Re: process people and product people
From: Muriel Kranowski (
Date: Mon, 24 May 2010 11:16:04 -0700 (PDT)
We used to have excellent retreats when there were fewer of us and our group needs were more obvious, that is, during the development and build-out phases. They've pretty much petered out since then. I'd love to hear about successful retreats that long-time-running communities hold on a regular basis.

1) How long does the retreat usually last? (if "a weekend", when does it start/end?)

2) Is it held on-site or off-site?

3) What percentage, more of less, of members attend?  (Half?  2/3rds?  etc)

4) How much do you budget for it, if you know?

Plus anything else that you think makes your retreats successful and fun.

  Muriel Kranowski
  Shadowlake Village Cohousing
  Blacksburg, VA

At 10:51 AM 5/24/2010, Laura Fitch wrote:

My suggestion which is good for forming and built communities:
Commit to well-designed yearly retreats that have a big chunk of time
dedicated to both process and product - and food, and fun!  It is a "shot in
the arm" for our community "Pioneer Valley Cohousing" and makes the rest of
the year run smoothly because of the "trust" and "connection" that this
yearly event reinforces.

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