Offsite Weekday Business Retreat
Namaste Retreat’s casual atmosphere provides the perfect alternative to motel stays. Two or more associates may have exclusive use of the west wing, including two bedrooms, two baths, kitchen, living room, meeting room, access to deck, covered porch, salt water pool, and hot tub. More bedrooms available for larger groups.
The intimate, peaceful setting is ideal for team building, increasing creativity, energizing, and focusing on new ways to explore and solve problems. Namaste Retreat has a list of life coaches, body workers, artists, and other facilitators to help you personalize your retreat for the entire body, mind, spirit experience. Please check the customized retreat page.
"Offsite strategic-planning retreats typically are able to accomplish more than meetings held on site," said Merianne Liteman, a strategy consultant based in Arlington, Va., and the co-author of Retreats That Work: Everything You Need to Know About Planning and Leading Great Offsites.
Going offsite is the key to developing an effective plan. Attending a retreat wrenches the busy entrepreneur away from the day-to-day office grind, and allows him or her to focus on the future.
When co-workers meet away from the office, "magic often happens," Liteman said. "They interact in session without being distracted from thinking deeply and strategically. They eat lunch and dinner together. They take walks between sessions or before breakfast. They start the next morning with fresh ideas, triggered by something they heard the day before, or perhaps the evening before over a beer with colleagues."
Successful offsites build employee loyalty and camaraderie. It’s a great way to align and design common vision and commitment as well as improve relationships, behaviors, attitudes and perceptions.
- Serve yourself breakfast from a variety of choices
- Catering available for lunch-n-learn or dinner
- Choose from practitioners on customized page to enhance your meetings or simply make your stay more relaxing
- Wireless Internet
Rates begin at $60 per person per night, based on number of nights and number of guests.
I like the idea of interactive experiences such as labyrinths and reflexology paths and Zen gardens. Interacting with these ancient paths in our modern times can bring peace and calm to the body, mind, and soul. Below find more information on each.
A garden style unique to Japan, which appeared in the Muromachi period (1392-1568). Using neither ponds nor streams, it makes symbolic representations of natural landscapes using stone arrangements, white sand, moss and pruned trees.
Zen gardening helps clear the mind of the chaos associated with everyday life. The rocks represent mountains and the sand represents water. The patterns you create by raking the sand around the rocks will provide you with serenity.
A recent suggestion by Gert van Tonder of Kyoto University and Michael Lyons, of Ritsumeikan University, is that the rocks form the subliminal image of a tree. This image cannot be consciously perceived when looking at them; the researchers claim the subconscious mind is able to see a subtle association between the rocks. They believe this is responsible for the calming effect of the garden and is also made to have a quiet place for meditation, however their comments are speculation and not supported by Japanese traditions.
The labyrinth is a maze-like walking path, a sacred space, to think, gather your thoughts, ask for courage, etc. It is a place to look inward but to also survey progress and movement. It is a symbolic ritual that involves walking. Due to this walking as part of the ritual, Dr. Artress calls this a "body prayer." The labyrinth is not a maze, as mazes usually have more than one path, and the labyrinth is one path, winding around. You cannot get "lost" in the labyrinth. It has one path, that leads to the center, and back out. The general idea is to quiet your mind, and use the walking inwards toward the middle to think about releasing and letting go of things that are in the way of your health, progress, success, etc. Then when you reach the center, you meditate and pray and stay as long as you want, absorbing energy and gathering strength and peace. Then you take the path out, becoming empowered to make changes, yet this is also the path you took in, which is symbolic. You start to have a sense of growth as you come to the labyrinth with different issues, different things you walk in and out with.
Labyrinths have supposedly existed for at least 3500 years, and they come in both square and circular patterns. Most have one path in and out, which winds around towards the center. Ancient/historical labyrinths have been found throughout North Africa, Europe, India and Indonesia, the American Southwest.
Reflexologypaths exist all over Asia, among other places; in China, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, Japan, and in the U.S., as well. Apparently in China, people walk on the cobblestone streets in a similar way to the way reflexology paths are functioning. Current reflexology paths in China are made of thousands of stones, in patterns ranging an entire block, laid out to walk on for healing. Some say the stones drive toxins out of your system, improve circulation, and bring peace of mind. These paths are similar to a good foot massage and can feel like the bottom of a riverbed.
In 2004, Bastyr Naturopathic University in Seattle, installed the first public reflexology path in the U.S. The University says using the reflexology path is preventative medicine, and they label the path the "Walk of Health." You can make your own reflexology paths in your backyard, at a local park, or even by just using different textured mats in your house! Read more HERE about how to make your own reflexology path.