Modern life can be tedious and trying at times. So if you’re running on empty but can’t afford a month-long holiday, why not escape to a health retreat? To help you get inspired, we’ve compiled 4 great reasons to attend a retreat.
A History of Retreating
While retreats may seem like a modern concept, the truth is that people have been retreating from everyday life for eons. Jesus went into the desert, Moses took off to Mount Sinai, while Buddhists take an annual trip and Muslims take part in a day of fasting and prayer at a mosque. So if you do decide to retreat for a little while, you’ll be in good company!
Take a Break
Sometimes, all we need is a break. Life may be grand, but you just need a little time out to recharge your batteries. Many people embark on short yoga and wellness retreats for this reason – to eat well, get out into nature, exercise and simply unwind. You’ll return to reality relaxed and ready for anything.
Experience Greater Growth
The reason we retreat is to go inwards, reflecting on our life and freeing ourselves from the daily distractions that keep us from indulging in such thoughts. When you take time out and withdraw from interference, you’re able to unwind, relax and change your thought and behaviour patterns. Your mind will drift, you’ll begin to feel differently and really open yourself up to the messages being presented to you. You might like all the feelings that arise, but they’re important in understanding yourself, reaching a new level of consciousness and experiencing greater growth.
Wondering where you’re headed? Need clarity or to find a solution to a challenge? A retreat could be the answer. Many people find that retreating provides the distance and perspective needed to make decisions. Silence retreats are particularly helpful for providing clarity, as you won’t be able to talk to anyone about how you’re feeling. It’ll be all up to you to process the feelings and decide the best course of action. Other reasons to attend a retreat include breaking old habits, making a spiritual breakthrough, training up on spirituality or achieving positive change.