In May of this year, Ravensbourne Escape was chosen as the corporate retreat venue for an educational and wellness getaway for families supporting someone with a mental illness. 20 carers from the area stayed in 8 of our houses in order to relax, rewind and reconnect.
To learn more about the great work of these carers and their stay at Ravensbourne Escape, we spoke with one of the retreat’s organisers, Barbara Hannon. Here’s what she had to say.
What organisation do you represent and what is your role/position?
Barbara: I attend several support groups that have a family member or friend who has a mental illness. We were very fortunate to be offered funding for a retreat for those involved in the ongoing support and care of their family member. I was involved in selecting the accommodation and in organising the retreat.
Why was Ravensbourne Escape so appealing as a corporate retreat venue?
Barbara: As the retreat was to be offered throughout the Darling Downs and Granite Belt area, we needed a suitable venue that was not too far away in case of any emergency at home. We also had specific needs, as all participants have little time for themselves and experience a great deal of stress in their lives.
We were particularly drawn to Ravensbourne Escape as a retreat because of its location, which is breathtakingly beautiful, and because of the exceptionally high standard of accommodation and meals.
The Woods restaurant, which is a part of the complex, offered a relaxing, friendly atmosphere with wonderful food. There was also lots of room for us to host guest speakers for educational training.
What were you hoping to provide for your guests?
Barbara: We wanted the participants to have a choice about what they did. Whether they wished to join in with activities, such as archery, yoga, walking, reading, sleeping, soaking in a bath, talking to other attendees, or simply relaxing and enjoying downtime alone. Whatever they wished to do.
Our aim was that they went home feeling that they themselves had been cared for and felt a little less tired and stressed.
Did your guests enjoy their stay? Would you visit again?
Barbara: Without exception the feedback was overwhelmingly positive. We have another 30 participants already booked for August who are really looking forward to spending some time at this special place.
Planning a retreat for your business or organisation?
If you’re looking for a corporate retreat venue near Brisbane or the Gold Coast, contact us today. We offer customisable corporate packages with accomodation, catering, and team building activities. 2019 dates are fast filling up, so call 07 4697 8092 for availability.