Launch your own retreat at the Elmfield

New for 2023, the Elmfield will be launching a series of creative and wellness retreats. Are you planning on hosting your own retreat in North Devon? Why not consider the Elmfield as your retreat venue? Our venue is purposely designed tohost residential retreats for up to 20 people. We have a naturally-lit studio area, heated swimming pool, communal dining room, industrial kitchen, snug bar, lounge and 8 well-appointed en-suite bedrooms. We are situated in Ilfracombe, North Devon, UK, just 8 minutes from the sea.

Considering running a retreat thisyear? Here are some of our top tips for creating, planning and launching a sell-out retreat of your own.

1. Create a signature retreat that is unique to youand the service you offerWe have helped clients do Yoga Retreats, WritingRetreats, Painting Retreats, Fitness Retreats, Nutritional Retreats, Midlife and Menopause Retreats, Entrepreneurial Retreats, Music Writing Retreats – the list is endless. At the Elmfield, so close to the sea, we have the perfect mind and body space.

2. Market early 

At the Elmfield we can offer in-house marketingexpertise who can help with social media, websites and developing a marketing strategy for your retreat. It’s essential to develop a clear message and call to action for the type of people who would love to attend.

3. Set your price 

Setting your price and realising your budget iskey. How many days will you run your retreat? Will you want full board or will you just be offering accommodation and tuition? At the Elmfield our team can talk through all of the options of our Retreat Venue Hire. We can also help you to resource additional tutors, or restaurants and local activities.

4. Location, location, location 

You may or may not already have an idea of what you’dlike your location and venue to offer. Does the location and venue match your theme? For nutrition you may requirea fully-equipped catering kitchen; for yoga you’ll want naturally lit studio space; for a writer’s retreat, you’ll want quiet and restful surroundings.

5. Terms and conditions and insurance 

It is essential to consider what will be includedin the Ts&Cs for your retreats and that clients are aware of these before they buy. At the Elmfield we have a handy retreat template that you can utilise. We are also happy to offer a booking service, liaising with your clients in terms of accommodation and dietary requirements. Remember that some retreats may require bespoke insurance cover – depending on the activities.

6. Programme plan 

Choosing and planning the content is essential to attractingbusiness and making the retreat unique to you. At the Elmfield, you can not only utilise the venue, but also the wonderful surroundings, restaurants and activities that Ilfracombe and North Devon has to offer. Don’t forget to factor in rest and relaxation time.

Final words – we speak to a lot ofpeople who would like to launch a retreat. To find out more about our retreat venue hire, please drop us a message on info@theelmfield.comor give Matt a call on +44(0)7753 826068.


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