When it comes to planning a business retreat, it is important to keep in mind the value of leisure activities and plan scheduled downtimes accordingly. Meeting planners often try to incorporate fun and engaging group activities to break up the schedule of general sessions, meetings, and so on. These activities can serve a number of purposes, such as allowing staff members a chance to relax and unwind, providing opportunities for fostering stronger relationships within your group, and improving interpersonal communication.
At Stowe Mountain Lodge, the opportunities for group activities and team building programs are plentiful, and it can be challenging to select the right activities for your group. Our Conference Services Team can help plan the perfect group getaway! Let’s begin by comparing group recreation activities versus team building programs.
Generally, it comes down to what goals have been established for the overall meeting event. If a meeting is mostly content-driven, the leisure activities are planned to serve as a respite from work. A great way to give your guests freedom in this situation is to offer an itinerary of activities that attendees can select themselves. For example, individuals from your group may choose to join a planned group hike, golf outing, or even an art or cooking class. By allowing your guests to choose their own itinerary, the end result will be a personalized experience that is tailored to the unique personalities of the group. Their retreat becomes more of a miniature vacation, breaking from the monotony of their professional obligations.
On the other hand, meeting retreats are sometimes intended to allow colleagues the chance to work through interpersonal disconnects that can be prevalent in the technology-driven professional environments of today. In these situations, a fun-filled team building program that keeps individuals together in a group setting can often prove more valuable. Of course, the key to any successful team building program is the fun factor. There are numerous options for these types of activities, which are made even more unforgettable by our pristine natural backdrop in the Green Mountains of Vermont.
Every event planner wants to create an experience that is not only informative, valuable, and productive, but also memorable and distinctive. Here at Stowe, we like to promote team building programs that are reflected and inspired by our beautiful location. Hiking adventure races, snowshoe biathlons, survival skills workshops and farm-to-table culinary classes are some of the most popular team building programs. Contact our dedicated Conference Services Team to learn more about these exciting programs!