Advice on starting a retreat centre
When you build and open a retreat centre, starting with bare land and creating from the ground up it’s easy to go over budget. In our case, it was double what we expected, and we didn’t have any budget left for marketing and operating costs when we opened our doors. You also don’t have a flood of customers right away – it took us 7 years to get to a point where we could count on being booked most of the time.
You need to look at your retreat centre as a business, and that means knowing what it is going to cost to build from scratch or renovate, and to ensure you will have money left over to get you through the first few years of building your following. We are fortunate because both of us see private clients in our own practices, so that has given us a side income to pay the bills during start up.