It was a break from work. But it wasn’t a break from the chaos of life.
I don’t think most of us ever get that break, nor do we realize how insanely important it is to our well-being, both mentally and physically.
Even a vacation is not a vacation if you are on kid patrol all the time. A vacation is not a vacation if you are sitting on the beach, working with your toes in the sand. (Although, admittedly, that is one of the best places to be working if you have to pick one…)
I spent years and years and years working every free second I had. I don’t regret it, because it allowed me the freedom that I so desperately desire.
But it also left me severely depleted, physically, mentally and creatively.
How did I bust out of it? I went on a retreat.
Now listen, I’ll be the first one to tell you that I’m not a joiner. I don’t like group activities all that much.
But the time away, with no responsibilities, no work, and nothing important needing my attention was magical.
If you are
- just completely burnt out…
- tired of hearing the word “MOM” for the nine billionth time today…
- seriously ready to drop all of your clients because they are killing you slowly…
- thinking about joining a monastery because scrubbing floors with no other priorities sometimes doesn’t sound all that bad (I mean, at least you would have time to think…)
- quitting your job and moving to coastal mexico ALONE…
then a retreat is what you are really needing.
But why a retreat? Why is that the answer?
You’ll meet other women who are going through the same stuff.
There is nothing more freeing than meeting other women who are in the same boat. It normalizes your rage. It helps you realize that you are not alone; that your kids aren’t the only ones who act like that; that other women sometimes have fantasies about being completely alone with a book for a whole day with nothing to do.
And, who knows what will come of the relationships you foster during a retreat. It doesn’t have to be a retreat geared towards networking for it to be an opportunity to create friendships that could open doors you never dreamed of knocking on.
You’ll truly relax
Or at least, that’s the goal. You will have no responsibilities, at least not on a retreat that I host. You are not required to attend anything. You can sleep the whole day away if that is what you need. You don’t have to cook, clean up after other people, nothing. It’s just a time away for you to recharge your own battery.
You’ll get the chance to understand yourself and your motivation more intimately
One of the things that I incorporate into all of my retreats are opportunities to know who you are on a deeper level. The activities change from retreat to retreat, but may be related to any of the following topics: astrology and/or human design, values, talents, goal-setting, and a few other options.
You’ll get a vacation from planning a vacation
Like I said, all you have to do is show up. You don’t have to plan anything, and you can participate in as much or little as you desire. (Though, tbh, skipping morning yoga might leave you out of the conversations later in the day about how hard that one pose was, or how good that spine twist felt.)
The most stressful thing about taking a vacation is planning and execution. What if your husband doesn’t like the hotel you picked? Or what if the kids won’t eat anything at the fancy restaurant? What if the AirBnB is a nightmare?
You don’t have to worry about any of that. You just come, relax, enjoy.
You’ll spend time in the great healer – nature.
There is absolutely nothing that can rejuvenate your soul like being in nature. Nothing.
The trees. The fresh air. There is nothing like it to help you come back to center, and find your creative spark again.
If you are feeling overwhelmed, tired of getting out of bed every day, fed up with life… you need a retreat.
If you are feeling underwhelmed about life, like you’ve delivered all your best material, like you don’t know what to do next… you need a retreat.
If you are just tired of doing everything for everyone else and you just need a freaking break… you need a retreat.