A lot of us love to read books or blog posts about improving ourselves and being happier and healthier. Some of us listen to podcasts and go to seminars to learn from our favorite experts.
Most of us like the idea of a retreat, but we haven’t actually taken advantage of the health benefits they provide.
Maybe we balk at the idea because of the price tag, or maybe we have mental images of “woo-woo” experiences and activities that make us squirm.
I can’t speak for all retreats of course, but there is something to be said for attending a retreat hosted by someone you trust, that is centered around a concept you really want to adopt in your life.
Why Retreats Are Worth the Price
How often do we wish we just had the time to really dive into something and change our lives? Without interruptions or feeling guilty that we aren’t doing something more “productive”?
That’s exactly why a retreat may be perfect for you. It’s a short break from the other areas of your life so you can really focus on what you want to learn, distraction-free.
Books and podcasts are great, but they can’t beat in-person, focused help tailored to you and your needs. You can get amazing information from a book, but a book can’t coach you. It can’t provide the support you can get from an in-person mentor or group who’s learning the same things you are.
A retreat provides you with focused, unparalleled support that you need to really implement something in YOUR life.
A retreat is the difference between buying jeans off the rack that fit, and getting a beautifully, tailored pair of jeans that fit and flatter you perfectly.
A community that lasts
A retreat puts you in touch with like-minded people who are also looking for a group who gets it, who is also trying to improve their lives. It’s a great place to meet friends who will stay in touch long after the experience is over, providing ongoing support, encouragement, and ideas to help you continue your growth.
They’re tons of fun
Most retreats are hosted in a beautiful location that’s conducive to personal growth, often in lovely houses in natural settings. There’s often catering, activities with like-minded people, and other perks to help you along your personal journey and have fun at the same time.
It’s kind of like a vacation where you come home with tons of different tools to use in your everyday life. It’s a trip that IMPROVES your life, rather than just coming home and going back to your old habits and routines.
I personally love retreats. They’ve been vital for improving my life and for helping me grow in ways I just can’t get from books, podcasts, or articles alone. I’ve made some wonderful friends, learned amazing concepts, and felt truly relaxed and nourished. If you haven’t splurged on a retreat, I encourage you to ty it!