:: 2018 ::
The almighty Google defines coordination:
the organization of the different elements of a complex body or activity so as to enable them to work together effectively.
To break that down in regards to retreats:
organization = what I do
different elements = budget, registration, & communication
complex body = retreat container
work together effectively = retreat magic aka the teachings
Creating my definition of Retreat Coordination:
I organize the retreat budget, registration, & communications so teachers can teach.
I’ve been known to coordinate other things besides retreats & since August I’ve been coordinating volunteers for the Portland Winter Light Festival.
The Festival this year was a smashing success. We had over 140,000 attendees & 191 volunteers show up for their shifts!
I learned so much. I designed tons of fancy spreadsheets. I made new friends & I strengthened friendships decades-in-the-making.
I also learned that volunteer coordination completely & utterly takes over your life the 2 months leading up to the festival.
I’m in the debrief phase now, basking in the glory, & compiling all the notes for next year.
For this retreat, I:
- Customized the Budget
- Designed the Registration Process
- Managed all Communications
- Organized the Logistics
- Handled the Cash Flow
As the On-Site Liaison, I’ll have the honor of witnessing the magic we’ve created.
I’m beyond excited to spend time at the magical Trout Lake Abbey.