Most of us have memories that are linked to music. It may be a 60's pop song or classic rock anthem. Maybe a silly song your family quotes back and forth. Young or old, there always seems to be something of a sound track behind the scenes of our lives. There is no denying that music can evoke powerful memories and help pave the way for new experiences and learning.
Why not capitalize on that at your retreat. The rise of MP3 players has made it quite easy to curate a collection of music that will be meaningful to your group that can be played in the background during meeting breaks, free times, and maybe even as sing-alongs.
You can plug your player, iPod, cell phone, etc. into the media rack at Rainbow Lodge and begin linking new memories. Might even be fun to have music of different generations. Pick just a few, put them on a loop, and let the connections begin.
Most churches seek to cover the costs of their retreats completely through participant fees, while realistically planning to assist those in their community who may not be able to afford to participate (with budgeted subsidies and scholarships). Remember that there are costs to your retreat that are above and beyond what the Lodge charges.
What are your costs? Some things to consider:
Many groups holding retreats at the Lodge greet their guests with a "Retreat Survival Kit" that might include ear plugs, bandaids, a snack, breath mints, a pen, note pad, maps, a "things to do" list.
Planning a retreat, whether it is a single day, a full weekend, or a week-long event, can be complicated. Here are some ideas to think about as you plan your retreat experience.
A fruit basket or snack assortment in the room of your guest speaker or major presenter is a great way of welcoming them. Flower arrangements or balloons are often fun too. You might even arrange for a store to deliver in advance - just make sure to check with the Lodge in advance to make sure someone will be available to accept the delivery.