What does it mean to retreat? The act of retreating, withdrawing or escaping is more than just an attempt to run away from work stress, ignore deadline pressure or block out the hustle and bustle of daily life (although these are fantastic side effects too!)
Retreats allow you to focus intently and wholly on deep and lasting change.
By physically leaving behind distractions, you can retreat within yourself and spend invaluable energy and time nourishing your body from the inside out.
What Does It Look Like?
There is a wide range of different types of retreats. Although they all aim to guide you towards greater inner peace, the peace you seek may be different from the next person. Finding the retreat that speaks to you is vital.
Not all retreats are silent or isolate. Yes, some retreats offer precious time for solitude but even these experiences are built around a sense of people and community.
Whether it be a weekend or a several month-long rejuvenating break, a well-matched retreat will provide you with amazing health benefits.
Focusing on Healing
The style of retreat you select must allow you to fully withdrawal and relax. It needs to guide you along a path to realisation, appreciation and healing. Although many retreats offer a range of services or experiences, they are usually centred around one practice.
Improving wellbeing is a retreat’s number one priority. Some aim to do this by focusing solely on your spiritual advancement. Across the world, this takes on a variety of forms but ultimately works to educate, enhance and deepen your spiritual connectedness.
Retreats that focus on meditation are especially helpful in increasing connectedness. Not only do they offer a quiet place to enhance your practice, but they teach you many meditative methods to continue at home and guide you in enhancing your current practice. Silent retreats are great if you find your inner awareness needs sharper tuning. By removing the distraction of speaking, these retreats can help you overcome the incessant monkey mind which can become a solid fixture in our busy and chaotic lives.
Other retreats focus on physical wellbeing practices. Yoga retreats allow you to make and nurture deep connections via invigorating the body and promoting the flow of internal energy. Whether your goal is greater flexibility, strength, technique or spiritual connection, yoga retreats will help you achieve it.
Massage and Bodywork including Reiki are a big part of many retreats because they promote relaxation and cleansing of the body and allow you to breakdown metaphysical barriers. Once you have relished in the delights of a deeply relaxing massage or enlightening Reiki session you will feel less stressed, peaceful and more willing to allow yourself to be nourished and cared for.
Long-Lasting Life Adjustment
Retreats leave you feeling rested, rejuvenated and reinvigorated. But it is not only the week of post-retreat glow that you are gifted with.
Retreats reduce stress long term. They improve levels of happiness and contentment in life and help you reboot your intentions to make health, wellbeing and spirituality practices a priority.
Retreats offer a fun, different, memorable or deeply moving experience You connect deeply with yourself and with like-minded and uplifting people who go on to continue supporting you.
Retreats inspire you. They inspire you to be better. To do better. To recognise the world as a better place. To take on a perspective that encourages you to be the best you can be, and encourage others to do the same. Retreats can bring greater good to your life. To this life. To our lives together.