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Babes With Blades Theatre Company had a wonderful time on our retreat at the Bright Angel Retreat the weekend of September 28-30.  The retreat was attended by our leadership team and the managers of the Marketing, Inclusion, and Literary teams.  We approached the retreat as a way to address ongoing transitions within the company, discuss several business and infrastructure items requiring our attention, and dive into future planning.

Interspersed throughout the business of the retreat was lots of laughter, deer, snacks, and delicious home cooked meals.  We enjoyed our time immensely and got more accomplished in one weekend than we typically get done in weeks.  As an itinerant company comprised entirely of volunteers, we do a lot of work via email or conference call.  The opportunity to get out of the city, sit together, share meals, and dive deeply into issues was invaluable. 

Bright Angel Retreat was an ideal setting for our staff to get away for three days to do some big thinking. We wanted for nothing!  The proximity to Chicago made it possible for a facilitator to join us for two days. Most of our work was done in Wolf’s Lair- beautifully bright, with a lot of room (and a projector!). We made our meals together in the well-furnished kitchen, delighted in easy walks along the country roads, and at the fire pit enjoyed smores, watched the embers burn down, and then looked up - at the stars.   

Kristin Larsen, Executive Director  Arts & Business Council of Chicago  

We really appreciated the opportunity to get out of the city, to work “on the company” instead of “in the company”, and to spend some social time bonding outside of the physical theater environment. Our board member/moderator, Kelli Strickland, has extensive experience as a consultant and retreat facilitator, and she really drove the discussions in a way we might not have matched on our own. We are inspired to retreat annually and hope that other companies are served just as well by the Bright Angel experience!

Raven Theatre Company


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