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Answers to the Top 5 Questions We Receive from Group Retreat Planners

Posted by Retreat Planning on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 @ 1:49 PM

Top 5 Retreat Planning Questions

If you are considering a retreat for your youth group, church, colleagues, women’s group or men’s group, you are likely full of questions and concerns. After all, a group retreat is not exactly an everyday activity. It is entirely possible that many of your participants have not yet participated in a group retreat of any sort. Don't fret! A little bit of nervousness about this type of new experience is perfectly natural.

With a little bit of planning and research, you will drastically increase the odds of a successful group retreat, regardless of whether your group is made up of people who share the same faith, those struggling with addiction or youths. We are here to answer all your questions about group retreats at America's Keswick. Let's start with some of the most frequently asked questions about group retreats.

1. How far in advance should I book?

America's Keswick accommodates retreat-goers up to a full year in advance. This means you can schedule next year's Christmas-time retreat right now! We recommended booking far in advance to increase the odds of obtaining the specific accommodations your group desires.

In general, smaller groups tend to have more flexibility in terms of reservations and accommodations than large groups. If your group is particularly large, do not hesitate to book your America's Keswick reservations at least six months in advance to heighten the chances of securing the specific accommodations you've set your heart on. 

2. Is a deposit required for a group retreat at America's Keswick? If so, what is the minimum amount owed up front?

Yes, a deposit is required for a group retreat at America's Keswick. We require a minimum of a 20 percent deposit. It is advisable to pay the deposit on the date of the booking. However, we have a 30-day grace window for deposits. Once this period expires, your reservation at America's Keswick is no longer guaranteed.

3. Are discounts provided for large groups?

Some discounts are available.  If your group has 200 or more participants, America's Keswick will extend a special rate. We also provide discounts on select weekends throughout the year and we offer midweek discounts of up to 20%. If you would like more information about these discounts, do not hesitate to reach out to our team.

4. Are retreat participants provided with a meeting space?

Yes. Each retreat group is provided with a meeting space. This space is provided as a part of the retreat's cost so don't worry about add-on fees that balloon the total price beyond the original quote. The size and location of your specific meeting space will hinge on the number of people in your group and the length of your stay. We are also proud to provide extra break out rooms when available.

5. Should each participant bring his own bedding and towels?

No. America's Keswick sweats all the small stuff so you don't have to! We provide each retreat participant with bed linens as well as towels. Don't worry about the quality of these amenities. We take the extra step of refreshing each guest's towels every day.

Have more questions?  Our sales and customer service team would be happy to answer any of your questions, just submit your inquiry by clicking here or give us a call today!

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