Okay… If you’ve been reading this blog the last few days, you are sold on the importance of retreating. But you may be asking where to do this? Because I am personally a huge Glen Eyrie fan, the last day of my interview with Mike McNamee, the Sales and Program Director for Glen Eyrie Conference Center, is all about this place. Check it out…
Rick: Mike, you've sold me on the fact that retreating is biblical, is the most effective way to reconnect with God, as well as the most effective way to get the best thinking from a team. Finding the right location to experience this is vital. What should a pastor look for when considering a retreat center?
Mike: (1) space for attendees to have locations where they can meet with God – put spiritual markers down (2) a staff committed to serving and ministering to others in the name of Christ (3) I prefer attendees having their own sleeping room. This is not always cost affective or affordable but I think it enhances the retreat. Many times people will go back to their room and process the day. That could mean tears, crying out, on their knees, journaling, etc.
Rick: Having been at Glen Eyrie multiple times now I know that she meets every criterion you just mentioned. What sets her apart from other retreat centers?
Mike: The spectacular beauty and space. You might be here with 200 other people and you can find places on the property that make you feel like you are all alone with God. It’s awesome!
Rick: Okay, let's get right where people are livin'. Nothing ruins a retreat experience like bad food. What's the food like at The Glen?
Mike: Great! Not camp food like most Christian retreat centers. We have highly trained chefs, creative menus and a very inviting dining room. No one ever leaves here hungry.
Rick: All groups need a break from the work they are doing and a team experiencing something fun together really bonds them. What recreational experiences are possible at Glen Eyrie? Are there hiking paths, a ropes course, etc...?
Rick: Along those same lines, what kind of sites are there to see or things to do in and around Colorado Springs, Colorado where Glen Eyrie is located?
Rick: Mike, where would someone go to learn more about Glen Eyrie including prices, the various lodging that's available on campus, what conferences and opportunities are already planned and open to anyone, and who to talk to to book a reservation?