Advice on group bonding during a retreat
On the first retreat I created, I found that it wasn’t until the middle of the retreat that participants started feeling comfortable with one another, and I realized that if I had created the space for group sharing to take place earlier in the retreat, that familiarity and bond could have been formed sooner.
Create a time on your retreat right at the beginning, preferably on Day 1, where everyone gets together as a group and has a chance to share a little bit about themselves and why they decided to go on the retreat. This activity opens people up, and helps them to find out who they are traveling with and what they share in common. It’s important for the group dynamic that people are not just connected to me as the facilitator, but that they feel comfortable to talk to their fellow retreatants.