These pages are an archive for the Florida UU Women and Religion chapter that dissolved in 2010. Continental UUW&R is maintaining the site and seeking news of UU women in Florida to include. Fortunately the NE Florida Cluster women continue the retreat tradition with an event each Spring. Watch the UU Women's Events list at right for info!
Please peruse the Conference and Retreat Guides written by Rev. Barbara Child and updated by the FLUUWR group. We think the Guides can serve as a good solid basis for your group to modify for their own, and we invite you to do so! Please send any comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. Blessed Be!
- Gather any materials you will need, and make sure you keep receipts for all expenditures. (See Appendix H: Retreat/Conference Financial Statement) Retreat materials commonly include:
- pencils or pens and writing paper
- newsprint and marking pens, masking tape, scissors
- name tags or materials for participants to make name tags
- round table to use as center altar and interesting cloth to cover it
- sacred objects to put on altar
- copies of handouts, such as retreat activities schedule, readings or songsheets
- bell or other instrument to call people together
- materials for display, such as books, Women and Religion newsletters, UU Women's Federation membership brochures, etc.
- Make an hour-by-hour plan of activities, indicating exactly who is going to do what, when and where. Include any readings.
- Make any posters, diagrams, or other visual aids you will use, including signs to welcome retreat participants and tell them where to "check-in."
- Compose an evaluation for participants to complete at the end of the retreat. Keep in mind that the simpler the form, the more likely people are to fill it out. If you are truly curious about how participants react to some specific features of your retreat, then you will want to ask questions about those features directly. Otherwise, your form might just ask a few questions:
- What were your expectations for this retreat, and did it meet them?
- What did you like best about this retreat?
- What did you like least?
- If you were designing the next retreat, what would you like to see included? left out?
- Other comments?
- Check with registrar on number of people expected so you have enough handouts, etc. Assume you will have a few late registrants and a couple of cancellations.
- Have the registrar assign you and your co-facilitator a room together, with no one else in it.