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Here’s the next timely tip in your planning for a baby boomer’s retreat. These are links to what we’ve learned so far in How to Plan a Retreat for Baby Boomers — 15 Timely Tips. How to divide and conquer by selecting a co-host; things to consider when deciding on a location; compatibility when creating a guest list; the guest’s interest when planning the itinerary; lodging decision for the site; transportation during your event; and now…

Tip #7 — Meals — At Home, Dining Out, Snacks, Preferences, Allergies

Planning meals and mealtimes for a group of people is another challenging…


Clown car with all nine retreaters when vehicle transportation hit a snag.
Clown car created including all nine retreaters when vehicle transportation hit a snag. Photo courtesy Karen Wagner — a retreater.

Here’s the next timely tip in your planning for a baby boomer’s retreat. These are links to what we’ve learned so far in How to Plan a Retreat for Baby Boomers — 15 Timely Tips. How to divide and conquer by selecting a co-host; things to consider when deciding on a location; compatibility when creating a guest list; the guest’s interest when planning the itinerary; lodging decision for the site; and now…

Tip #6 — Transportation — Airlines, Vehicle Rentals, Ride Sharing

Transportation planning for participants in the retreat begins when they arrive at the airport, train or bus station…


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Welcome to the next timely tip in your planning for a baby boomer’s retreat. Here are links to what we’ve learned so far in How to Plan a Retreat for Baby Boomers — 15 Timely Tips. How to divide and conquer by selecting a co-host; things to consider when deciding on a location; compatibility when creating a guest list; the guest’s interest when planning the itinerary; and now…

Tip #5 Lodging — Host, Hotels, or House Rentals

With so many types of lodging available, I am presenting a few ideas and questions to ask yourself as you plan your retreat.


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Because I enjoy researching and planning events so much, itinerary construction is probably my favorite task in the entire planning process. It’s an intricate ballet of research on the destination, consideration of guest interests, transportation feasibility and complexity, mindfulness of physical limitations, financial sensitivity, tact, and discretion.

Here’s a link to what we learned in “Decide on a Location” and “Create a Guest List” and selecting the best time of year for your activities in How to Plan a Retreat for Baby Boomers.

The Calendar

One person should be the “calendar keeper” and scheduler — a single point of contact. In most…


A basket of apples and oranges — mixing apples and oranges

Mixing apples and oranges

Putting together the guest list for a retreat, reunion, or girls getaway requires a lot of thought. You have to decide how everyone will blend and what personality quirks might pose a problem. Just because you can get along with everybody, doesn’t mean everyone else attending the event is as easy going. It’s like mixing apples and oranges. Will they make a cohesive group and a right combination or a sour fruit salad?

Here’s the introduction, in case you missed it, for this series of Planning a Baby Boomer’s Retreat

Team building

Think of it this way. In actuality, you are…


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When you are planning a retreat, reunion, or getaway, it’s exciting to select where the attendees will gather. Is this truly going to be a place to get away from it all? Or, like me, do you like to mix it up a bit with some exciting city pursuits combined with rural leisure activities?

As a lifelong tour guide by passion, I enjoy researching destinations and making itinerary plans that I think everyone in the group would appreciate. That means creating a unique experience with popular points of interest, built-in relaxation time, as well as offering appealing dining options.

If…


Co-host — Divide and Conquer

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TIP 1: Co-host — Divide and Conquer

A Guidebook of 15 Timely Tips for Planning Successful Retreats

When designing a retreat, there are a lot of things to think about with a lot of moving parts. Here’s the link from Part 1 — Introduction to learn why I’m writing this guide and to see all the upcoming tips.

Success or Defeat

There are several interpretations of a retreat. It could mean withdrawing from enemy forces after success or defeat. Doesn’t it sometimes feel that our daily existence is lived on a battlefield?

We could beat a speedy retreat to be alone or get away from it all. We might attend an offsite…


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A Guidebook of 15 Timely Tips for Successful Retreats

Studies have shown that maintaining or renewing friendships as we age is good for our mental health and well-being. Following is scientific evidence to support this.

William Chopik, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology at Michigan State University, conducted a survey of 271,053 that suggests the relationship we have with our friends can affect our health and overall happiness. You can see his article here.

The Mayo Clinic found the same results. Learn more here.

Being a Baby Boomer myself, I discovered just how rewarding reuniting with my childhood chums could be. The renewal of lifelong friendships at the retreat I…

Julie Diebolt Price

Freelance journalist, professional photographer, and traveler. I love to create memorable experiences and document them with images and words.

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