importance and benefits

While it may seem difficult to get away from the office and like an inefficient use of time to take your department on an office retreat, studies show just how important they are - not only to the wellness of our employees, but to the productivity and effectiveness of our organization.

There are three major benefits of holding an annual or semi-annual retreat:

Strategic/Operational Planning

Pausing once or twice a year to review policies and procedures, evaluate systems and processes, and reallocate budget is crucial to the health of any department - and who better to make improvements than those who work with those systems everyday.

Team Building

Retreats can effectively introduce new staff members to a team, re-energize current staff members, or both. This is also a great setting to reflect upon your department's culture and how you expect your team to interact with others, thus re-focusing customer service practices.


Getting away from the office is key in developing new, creative initiatives for your department to better serve others and continue the advancement and efficacy of our University.

locations and service opportunities

Conference, Event, Relaxation

Various Pepperdine groups have had good experiences with the following destinations:

Villa Graziadio, Drescher Malibu, CA (310-506-1101)
Serra Retreat Malibu, CA (310-456-6631)
Adamson House Malibu, CA (310-456-8432)
Calamigos Ranch Malibu, CA (800-821-2097)
Westlake Village Inn Westlake Village, CA (818-889-0230)
Aldersgate Retreat Center Pacific Palisades, CA (310-454-6699)

Service-Oriented, Team Building

Pepperdine Volunteer Center

Pepperdine's Volunteer Center has a plethora of opportunities for service and can customize projects to accommodate larger groups or address specific criteria. The programs focus on the following social issues:

  • Education and Literacy
  • Environment
  • Hunger and Homelessness
  • Advocacy
  • Health and Wellness

CONTACT: Ashley Nolan
(310) 506-4143

University Church of Christ Ministries

The Benevolence and Community Service ministry of the University Church of Christ seeks "to reach out and minister to people with special needs by providing food, shelter, prayer, and other needs." Areas of ministry include:

  • Hunger and Homelessness
  • Employable Skills

CONTACT: Rick Cupp
(310) 506-4624

Volunteer Match is a great Web site for finding service opportunities and narrowing down choices by interest and location.

Other Volunteer Opportunities

Various Pepperdine groups have also had good experiences with the following organizations:

  • Food Share: Food Share is dedicated to ending hunger in Ventura County (Oxnard: 805-983-7100).
  • Ronald McDonald House: The mission fo Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House is to support the health and well-being of children by providing a "home away from home" for families of seriously ill children who are receiving care in Southern California (Los Angeles: 323-644-3000).