Designing Your Event
Making your retreat a meaningful and memorable experience begins with clearly defining the purpose of the retreat. You should define the results you are seeking and propose specific activities to lead you towards those results.
Potential retreat purposes to be accomplished in a one to two day format are listed below. For ideas about how to achieve and integrate all these purposes over time, link to the School’s Strategic Public Leadership Initiative.
|Potential Retreat Purposes||Intended Outcome, Result|
|1. Strategic Planning for Organization||
|2. Initiate Community Visioning Process||
|3. Setting Budget Priorities||
|4. Developing Policy Priorities||
|5. Program Review, Evaluation||
|6. Working Relationships||
Once you’ve decided your purpose and that a retreat format best meets your needs, a number of decisions must be made. Who is involved in making these decisions, when they are made, and how much preparation is done beforehand varies by specific circumstances but experience has shown that pre-retreat planning and thought pays off in a more efficient use of participants’ time and expertise, smoother and more productive on-site events, and better developed and honed outcomes. A checklist for planning your retreat can provide step-by-step guidance.