Sandy Cove Blog

Retreat Planning 201: Serve Some Spaghetti

In the last post we talked about thoughtfully adding “white space” to the schedule of your retreat, in order to encourage and allow attendees a more holistic experience. Today I am going to talk through a variation on that – it is not true “white space” but it is the opposite of a “content dump.”

At Sandy Cove we call it spaghetti time, based on the old cooking adage that you know your spaghetti is done when you throw it against the wall and it sticks. The “sticks” part is what we are interested in. We like to schedule spaghetti time after a message, as an encouragement to not just agree and rush off to the next thing – but to actually process what I just heard and look for what specific application it has for me.

Topics: Group Leaders Group Retreats Groups

Retreat Planning 201: Bring The Polar Bear

Tommy’s teacher saw him spacing out the window, and asked him to get focused back on his drawing. “Oh, I’m already done,” Tommy informed her. “See, here are his eyes and nose.” “Uh… I only see three black dots on your blank paper. Who is he, and where is the rest of him?” replied the teacher.

“He’s a polar bear” said Tommy matter-of-factly “and he is out in a snowstorm.”

Now whether you regard Tommy as a genius or a slacker is up to you, but this story can help us remember something when planning a retreat, conference, or other event. Ready?

Bring the polar bear – but also bring the snowstorm!

Topics: Group Leaders Groups

A Screw is Loose!

DING!! I was headed down I-95 last Saturday evening when my dashboard announced that one of my tires had low pressure. A couple button pushes showed me a readout with three normal tires, and the right rear down to 25. I drove on as it started to rain, and eventually watched it creep down to 24 psi. What to do? It was a slow leak, so maybe I could find somewhere to add air and nurse it along? I wasn’t super stoked about doing a tire change in the rain on the shoulder of a darkening highway… On the other hand, I also could not get excited about sitting through the Orioles game wondering whether or not I would have to call AAA to Parking Lot G at 11 pm.

Topics: Events Personal Retreat

Upcoming Women's Events That You Can't Miss

Could you use a getaway? Sure! We all need time off once in a while, or at least, a deviation from the routine.

Have you ever considered a weekend getaway—by yourself or with a girlfriend? Or if you can’t swing a whole weekend, maybe one night will do!

At the core of Sandy Cove, our mission is to help people connect with God and each other. That's why we offer retreats for spiritual (and physical!) refreshment and intimate fellowship.

Think about it: a getaway just for you. No cooking, washing dishes, cleaning up, making beds, folding laundry, or anything else that's on the never-ending "to do" checklist.

We encourage you to push the pause button. Go ahead . . . 

Topics: Events Women's Events

Should You Host Your Event At A Hotel Or Sandy Cove Conference Center?

If you help your church or organization plan events, you probably understand how stressful yet rewarding the planning process can be. From scoping out venues to nailing down the final headcount, there's research to be done, checklists to be created, phone calls to be made, and lots of people to satisfy.

When it comes to choosing a venue, it can be tricky. You can look into hotels, conference centers, retreat venues, camps, and other nontraditional options. So, how do you decide which is best for your event?

Here's a simple breakdown between what you'll find at a traditional hotel venue and what you'll find at Sandy Cove—which is a conference center, retreat venue, and camp all rolled into one, great event venue. Read on to learn more.

Topics: Event Planning Groups meeting planning

Keys To Helping Your Children Through Divorce

This post isn't about the reasons for divorce or whether it's right or wrong; it's about the children who are also living through the sadness and devastation along with you.

Divorce is hard for everyone and each person handles it differently, but when it comes to children, the drastic change in family dynamics can feel especially confusing and frightening.

In the article,The Impact of Divorce on Young Children and Adolescents, Carl E Pickhardt Ph.D. writes:

Divorce introduces a massive change into the life of a boy or girl no matter what the age. Witnessing loss of love between parents, having parents break their marriage commitment, adjusting to going back and forth between two different households, and the daily absence of one parent while living with the other, all create a challenging new family circumstance in which to live. In the personal history of the boy or girl, parental divorce is a watershed event. Life that follows is significantly changed from how life was before.

As you navigate your own emotions, remember those of your children. Managing it all may seem overwhelming, but here are a few key things to remember as you walk with your children through the divorce journey.

Topics: Events Parenting Family