Check Out These 11 Creative Women’s Retreat Ideas
Some events are intended for everyone in your company or organization, while others have a more specific focus. Maybe you want to make a space for your female executives to learn new leadership strategies, or maybe your organization is putting together a retreat for women writers and artists. Whatever your purpose, hosting a successful women’s retreat takes more than just finding a venue with tasteful decor and inviting female speakers to address the audience. With that in mind, we’ve put together this list of 11 creative women’s retreat ideas to help you plan a retreat that the women in your company or organization will be excited about attending.
1. Plan a weekend at the spa
Hosting your women’s retreat at a resort or spa is a great way to combine elements of work and relaxation in the same setting. Choose a venue with conference rooms and Wi-Fi access, or find a more remote location and go off the grid. Whether you choose to include scheduled meetings into your retreat experience or want to stick to the steam room and massages, your guests will have plenty of time for informal conversations about their lives both inside and outside the office.
2. Rent a unique venue on Peerspace
To find a memorable setting for your retreat, browse the locations available on Peerspace and choose a venue that suits your team’s sensibilities. Maybe it’s this feminine chic workspace in Miami, FL, or this modern venue in San Francisco that hosted Peerspace’s Women in Tech event. Since Peerspace venues are rented out by local hosts, you’ll have the opportunity to request any specific preferences, such as gender-neutral restrooms or a lactation room.
You can also line up other services — such as a professional caterer, photographer, or A/V equipment rentals — through the Peerspace Concierge. Whether you’re planning an event in a city or a rural area, we’ve got you covered. Just give us a call and we’ll make sure you have everything you need on site. That way, you can bring your creative women’s retreat ideas to life!
3. Host a woodworking class
It’s no secret that many industries provide valuable leadership training to male employees and executives, all while avoiding offering women the chance to learn the same skills. An organization called Frailty Myths, based in Oakland, CA, is pushing back by offering workshops in welding, woodworking, and other “traditionally male-dominated activities.” Their workshops foster trust and communication among women while providing a space to “Re-Imagine Femininity” in the context of the workplace. It’s likely to be a great addition to any women’s retreat lineup.
4. Learn to train horses
Outdoorsy teams will love the workshops offered by Leadership Excursion, which has a flagship program in Zion National Park but can plan a customized retreat anywhere in the country. Their Spark Women’s Retreat and Spark International Retreat both feature a mix of workshops, while their Equus Excursion program teaches leadership skills through horse training.
5. Plan a photography retreat
For many women, photography isn’t just a hobby: it’s part of what goes into building a career in social media, web design, and other image-based industries. Practice your skills together, as well as learn about the latest technologies, at a photography retreat like the one offered by the Firefly Institute. Their photography camp for women takes place on a ranch in the Sonoma Valley, providing plenty of opportunity for inspiration. Join their retreat, or host your own.
6. Practice standup comedy
Practice your standup routines in a supportive environment at a comedy retreat designed just for women, such as the Austin Ladies Comedy Retreat in Texas. Start things off with an improv class, and conclude the event with a talent show in which everyone gets a chance to shine.
7. Go on a silent meditation retreat
This one may not be for everyone, but many people who attend a silent retreat only have good things to say about it! Spirit Rock runs residential retreats, including some just for women, at their venue 45 minutes from San Francisco. Attend one of their events, or rent a Peerspace venue and plan a silent meditation retreat of your own.
8. Enjoy a walking retreat
This can be either a meditative or social experience. For example, the Women’s Yoga and Hiking Retreat in Big Sky, MT, includes both guided hikes and quiet time.
9. Get a sailing certification
Learn to sail by taking the weeklong Live Aboard Cruising Course offered by Offshore Sailing in Florida. They offer women-only sailing courses that will be sure to inspire your team, either as a standalone activity or in combination with other creative women’s retreat ideas.
10. Study “Nonviolent Communication”
Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is a communication technique designed to help people foster compassion for each other and find ways to meet their “universal human needs” without conflict. The Center for Nonviolent Communication hosts an International Women’s Retreat, and trained facilitators are available to offer workshops year-round. Apply your NVC skills at the workplace the next time you have a disagreement with your boss, colleagues, or clients.
11. Use “Tea & Empathy” cards
For a similar activity that you can do without a facilitator, use a pack of “Tea & Empathy” cards to take a deep dive into the language we use to process emotions. Each card has a key word, as well as three related words or synonyms, such as: “confident,” “collected,” “composed,” and “self-assured.” The cards include both positive and negative emotions, and can be used as discussion or journal prompts. Or, they can help to pinpoint your emotional state by finding the perfect word to describe it.
Some of these creative women’s retreat ideas are already offered at retreat venues around the country. Some, you’ll have to put together yourself. If you don’t mind mingling with other groups, you can attend one of the preexisting workshops. If you prefer to host an event exclusively for your team, why not rent a Peerspace venue and hire one of these facilitators to come to you?
Remember, if you need help making your retreat happen, you can call up the Concierge service for some personalized support. We’ll help you arrange for a caterer, event staff, A/V equipment, and any other services you may need to make your creative women’s retreat a success.