-slash-facilitator
Looking back years after the retreat, the learning, and the message should wear well. A good resource or keynote speaker is on the hook for making this possible.
Aim to get a speaker that is independent from the team. Someone that is impartial, who can guide you to see through things differently. They can take on a journey with an extraordinary path, bringing you closer to the retreat’s purpose.
You might want to involve your speaker through the whole planning, especially when setting the program. It is by this that he or she gets to understand the goals, the number of participants and the venues to prepare for appropriate speeches and activities.
- Find a suitable place
A retreat is the time for meditation and listening to Him, to your team and yourself. Your place should provide for the needed tranquility and peace as it influences the whole experience.
Ambiance sets the stage for creating the mood that you want for the retreat. However, never take for granted the basic logistics such as the area size, transportation, and the facilities offered.
Some can seat as many as 100 people like the multipurpose hall in the Center for the Poor. Others cater to a more intimate gathering with lesser seating capacity.
The key to choosing the proper place is to visualize your retreat setting and create criteria. Use these criteria when looking for your perfect retreat venue.
- Setting a program
Your program should have three main points: a list of activities, timeline, and budget. Don’t think of this as restrictions of the event, instead, these are guidelines for wise use of your time and resources.
The keynote speaker may have a list of activities prepared for the participants. You should incorporate this into the overall program of activities. Also, include a timeline that gives you quality time for each activity. Finally, your activity should also coincide with your financial plan.
These considerations are especially important if you have a large group or will spend several days on the activity.
Happiness stems from how we build relationships with the people around us. Make sure that you take time to withdraw and find a bigger appetite for your aspirations— for your life.
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