If your vacations or holidays leave you wanting to deck a family member rather than the halls, a family retreat may just what you need! Kidding aside, family retreats can be helpful in increasing cooperation and closeness. The process begins by Ms. Bledsoe doing a 45-minute interview with each interested family member, in order to hear concerns and goals. Interviews may be done in person or by telephone. If there are mutually-desired goals, the plan proceeds with Ms. Bledsoe sending a potential retreat agenda to all. Goals may be as basic as improving conflict-management skills, or as personal as specific members wanting to work through past hurts with one another. Most family retreats are scheduled over a two-three day interval, with approximately 4-7 hours of work scheduled (with breaks) during each day. Sometimes more or less time is needed to complete the retreat. All who participate are asked to abide by a “fair communication” contract while attending the retreat and to be present for all parts.
Family retreats may be held in a local family member’s home, a meeting room, etc. In such a case, rental expenses and non-refundable deposits will apply as part of the cost.