Why Go On A Retreat?
"Retreat is not an absence; rather it is the search for a true presence"
What is a Retreat?
As the word intimates, a retreat is a wonderful opportunity to step back from our daily lives to find a moment of rest, to get in touch with yourself and simply find inner peace.
Retreating is a way of taking time out and assessing our life decisions, helping us to bring clarity to the challenges ahead.
Why go on a retreat?
Our current lifestyle is hectic. Technology may make life easier but it is not without stress. Our bodies’ natural state is not used to this rhythm, and periods of rest are becoming more and more important. Getting away from the hustle and bustle of life and dedicating time to ourselves affords us peace and strength to carry on our way of life.
10 Reasons to go on a retreat
• DISCONNECT from the routine of daily life
• Have time for REFLECTION
• GET TO KNOW yourself
• Truly REST
• Find your true SELF
• Contemplate and learn from the LITTLE THINGS IN LIFE
• RECOVER energies
• REJUVENATE and strengthen your spirit
• FIND a new approach in your personal and professional life
Types of Retreats
There are personal or group retreats. Both have their advantages and we should choose what we think is best at that moment. A great variety of retreats is available, each with different themes and methods of working. We must look for the type that most strikes a chord with us, along with a place and a teacher that generate confidence.
Group retreats are formed by at least two people up to the number that each centre or retreat leader considers feasible. This type of retreat usually offers guided activities and personalised to the participants’ needs. Sharing the evolution and changes one may undergo during a retreat with others is a rewarding experience.
Within the group retreats we also find training or workshops, in which you spend a few days of intense work in a certain subject.
ADVANTAGES of Group Retreats
• Guided activities
• Share and interact with other group members
• Group energy
Personal retreats are those which provide us with a space for ourselves and we can decide how we organise our time. In many cases, there are facilities suitable for meditation and guidance. Some venues will offer certain facilities.
ADVANTAGES of Personal Retreats
• Greater flexibility of dates and duration
• Personal reflection
• Possibility of one to one instruction
The custom of going on a retreat has been around for many years, most commonly far away from the cities and the daily hubbub. This means that they are usually held in peaceful, off-the-beaten-track places in the midst of nature.
Retreats are conducted in tranquil spaces in order to aid people concentrate and relax. Peace and serenity reign here, a perfect setting for retreats. These spaces include country houses, campsites, monasteries, ashrams, B&Bs, hotels, and spas.
There are retreats available where we can find a range of activities: rambles through nature, personal development exercises, songs, meditation, prayer, breathing exercises, sport, groupwork, group chats, and personal guidance are some examples.
The length of a retreat varies according to the aim or intensity you wish to achieve. Some retreats last a couple of days, while others last a few weeks or even months.
Some venues and centres offer job opportunities or volunteer work