Groups that come to Rainbow Lodge are often made up of people who may be new. There are some fun, creative, non-threatening ways to encourage everyone to get to know each other. We found one icebreaker that could actually extend throughout a retreat. And if the actual "game" doesn't fit, you might find the questions to be of use in some other "challenge".
Check out the game here.
Or on Facebook.
One way to seal the memories of your retreat is to take and post pictures - something that has become extremely easy these days.
Some groups appoint a "picture person" to be the photographer for a retreat (a nice way to involve someone who might otherwise not engage). This person would be tasked to capture some of the essence of the retreat and capture snaps of as many of the attendees as possible.
What would you do with all those pictures? Consider:
*Create an "on-the-fly" slide show and display it at the start of each session. Add some cool music, and run it through Rainbow Lodge's media rack and you have a fun moment or two. Or, save all the pics up and end your retreat with a slideshow for fun.
*Upload the best to an album on Facebook (a personal page, or a church/organization page. Let us know and send us a link and we'll tell people about it on our page too.
*Bring a photo printer to the retreat and print fun pics to distribute to participants as memories.
What other picture ideas do you have? Feel free to comment!