Simmons Research Lab recently returned from a four-day retreat near Orlando. The retreat was designed to build community, communicate groups norms and expectations, develop individual strategic plans, and introduce research skills. The retreat was a fun opportunity to welcome new members to the group while creating a shared vision for the future. We enjoyed engaging in discussions by the pool, broadening our exposure to qualitative and quantitative methods, and sharing our research backgrounds. It was a productive and motivating way to start the new academic year!