Checklist: COVID-19 Considerations For Retreat Planners

November 25, 2020
Jen Corley
2 min read

Retreats are a great way for wellness professionals to connect with their clients and offer them deeper, more immersive experiences. But it also takes a lot of planning and organization to make them successful!

This is especially true now, in the wake of the COVID19 pandemic. As we adjust to a “new normal” in travel, retreat leaders and planners need to be especially aware of new industry realities.

You’ll want to make sure you’re asking prospective retreat venues thoughtful, detailed questions.

First, in performing your initial due diligence, you’ll need to dig into COVID-conscious operating procedures – especially those related to hygiene, sanitation, supply chain management, shared spaces, and food service.

Later, as you consider signing a contract, you’ll want to be extra careful to clue in to the “fine print” and negotiating terms wherever possible.

And finally, make sure you’re communicating effectively with your retreat group. This starts with your sales & marketing, sales page copy, booking communications, and retreat terms & conditions.

However, it doesn’t end there – you’ll want to stay in touch frequently to gain the trust of your participants and build excitement prior to departure.

Use our COVID-19 Retreat Checklist to make sure you’ve got these bases covered!

COVID-19 Retreat Checklist

What Does The Checklist Cover?

It outlines essential participant communications in terms of retreat policies and pre-retreat communications. It also provides a detailed list of questions to ask prospective retreat facilities in terms of 1) their on-site operations, facilities, & amenities and 2) your financial & other contractual agreements.

Who Is It For?

We wrote this checklist for companies and professionals who focus on domestic and international retreat offerings. These may be centered on wellness modalities related to:

  • Movement & fitness (yoga, Pilates, qi gong, tai chi, dance, barre, running, and cycling…to name just a few)
  • Meditation & mindfulness
  • Dietary & detox
  • Spiritual transformation & trauma recovery
  • Holistic healing & therapeutics (including Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture, acupressure, massage, Reiki, among others)
  • Entrepreneurship & coaching
  • Other educational programs

Check out the Retreat Leader Resources area of our blog for more articles on retreat planning, and when you’re ready to get started, build your retreat on WeTravel!