As you plan your event at Rainbow Lodge it is always wise to keep the end in mind. It also helps to be very aware of the type of event you are planning. One thing that might help is understanding whether you are holding a retreat or a conference. There is a difference!
This article from Ministry Serving Ministry might be helpful.
Sometimes you just need a few good suggestions to spark a new idea. If you're leading a men's retreat for your church you might find these ideas for Manly Men's Retreat themes a source of inspiration. Thanks Christian Camp Pro.
By the way, we love men's retreats at the Lodge. Hoorah!
Taking a break from the routine stresses and distractions of life is refreshing – and one of the reasons retreats are so helpful. As you plan your retreat keep in mind that most people take at least 24 hours to unwind from the stress and activity of normal life. For many it takes at least that long to settle in to a comfortable relational place where connections and sharing might be deeper. If you plan only an overnight retreat you will likely miss an opportunity for participants to fully unwind and start to truly relax. (Of course it helps if you have a peaceful setting like that at Rainbow Lodge!).
It's difficult to build a sense of community on a one night outing. Time is needed playing, working, eating and studying together. Group dynamics really begin to develop after the second full day.
If you want a truly memorable retreat plan for at least 3 days and 2 nights as a minimum. It will make a difference.
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:
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.