I started a group called Creative Women several years ago for crafters and artists. We meet once a month and hold spring and fall day retreats, usually in May and September. With everything being shut down, no spring retreat. My alternate plan: a virtual retreat. Not a new idea I know, but new for my group.
If you haven’t planned one, here is what I did: 1) send out a Media Questionnaire. With several people involved, I had to find a common ground as to social media, 2) come up with an activity that didn’t cost anything, would not have to leave home to do it, and suitable for age and abilities and 3) set a date/time for everyone to do our in-home retreat. I planned it to last about 1 ½ hours, asked them to do a project they would normally bring with them for our day retreat, munchies, and they could even pack a brown bag lunch.
My first plan was to start a private Facebook group and post videos. Do not make the assumption that everyone is comfortable with social media. Maybe my group is not typical, but most of them are not on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any other social media site. Strike one. The next idea was for a group only password protected page on my website. Didn’t work for everyone. Strike two. Texting did not work for me because of the amount of material I needed to send and not everyone in my group was comfortable with texting. Strike three and I am out. Maybe not. What about email? It is free, can be done on smartphone, tablet, or computer, and easy to do, and according to my questionnaire, everyone in my group was comfortable with email. The drawback is the limitation on videos. I would have to do mostly text with only very short introduction videos.
The activity? A scavenger hunt with a twist. No buying anything, but if the actual object could not be found, an image of the object is acceptable. Alternate Sources: printed materials like magazines or the internet. The idea is to have fun knowing that everyone in the group will be doing something together. After the event, I will send out a “newsletter: letting the group know who finished first in the scavenger hunt, who came in last, and any other details of their retreat time that they want to share. I picked Wednesday, July 1st as our Creative Women retreat day.
Next week: Return to Mushroom World!
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