Retreat comes from the Latin verb “to pull back.”
So a retreat is a place where you pull back from the world.
Here are 10 reasons why retreats are important. They help you…
1. Pull Back
You withdraw from your regular life, pulling in all the energy that’s otherwise fanned out and thinned out in multiple directions.
You gather your forces to focus them on something you love.
From this place, you get a new perspective, you regroup and re-energize. You find inspiration.
Then you put inspiration into action. You bring that thing you love to fruition.
2. Become Spacious
You step out of your structured scheduled day-to-day and step into space and time.
Time on retreat is different, fluid. There’s no need to rush!
You find a space where you can give yourself time to connect with flow, genius and inspiration.
3. Get Inspired
Inspiration, translates as “to breathe into.”
So, you breathe life into your life.
Inspiration is a frame of mind that can come from a change of landscape and outlook.
We’re all creative. Creativity and inspiration happen when you take the time away from your day job to remember your day dream.
When you’re on a yoga retreat, you get to listen.
Why? Because there’s no kids, TV, co-workers. Time away from mobile devices is encouraged.
What do you hear? The sound of birds, the wind and life around you and maybe, just maybe, an inner calling and the quiet inside your heart.
Everyone needs to unplug, unload, clean out and empty their mental desktop.
You will leave a retreat lightened, clearer, recharged, refreshed, and more present.
This new perspective can guide you to make changes in your life that you know you need to make.
6. Lose the Fear
Retreat is a safe space, literally and figuratively.
An opportunity to really let go.
7. Remember Who You Are
Society wants you to be the mother, father, sister, wife, husband, friend, lover.
On retreat you can drop all the roles.
You can just be the exquisite and unique expression of life that you are!
8. Find Your People
It feels wonderful to be with people who get you. Sometimes your friends and family don’t really understand your love of yoga.
On retreat you have an opportunity to dive deep into your practice and to share this experience with like-minded people.
9. Help Others
When you take some space/time, those around you (your partner, children, co-workers) gets space/time too.
This brings appreciation.
They realise what it’s like when you’re not around, to work, clean, cook and love them.
Without you taking up your usual spot, people shift positions to fill that space.
Life takes on a new shape.
Life may be different when you return and you are free to take up a new space in it. This is growth.
People may see a new you, and they see that they’re new, too.
People are motivated to make more positive change.
10. Establish a Routine/Practice
Establishing a new routine, practice or mindset is easier to get started on retreat. These changes may then naturally flow into your life
Retreats are important because people leave retreats rested, happier and clearer.
Who doesn’t want some of that?
Inspired by this blog post…https://www.theodysseyonline.com/11-reasons-need-retreat