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Retreats 101: What Types of Retreats Can You Go To?

Health & Wellness
Last Updated Aug 21, 2020

Going into a retreat silences our minds and relaxes our bodies. It allows us to take a break from the everyday noise in our lives and reconnect with our inner selves. A retreat can be a solitary journey or include activities that promote our physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual wellbeing.

There are different types of retreats, each designed for a specific intent. You can go by yourself, but it's best experienced when shared with people who understand your situation and share the same goals as you. 

Here below we list various retreats you can consider for self-awakening, rejuvenation and holistic healing.

Meditation Retreats

Are you an expert at multitasking but suffer from poor concentration? A meditation retreat can help increase your focus and reduce stress resulting from trying to do too many things at once. 

Whether it's by the beach or at the top of a mountain, a meditation retreat allows you to immerse yourself in your inner thoughts and develop mindfulness through meditation classes that teach different techniques of the discipline. What you learn in a week, or a month, will not only heighten your concentration but also improve the way you control your emotions and feelings.

One example of this retreat is the Meditation & Yoga Weekends Retreat by Skillful Mind

A Retreat for Animal Lovers

There’s no denying that animals possess a unique healing quality not found in any form of medicine. Their presence alone can soothe a weary soul and induce calmness. Visiting an animal sanctuary and interacting with its beautiful creatures allows you to see the world with fresh eyes. 

Several studies have shown that animals can communicate with humans, reduce our stress levels and positively influence our health outcomes. They are innately attentive to their surroundings, hence capable of teaching us a thing or two about mindfulness.

Spa and Massage Retreats

For the tired body and overworked mind, nothing beats a soothing massage, the aromatic scent of essential oils and a refreshing Ayurvedic meal. These things guarantee a rejuvenating experience as they make up the components of natural therapy. 

Allowing yourself to relish this type of retreat offers an enriching journey for your physical and psychological wellbeing as it promotes clarity and restores balance to your overall being.

Nature Retreats

Have you always imagined yourself being whisked away from the busy city life and onto a peaceful, rustic cottage sitting on a verdant landscape? Realise that visualisation in a week-long nature retreat and rekindle your relationship with Mother Nature. 

Meditation exercises almost always come with this type of retreat to maximise your experience and equip you with the ability to cope better with different stressors once you're back in your world.

Nutrition and Wellness Retreats

If you're on the road to improving your eating habits and looking for healthier alternatives to your current diet, joining a nutrition and wellness retreat will take you through a gastronomic experience like no other. 

Not only will you enjoy organic meals, but you'll also learn how to prepare healthy recipes made from fresh ingredients sourced from local farms that naturally grow their produce.

Retreat organisers are open to suggestions and willing to provide their clients with a tailored experience. So if, for instance, you want the inclusion of yoga or an energy healing session in your choice of retreat, let them know so that they can make the necessary adjustments.

While some people would opt for nothing more than quietness during a retreat, others prefer it to come with fitness programs, spiritual healing sessions and other activities for their personal growth. The good news is nothing is impossible to achieve in a holistic retreat.

Some of these holistic retreats you can book into right now include:

If none of these piqued your interest, here are some retreats that are still open post-COVID.

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Originally published on Aug 03, 2020

FAQs About Retreats in Australlia

How do you get on a retreat?

First and foremost, you have to identify your intention for going on a retreat. Your intent will determine which type of retreat is right for you. Planning the details of your retreat is going to be quick and easy once you know the purpose of your trip.

Why do people go on retreat?

Retreats provide a healing and rejuvenating experience. It gives your mind and body that much needed rest, allowing you to gain clarity and view your life from a fresh perspective.

What do you do on a retreat?

Depending on the type of retreat that you're joining, you can engage in different activities that promote personal development. Some people are happy to spend an entire week communing with nature while others join meditation classes, energy healing sessions or seek counselling, among others.

Why do we need spiritual retreats?

A spiritual retreat gives you time to focus on connecting with your higher self and facilitate self-healing. It promotes relaxation and deepens your self-awareness.

What are the benefits of a retreat?

A retreat regardless of its purpose offers many life-changing experiences. It lets you align yourself with your core values, draw inspiration to achieve your goals in life, and improve your relationship with others.

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Wellness inspiration of the week

People look for retreats for themselves, in the country, by the coast, or in the hills… There is nowhere that a person can find a more peaceful and trouble-free retreat than in his own mind… So constantly give yourself this retreat, and renew yourself. — MARCUS AURELIUS