We all need some time away from our regular routine. A change of scenery. A change of pace. And there are lots of ways you can take time out—vacations, staycations, getaways of all kinds. As you consider your options, you may have heard about retreats—they seem to be very popular these days! I love both leading and participating in Yoga retreats—I find they are the perfect antidote to our busy, overly-programmed lives. And, a Yoga retreat may be right for you, too. Check out the short list below to see if anything resonates, and if it does, please contact me to learn more.
1. You need rest. You want to get away, but the thought of touring or having a busy schedule on vacation doesn’t sound too appealing. You are tired, and really need time to recharge, rest, and renew. On retreat, you can be as active or as chill as you want to be. Everything you need is on-site and convenient. The locations are gorgeous. Meals are provided on-site, and tend to be very delicious and nourishing. Yoga practices are offered once or twice a day, and you can use those practices to relax and renew your way, based on your intention. You can partake in excursions or spend time gathering your thoughts journaling or having a chat with a new or old friend. There is no pressure to do; you can just be. Napping is encouraged, and all of the ingredients are there for a great night sleep!
2. You are new to Yoga. Or you are an experienced practitioner. Retreats are perfect for any level practitioner, from the “never-ever” to the daily-practice Yogi. Old and young, bendy and tight, and anybody and everybody feel welcome to explore the practice, learn something new, and enjoy sharing a beautiful space in which to move and breathe in a way that feels natural and comfortable. The practice will meet you where you are, and you may even end up taking your daily practice home with you!
3. You want to be alone. Or you want to be with people. Whatever your social mood, retreat is for you! If you are traveling by yourself, a retreat is a great. It gives you someplace to land and be in a safe, beautiful space, able to relax and enjoy, instead of having to plan and do everything alone. And, then you can visit with people, if you’d like, that you would not have otherwise met. If you are traveling with another or several others, it’s also wonderful. There’s no debating where to eat, or where to go, because everything is at your fingertips. And if you need a little alone time away from your traveling partners, that will flow naturally, too!
4. You could use a new perspective. On retreat, you will travel to new places and see things you have never seen before. And when you let go of some of the trappings of your daily life, you will see things in a way you have never seen things before. Instead of beginning the day with a “to do” list, you will tune in to your breath and body with a Yoga practice. You will sit down to breakfast and open all of your senses to the enjoyment of a meal, in a beautiful setting, and really taste your food, instead of just consuming it. As you slow down, you can enjoy the natural setting around you, noticing things that would have passed you by. And you will return home, carrying this new perspective with you, so you can break out of some of the habits that are holding you back
5. You want to grow—in your way, at your pace. Come as you are, do you what you want, and be who you are, and reflect on whatever you want to reflect on. If you are moving through changes in your life, you can really spend time on retreat to consider what is in your heart. And you do it your way, in the supportive community of the group, sharing as much or as little as suits you. And then you can grow from your experience, whatever that is. I hope you will consider a retreat as a self-care gift to yourself. It’s a great way to see the world, and see yourself as well. Exploration, adventure, rest and renewal. Great food and Yoga. New friends, old friend and time to yourself. Retreat yourself!
I hope you will consider a retreat as a self-care gift to yourself. It’s a great way to see the world, and see yourself as well. Exploration, adventure, rest and renewal. Great food and Yoga. New friends, old friend and time to yourself. Retreat yourself!