By guest blogger Nadine Lafleur
You’re exhausted, tired of being bombarded at work and at home. You just need a break, a retreat from all the stress. It’s time to go some place where you can focus on yourself, take care of your health and wellbeing and come back feeling rejuvenated.
But where should you go to get the kind of care and attention you want and need? You search for hours on the Internet looking at all kinds of retreats offering yoga and wellness programs in divine locations all over the world, but how do you know which one to choose? Which one will really give you what you’re looking for?
And then again, why do you need to book a retreat when you could just as easily rent a villa, hire a yoga teacher, dine on healthy meals and head out to the spa for pampering? What are the benefits of going on a retreat compared to going on a holiday? The truth is, there are many.
People from all over the world have been enjoying retreats for centuries, with the main purpose being spiritual development.
However, choosing the right retreat may be overwhelming, so consider these tips when deciding which retreat is right for you.
Luxurious or Basic
Your own personal taste and desires will play a part in what you expect from a retreat. Some retreats offer meditations that take you back to the very basics of life and other retreats offer pampering spa treatments in a luxurious setting, promising to bring back that youthful spirit and glow.
Consider your goals. Why have you chosen to go on a retreat? Do you want to give yourself the break you so deserve or are you seeking insight into yourself? Or is it a bit of both? It might be a good time to list your priorities.
Solitude or Social
Certain retreats are designed for people to spend their time being on their own. This is a great choice if you want to digest a particular event on your own, in total solitude.
Many other retreats see an advantage in the dynamic that is formed when there is a group of people who have a common interest. This interest might be in health and wellness, balance and focus, body awareness and overall self-care.
If you are looking for a more personalised experience, with more attention on each individual, it is important to ask what the average group size is of the retreat that you are considering. Ask how many guides they have available, understanding that the optimum number is five guests for each guide.
Length of Retreat
There is no doubt that the more time you can spend taking care of yourself, the better. But realistically, we cannot always spend the time we would like and get that time off work, away from home and it can be an expensive undertaking. However, if you have decided to carve out some time for a retreat, but cannot spend an extended period of time, for whatever reason, there is still a lot to be gained by having a shorter stay, and it is certainly more affordable.
If the idea of participating in a yoga or health retreat is new to you, it might be a good idea to include this in a longer stay. This way only part of your holiday time will be spent organised around relaxation. You might spend three days prior and/or three days after your retreat for shopping, sightseeing and other activities.
What you will find overall is that by just taking some time out for yourself and making the effort to get there, even if only for a weekend, going to a retreat is well worth it. I have experienced a transformation in my own life as a result of a weekend spent at a yoga retreat along the coast. The time I spent was magical.
Nadine Lafleur, is a life enthusiast and an experienced yoga teacher, specialising in AcroYoga and Stand Up Paddle Yoga. Nadine’s positivity and zest for life is contagious and she loves to learn new skills and teach others to live life with an exciting, playful edge.
For more on Nadine, visit: www.missblissyoga.com.au or follow: @MissBliss_Yoga on Instagram.