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Liminality

In Why Camp Works: Part 1, I had discussed the concept of liminality and how it applies to the camp experience in general.

But how can that concept be applied to a corporate retreat?

Why should a corporate business choose camp as a work retreat venue? Most corporate businesses choose banquet halls or large hotel meeting rooms for their retreat settings. But what those facilities lack, camp delivers in a huge way.

Holistic Retreat Setting

The idea of liminality plays a large role in why camps offer corporate retreats a much better and more holistic retreat setting. When people attend camp they are stripped of their normal social structures and schedules. When they attend camp, they are transported to a place void of all those things. It’s a place where they can simply exist.

When employers bring their employees to a camp setting for a weekend, they are setting the stage for relationship building outside the normal work schedule. At camp, groups participate in activities, eat meals together, and share in outdoor experiences. As one participant stands on the edge of the rock face, gearing up to rappel down the cliffside, they are not sure if they will have the courage. Their coworker gives them encouragement and helps them overcome their fears and conquer the rappel.

Shared Experiences

Or imagine that same participant taking a late night stargazing hike with their coworkers. This is something that rarely happens outside of the workplace naturally. However, in this natural setting, they are more likely to open up with each other as they all share in the experience.

Imagine the social structures of work being stripped away. Imagine a place where people are allowed to just enjoy camaraderie with their coworkers and experience the new setting together.

These experience are much deeper and impactful than just a weekend of meetings. They are much deeper than a retreat that feels the same as the office.

Camp provides a setting in which people are free to exist and experience deep camaraderie and lasting relationships.

Ben Lynxwiler

Maintenance Technician
ben.lynxwiler@glorieta.org

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