Our team building retreat to Palm Springs was a treat for all. We laughed, we drank, we channeled our desert spirit animals… [...]
We survived Camp Jacober! A few weeks ago we packed up and headed west to Palm Springs for the first session of Camp Jacober – a five day festival of team building that also included a bit of design inspiration. From an architecture tour to a museum visit and movies by the pool our itinerary was packed with opportunities for each of us to relax, connect and bond. And while we put our new skills to use, we thought we’d give you a peek at what we were up to.
The trip started with a drive from L.A. to Palm Springs, where we settled into a mid-century modern house on a cliff overlooking Palm Springs – and then had a night on the town at the posh Jonathan Adler decorated Parker Hotel. The hotel’s restaurant made the night – modern French food meets moody retro, all set to a Prince soundtrack.
Thursday was filled with adventures around town - including a private museum tour at The Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture & Design, an architecture tour – we saw The Kaufman House, Lautner House, and Frank Sinatra’s home – and some pool time.
On Friday and Saturday we focused on more team building, including watching the James Bond classic, Diamonds are Forever, and creating an art piece that will be in our upcoming exhibition at The Miami Beach Cinematheque (shoutout)! We learned a lot about each other, our temperaments, how we can work better together and became really clear on our goals for the future: to grow within our community, to be good communicators within our group and help each other become better designers and colleagues.
For our newest addition, JP, it was an exciting introduction to the team, “The whole weekend was an experience I’ll never forget, I learned how united the team is and it motivated me to deliver my best at this new beginning.” Camp Jacober started on his third day on the job!
As for the best part of the whole experience? “The opportunity to take the entire team cross country to one of the coolest cities in California was the best part of the trip. To share a piece of California – which is a little piece of me – with the team and to see them experience it first-hand was exciting, heart warming and a big achievement in my professional life,” says Paul. “I also loved that we used the trip as an opportunity to work on some fresh new branding and Camp Jacober swag. It was a fun secret and surprise for the team. They loved the outcome.” He couldn’t have said it any better.