Winter conference inspiration

Clever activity ideas to make your winter conference a winner

Avoid the wet weather blues with engaging activities that will banish the word ‘boring’ from your next conference.

Savvy event organisers know that cool, contemporary activities are the key to keeping conference attendees engaged, yet what do you do in the months where temperatures plummet? Keeping delegates inside and boring them with long speeches and planning sessions is a sure-fire way to turn people off. Instead, inspire, delight and entertain your delegates with these fun, mood-boosting activities that will have everyone bonding in no time.

Tell stories around a campfire

Gathering around a fire at the end of the day is an age-old way to catch up with your community and is just as useful today as it was thousands of years ago. RACV Goldfields Resort keeps the tradition alive during winter with a bonfire at the 19th hole of the golf course – the ideal way to end a long, action-packed conference day. Add marshmallows and mulled wine and you’ll soon have a strong contingent of delegates crowded around the fire!

Slow down with yoga, meditation and tai chi sessions

Planning nourishing indoor activities that are suitable during all types of weather is a wise move when you’re organising a conference during the cooler months. Private, guided yoga, tai chi and meditation sessions can be booked by groups at RACV Torquay Resort and are a smart way for conference goers to carve out some quiet space for themselves outside of the more demanding conference activities and sessions. Yoga is also available at RACV Goldfields, Royal Pines, Noosa, Cape Schanck and Inverloch Resorts as well as RACV Healesville Country Club.

Master a new skill

Located on the Mornington Peninsula, RACV Cape Schanck Resort is surrounded by some of Australia’s best winemakers. Led by the resort’s in-house sommelier, an informative (and delicious) wine education session held in a private event space is the type of activity that conference attendees never miss. Alternatively, a cocktail (and mocktail) making class taught by the resort’s head bartender will ensure delegates leave with a new skill that will make them popular at parties.  

Get steamy

Scheduling spa sessions throughout your conference will keep delegates relaxed and focused. The cooler weather is the perfect time to plan nourishing conference activities that promote wellness and encourage conference goers to do something for themselves in their free time (instead of rushing back to their rooms to check their emails). With this in mind both RACV Cape Schanck Resort and RACV Torquay Resort’s One Spa offers a range of indulgent treatments and luxurious facilities, with the hammam bathing area a real favourite with corporate groups. Inspired by the ancient Ottoman Empire’s famed bathing ritual, the hammam bathing area features a hydrotherapy pool, floatation pool, thermal stone room, steam room and experiential showers.

woman relaxing at cape schanck resort one spa hammam
group doing yoga pose outside of an RACV resort
couple relax in spa at cape schanck resort

Raise everyone’s heart rate

Personal fitness schedules usually get thrown out the window during conferences, so why not enable delegates to keep their health on track by scheduling a few optional early morning group indoor fitness sessions? RACV Cape Schanck Resort and RACV Torquay Resort offers guided, private HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) sessions to suit all abilities and fitness levels. Pilates classes offer a lower impact option while RPM Group Cycling will appeal to cyclists and gym lovers who miss the endorphin rush that comes with being challenged by hills, mountain peaks, speed work and interval training.

Put on a movie night

When it’s cold outside, heading indoors for a movie night is a much more appealing option than braving the weather. Home to a purpose-built theatrette that holds up to 31 guests, RACV City Club is a great choice when you’re looking for a centrally-located private event venue in Melbourne. Guests will love sinking into the luxurious leather armchairs to watch a movie on the 3.76 metre screen. Arrange a popcorn machine and gourmet snacks and you’ve got yourself a winning, all-weather event. 

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