6 Tips and Pieces of Advice for Planning your next Men’s Retreat

Posted on December 13, 2022 by America's Keswick in Retreat Planning


If you have ever been responsible for planning a men’s retreat and getting men to attend, then you know this can be a challenging task. The problem is that men often have difficulty taking time out of their busy schedules to participate in an event like this.

Men are not exactly known for wanting to sit around a campfire and sing songs, so your men’s retreat needs to be fun and engaging. You want your men to leave with something they can apply to their everyday lives, but you also want them to have a great time while they do it.

If you are thinking about planning a men’s retreat, there is plenty to consider, from the venue to the shared activities, a possible theme, and beyond. Don’t let this information overwhelm you. View each retreat-related decision as an opportunity to bring your group closer together.

1. Consider the Purpose of Your Men’s Retreat

Take a moment to think about the retreat’s objective. Perhaps your goal is to bring your group closer together. Maybe you would like particular members to form bonds with one another. Some use a men’s retreat to relieve stress. If you have a particular purpose in mind, select your theme and make it known to the group.

You should be able to summarize the retreat’s purpose in the form of a theme in a single sentence or even a couple of words. An example is: Building Bonds Through Nature and Shared Activities. A clearly defined theme will inspire excitement and great anticipation amongst your group for the upcoming retreat. It will also give them a clear idea as to what will happen and how they should prepare when planning a men’s retreat.

2. Always Have a Backup Plan in Case Bad Weather Strikes

It is best to schedule a retreat at a facility that provides various indoor and outdoor activities. This way, if the weather does not cooperate, your group will have plenty of options for activities and events. America’s Keswick has plenty of activities for your men’s retreat. If it rains or the temperature dips, your group can enjoy the indoor heated swimming pool, sauna, Jacuzzi, racquetball courts, and volleyball courts or visit nearby attractions.

Obviously, there are many factors to consider when planning a men’s retreat. Attending a facility that offers a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities and is located near area attractions can relieve the burden of making any last-minute decisions.

3. Plan the Retreat Well in Advance

Do not wait until the last minute to book your men’s retreat. Give your group ample time to coordinate their schedules and mentally prepare for this unique experience. Make sure you do not overlap the group retreat schedule with significant events like church festivities, the Super Bowl, prom, etc. Opt for a period in which most of your members are entirely free of substantial obligations. Consider planning your retreat upwards of a full year ahead. This way, you’ll secure reservations for the accommodations and facilities at the top of your list.

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4. Accommodations Matter

Your group deserves elite accommodations for their retreat. This is a time to relax, enjoy one another’s company, and take it easy. Your group will certainly spend plenty of time enjoying activities yet will also spend some time hanging out, kicking back, sleeping and unwinding. America’s Keswick has lovely accommodations that your men’s group will find quite comfortable. Our rooms include free WiFi, private baths, air conditioning, mini kitchens, king-size beds, fresh linens and towels, and an amazing view of the stunning lower lake.

5. Create a Checklist When Planning a Men’s Retreat

Take the time to build a checklist, so you don’t forget anything important. Let group members provide input in the creation of the checklist, so each member plays a part in shaping the retreat. The checklist should include everything from activities to meals, contingency plans, registration, finances, scheduling, retreat goals, leaders, and transportation. To help get you started, we’ve created a guide to help plan your retreat.

6. Consider Checking out the Facility In-person

Planning a men’s retreat is much easier when you check out the facility at the top of your list in person.
Take a tour of the facility. Check out the accommodations. Ask questions to ensure your concerns are addressed before you commit to the facility for your men’s retreat. Be sure to bring a camera to snap photos or record footage of the facility. These photos and/or videos will excite your group about their upcoming retreat.

In Conclusion

Hopefully, you have a better grasp of the various aspects of planning a men’s retreat. By following the tips above, you can put together an exciting and successful men’s retreat that participants will always remember and look forward to repeating.

Are you considering a men’s retreat in the New Jersey area? America’s Keswick has been hosting overnight group retreats for over 80 years. Check out our men’s retreat page to learn more about options for your group. 

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When preparing for a retreat, it's important to pack strategically to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable experience. Start with the basics like clothes, toiletries, and footwear suitable for different activities. Remember items for outdoor adventures, such as sunscreen, a hat, and insect repellent. Include personal safety items like a first aid kit and any necessary medications. Consider bringing entertainment, snacks, and personal comfort items for relaxation. Lastly, organize your belongings with extra bags and packing cubes. Customize this packing checklist based on your specific retreat and preferences for a seamless and fulfilling experience.

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