When you're physically ill, you rest. But do you do the same when your spirit needs healing? That's why many people seek solace at spiritual retreats – some several times a year. But how do you choose the right spiritual retreat for you?
Probably the most popular spiritual retreat is a meditation retreat. And there are plenty out there for beginners and experienced meditators.
Meditating at home can be very fruitful. But sometimes a change of scenery, a break from routine, distance from digital devices and the opportunity to just focus on your practice can make the world of difference.
In Australia, there are many meditation retreats dotted throughout the country. Many are in regional areas, in beautiful bush settings. These retreats offer the chance to reconnect with your spirit – sometimes in silence!
If you've been having a particularly tough time, a meditation retreat is a time out. A chance to refocus, find clarity and get back on track. For many, a meditation retreat provides inspiration and interesting insights into their lifestyle and changes they want to make.
And of course, trying new meditation techniques, postures or durations allows you to build on your practice and grow in your meditation.
Religious Spiritual Retreats
If you're religious, there are also several spiritual retreats depending on your denomination. Catholic retreats, Christian retreats, Buddhist retreats and other religious retreats are on offer.
Some people choose to venture overseas for these retreats, where the communities tend to be larger than in Australia.
What to Expect at a Spiritual Retreat
Whatever retreat you attend, it's important to prepare. Begin by setting your intention. What do you want to get out of the retreat? Asking yourself this question can help you focus and find a ‘theme' for your experience. Of course, you may not have a clear intention yet – and that's OK too!
Also understand that most retreats have set schedules. There may be wake-up calls, morning meditation classes and set meal times. To get the most out of your time, you should surrender to these routines and trust that your retreat leaders know what they're doing.
If you're struggling or unsure of anything during the retreat, find someone who can help. Even silent retreats offer the opportunity to ask questions or get help when you need it. Remember that you're there for you and your spirit, so do all you can to have a wonderful retreat experience.Originally published on Jan 16, 2015