Planning Retreats and Customized Facilitation

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Planning RetreatPlanning retreats and customized facilitations offer time in a relaxed, informal atmosphere away from distractions to discuss issues and set goals and priorities. This will better meet current and future organization and community needs. 


Each retreat or facilitation is unique and is structured to meet your commission/council/board and community's needs. Retreats and customized facilitations may include the council/commission and the manager/administrator and other key staff members.


Planning retreats and customized facilitations may focus on

  • goal-setting (short- and long-term)

  • problem solving

  • relationship building

  • addressing contentious issues

  • financial planning

  • managing change

  • communications

  • meeting management

  • and more!


No matter the size of the group, our skilled facilitators work with you to plan a customized proess to meet your specific needs and desired outcomes and ensure that meetings run smoothly and stay on target. Your group decides where to meet. We suggest that you meet at a location where the group can avoid day-to-day distractions and interruptions. Most retreats last from 1 to 2 ½ days during the week and on weekends in order to meet your specific needs. 


During meetings, facilitators play a key role in

  • managing proceedings

  • advancing the group through the agenda in a timely fashion

  • helping the group or individuals work through potentially contentious issues


Find out if your team needs a retreat!



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"This year was unique for the City of Johns Creek. Having 4 out of 7 council members with less than 1 year of experience presented its own challenges. It was vital that we bring everyone together and establish a good rapport, as well as determine how we can best work as a team. Gordon (the Vinson Institute facilitator) helped navigate us toward achieving those goals and so much more."

Mayor Mike Bodker, City of Johns Creek