Why I Love to Facilitate Team Building Events at Retreats

I’ll admit it.

I absolutely love to work with teams at retreats.

It does not matter if we are together because they can’t get along, they are a team dealing with change, or they simply deserve time away, I am glad to work with teams every single day.  However, I LOVE! facilitating team building events at retreats because retreats bring out the best in people.

At a retreat times seems to stand still, the air is pure, the space designed for contemplation and growth.  People are relaxed, often in awe of the space they are occupying.   When Canvas Creek rolls in to facilitate team building at a retreat we are always greeted with smiles, helpers, and an air of excitement.  Our making over of a room, or outdoor space, helps the team to think new thoughts, to get our of their comfort zones, and to embrace change.

When a team is in a space designed for growth it is easy to bond them, easy to help them develop deep and lasting insights.  Easy to see their very best intentions for the work that they do.

While we are working with teams at retreats we can pivot, or  change the activity to meet the weather, the conversations, or the circumstances.  These pivots make me feel alive!  I didn’t start Canvas Creek to do the same ol thing, the same ol way, every single day.   I started it so we could be the absolute best experience for transforming teams, and that is easiest to do in a retreat setting.   http://canvascreekteambuilding.com/team-building-collaborative-canvas-painting/ 

I love what I do.   And I’d love to do it with your people, at your next retreat, especially if it’s in a beautiful space.  Spaces like that are a boon to my life’s work.

Let’s go on a team building retreat!

team building at a retreat

This team created great results at their retreat.


Creative Corporate Team Building Activities- by Canvas Creek

Your Mission in Resin by Canvas Creek Team Building

Because Canvas Creek operates as a mobile art studio we bring you creative corporate team building activities that include everyone in the process.  Art based team building and activities are the fastest way to bond teams, because the activities are engaging, barrier free and rewarding.   They are also one of the few times that multi-generational teams will all be on the same page!   When your team takes time to create art together, they take time to think new thoughts, try new ideas, forge new ways of working together.

We often hear comments like “I didn’t expect JoAnn to be so good with a brush!” and “I could not have done this without Bill’s help.”  When teams learn that they can count on each other, and that they have unexpected (hidden) talents, things in the office improve quickly.

Three creative corporate team building activities offered by Canvas Creek-

Your Mission in Resin by Canvas Creek Team Building

  1. Collaborative Art.  We can’t say it enough, this works.  Watch this TEDx talk to learn about the development of this process which has been used by over 50,000 people.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbtkkenva_0
  2. Your Mission in Resin.  Capture 3d items in this unique medium.   Each person will choose an item for display in the finished piece, placing it beside, under or over other peoples items.   We then capture the items in a thick resin pour and your art work is done and ready for display the next day.   These Resin Projects are great when part of a cocktail party, then displayed at the meeting the next day.
  3. Canvas Conversations.  Used as part of cocktail hour or communication training we take the paint and sip idea into the training realm.  Communication.  Change management.  Employee appreciation (this is incredible) we do amazing things with a paint brush and a canvas.

We do amazing things  with a paint brush and a canvas.

Creative events such as these give your team evidence of what they can do together and they look great hanging in the office.  You will often find your team showing them to clients, thus increasing relationship conversations.

Canvas Creek Team Building is a company of creative, expressive events.  We are proud to work with your trainers and meeting planners to make creative corporate events that will delight your staff—and the custodian, as we never leave a stain!  canvascreekteams.com

Effective Team Building Activity

2016-10-26 11.13.44When your team is going through big changes, you want to offer them effective team building.   These events, when done well, build three things that are important, camaraderie, shared experiences, and team bonds.  Art based team building activities are among the best at building on all three of these ideas.

Your team will experience these three things when participating in our collaborative art process-

  1.  It will stress them, which makes them rely on one another.
  2. The art can not be completed alone, there is no room for a lone wolf, working together brings success.
  3. The art hangs on the wall as a long lasting reminder of what the team can do…together.

Effective team building activities will move quickly

To be worth the investment of time and money, effective team building will move quickly, it will use at least four senses, and it will give your team a sense of accomplishment.   Our art based team building activities work for teams that have new leaders, new systems, and new environments.  When the team walks in the room they are usually hesitant to attend ‘just another team building’.  About 1/3 will feel encouraged when the see the canvas’.  The rest will feel some level of dread.

That is when the magic of our process  takes over.    Assigned roles, given direction, and understanding the three stage process, the team dives into the project.  Soon, teams are derailed, challenged, just  like in real life.   When they are derailed, they come together, and the beauty of the art is revealed.  Those that dreaded the event jump in to support their teammates, as well as have fun!  Teams create art that captures their personality, their exuberance or hesitancy, and in the end, they will not be able to take their eyes off their creation.  You will see many pictures of Canvas Creek Team Building that show backs, not faces.  These photos capture what makes this effective team building,  a bond, a sense of pride, because of collaboration.

These photos capture what makes this effective team building,  a bond, a sense of pride, because of collaboration

When the team stands back and looks at their art they will tilt their heads to the left, tilt them to the right, and nudge each other.  They will smile.  During this stage nothing else in the room matters, except the people they created this art with.   We love Canvas Creek because it is not about us, it is about the people who create the art, and what they will do with this shared experience.

Canvas Creek takes their mobile art studio to every state, for teams of all sizes.  We have  sweet spot of 25 people, for transformative events, 100 people for effective events and 1000 people for celebration events.  Contact us today, and have a better team tomorrow.   canvascreekteams.com

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