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The Importance of Teambuilding in 2022

It’s been a little over two years since COVID hit, and if you haven’t heard of COVID by now, you should get out more. When the pandemic began, we lost connection with a lot of people, and for many of us it meant we were isolated in our houses, or maybe cooped up with family….

6 Activities and Games for Your Women’s Retreat

If you have run out of ideas of what to do for your women’s retreat, look no further! Use some of these activities: Slumber Party! This will be a great throwback to your teen days, with friends and games. Everyone can bring their favorite snacks and board games to have throughout the night. You can…

9 Themes for Your Upcoming Youth Retreat

Are you looking for a fresh theme for the youth retreat you are hosting this year? Here are some great themes to look at and use! God and the Royal Inheritance (Ephesians 1 and 2) Did you know you are a child of God? What does that really mean? God constantly reminds us that we…

Top 6 Tips for Planning a Retreat

Trust and Team Bonding Activity Between Two Men

Are you planning a retreat, but don’t know where to start? Here are some great tips from our staff to set your retreat planning up for success! 1. Know who you’re bringing Is it a youth retreat? A women’s retreat? It’s important to know your audience—who you are setting the retreat up for. If you…

How to Get the Best Experience Out of Refreshing Mountain

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You have probably noticed how much there is to do at Refreshing Mountain, whether you are scrolling through the website or have been to our facility in person. While it is easy to hop from one thing to the next, a lot of people have asked us this question: How do you have the best…

Best Indoor Activities for Large Groups

Whether you have a group of ten or one hundred, it can be interesting trying to find some games that work for everyone (or, at least, most people). If it’s a rainy day or dreary outside, some of those recreational activities may require a little more creativity if you weren’t planning on the weather change….

Absolute Best Ice Breakers and Large Group Games for Retreats

How is the best way to start a retreat? With ice breakers, of course! Here are some of the best ice breakers (and games) for groups of all ages. Train Wreck This can be done with small or large groups, but larger groups (between 15-50 or more) are best! You will need a chair for…

25+ Great Themes for a Great Retreat

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A thoughtful and well-developed retreat theme can be a great inspiration in helping people connect to what they have learned at your retreat. This connection strengthens the effect of the retreat and can create long-term spiritual growth and continued practice. Whether you are planning a spiritual Men’s Retreat, Women’s Retreat, or Youth Retreat with your church, a Family…

Refreshing Mountain Staff Bio for Suzanne Harnish

I began working in the kitchen with my parents Marlin and Sharon (owners) when they were still doing all of the cooking here. Working in the kitchen is my earliest memory… because that was where we did everything. Being a part of a family-owned business, Mom and Dad had plenty of chores for us kids…

Refreshing Mountain Staff Justin Harnish

I have been living and working here since I was 4 years old.  Of course, my roles/responsibilities have changed over the years. Currently, I oversee the Finance, Marketing, Policy, and Sales aspects of Refreshing Mountain.  As a child, I was “babysitter” for my younger siblings while my parents did camp tasks.  I also helped with…