What's Your Next Great Corporate Retreat Idea?

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Figuring out what your next great corporate retreat idea can prove to be a challenge. What is your goal? What learning and team building elements do you wish to incorporate? How about the location? Gathering everyone up in a place that is both convenient and practical is not always easy, and this is after accounting for budgetary constraints. Perhaps you've never invested in a team building experience and you would like to but you are not sure of the return on investment and whether you can tangibly see the long term benefit. However, you see this not as an exact and quantifiable experience but more of a morale booster and one that can help demonstrate how much you value your employees.

Start With a Goal

When organizing a retreat the very first thing to assess is your goal. For example, at Epona Rise Retreat Center we've had a number of companies who have used our space for strategy and product development. These types of organizations have had very rigid and organized schedules. The mornings consisted of a catered breakfast and by nine they were engaged in product development and brainstorming sessions. The evenings would be more relaxed but by dinner time they would be discussing strategy, over food and wine. And part of the last day might be a golf excursion. These more rigid company retreats are in contrast to other corporate retreats we've hosted at our facility. Some companies choose to make their experience more about team bonding and connection. 

Find a Great Location and Facility

Whether it's a large group cabin rental in the mountains or a five star hotel in the city, choosing a great location is key to a great experience. Depending on your objectives, finding a place that is free of distraction will help you get more work done and improve connection building. Additionally, a place that has a great layout is also important. 

Having a large meeting room or place where your team can socialize, strategize or just gather, is paramount. This can be a challenge if you’re thinking about using a hotel. You can rent meeting rooms or work in another colleagues hotel room but this can prove to be inconvenient and awkward. It’s important for your team to have exclusive use of comfortable and private gathering places. A focal point where you can dine and also work and have breakout groups is something to consider. Having exclusive use of a lodge and indoor and outdoor spaces can help create a focused environment and perhaps will help generate that new bright idea. 

Is it Time For A Wellness Retreat?

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It’s difficult these days to find a source of calmness. Our lives seem like they are moving at an increasingly rapid pace. Ask any friends and family how they are doing and a common response is “I am tired”. It’s as if we are all looking for relief from stress and anxiety but do not know where to turn. So how about a mental health retreat? What better place to look for a wellness retreat than in British Columbia Canada. A retreat in the mountainous regions of BC can help to destress and unplug us from our hectic lives of phones, cars, and noise.  Regenerating your mind and soul can reset your productivity and help refocus your purpose. But, what exactly is a retreat and how can you benefit from one?

What is a Wellness Retreat?

Retreats have roots in Hindu and Buddhist religions. The idea was to take part in reflection, prayer or meditation. The goal was to bring greater enlightenment and understanding. There are thousands of different retreats and methods undertaken to achieve greater enlightenment and understanding. And the idea of a retreat can be something different for different people. But in this context we’ll refer to a retreat in the more modern sense. When we think of a retreat we can think of a place one can go to relax, unwind, and destress, through various activities and exercises. Whether that is a hike, run, deep conversion, or yoga. In fact there’s research and various organizations that show how forest environments can improve health.

What are the ingredients to a perfect retreat?

One of the key ingredients to a great retreat experience is location. The best places for retreats are in quiet, outdoor and somewhat secluded environments, free of everyday distractions and pollutants. 

One of the key pollutants to try and remove ourselves from is noise pollution.  Believe it or not noise pollution can cause significant health effects, according to data released by the Word Health Organization. A quiet environment is therefore very important. A calm and quiet place where one can contemplate, eat, and sleep free from traffic noise, sirens, and the sounds that come with a busy urban environment is the key to great retreat experience.

Apart from environmental, nutritional considerations must also be made. Healthy and well sourced food is another vital component. Nourishing meals eaten in a calm and natural environment can really help nourish your mind and body.

Epona Rise, located in BC, is a great place to take part in a mental health retreat. Whether that’s a group yoga or meditation retreat, or you would like to run your own program, our facility is well suited for large group cabin rentals or groups who want an entire facility to themselves. Our facility offers and specializes in equine retreat programs, for groups and individuals, but you can run your own of course.

How to Start Planning for an Enchanted Forest Wedding

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Have you ever dreamed about finding a woodsy wedding venue for your special day? Finding the perfect venue for your wedding and reception can be one of the most stressful things about getting married. Sometimes people are looking for something very simple with an easy to get to location. Perhaps, just a large room that can accommodate all your guests is all you need. However, if you’ve dreamed about finding a place that feels natural, open and almost mythical you might have your work cut out for you. Of course Epona Rise Retreat Center can be that place for you. But let’s dive a little deeper and provide some insight and give you some great ideas for your next enchanted forest wedding venue.

Things to Consider Before Planning a Forest Wedding

Finding a venue can be tricky enough but finding a venue that offers the amenities and infrastructure to comfortably hold your special day, in a forest setting, can take a bit more planning. How will your guests travel? What transportation and lodging arrangements will everyone need? Will there be enough space for all? These are just some of the most basic questions you might be thinking about. And if that’s not enough to think about, you also want your venue and location to be absolutely perfect.  A beautiful landscape with lush forests, mountains and open meadows can create the perfect mood and energy.

One of the most incredible places to host you wedding is the resort municipality of Sun Peaks. Sun Peaks weddings definitely do not disappoint. As we mentioned earlier, one of the most important considerations is infrastructure. Are the roads in good quality, is there an airport nearby? An nearby airport is especially important for those relatives that are willing to trek halfway across the world just to see you say I do. Sun Peaks definitely more than fulfills these criteria. It’s only 45 minutes from Kamloops airport and offers a number of beautiful hotels, chalets and condos for your guests to stay in.

What a Forest Wedding Can Offer Over a Traditional Hotel Wedding

One of the advantages of a woodsy wedding is the potential for a blank canvas. There are multiple outdoor locations and backdrops that you can choose from as the main ceremony setting. Take for example the weddings we hold at Epona Rise. What our wedding parties love about our facility is we give them a blank canvas of beautiful landscape in nature, perfect to create a unique experience that reflects how they want to celebrate their special day. You should be able to choose the time, the place and the backdrop. The more freedom you have to custom tailor your wedding the more content you’ll be. A wedding in the forest offers that freedom and creativity.

If you are looking for a venue that is based in nature with stunning views and boutique accommodations we would love to host you. Contact us for more information or to book a tour of our facility.  

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