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Here are some things to consider if your group—whether for convenience or to minimize expenses—chooses to meet locally, and stay in their own homes:
The advantage of meeting from your homes is that it is likely to be a low-cost, convenient alternative. It’s familiar; participants get to sleep in their own beds at night and need not travel far. The disadvantage is that in a retreat center everything is done for you and participants can focus completely on the process and one another. Further, being away from home invites a more intimate dynamic, which does make a difference for group interaction.
If you decide to meet in homes, or locally, and people in your group do not know one another well, take a bit more time for “getting acquainted” activities, as you won’t have the built in possibility for intimacy that a retreat center offers.
Resource 3 is a sample “welcome” letter for groups meeting locally. It offers a slightly different perspective than a letter for participants meeting at a retreat center.
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Last updated on Saturday, December 10, 2011.
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