The Art of the Swing
Chaska Curling Center opened in December 2015, and has really taken off. In that short period of time, it has grown to 1,200 curlers currently, making them largest curling membership in the country. Lately, they’ve found that corporate team-building activities have become popular in the center, which can hold up to 48 guests for events. Larger groups upwards of 100 can be accommodated by splitting the group in half.
For a team-building exercise that’s off the beaten path, Trapped in a Room with a Zombie provides an hour’s worth of puzzles, problem-solving, communication and yes, a zombie, to your next corporate event.
Glassblowing is one of those art forms that people appreciate, but think they could never do it themselves. FOCI Minnesota Center for Glass Art, a nonprofit glass studio and education center, wants to change that.
FOCI’s mission is to engage the Minnesota community in the study and appreciation of glass arts, accommodating beginners to experts enrolling in one of its many classes. For those just starting out, Office Manager Kelly Nezworski suggests the Glass Discovery or Crash Course classes first.
A new trend in team-building is afoot—and it involves endorphin-inducing sweat sessions. Physical activity engages both brain and body, encourages participants to take risks, bonds people together over a common goal, and has positive effects that endure long after the pulse has returned to its normal rate. Minnesota has no shortage of venues that specialize in heart-pounding experiences for all kinds of groups. Forget stuffy networking events or tepid get-to-know-you activities; it’s time to get your next gathering moving.
Chris Heeter wants you to get wild at work.
Before your jaw drops, Heeter defines that four-letter adjective as: “Having the courage to bring the gift of all of who you are to all of what you do.” An award-winning speaker and founder of The Wild Institute in Bloomington, Heeter does just that by translating her 30 years of experience as a wilderness guide into practical lessons for organizations across the country.
“If we’re able to be more wild, free and alive, that leads us to better connections,” she says.
“We want to make great cheese right on [Jer-Lindy Farms]—it’s a concept Minnesota has far too little of in our opinion, despite being a big dairy state,” says Alise Sjostrom, co owner, president and head cheesemaker at Redhead Creamery. The cheese plant opened last year and hosted its first meetings in September. Sjostrom wanted to show people how cheese is made firsthand, and building an event space allows her to do just that while also providing a unique option for groups.