Preparing for an Online Retreat so you get the most out of it.

Preparing for an Online Retreat so you get the most out of it.

When I do an online retreat I prepare for it like I would any conference or event. I like to make sure I am ready:

  • I think about the word retreat and what that means to me. For me it is a step back to re-examine or reconsider. A chance to put my heart into something that is important to me.
  • I show up fully for it, ready to watch, listen and learn. I look forward to it, mark it on my calendar, block the time out and I don't let other things get in the way of it. I commit.
  • I make sure I have a rug hooking project on my frame, ready to go. I learn so much better when I can hook as I listen to speakers.
  • I let people know that I have a retreat planned and I talk a bit about it as if I would for any special plans. My friends will often ask me about it after, and they know that I have special plans that weekend. I let people know I won't be available that weekend so they don't make plans for me.
  • I make sure I have hot beverages ready, great coffee and tea and some special healthy snacks that I can grab easily.
  • I prepare my lunches ahead so they are ready for me to grab in the fridge. I keep this simple. Last time I had some soup frozen in the freezer.
  • I plan my clothes as if I was packing to go away! I make sure I have something comfortable to wear that I feel I look good in. I want to be cozy and feel good.
  • I get up in the morning and do my hair and make up and get ready for the day as if I was going to an in person workshop because I am! I am going to be with real people on the live workshop.
  • I plan a little exercise for each day, usually a short walk. 
  • Sometimes after the first day I plan to meet up with some friends for a dinner out in the evening just so I can decompress a little. And it feels good to take a break from the learning. Also, it adds something special to the weekend to be able to share or debrief my day.
  • Sometimes throughout the day I turn off my camera for a few minutes and do a little stretching and get up and move a bit.
  • I think about zoom etiquette, I don't walk around with my computer camera on as it difficult for others to watch. Also I don't eat on screen. I just turn my camera off if I need to move or eat. I do have a coffee with my screen on though, that's ok.
  • I let people who are in my house know that I am online with other people and that I don't want to be interrupted unless of course there is something very important.
  • I go to bed early the night before and try to be as rested and ready as I can be.
  • I treat it like a real event because it is!!! It's so real and fun and I get to meet new people and learn something I'm really interested in.

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  • Deanne Fitzpatrick
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  • Terry Turner Mitchell
    Terry Turner Mitchell

    Reading the step by step preparations you go through, to ensure you are ready for the event(s), is well thought out.
    That definitely covers it all and you will be relaxed, excited and have so much fun.

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