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One-day Retreat Outline
for Learning to Use the Practical Side of Spirituality
in the Workplace

Susan Kramer
Text and Artwork copyright © 1998-2011 Susan Kramer
Santa Barbara, California USA
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Published by Creations in Consciousness
Link to Spirituality in the Workplace Series

Preparation: Reading materials copied and handed out ahead of time; homework assignment in preparation for the discussion. Prepare a page of the day's schedule to hand out. If possible, have a copy of the lecture ready to hand out at the end of the day for the participants' review.

I. Opening prayers or inspirational reading.

II. Lecture on topic by retreat leader.

III. Discussion between participants and retreat leader, and responses of participants to each other's thoughts.

Break for Refreshment/Restroom

IV. Divide up into partners or larger groups and have each member play the part of employer and employee in turn with the goal being to collaborate over a workplace situation for a best outcome for all.

Break for Lunch

V. Opening prayers or inspirational reading.

VI. Walking meditation for a period of reflection on the topic of the retreat. Take a long silent walk single file outside in nature (or inside by walking around the border of room).

Perhaps this time of silent reflection on the lessons of the morning will help each participant set a new tone and tempo and personal goal in their job.

Break for Restroom

VII. Relaxed sharing time between participants talking about what they learned from the day and their goals for themselves in the workplace.

VIII.  Closing prayers or inspirational reading, silent reflection, joyful song to close retreat.

I feel the above outline for a 6 to 8 hour retreat day balances learning, practice in collaboration, reflection, and a time for sharing new insights.

Stan Schaap and Susan Kramer

Susan Kramer, M.A., M.Div. is an international author of more than 50 collections and 150 articles on rhythmic dance, music, philosophy, yoga and practical spirituality for children, teens, adults and those challenged, with some translations in Dutch, French, German and Spanish, and with her husband, Stan Schaap-, resides in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
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further reading
Love and Science, One in Consciousness
Radiant Yoga for Teens and Adults
Social Conscience - an interactive spiritual digest on current issues

Books for teaching toddlers to teens by Susan Kramer

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