My experience at the DCW

I promised last week that I would post about my experience at the Dynamic Communicator’s Workshop, so I owe my readers this post.  I have, however, decided to break  it up into two parts.  Today I will post about the facilities where the workshop was held and tomorrow about my actual experience at the workshop.

The DCW I attended was at the WinShape Retreat Center which is on the campus of Berry College.  WinShape is operated by the non-profit arm of Chick-Fil-A and it is easily the most impressive lodging I have ever experienced.  The weather was great, it was cool and did sprinkle a bit but overall it was great.  So I will admit that I may have been slightly less awed by the beauty if it had been August rather than April, but it was amazing.

So what are the key things to consider when evaluating a retreat center?  I believe there are three things to consider; the food, the lodgings, and the meeting areas.  Let’s take those one at a time.

First, the food was wonderful.  It was not standard cafeteria fare, but gourmet awesomeness.  There was always variety.  In case you do not like tilapia, there was beef.  And it was all good.

Second, the lodgings were great.  The room was huge, the bed was comfortable, the shower was hot and the people were friendly.  Someone was always there to open the door for you, and they smiled about it.

Third, the meeting areas were nearly perfect.  I suppose I could have wished for more comfortable seating in the auditorium, but the pews were not uncomfortable.

I realize that for a review to be taken seriously, there must be some sort of criticism, so here is my attempt.  On the first night of the workshop, during social time, they fed us cookies which included the best peanut butter cookie I have ever eaten.  The rest of my small group was in agreement.  However the rest of the time, those cookies were nowhere to be found.  We had to settle for scones.  Which, although they were the best scones I’ve ever eaten, do not even compare to the awesomeness of the peanut butter cookies.