Why Retreats are the New "Vacation"

Why are retreats quickly becoming the new “vacation”?

My honest opinion? Vacations can use an upgrade!

How many times have you gone on a “vacation” that is so packed with somewhat meaningless or too many to-do’s that you leave wishing you had yet another vacation to recover from that one?

Vacations have become like colorful “Band-aids” designed to temporarily fix your stress by distracting you from your life without truly having improved anything long-term. And then you’re thrust right back into the chaos and habits that caused you to need a vacation in the first place!

Good intentions, not great results.

Retreats, on the other hand, are designed to enhance your life in a lasting way, because you’ll be pairing adventure with inner inquiry and learning new skills, with lots of physical space and downtime for integration and implementation.

Ahhhhh. Now THAT’S what I’m talking about!

The definition of “retreat” is to withdraw. This is much needed these days because, no matter how hard you try, it can be nearly impossible to effectively and regularly withdraw from the over-doing of your everyday life while in the midst of our jobs, family lives, projects, and social engagements.

Maybe you’ve gotten into some habits that don’t support the life you really want to live, and find yourself lacking time, money, and peace of mind to be present for what matters most.

On retreats, you take a break from all the typical do-ing, unplug, and allow enough free space in the day for getting inspired, begin or deepen healthy daily practices, do some inner inquiry, participate in some workshops and adventures, and find likeminded people along the way.

The goal of a retreat is to go home with an upgraded life, truly feeling more happy, relaxed, inspired, and clear-minded than when you arrived, with the effects lasting well beyond the event.

Here are our top 5 reasons why retreats are a must for your 2019 calendar:

1. Withdraw

In order to combat the constant barrage of input and responsibility that you take on every day in your world, it is absolutely necessary to allow yourself a chance to withdraw, reeeelax and let someone else handle the details.

Giving yourself space from your typical responsibilities — from giving and focusing and listening and talking and performing at the high levels that you do every day — is a real game-changer and provides the chance to really settle in to a peacefulness that is difficult to find without some guidance.

2. Reconnect

Once you’ve taken yourself out of the busy-ness of your everyday life, you actually have a chance to reconnect with yourself again! 

Do you remember what your inner voice of wisdom sounds like amongst all the clutter of everyone else’s needs?

Retreats are a perfect opportunity to check in and inquire about what you truly need and desire so you can take action from what’s true for you rather than defaulting to what others around you need or desire.

3. Explore

It’s time to play and add some adventure into your life, in a way that doesn’t leave you depleted.

Most retreats are situated in places that encourage you to explore new parts of the world you may not get to otherwise, and also restore your relationship with nature. 

Exploring your outside world ultimately helps you to explore your inner world - by gently easing yourself outside of your comfort zone. 

Because let’s be honest: at the end of your life, you will not be reminiscing about and sharing all your harrowing stories of comfort and how you led a life of the same ol’ same ol’.

Rather, you’ll be reveling in stories of adventure and triumph of how you moved through the discomfort or fear of the unknown to learn and grow and discover yourself and what your life really means to you. These are the memories you will hold dear forever and that will truly change you as a person.

Retreats often have activities designed to help you to learn something new — like yoga, surfing, stand-up-paddleboarding, etc. This adds to the lasting effects because you can return home with new skillsets!

4. Expand

When you take the time to carve out unstructured SPACE in your day, you have the unique opportunity to truly expand who you are. 

Retreats that include meditation, yoga, and life coaching workshops are brimming with opportunity for reflection, self-awareness, and clarity that’s intended to last well beyond the event itself.

You can experience a mindset shift as you identify and move through old patterns, and develop new conscious habits that support who you are NOW and who you’re working on becoming.

The result: You return home and re-establish your life in a new way.

5. Engage

Have you heard that you become the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with? Well, that’s great news if you have inspiring, positive, ever-evolving, compassionate, and abundant people surrounding you.

Chances are, you could benefit from more likeminded people in your life as you grow and expand as a person.

Retreats tend to attract people from all over the globe with adventurous, playful spirits, open to learning and sharing together. 

So as you become more clear about who you’re becoming, you will be able to connect with those who are on a similar journey. 

Is this is the year to mark RETREATS off your bucket list?