Holistic Corporate Off-Site Retreats: Growing the Personal and Professional through Transformational Travel
Transformational travel, one of the latest trends in health and wellness this year, is an innovative concept that focuses on personal transformation through:
that make a lasting impression when a traveller goes home. While not all have access to expensive trips abroad in more exotic locations, one of the simplest ways to experience this kind of unique getaway is through a holistic corporate retreat.
Traditional workplace offsites with the usual team building activities and business seminars in hotels offer little in the way of relaxation except through a TV or the hotel bar. These activities do not encourage either personal reflection or spur passion for the workplace. A better way to do business retreats for more significant impact is to take a cue from transformational travel objectives that guide participants on a “personal journey” instead.
Holistic corporate off-site retreats can be a jumping off point where participants discover:
“…more beauty, more joy, more connection, more love, more fulfilment, more exuberance… The more inspiring glimpses about what human life can be. ”
– Charles Eisentein, author, public speaker and gift economy advocate
These kinds of business retreats can open minds, where a spark can be ignited.
3 Benefits of a Transformative Corporate Retreat
Dr Garth Lean, a professor, lecturer and researcher at Western Sydney University, in his book, “Transformative Travel in a Mobile World” lists personal enlightenment and wellness, as two of several principal agents of change people experience, with transformational travel.
Sadly, there are few opportunities in our daily working lives for personal introspection. People just need to get away to see things in a new perspective. Workplace offsites provide not only a much-needed break for the body, but to clear minds to think about what things can be done better, or what can be done differently in life. It allows us to ponder the alternatives.1
Even a short transformative weekend can shift our way of thinking. It can be a catalyst for changing the way we act, the way we live, and work. Moreover, when you have a renewed lifestyle, it can trickle to the people close to you: your friends, your family and the community where you belong.2
By turning your usual corporate off-site retreats into a wellness centred one, business objectives will all the more be better for it. Why not include a new professional short course or recognition program alongside wellness activities in your transformative corporate weekend? Participants will undoubtedly be more motivated doing work related seminars after feeling refreshed in mind and body.
3. A Renewed Company Culture
Workplace offsites’ traditional objective of maintaining company morale still holds true for holistic business retreats. It’s a time to reconnect personal relationships at the office for a better working environment. In fact, its good for mental health at work. More than a way to do business, a more cohesive and redefined company culture reinvigorates employers’ and employees’ passion and productivity.
Planning a Great Transformative Business Retreat
If you want your corporate retreat to be a kind of transformative getaway, it helps to define what would suit your company’s needs at the moment. Then identify your goals where you want your company’s people to go.
From a holistic perspective, ask:
“What results would you like to happen after these corporate off-sites?”
“Specifically, in what ways would the participants be different people than the people they were when they first started the corporate retreat?”3
The setting for a transformational weekend has to be a wellness mecca for all objectives to be carried out seamlessly. Yvette Reisinger, Temple University associate professor and author of “Transformational Tourism: Host Perspectives”, says “Nature based and eco travel provide the basis of self-reflection and healing, can lead to feelings of wellness relaxation and interconnection to the world”.4
Brainstorm a holistic theme that can go along with your business visions for the company. You can try facilitating teaching mindfulness, yoga or other wellness exercises that can be adapted to the work environment.
Reisinger adds that:
“Travelling for wellness purposes focuses on healing, rest, recuperation and fitness, it allows one to get in touch with ones’ inner self, and develop a sense of being one with the world. Yoga affects the psychological, emotional and spiritual well-being of individuals and communities.”4
While travel is, in itself one of the oldest ways to transform lives, there is a new calling for a sustained impact that can change the way we live and work, and how we can positively influence others, influence others at home, work and the community.
Let HSG help you plan your next transformative business retreat!
We partner with great venues that work with us to offer holistic programmes for Corporate Off-Site Retreats all around Australia. You can choose a corporate retreat location near Melbourne or Sydney, or somewhere more exotic. We can arrange the perfect place that suits your budget and goals.
1. Smith, J. (2018) Transforming Travel: Realising the Potential of Sustainable Tourism retrieved from books.google.com
accessed June 1, 2018
3. Kottler, J. A (1997) Travel That Can Change Your Life: How to Create a Transformative Experience. San Francisco : Jossey-Bass.
4. Reisinger, Y. (2015) Transformational Tourism: Host Perspectives retrieved from books.google.com