Plan Your Meeting

Retreats are most often planning, teambuilding or learning sessions. These sessions typically last two to five days; and most of the time, they are intentionally held off-site in a distraction-free setting.

Types of events hosted at Venture Valley:

  • Strategic Planning
  • Team Building
  • Management Off-Site
  • Board Retreat
  • Training Workshop
  • Corporate Retreat
  • Yoga/Pilates
  • Spiritual
  • Executive Retreat
  • Group Incentive Meeting

Location is key. You need to select a venue based on the purpose for your retreat. Your environment, formal or informal, helps set the necessary mood and ambience to accomplish your goals. You can choose any mix of business, inspiration or relaxation you want.

A more remote setting (a retreat) is a meeting site option usually reserved for extra-special meetings where focused groups are seeking a venue that encourages "an away from it all" feeling; where people can engage in brain-storming, strategic decision-making and self-improvement . When privacy and seclusion are paramount... an exclusive venue is the choice. (Your meeting is the only one going on at the property.) 

Facility/room size: Make sure the space is the right size for your meeting. You want to avoid "maxi-sizing"... that is, don't have a space big enough to seat 200 when you are only planning a  20-person meeting.

With effective planning and the careful execution of the plan, your objectives will be met.  At Venture Valley, we are part of your team. We will coordinate with you so that the timing of meals and the use of facilities and the quality of our services will support and enrich your program.

Pleasure as well as business:
Effective meetings and retreats include more than Powerpoint presentations and strategy sessions. Getaways and teambuilding activities may complement your meeting sessions.

Activities available at Venture Valley:
  • Swimming
  • Sauna
  • Jacuzzi
  • Massage
  • Badminton
  • Ladder Golf

Successful Retreats Usually:

  • Use a skilled neutral facilitator with enough humor and experience to guide the group and to keep them focused...making sure that every one speaks and is heard.

  • An outside facilitator can be an objective leader without any vested interest in the outcome.

  • Develop clear expectations. The group will gain a fresh perspective not usually possible in the "everyday world".

  • Stick to your agenda. There is nothing more frustrating to attendees than wandering aimlessly.

  • Provide post-retreat follow-up of action plans agreed upon during the retreat.

Frequently Stated Benefits of a Retreat:

  • A chance to get away from it all... together.

  • More open constant phone calls, meetings, and time for listening, brainstorming and sharing ideas. 

  • Privacy. You are free to talk to each other in a confidential, safe place.

  • A team effort to focus and accomplish goals to meet the group expectations and needs.