How to Plan Your Retreat

When looking to plan your retreat ask yourself the following questions. If you can clearly answer all of these questions you are well on your way to planning an amazing retreat. Bring your people and your agenda, we will take care of everything else!

1. Why do a retreat?

What are you hoping to accomplish by having a retreat? Having a clear set of goals will help you frame your retreat and agenda.

2. Where should the retreat be held?

At National 4-H Conference Center of course! Your retreat location should be far enough away from home to create a sense of getting away without being outside the travel comfort level of your attendees.

3. How often should we hold a retreat?

At minimum you should hold an annual retreat. Getting away quarterly or biannually is best but at minimum getting away from the norm once a year will prove to be invaluable.

4. How long should the retreat be?

Retreats can be any length of time from 1 day to 4. Please see below for all of our available Retreat Packages.

5. Who should attend the retreat?

Anyone who has an interest or stake in the content of your retreat. For example if you will be planning your church women's event calendar at your retreat all women of the church should be invited.

6. Rules and Expectations

Being clear with your attendees is critical. Setting the rules and expectations early on will ensure everyone is on the same page from the beginning.

Please check out these two great resources for Religious Retreat Planning or for Government Retreat Planning.

National 4-H Conference Center welcomes more than 30 faith based and mission related organizations that choose to have their annual weekend retreats at the Center. Only 1 mile from Washington, D.C. in beautiful Chevy Chase, Maryland, this 12 acre campus is a green oasis that provides our groups with the opportunity to get away.

Weekend retreat packages include everything you need to make your retreat successful. Most packages begin with dinner on your day of arrival and include all of your meals in our Clover Café through lunch on your day of departure. A general session meeting room is also included in your package and available from 6:00 pm on the day of arrival until 5:00 pm on the departure day.

Each package is unique and designed specifically to fit the needs of your group. Call your sales manager today at 1-800-Four-H-DC to get your package.

Looking for a comfortable, accessible place to hold your next day meeting? The National 4-H Conference Center can accommodate your group for a memorable meeting experience.

When you have your meeting at the National 4-H Conference Center, you have access to:

  • Knowledgeable, professional and responsive meeting planners
  • Year round meeting accommodations
  • 41 meeting rooms, including a 550 seat auditorium
  • Audio-visual equipment with on-site audio-visual technicians
  • Full service catering for groups of 25 or more
  • On-site parking
  • A variety of day meeting packages

By choosing one of our day meeting packages, designed for groups of 25 or more, you can stay focused on the task at hand while we ensure your meeting needs are fulfilled. Breakfast, lunch, an afternoon snack break and the meeting facility are all included in a flat per-attendee rate. Choose from one of our three packages below:

Standard Day Package

  • Bakery Breakfast - coffee, decaf, tea, hot chocolate; muffins, and cinnamon rolls
  • Lunch in cafeteria
  • P.M. break - cookies, assorted sodas and bottled water
  • General session meeting room, flip chart, podium, screen

Deluxe Day Package

  • Health Club Breakfast - coffee, tea, assorted juices; hot oatmeal with healthy toppings and seasonal sliced fruit
  • A.M. coffee refreshment with assorted granola bars
  • Lunch in cafeteria
  • P.M. break - cookies, assorted sodas and bottled waters
  • General session meeting room, flip chart, podium, screen

Executive Day Package

  • Southwestern Breakfast Burritos - includes egg and cheese burritos, crisp bacon, seasonal sliced fruit; coffee, tea, and assorted juices
  • A.M. coffee refreshment with assorted granola bars
  • Working European Sandwich Buffet - assortment of European style sandwiches and wraps, choice of side salad, chips, brownies or cookies; ice tea and bottled water
  • P.M. break - includes cheese and vegetable crudites; assorted sodas, bottled waters
  • General session meeting room, flip chart, podium, screen

Packages listed above cannot be altered. You must guarantee a minimum of 25 people.