Posted on April 26, 2017
As a wellness professional, you know that retreats are all the rage right now—and rightfully so. They can offer a deeply transformative and restorative experience that so many of us are longing for these days. The planning and organizational side of a retreat, however, can be really tough—especially when you are trying to coordinate with your co-hosts. Hammering down every little detail can be time-consuming, exhausting, and incredibly uninspiring. To minimize stress and fried nerves while bringing forth positive energy, collaboration, and, of course, profit, keep things simple—hold your wellness retreat at a local, all-inclusive, immersive California venue.
Local Bay-Area Venues Provide Proximity and Convenience
We all know that proximity and convenience are huge factors in decision making nowadays. Generally speaking, we want as little disruption from our daily lives as possible. Many of us do yoga in our homes because it eliminates travel time to the studio. Meditation apps are becoming wildly popular because we can reach for them whenever we have the time or the inclination. And meal delivery services are popping up everywhere because we want healthy, gourmet food but don’t have the wherewithal to cook.
So it goes without saying that a local wellness retreat that doesn’t require too much travel or time investment will be quite appealing for those busy San Francisco and Santa Cruz city folk who are itching for a little zen but can’t be bothered to jet-set to Costa Rica for a week. For them, a weekend and a short car ride from their home are a lot more realistic.
The convenience of having a close venue is also a benefit for you and your co-hosts. Planning will be so much easier, and you can visit the location ahead of time to make sure it is exactly what you envision. When planning retreats that are far from home, you’ll often have to hire a travel agent or local planner to liaise between you and the venue, but having a local venue eliminates the need for this, saving you time and money. As a bonus, you won’t have to deal with jetlag or post-flight exhaustion, so you will have plenty of energy to put into your sessions.
All-Inclusive Venues Can Save You Time and Money
It’s tempting to want to piece together your retreat with a mix-and-match assortment of affordable vendors—the venue, the food, the accommodation—but this takes major coordination on your part. While all-inclusive venues may seem pricey at first glance, you’ll be surprised by how quickly costs add up when you have to juggle all these separate parts. In the long-run, you’ll probably save money by choosing an all-inclusive venue that provides food, accommodation, and spaces for your sessions in neat, customizable packages.
All-inclusive venues also tend to come with planners who will help you with the preparation and will be on-site to assist the day of. This can be invaluable and will free you from operational tasks so you can truly focus on facilitating and teaching your sessions. Giving participants your full presence and your vibrant, energetic self is absolutely essential in order for them to have a positive experience of you and the retreat as a whole. Your energy will impact them, and if you are stressed and frazzled, they will be too—and that isn’t the result you want.
An Immersive, Outdoor Retreat Brings Mental Clarity
The appeal of escaping somewhere far away and exotic for a wellness retreat is that it provides the physical separation from our daily lives that we so often crave when trying to recenter. But you don’t have to travel far in the Bay Area to distance yourself from the bustle of city life. The gorgeous redwood forests provide peaceful solace only a short jaunt from San Francisco and Santa Cruz.
Being immersed in nature, watching the gentle sway of trees in the warm California breeze, and breathing in fresh, forest air will only bring more benefits to you and your attendees’ bodies, minds, and spirits throughout the course of your retreat. The clean air will help your bodies gently detoxify, preparing them for nutritious meals. The sounds and sights of nature will aid in reducing negative thoughts and boosting mental well-being. And the relaxing, peaceful surroundings will encourage the body to release deeper into yoga poses and help the mind achieve more focused meditation.
Be At Your Best
Planning a wellness retreat doesn’t have to be a drain on your own well being. You will be at your best as a facilitator and instructor if you protect your energy and keep things as simple as possible. Choosing a local, all-inclusive, immersive venue that is brimming with the restorative energy of Northern California’s natural landscape will make for a successful, peaceful, and rejuvenating wellness retreat for you and your attendees.
Kennolyn is committed to offering a supportive, peaceful, and comfortable setting for your Northern California wellness retreat. If you would like to know if our Stone Creek Village could be the perfect place for your retreat, please reach out. We would love to discuss the exciting possibilities together