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Four great values that are part of our world

10/08/2013 12:34 PM | Garrie Stevens


There are few professions that offer the kind of life giving values that administering a retreat or conference center provides.   


Since conference/retreat centers are commonly located on larger properties, there are often wonderful vistas or waterfronts where sunrises or sunsets can be awe inspiring.   They are frequently located in places apart from urban noise and the ambient light that can obscure the night sky.   In a word, when we take advantage of these features, they bring wonder into our lives.


In terms of the meaning of work, there is the opportunity to provide life changing experiences to individuals and groups.   Mixing with guests and communicating with them about their experiences can often reveal that having their retreat at your site has been transforming.


Larger properties provide the opportunity for a healthy lifestyle simply by the exercise of walking or biking.  Canoeing and kayaking are available at some sites.  Taking advantage of these features requires intentionally planning to jog, walk, bike, or paddle and also to avoid the golf cart.


Since a conference or retreat center uses a significant amount of energy, there are multiple possibilities for reducing the impact on the environment.  Over time this may reduce costs, and offers the chance for teaching about stewardship of creation.  This can also extend to preserving habitat.


Admittedly, realizing any of these values requires intentional planning on the part of the administrator, and long range thinking.  

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