Written by Caroline Nieuwenhuis
The past couple of years have been a bit of a rough ride to say the least, with many of us sacrificing family reunions, company socials and holidays to keep everyone safe. We’re constantly reminded that we’re living in ‘unprecedented times’ and waiting to see what the ‘new normal’ will have in store for us, hoping that future plans can go ahead without a hitch.
Although we all found ourselves locked away for months on end, one thing for sure is that it made us appreciate the value of communication. Whether it was phone calls with work colleagues to hit a deadline, reconnecting with past friends on social media or the weekly family ‘Zoom’ quiz on a Friday night, those connections became even more important and kept us going through the tough times.
Another valuable asset that many of us lost during lockdowns was the opportunity to enjoy nature. Restricted to an hour’s exercise meant that many people were unable to reach their local park, beach or trails, making it tough to keep moving and getting that daily dose of vitamin D. But as the rules resided, people have thrown themselves into new sports and activities to make the most of what nature has to offer, with the number of people engaging in wild swimming increasing by 94% in 2020.
Immersing yourself in nature has been found to have many positive impacts on mental health and wellbeing, with reduced levels of stress, depression and anxiety amongst the benefits experienced. In fact, the Japanese have been practising ‘forest bathing’ since the 1980s in a bid to ‘offer an eco-antidote to tech-boom burnout’ by using all five senses to reconnect with the natural environment. In addition, spending time in the ocean in has been found to have an even higher psychologically restorative effect, not only reducing stress levels but also increasing positive social relations.
With many of us now working from home more permanently, the need to connect and reunite with colleagues on a regular basis has never been more important. Corporate retreats offer the opportunity to build on workplace connections whilst immersing yourself in nature and experiencing new activities as a group. Not only does this build positive relationships within the team, but it also allows for everyone individually to escape the office environment, let go of their everyday stresses and benefit from time spent in nature, offline.
With its dramatic cascading cliffs, beautiful sandy beaches, tranquil fishing villages and the opportunity for new adventures, Dorset is one of Britain’s most picturesque counties. Situated just over two hours from London with public transport connections also available, you can have the sand between your toes and reconnect with your team in no time at all!
Dorset is home to many different towns and villages with a wide array of historic harbours and picturesque piers including Poole and Boscombe. It also has incredible sites of natural beauty such as the famous Durdle Door, Sandbanks Beach and Old Harry Rocks.
With options to venture off the beaten path and escape into the tranquillity of nature, enjoy the hustle and bustle of Bournemouth or even opt for a bit of both, we can help you make the most of your time on the South coast. For your Corporate Retreats in Dorset we can create action-packed itineraries that will leave your team feeling refreshed and re-energised.
Wake Up By The Waves
From modern beach houses, woodland lodges and country manors to harbour-side hostels and hotels, Dorset has a wide variety of large accommodation options to meet every group’s wants and needs. Whether it’s falling asleep to the sound of the ocean, the ability to take a morning stroll through surrounding forests or stepping out the front door into the hustle and bustle of the local pier, we’ve got you covered. With large, open-plan communal spaces, games and cinema rooms on offer, team collaboration has never looked so good!
We can also accommodate all your event requirements with Corporate Retreats in Dorset offering fantastic modern facilities for your strategic meetings or a private team party – there are plenty of great options available.
Dorset Corporate Retreat Activities To Tick Off The List
Corporate Retreats in Dorset offer world-class adventures for everyone with a wide range of activities, bringing that little bit of magic to your team getaway. With beaches, white cliffs, forests and trails ready to explore, Dorset offers a wide range of different pursuits for all corporate groups. What about kayaking to secret coves, sailing along golden beaches, coasteering across cliff-faces or enjoying a sunrise paddleboarding session? If you’re more of a land-lover then rock climbing, hiking and bush craft sessions are also on offer to create the perfect action-packed itinerary.