Why are retreats important?
Next week will mark my 18th rehearsal with my choir. Since Labor Day.
In that time, we will have spent 36 hours together in rehearsal. 36 hours to learn music, become a team, build trust, and discover our collective art.
Meanwhile, our September retreat concluded after more than 40 hours together. Some were sleeping, admittedly; but even discounting those hours, we have barely equaled our retreat time in the ensuing 4+ months.
The intensive time you spend in retreat early on pays dividends throughout the year. Even in February, the Rockford Aces are a different group for having spent a weekend together in September.