- Water Pistols (great for an outing on the water)
- Flower or Herb Seed Packets or Flower Bulbs (perfect for a retreat about new beginnings)
- A bottle of bubbles (also good for water outings)
- A stone unique to the area, especially heart-shaped stones or sea shells
- Packets of tea (nice for a contemplative retreat)
- Local food (jam, jelly, bread, fresh or dried fruit, ...) either prepared during the outing by you or as a take-away
- Bandanas in bright colors (nice for a hiking adventure)
- An inspirational card or note
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Monday, May 31, 2010
Giving your retreat participants a gift is a nice gesture. A simple gift can add to your offering and make it memorable for your participants. However, simplicity is key. You might want to start by combing your local dollar store or toy store for good ideas. Here are some of the items our participants have enjoyed receiving on our retreats.
Friday, May 21, 2010
- We made our first offering free. We actually collected quite a bit in donations though. That took us a long way towards knowing that what we have to offer has value.
- The retreat (aka Cool Coaching Campout) was in my backyard. No fancy retreat sites this first time around. I have a wild backyard on the edge of acres of state forest land. A creek, a river and loads of hiking trails were all we needed. I fired up the firepit for the weekend and created plenty of space for indoor and outdoor "camping."
- We let our participants bring what they wanted to the offering and we let Mother Nature do most of the work. Each day I planted them in a nature-based activity like hiking or rafting. Each night they talked and we listened and we shared.
- Food was easy. I had the basics on hand. Everyone brought their favorite food and drink. I provided the means to prepare and cook. Mostly we cooked and ate outside.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
For now, however, here are the first 5 things you need to get clear about:
- Know the length of your offering.
- How many participants do you want to attract and who are they (demographics)?
- Do you want a partner or to collaborate with someone?
- Indoor? Outdoor? Combination? What's you balance between outside and inside on your offering?
- How physical do you want your adventure to be? What will your ask your participants to do with their bodies?