How to Organize the Ultimate Corporate Learning Retreat

Times are changing, and your employees and colleagues should never stop learning. Continuing education is the key to success in life and business. Regardless of what field you call home, now’s the time to host a corporate learning retreat. The pandemic has changed the nature of work. Most people have been physically isolated from one another for months, leading to new trends that have put some out of business and brought record profits to others. From new skills to changing economic conditions, use this time to bring your team together as you enter a new era of opportunity.

As we try to ride out the last of the pandemic, consider adding these elements to your next training seminar:

  1. Outdoor Learning

There’s nothing like spending time in nature, especially during the spring/summer. Many of us have looked to the outdoors for solace during the COVID-19 crisis. Being outside lowers your risk for transmission, but it’s also the perfect remedy to countless hours sitting in front of a screen.

Bring your team together by finding a suitable event venue with plenty of outdoor space. Oakwood Resort sits right of Lake Wawasee with fast access to wooded forests and scenic hiking trails. Keep your team busy with team building activities like basketball, kayaking, giant Jenga, frisbee, and more. Use the firepit to roast smores at night to get some much-needed fresh air after hours of looking at your computer.

Chances are your team is craving some more time outdoors. Studies show spending time in nature can relieve stress, reduce blood pressure, and improve mood. We could all use a little stress relief right about now. The health benefits go on and on. Not bad for a walk in the woods!

  1. Fast Access to Airports and Transportation

It’s always best to make it easy for your employees to get to your training seminar. The event should help relieve stress, not incite it. Consider where your employees are located before picking a venue or setting a date. Remember that many of your employees have likely relocated since the start of quarantine. Talk to them about how they plan on getting to and from the event venue and work around their needs when necessary. People usually like to have more than one option when it comes to booking transportation, especially during a global pandemic.

Oakwood Resort is conveniently located near the center of Indiana, with access to major cities like Indianapolis, Chicago, IL, Detroit, MI, and Columbus, OH, all of which have their own airports. This makes it easy for your workers to fly into the area if they live across the country or in another state. We are also close to several major highways and thruways leading north/south and east/west across the Midwest, so driving is an option as well.

  1. Quality Customer Service and Event Preparation

If you’re new to hosting a corporate retreat or training seminar, it’s best to avoid overburdening yourself with too many tasks. You and your colleagues should be focused on the substance of the learning seminar and boosting attendance by following up with your employees. Choose a venue that will help you with the busy work, such as meal prep, housekeeping, decorations, and even small things like finding the closest outlet or accessing the Wi-Fi.

Ask the venue to designate a point person that can answer these questions and respond to the everyday needs of your team, so you don’t get overwhelmed. Troubling yourself with small details can also make the event seem unprofessional. Make sure there’s plenty of staff on hand to help you with anything you might need along the way.

Keep it simple by choosing a venue with built-in catering, dining, bar service, and accommodations, so your team doesn’t have to worry about traveling back to the hotel or getting behind the wheel.

Oakwood Resort is known for its impeccable event planning service. We have a long history of hosting and organizing all kinds of get-togethers and events with the scars to prove it. Our team will be there 24/7 to help you run the perfect seminar.


These are unprecedented times and new opportunities are up for grabs. Plan your next corporate training seminar at Oakwood Resort to get the most out of your time together as a team.