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Help me think of sets of 6

I'm leading a large group through a retreat next week. Participants will be sitting in mixed-up groups, at 6 tables. I'd like to assign a name to each table, but instead of using numbers (1-6) or colors, I'd like to do something with a little whimsy in it. I thought of using the names of quarks (top, bottom, up, down, strange, charm), but "top" and "bottom" would become the juvenile jokes of the day. What other "sets of 6" might I use for my inspiration? [more inside]
posted by duffell on Aug 13, 2015 - 45 answers

Help me find a wellness retreat without any woo

My wonderful wife needs to get away from everything and enjoy a week of high quality, woo-free me time this summer — but where? [more inside]
posted by ZipRibbons on May 10, 2015 - 9 answers

suggestions/recommendations for a 2 day company gathering?

I need ideas for a company gathering in the summer. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 1, 2015 - 1 answer

Looking for a mindfulness retreat near a sunny beach in Europe

Recommendations please! More about what I'm after inside. [more inside]
posted by penguin pie on Apr 29, 2015 - 3 answers

Help me find English-language Zen Centers in (Eastern) Europe.

I've spent time in and around Zen centers before, though I'm really a complete beginner when it comes to Buddhism. I would like to spend a week (or more?) staying in a Zen center with a program tailored for beginners. Where can I find a center in Eastern Europe that has a program in English that would suit me? I'm willing to travel to Western Europe but would prefer to find something closer to home.
posted by jpziller on Apr 17, 2015 - 5 answers

A six-to-eight week, carless, cabin-ish retreat in the US?

I have a chunk of work to do this summer that doesn't require me to stay where I live (in NYC). I'd like to sublet my apartment and find a place to stay for about a month and a half or more that's close to nature but has electricity and Internet access. Unfortunately, I don't own a car, which complicates things, and I'm floundering with options. I'd love any recommendations, experience, or advice about thinking through how to do this. [more inside]
posted by deathmarch to epistemic closure on Apr 7, 2015 - 12 answers

Zen retreat in Japan

This summer I would like to do something interesting. I would like to go to a place in Japan or China or somewhere in the East to meditate and perhaps live a bit like how a monk lives. Zen fascinates me. And I think might be more inclined towards the Rinzai school but since I am a novice I prefer not to make sharp judgments about things I do not know. [more inside]
posted by iliketothinknu on Mar 24, 2015 - 10 answers

Help me name a new guesthouse with an arts & letters connection.

Dearest Metafilter - You named my dog, and you almost named my first business, so I thought maybe you could help me name one more thing! We've recently purchased a small property that we are going to turn into a guesthouse / creative retreat, and it needs a name to match! [more inside]
posted by LongDrive on Dec 4, 2014 - 16 answers

personal mini-retreat near Boston

I'm looking to take a personal mini-retreat December 31-January 2, somewhere within 2 hours of Boston (including Boston proper) by train. I'd like it to be more on the luxury end than the rustic end (e.g., no yoga camps). [more inside]
posted by spindrifter on Nov 24, 2014 - 9 answers

Romantic yet inexpensive weekend getaway in NC

This Christmas is also my parent's 30th anniversary. I'd like to give them a gift card for a little weekend getaway. Looking for inexpensive yet romantic accommodations in NC. Help! [more inside]
posted by bloody_bonnie on Nov 1, 2014 - 5 answers

A Bay Area DIY writer's retreat on the cheap?

Help me discover a place in the greater Bay Area I can go for a few days to focus on a writing project. [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on Oct 29, 2014 - 6 answers

Planning a staff retreat- how to make it worthwhile yet fun

I am planning a staff retreat that is about 8 hours long- 9-4ish. How do I make the most of this, while also having fun aspects with no "trust falls" or cheesy aspects? We'll be in the home of one of our board members (she'll be gone) with lots of snacks and/or board games or whatever you all suggest. I hope we'll have some structure in the beginning of the day, then maybe games and getting to know you stuff. Thoughts? [more inside]
posted by rabu on Oct 24, 2014 - 12 answers

Divorce recovery: where to go, what to read

tl;dr: My life fell apart, I'm exhausted and not really sure where to go from here. Thinking seriously about a vacation/retreat; looking for suggestions on where I might go, and books/workbooks to take with me. [more inside]
posted by hishtafel on Sep 26, 2014 - 14 answers

What to do during a personal retreat?

I have the opportunity to take a few days alone in a wifi-free cabin in upstate NY. I'd like some help some help thinking of what to do to help me recharge. [more inside]
posted by neematoad on Sep 3, 2014 - 23 answers

Help Pick A Group Work Appropriate Game

I work from home. Most of the people I work with also work from home. We're scattered around the US. Once a year we all (80 people) fly in to HQ for a few days of face to face meetings. My boss wanted to have some kind of game we can all play while we're there. I can not come up with any ideas, and I'm hoping someone can recommend a good game for this. [more inside]
posted by Blake on Sep 2, 2014 - 8 answers

Tiny corporate retreat space in CA Wine County?

I have a small consulting firm (3 people) and our busy season kicks off on Labor Day. I'm looking for a location in Napa or Sonoma where we can stay (nice place, separate rooms) one night and have access to a conference room, coffee and snacks, etc., on either side. This would need to be a weeknight in the next few weeks. [more inside]
posted by Ignatius J. Reilly on Jul 30, 2014 - 5 answers

Little quiet vacation/retreat on my own?

It’s been a stressful year thus far and I really need to get away for a few days, but alas, none of my friends are available for a trip right now. I’d love to go somewhere in mid/late August. I have a bunch of requirements, of course! [more inside]
posted by silverstatue on Jul 8, 2014 - 12 answers

Please help me find a wellness escape where I can recover (East Coast)

One of my oldest friends just died and I'm feeling serious Crohn's pain starting to creep up again, threatening my remission. Everything in my life right now is stressful and exhausting, and I know that if I do nothing I will have a full-bore flair on my hands by thanksgiving. I need help finding a health resort/ wellness retreat on the East Coast - optimally between DC and Boston. My wealthy uncle says money is no object, so my only real stipulation is somewhere that isn't too scary/isolated for a young woman alone. [more inside]
posted by howgenerica on Nov 16, 2013 - 7 answers

Ideas for a 2week inspirational break excluding sitting on a mountaintop

I'd like to take two weeks off of work and come back with a new sense of direction in life. I have been in the same job for almost four years and find little fulfillment there, yet also haven't found the motivation or made the time to move on. Maybe some semi-structured time off work to think, mark next steps, and break patterns will help? How and where should I spend my time? [more inside]
posted by AlmondEyes on Oct 3, 2013 - 9 answers

How do I make the best use of a month-long personal retreat?

I've been off work for a number of months with severe depression. My spouse is allowing and encouraging me to go away for a month to get away from daily family life. How can I best make use of this time? [more inside]
posted by spiraldown on Sep 24, 2013 - 14 answers

Yoga in the woods

What are some great yoga classes/retreats where you practice outside in a pretty natural setting? [more inside]
posted by 3491again on Jul 22, 2013 - 8 answers

Are you Ready to Corporate Rock!

I have to submit my favorite "high energy, rock song" for a corporate retreat. Somehow I don't think my standard music choices will suffice. [more inside]
posted by Suffocating Kitty on Jul 3, 2013 - 62 answers

Internet free "retreat" on the East Coast(ish)

I am looking for somewhere nice to go for around five days to clear my head. This mainly means no internet for me as I could really do with a break. I'd like it to be sunny, warm, maybe quiet, and rural too although I am not superkeen on nature (such as bugs and dirt :)). I have been looking into monasteries in upstate New York but perhaps there are better options out there? I would like it to be low-budget - and would be happy to work for shelter/accommodation as well. Something to do with my hands, like gardening would also be neat, although I am not into camping. I love travelling by rail, not so much by coach/bus. I don't think I'm gonna wanna be driving as I haven't in many, many years. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by mrsh on Jun 8, 2013 - 5 answers

Need a work retreat with good internet & food, anywhere

I want to hole up in a place that has good internet and delicious food, so I can work and eat and relax away from the hassles of home. I'm willing to go almost anywhere in the world. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by ceiba on Apr 13, 2013 - 10 answers

I would rather you fall on the floor then do a trust fall exercise

Tactful ways to get out of a corporate retreat when company recently spent a great deal of money on you [more inside]
posted by lpcxa0 on Mar 13, 2013 - 19 answers

Where is the real life Rancho Relaxo?

My 40th birthday present to myself is to run away for several days by myself to indulge in restful solitude, nature walks, spa treatments and room service. I live in Oregon and am considering the coast, but could also be talked into Washington/California, or places other than the beach. Price is no object, but would prefer it to be within driving distance of Portland. Requirements and preferences within... [more inside]
posted by lilnublet on Feb 18, 2013 - 7 answers

Seeking recommendations for dog friendly spas/retreats

I need to relax! And I want to bring my dog. I'm looking for a wellness spa/retreat that is dog friendly. [more inside]
posted by grayber on Nov 24, 2012 - 7 answers

Retreat for the Medicated Soul?

Where should I go to detox from a psych med roller coaster disaster? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 10, 2012 - 4 answers

What are the best in-person experiences for aspiring writers to develop their skills?

Where are the good writers' retreats and workshops? How can I identify them? [more inside]
posted by emkelley on Sep 7, 2012 - 2 answers

Make Your Own Retreat

Help me plan a self-made relaxation / meditation retreat for one week in San Diego [more inside]
posted by sockpuppetofexistentialconfusion on Jul 19, 2012 - 6 answers

West Coast retreat

Looking for an all-inclusive spa/yoga/outdoors retreat type thing, along these lines, but on the West Coast. [more inside]
posted by latkes on Jul 10, 2012 - 5 answers

Retreats, detox centers, mental hospitals -- help me find what I need

Best retreats, inpatient facilities (insurance or not), escapes, detox centers, and other ways that you changed your life dramatically for the better and kicked depression/anxiety once and for all! [more inside]
posted by 3491again on Jun 13, 2012 - 9 answers

Hoping to recharge my mental and emotional batteries with some solitude

I keep thinking about solitude. I find myself drawn to the idea of a hermetic retreat lasting a week or more. I think I would like to be off the grid and perhaps even verbally silent for that time. I find myself imagining a facility in the woods of British Columbia that provides for the simplest of material needs and enables real solitude and introspection. I have found several such retreats on the web but it seems they primarily religion-based and I am thinking I might be uncomfortable in such a situation as I am an atheist. Have you had such an experience? Can you recommend any facilities that might enable such time? I would love to hear any insights you might have on the topic.
posted by royboy on Jun 4, 2012 - 16 answers

How do I make it through a long, pointless meeting?

I need advice on surviving a corporate retreat with my sanity intact. This isn't a "'fun' activity leads to team bonding" kind of retreat, it's a "sit in a conference room for hours discussing the future of our unit" retreat. So, essentially, a six-hour meeting, and I am not good with meetings. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 1, 2012 - 23 answers

Decent "corporate retreat" spaces in metro DC?

Decent "corporate retreat" spaces in metro DC? [more inside]
posted by quadrilaterals on Apr 30, 2012 - 6 answers

Holistic, beautiful, affordable retreat in nature for the Breast Cancer threatened

After scary "you may have breast cancer" tests over the last year and a winter of too much flu and allergy-induced misery, I need a long-weekend getaway to a beautiful, allergen-free or almost free retreat in our majestic country. For a very affordable price. I feel like I need physical and emotional healing and restoration on this trip. I like restorative (or Iyengar) yoga, organic food, massage, hikes/walks outside, swimming in warm water, etc. I want to be around DOWN TO EARTH, interesting (not spooky spiritual) healing people. In a lovely place. I can do a house swap or retreat swap and a barter thing - I have good massage therapy skills and license....and a charming place in a hip village in a cool-to-visit city with a lovely guest room to rent. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by sleeping beauty on Feb 29, 2012 - 7 answers

New Year Renewal

I'm looking for a mediation/yoga retreat in the Pacific Northwest or Northern California. [more inside]
posted by lunasol on Dec 30, 2011 - 8 answers

I Wanna Walk in a Winter Wonderland!

Help me decide on a quiet but accessible winter retreat destination for snow play? [more inside]
posted by TestamentToGrace on Dec 23, 2011 - 4 answers

Need a movie with a good retreat from battle scene!

What are some good movies (clips) that have a retreat from a battle scene? Specifically looking for times when the good guys have to retreat, regroup, replan, then try again (hopefully for victory). More details below [more inside]
posted by fozzie33 on Sep 20, 2011 - 25 answers

Yoga retreat

Looking for recommendations for a two or three day yoga retreat within driving distance of DC.
posted by Nathanial Hörnblowér on Jul 18, 2011 - 3 answers

Like boot camp, but drunker

I am looking for a combo fitness retreat/all inclusive resort. Does such a thing exist? [more inside]
posted by shownomercy on Jul 14, 2011 - 1 answer

Inexpensive camp-like location for very small conference?

I'm looking for recommendations for a location in New York or southern New England to have a 3 day/2 night unconference for a 25-30 folks max, relatively close to transportation. I'm envisioning something like a camp with cabins, electricity, a usable kitchen, and a common room for meals and discussion space. Most importantly, it needs to be cheap. [more inside]
posted by anarchivist on Jun 7, 2011 - 2 answers

Help me make the most of my solo retreat!

Next week, I'm taking 3 days away from family and work to relax, recharge and (hopefully) reprogram myself. Please help me make the most of it! [more inside]
posted by justonegirl on May 13, 2011 - 12 answers

Or I could just turn off my phone and lock the door.

Help me find a weekend retreat somewhere in the Pacific Northwest. I'll be by myself and ideally, but not necessarily, would like to learn some sort of new skill. [more inside]
posted by halogen on Mar 10, 2011 - 15 answers

What's a great 1 or 2 week adventure on the West coast?

I'm looking for a great retreat to do in late March/early April in Northern CA, Oregon or Washington state. I'm going to be in Portland, OR at the end of March and then in San Francisco and LA mid-April. I'm thinking that instead of returning to Vermont in the meantime I could stay on the West coast and find something fun to do (really? ya think?). [more inside]
posted by bumpcat on Feb 17, 2011 - 4 answers

Comes over one an absolute necessity to move

Recommendations for somewhere within a two-hour plane or train trip of London (not including time to get to LHR, LGW, LCY, KGX, etc.) for a three-day personal retreat. Ideally, self-catering or B&B. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by nickrussell on Feb 2, 2011 - 4 answers

Seeking New England winter weekend retreat ideas

Anyone know of hostels that are open in the winter in New England? [more inside]
posted by AlmondEyes on Jan 25, 2011 - 6 answers

Please Recommend a Detox Retreat

I’m 35, male, and live in San Diego. I’m hoping to find a retreat (or something similar) that is not too far away, not too expensive (maybe $2,000-$3,000), and that starts as soon as possible. I have recently gone through a lot of unpleasant life changes, and have been drinking too much, too often, and for too long. My primary issue may be with alcohol, but I want to try this before I try outpatient treatment. I’m hoping to find a retreat where I can recharge and also break my drinking habit. Ideally, it would include some combination of yoga, meditation, and counseling or something directed to my drinking habit. Thanks.
posted by metawabbit on Jan 19, 2011 - 7 answers

A Retreat in the Bay Area

Where can 10-12 people stay for an overnight retreat in or close to the Bay Area (California)? [more inside]
posted by mahoganyslide on Jan 1, 2011 - 13 answers

help me get away from it all

Help me retreat from NYC. Where can I get away from it all next weekend -- and go somewhere without wifi and or cell reception? [more inside]
posted by Ralston McTodd on Dec 5, 2010 - 8 answers

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