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How to Throw the Ultimate Company Retreat

You would go to the edge of the earth for your team. Why not take them there with you?

words by Ryan Yuh

A company is much like a human body. If you start to neglect its internal well-being, performance will start to suffer. Investing in your team to maintain motivation, and thus productivity, can be crucial to the success of your company. In many cases, a corporate retreat is the perfect way to boost morale and show appreciation for hard work. While a jaunt up to cottage country or a trip down south is all fine and dandy, why not plan a retreat that will truly be memorable for your team?

For something unforgettable, consider Fogo Island Inn — a sanctuary nestled in Newfoundland's Iceberg Alley, where the only distraction is the unspoiled nature around you. Upon visiting, guests are greeted by designer Todd Saunders' architectural masterpiece, set against a backdrop of an endless Atlantic ocean. Here, every piece of furniture, textile and food is harvested from the community and natural surroundings as a new way to honour old traditions. For companies, Fogo Island Inn is a great option for those looking to re-inspire and motivate employees, coming fully-equipped with a host of amenities, which include: a library, 37-seat cinema, contemporary gallery, gym, yoga studio, enclosed wood-fired Northern European style rooftop saunas, meeting rooms and a state-of-the-art conference room with breathtaking views that take you to the edge of the earth.

Depending on the time of the year, visitors can experience seven distinct seasons, all with their own range of different activities and opportunities for team bonding. Fogo Island Inn offers special rates, and for groups of six to 60, custom workshops can be curated to unite members of your team and build stronger connections. Photography workshops, boat and furniture building, snowshoeing, caribou tracking, iceberg hunting and marine excursions, which include cod fishing and whale sightings, are all on offer to give a range of experiences that one won't soon forget.

And for sustenance, the food, masterfully crafted by Chef Murray McDonald, is harvested from Newfoundland's wild bounty, offering a contemporary take on traditional Outport cooking traditions. Cod, crab, shrimp, caribou, moose, berries and more are all sourced from the wilderness to give visitors a world-class culinary experience.

All in all, Fogo Island Inn is a place unlike any other in the world. If you're going to go offsite, commit to the cause and really go offsite. Treat your team to an unforgettable time and come back stronger, refreshed and ready to close those deals.