Print Posted on 05/09/2017 in Spiritual

Beginner's Guide to Planning A Spiritual Retreat

Beginner's Guide to Planning A Spiritual Retreat

Your New Guide For Planning A Spiritual Retreat


Have you ever felt a desire to veer off the well-worn path? Have you ever longed to embark on a journey of rejuvenation? A journey that honors not only your body but your mind and spirit as well?

If so, you are not alone. Today more than ever before, people are embracing a holistic approach to health.

And, one such manifestation of that approach comes in the form of the spiritual retreat. 

Over the past few years, the spiritual retreat has been attracting people from every conceivable walk of life, in historically high numbers. 

And, that popularity is only set to increase. 

So, what exactly is all the fuss about? And, what's actually involved in planning a retreat in the first place?

If you've been considering taking a spiritual retreat but you're not sure how to go about it, consider this article a must read. 

We're about to share our beginner's guide to planning a spiritual retreat.

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1. What is involved in a Spiritual Retreat?

In modern life, we are all well accustomed to taking journeys of every kind. But, how many of us are willing to take the ultimate journey - the journey into ourselves?

Although a spiritual retreat can be religious or non-religious, primarily it's an invitation to break away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. 

All the stresses, all the strains, and all the heartaches and the headaches of modern living are left aside while you are asked to rest, relax, rejuvenate and enter into a quiet, private space of personal and spiritual reflection. 

Physical well-being is, of course, hugely important. But, increasingly, we need to replenish our minds and our spirits. 

A spiritual retreat can involve all or some of the following:

From time to time, we all feel the call to enter into a new state of awareness. People who go on a spiritual retreat answer that call.

2. How Do I Know a Spiritual Retreat is Right for Me?

There are many reasons why people go on spiritual retreats. If you recognize yourself in any of the following popular reasons, a spiritual retreat may be the right choice for you.

  • We need to find some inner peace
  • We need to do some soul searching
  • We need to quiet our minds
  • We want to listen to God speak into our lives
  • We need a total break from the pressures of the modern world
  • We are trying to make an important life decision
  • We are searching for answers 
  • We need some time to ourselves
  • We are exhausted - mind, body, soul 
  • We are asking life's big questions
  • We need solitude and silence
  • We need to get in touch with our deeper longings

A spiritual retreat removes us from the noise of the world and allows us to enter into our own private world. 

In that space, we're afforded the opportunity to restore our minds, and as a consequence, we're able to reconnect with our heart's truest desires.

3. A Spiritual Retreat: Meeting Your Needs

Once you've decided to take the time to recharge your spiritual batteries, you will need to find a spiritual retreat most suited to your needs.

To do that, you need to decide what those needs actually are.

What exactly are you looking for in a retreat?

  • Where do you want to go? How far are you prepared to travel?
  • What kind of accommodation are you looking for? Do you seek 5-star luxury or are the finer things in life not so much of a concern? 
  • Are activities important to you? If so, which ones do you prefer?
  • Is religious reflection something you want as part of your retreat?
  • Do you want lots of structure to your day or do you crave a certain freedom?
  • What exercise practices are a deal-breaker for you? Is the yoga offered for beginners? 

Only you know exactly what you're looking for from your retreat.

Once you have decided what your core objectives and desires are, you will be in a better position to find a retreat that satisfies them. 

4. Your Personal Itinerary  

When you choose to go on a spiritual retreat, you are giving yourself a precious gift. The gift of personal freedom. 

And even if you choose to attend a highly structured retreat, there will still be lots of personal free time at your disposal. 

How will you make use of that time?

Just as with any vacation, there will be things you will want to do that are more important than others.

Although you always want to remain open to new experiences, it's important to know what activities you want to fit in every day.

Here are some things to consider ahead of your retreat:

  • How much meditation is the right amount for you? When is the best time of day for you to practice? Early in the morning? Late at night?
  • Is reading or writing important? If so, are you going to put time aside for those activities?
  • What about embracing nature? Are you happy to wander off alone? Would you prefer to take in the beauty around you with others? 
  • How much fun do you want to have? Yes, this is a spiritual retreat but laughter is good for the soul, right? How are you going to fun on this retreat?

On your spiritual retreat, there will be lots of activities on offer but the overall goal is to find your own flow. As such, the only agenda you have to follow is your own. 

5. Relax

Sometimes when people go on their first spiritual retreat, they look to measure results the way they would in the business or sport's world.

Don't do this! 

You're dipping your soul into the deeper things in life here. 

Personal transformation, spiritual awakening, and soul replenishment cannot be quantified. 

Nor would we ever want them to be.

Relax.

Embrace.

Enjoy. 

Step into yourself and marvel at the magnificent things you find. 

Your Spiritual Retreat

In a busy world where we are all constantly torn between competing priorities, it's so important that we take time for ourselves. 

A spiritual retreat is the gift that keeps on giving... 

To your body...

To your spirit...

To your mind.

If you need help finding the perfect retreat, get in touch with us today. Your greatest needs are our deepest concerns and we're always happy to help.   

 

 

 

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