Are you looking for some ideas as you
plan your retreat at Shrine Mont?
Here are some ideas and sample materials to help you in your marketing & communications, suggested schedules and other things to get you started.
Planning Calendar - the timeline is critical to give yourself ample time to plan your retreat and give your congregation ample notice so members can put the retreat on their calendars well before other conflicting events are scheduled.
Sample Marketing Materials - Tell your group about the retreat with materials and on your parish webpage and social media. Here is a sample brochure that was easy to make.
Sample Schedules - What you do during your time at Shrine Mont needs to planned out to some degree. Every group is different and here are a few suggestions for a weekend schedule.
- Parish Retreat (docx)
- Parish Retreat with some programming (docx)
- Parish Retreat with heavy programming (docx)
- Shrine Mont weekend (docx)
- Parish Weekend with more social time and less programming (docx)
Other - People who are new to Shrine Mont need to be told what they should bring and what Shrine Mont provides to give them the best experience possible. Don't take it for granted that they know.
- Important Things to Know (docx)
- Map to Shrine Mont - Encourage folks not to use GPS or mapping software to get to Shrine Mont.
Important Things to Know
Comfortable, casual clothes and shoes, sweaters & jackets
– early mornings and evenings can be cool
Several changes of clothes for youngsters
Pack for the weather, and for your comfort. You will need a good pair of walking shoes, and perhaps something warm to wear in the evenings, and on the hay ride. Be prepared for rain or even snow depending on when you are coming.
Bring a tote bag of some sort. There will be a few things you’ll want to carry back and forth with you. In that bag, pack the following: a reliable flashlight, (you may never need it but you just might), your favorite writing pen(s), doodling supplies.
Water bottles or a mug for coffee or tea
Rain gear, umbrellas, and boots for wading in the pond for salamanders
Bath towels - soap & small towels are provided
Extra pillows - one provided per bed as are the sheets & blankets
Sports equipment - balls, bats, tennis rackets, frisbees, fishing gear, etc.
Cards & favorite board games
Quarters for the soda machines
Drinks & snacks to share in the evenings
Guitars, singing voices, and other musical instruments