There were nearly 20 of us that spent 28 hours together. The retreat began with a road race. This was a neat opportunity to test our team building skills.
Our facilitator made the retreat interesting with lots of interactive exercises. She was a college dean with wonderful insights and skills to share.
Sometimes people say, “Couldn’t we do the retreat in our hometown and go every night to our homes?” The answer is always, “not if you want to accomplish the same level of awareness and experience.” Not having the distraction of family, traffic, phones, and television is important to the retreat experience.
We started the retreat with polite handshakes. When we separated on Sunday, there were hugs all around. I’d say it was an extremely valuable experience.