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Retreat Facilitation Q and A

What is a retreat, and why should we have one?

Merriam Webster defines a retreat as a:
-period of group withdrawal for prayer, meditation, study, or instruction under a director

Retreats take you away from the daily organizational pretense and grind, and into a place of comfort and ease, where ideas can be exchanged, plans made, and agreements reached. They allow executives, managers and employees to come together in an uninterrupted casual atmosphere, to improve communication, raise the level of trust, and work on goal setting and strategic planning.


Why use a facilitator?

  • A facilitator is typically not associated with the organization, and is therefore non-biased, with no preconceived ideas about the organization or its employees.
  • A facilitator can see the issue, without preconceived judgment, and move employees beyond their perceived limitations.
  • A well facilitated retreat can result in clearing organizational confusion, producing the courage to make needed modifications, and instill the enthusiasm to see commitments through to completion.

 Where are retreats facilitated?

We can facilitate on your site, but we recommend off-site locations for the following benefits:

  • Concentrated discussion-away from the distractions of the work environment
  • Greater ability to focus on working cohesively
  • Participants remain for the entire session (No arriving late or leaving early)
  • A unique atmosphere that promotes collaboration and creative thinking
  • Time for personal reflection and one-on-one interaction

Simply The Best will carefully select your perfect retreat location, based on the dynamics and size of your team, time limitations, and needed outcomes-all while remaining respectful to your budget.


How much does a retreat cost?

Please understand this one important thing: This is YOUR retreat, built exclusively for your organization. Together, we, will assess your needs, and create the perfect retreat for your team and your budget. The cost for a retreat is based on a number of factors, which include the number of participants, the venue, and the length of your retreat.

Our base prices are listed below. We offer these as a guide only, and remain flexible, and sensitive to budget.


How much time should we allow for a retreat?

That varies based on the needs of your team or organization, but here are some guidelines:

  • Two-full days is ideal for learning collaboration and team building, strategic planning, rest and fellowship - Starting at $8000
  • One-full day is most appropriate for communication, focused small problem solving, and trust building - Starting at $3500
  • Half-day can be appropriate for narrowly defined topics or a specific issue that needs consensus, or for short term planning - Starting at $1500

What is the ideal size for a retreat?

Size does matter. The most effective group size is between five and thirty.
Anything larger will inevitably result in participant withdrawal or avoidance, and less than favorable outcomes.


What results can we expect?

  • Enhanced team work and collaboration
  • Improved cross-functional cooperation
  • Enriched communication
  • Increased team productivity and efficiency
  • Heightened employee engagement
  • Boosted energy, enthusiasm and excitement within the organization

 How do we get started?

Take your pick!

  • Visit our contact page.
  • Call Cheryl Jones directly, at 210-545-2378,
  • Contact Cheryl by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,

 

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For  20 years, Simply The Best has worked with organizations in a variety of industries to improve interpersonal skills of employees at all levels, in order to maximize productivity, profitability, customer satisfaction, and promote workplace harmony

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Workshops, Events

Simply The Best Results occasionally offers pubic workshops and retreats. Currently, we are planning a women’s retreat for mothers of children with ADD/ADHD and who learn differently, to take place in the spring of 2016. Visit our Events & Workshops page for more details

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