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Retreat Ideas??

Discussion in 'Religious Education' started by purplemonkey7, Feb 5, 2012.

  1. purplemonkey7

    purplemonkey7 New commenter

    Hi Everyone,

    I am trying to arrange some interesting retreat days for the students, but I'm really struggling. The students have always had their retreat days in school, but I think this needs to change! To be honest, I find them extremely stressful to organise and I'm really not sure how much the students get out of them! I think it would be much better for them to get out of school and take part in a day which is run by an external agency (rather than the teachers they spend each and every day with!) We have had speakers in before, but this can become pretty expensive.

    We are in the north west of England. If anyone has any ideas/suggestions I would be eternally grateful!

    Thank you :)
  2. are you a denominational school? do your retreats have to conform to the denomination, or can they have any philosophy? what do you/they expect to gain from a retreat?
    and what age group?
  3. grandelf

    grandelf New commenter

    I would be looking to tweek what goes on (or maybe i have totally missed the aim of this thread)

    ie go ape and high ropes, looking at team work trust....

    PGL = exploring the outside world, risk taking, supporting each other
  4. purplemonkey7

    purplemonkey7 New commenter

    Hi, thanks for the responses. Yes we are a joint Catholic/Anglican school and the age group is 12-14. We have already done retreat days which were based on team building etc, but it was incredibly stressful. I organise the days completely on my own and although I don't have trouble coming up with ideas for workshops or themes, I find it really hard to get the staff on board. BSF has just started on the school also so we have lost most large spaces!

    Thanks for the help, really appreciate it!
  5. One of my friends works here http://loyolahall.co.uk/
    I've not managed to find the time yet to organise a trip there - I need a retreat to plan my retreat!
  6. hii , i suggest you that if you want to change the plan for retreating then it is good for all the student but you will be take care for this because your one small mistake is completely destroy you plan ,
    Check this Debra Fine

    Thank you
  7. This might help
  8. purplemonkey7

    purplemonkey7 New commenter

    Thanks everyone!
  9. durgamata

    durgamata Occasional commenter

    What about a day out in the hills, not in the snow perhaps but later in the year. There's some stunning scenery in the North West. You could hike or just go to a beauty-spot and wander about, and have a big picnic, If you want structure then set a treasure hunt / sketching activity / challenge them to be silent for a couple of hours, finding a quiet place to sit and listen, soak up the atmosphere.

    They might learn how to light a fire using flint and tinder (not sure they could manage by rubbing sticks together in one day,) etc, Has anyone else any experience of encounters with nature? I am sure there are special Centres which would offer this kind of encounter with nature. Or if your lot are quite fit they could go for a hike up a mountain and down again.
  10. I like Kintbury but it might be to far away for you.
  11. http://www.delasalle.org.uk/kintbury.htm

    working link
  12. BlueJuno

    BlueJuno New commenter


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