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Can a Wellness Retreat benefit your Brand?

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Can a Wellness Retreat benefit your Brand?

The idea of a company retreat to restore your employees’ peace of mind has lots of companies jumping on board. If you can refocus your team and get paid for a day of relaxation, why not participate? Company culture is a huge focus for those looking to change jobs and those weighing the benefits of their current company. Here are some ways you can show your employees you care about their well-being without straying from your company vision.

Take a Poll - No matter your company size, give all team members the chance for their voice to be heard. In your early planning stages, send out an email asking who would be willing to participate in a wellness retreat with the team and what ideas they have to make it unique. This way, you can start to feel out the group and put together a planning team to share the responsibilities that go into planning and off-site retreat.

Incorporate all levels - When you begin your planning process, make sure all age groups and levels of seniority are represented in your planning meetings. Newer members of the team might bring up excellent ideas that more senior members would not think of and vice versa. While the idea of a retreat is to get people out of the ordinary, you want to make sure everyone is comfortable with the activities being offered.  

Another way to diversify the day is to offer different types of sessions at the same time. Some members of the team might not be giddy about goat yoga, so offer a second, less adventurous option to make sure all team members feel engaged and acknowledged.

When is the right time to plan a retreat?

Many companies offer health challenges throughout the year to motivate the team to stay active. Why not take a day to help your employees jumpstart their fitness routine or help them stay motivated in the middle of the challenge? Search for companies that offer group fitness classes to have a little fun with the team.

A big company restructure might leave team members feeling a little out of sorts. Participating in a fitness-related, team-focused activity could help smooth out any growing pains and build bonds to move the team forward. Look into “Amazing Race” or relay-style events to help team members learn how to work together!

We know not everyone has the time or budget to travel off site. If your company is coming up on the end of a stressful business deal or a particularly busy quarter, try something like in-office massages to eliminate stress and boost productivity. 

Find a space that sticks to your core values - Not all companies are the same, so finding a space that echoes your company’s voice matters. If your company is all about getting outdoors and you host a retreat in a conference center with no windows, chances are it won’t be as accepted as if you hosted it at a nature preserve. If your company is all about becoming more environmentally aware and sustainable, a place like Greenhouse Loft, which is LEED platinum certified, may be right up your alley.

Whatever your company stands for, make sure it is represented throughout the event – including the space in which it is held.

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5 Ways to Green Your Next Meeting

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5 Ways to Green Your Next Meeting

Greenhouse Loft can enhance your green efforts with all of the ways we work behind the scenes to ensure your meeting or event is environmentally friendly. Holding your meeting or corporate event at a sustainable venue like Greenhouse Loft will put your meeting above the rest.

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Empowerment through Improv

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Empowerment through Improv

 Photo courtesy of Greenhouse Loft Photography

Photo courtesy of Greenhouse Loft Photography


Wondering how to make your event stand out in the crowd? Maybe a little improv is the way to go. When Anna Clarke, Regional Field Marketing Manager at LUNA Bar, was planning her event, she knew Greenhouse Loft was the perfect place to hold it. With a ton of natural light streaming in and the adaptability of the indoor and outdoor space, she had been wanting to plan an event here for quite some time and now she had the perfect opportunity.

Anna’s “Empowerment through Improv” event hosted roughly 40 women - thought leaders, business owners, anyone who could benefit from getting away from their daily routine and out of their comfort zone. She worked with Second City and brought in a couple of their trainers to work with this group of women and show them a lighter approach to life.

The group took advantage of Greenhouse Loft’s mid-century furniture and set up comfortable chairs in a circle to promote collaboration. The Second City trainers did a combination of improv acting and written activities.  Everyone was moving around, up and out of their seats, and collaborating with others. The energy of the day was undeniable. 

With Greenhouse Loft's on-site venue manager handling all of the details, Anna could enjoy the day with the rest of her team. They hosted the first part of their event on one side of the loft and part two was already staged and set for them to easily transition when the time was right. With Arbor right next door, it was easy for them to plan a post-event happy hour to keep the fun going. 

They took advantage of our in-house photo services and stepped into our Ultimate Photo Booth to capture the fun of the day. During breaks they took individual portraits and got to take prints home right from the event. They took a dynamic group photo at the end, pictured above, which was a great way to capture the excitement and energy of the day. 

 

“Even though it took place almost two years ago, I still remember the venue, the event and the group of women who were gathered together like it was yesterday. I feel like I left with a whole bunch of new friends”
- Anna Clarke

 

Want to host a phenomenal event at Greenhouse Loft but not sure where to start? Take a look at some of the events we've hosted in the past:
 


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Corporate Retreats

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Corporate Retreats

 Pictures courtesy of Greenhouse Loft Photography

Pictures courtesy of Greenhouse Loft Photography


There is something about natural light that always seems to clear people’s minds and inspire them when they break from their normal environment. Earlier this summer, the law firm Kirkland & Ellis hosted a two-day retreat with day one being Greenhouse Loft. This is what their Business Development Associate Director had to say about the effect of Greenhouse Loft on their meeting and the difference the next day...
 

"What a difference natural light makes … we had a meeting back at our offices on Thursday, and you could feel the energy deflate from the group.”
-Audra Simel, Kirkland & Ellis

Is your team looking to get out of the office? Are you burnt out and want to boost team morale? Located ten minutes from the heart of Logan Square, Greenhouse Loft is the perfect spot to get you thinking outside the... cubicle. Our space offers companies an open, collaborative work space where groups can creatively mix up their average routine.  

Greenhouse Loft is a 3,600+ square feet of customizable space made to fit whatever type of meeting or forum your organization is thinking about having. Our warm, inviting space is filled with natural light and floor-to-ceiling windows that allow companies to not only meet, but exceed, motivational expectations. Located in a certified LEED platinum building, Greenhouse prides itself on providing Chicago's most sustainable meeting and event space.

“Thanks to your team for helping us put together a truly memorable event! We absolutely loved the space and everyone on the ground was so helpful. It was truly flawless."

Are you stumped on what kind of event to utilize Greenhouse Loft for? Take a look at some of the things that we have done in the past:
 

  • Team Building

  • Brainstorming  and Ideation Sessions

  • Sales Meetings

  • Focus Groups

  • Creative Gatherings

  • Board Meetings

  • Train-the-Trainer

  • Employee Engagement

  • Exhibits

  • Holiday Parties

  • Fundraisers

  • Photo Shoots and Video Shoots

  • Book Signings

  • Educational Meetings and Workshop

  • Cosmetology Workshops

     


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