6 SECRETS FOR PLANNING A RETREAT FOR A GROUP OF FRIENDS
Spirituality & Health|Mar/Apr 2021
You’ve envisioned it for ages—escaping for a retreat with a group of dear friends. You’re laughing together in terry-cloth robes and mud masks. Or maybe your gang is at a wilderness retreat, journaling around a fire pit. Perhaps your group is together deepening a faith practice, experiencing a festival, or traveling in an exotic locale. But getting your squad off on a retreat can easily become a logistical challenge (ever heard the term herding cats?). Here are six secrets for turning a “maybe someday” dream into a concrete, and pleasurable, reality.
KATHRYN DRURY WAGNER

1 Think big picture. Clarity is important. One person’s idea of a retreat might be learning Arctic survival skills while another envisions painting mandalas, so it’s key to determine what level of adventure and what types of activities the group is most comfortable with. Is there a certain presenter your group of friends would love to hear? Would everyone enjoy a creativity retreat? Mindfulness and meditation? Yoga and vegan food?

Be honest with each other about budget and expectation, and be fair when it comes to choosing a geographic location. If everyone is spread all over the U.S., for example, you might consider rotating: One year your group could do a retreat in the Southwest, and the following year, in the mountains of North Carolina.

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