Updated: Nov 30, 2018
Leisure time is often a time rest, relaxation and … to retreat?!
Many of us are familiar with rest and relaxation, but what exactly is a retreat all about?
Retreat opportunities are popping up all over, for everyone—from business executives to busy parents and more of us. A retreat day in the corporate world might look very different to a weekend at luxury barn conversion with exclusive us leisure facilities, but the concept still holds—it's a chance to get away from the 'rat race.' Most of us are speeding through vastly complex lives, faced with challenges and choices, with no time to deal with our experiences and feelings. Many of us could use a day to rest, regroup, reassess how things are going, and refocus. As someone said recently to me, "there’s no space in my life, no 'margins' to handle what comes up, let alone process it".
So, what happens on retreats? Although retreat themes and topics vary vast;y, you can almost always expect time in the itinerary for quiet reflection, as well as input from a speaker, physical activity and crafted menus of nurturing and nourishing food & drink. A guided retreat, like ours, will offer exercises or questions for processing life experiences or relationship issues. Whilst there is always time for individual reflection & evaluation, there is also time for group sharing, in which participants are encouraged, supported, or inspired by the thoughts and experiences of others. For some people, a longer retreat—a weekend, or indeed a week—may fit their needs.
Being alone and being still & quiet can be unappealing or even scary! for many of us in our fast-paced driven culture, yet despite our fear or discomfort with silence, we all need quiet & reflection. Many years ago, Alvin Toffler, in his book Future Shock, concluded that humans could not keep up with the rapid accelerating pace of change. We need time to ponder, to realize, to learn, to listen to our deeper, truer self. That’s what retreats offer us—time and space for us to grow and thrive, something to may not be possible to do for ourselves but something which is totally achievable through the guidance of experienced faciltators and guides. Investing in ourselves is the only way we will get through the complexities & intricacies that are thrust upon us on a too regular basis