A self-care retreat is a glorious thing. Yes, I believe in the everyday magic of self-care in the midst of our lives. But sometimes, something more is called for. Sometimes, it’s time to peel back the layers, pare down the doing and slip away on a fabulous self-retreat. Get your free retreat planner here!
What is a retreat?
It can be as short as an afternoon and as long as years (yup, there are some folks who go away on years-long meditation retreats). For this retreat, I’m aiming for something in the middle. A retreat is either a guided or self-guided stepping away from everyday life.
Sometimes, it’s silent. Other times, not. It might be spiritual or involve a cleanse or include deep contemplation or deep work on a particular project. Or not.
A retreat is really what you make of it. A retreat should be restorative and illuminating. How you reach that end result is up to you.
Why I’m doing it
I believe in the restorative power of retreats. I believe in unplugging and offering nurturing care to your sweet self. I also realized that I needed this kind of self-care retreat for myself, as a fellow worldchanger and healer.
I think that every once in a while, we reach the end of being of our highest service. At that point, it’s time to pull back. It’s appropriate to give ourselves some space to be in our lives and to dream.
I know that I want to continue to be of high service for a long time to come. So right now, it’s time for me to step away and go to be in my life. It’s time for me to fill my own cup, so that I can offer healing and sustenance again. I have to give to myself for a short while, so that I may continue to give to others.
And this time, I’m doing it before the burnout. Not during or after.
What I’ll be doing on my self-care retreat:
What I’ll be up to will fall into four main themes:
1. Deep work, reading and inquiry, instead of skimming and busy work.
I’m interested in what’s underneath – and I have a feeling that something truly great lies at the heart of things. I’m taking some time to explore what that looks like for me.
I’ll be taking the month to read the books that I’ve been meaning to, instead of skimming blogs. I’ll be engaging with some of the big questions and themes that are coming up in my work and life. I’ll be dreaming big and thinking about the architecture of what’s next. I’ll be wrangling some of the big ideas into being, and taking my time. (See also: What is your Sacred Focus?)
2. Personal wellbeing.
I’ll be going inward with myself, attending to my health, my wellbeing, my body, and my mind. More time for movement and nourishment and naps and massage.
And perhaps a new hair-do. 😉 (Do people still say hair-do?) (See also: Real Self-Care: intuitive movement)
3. My home.
Using the metaphor from Sacred Focus, my home and family are one of my big rocks. I’ll be devoting some time to getting my space in order. I’m looking forward to getting some quality time with my sweetie, the cats, my community.
Deep cleaning is in order. So is stretching my creativity with some new recipes and homemade goodness. It feels like time to do some nesting and some shedding of what doesn’t serve any longer. (See also: Real Self-Care: food from scratch)
4. Being outside.
This is where I tend to my spirit. I’m looking forward to unplugging and untethering. It’s time to re-wild myself a bit. To play in the dirt and dance in the sunshine and bask in the moonlight and dip my toes in the rivers.
I am so deeply in love with this world, and it’s time for me to explore and to notice. It’s time for listening to the birds sing and the trees rustle in the breeze. (See also: Real Self-Care: nature)
What to expect and where to find me:
I’ll be dipping out of the blog for the month of July. Regular Monday posts and Friday Circle Roundups will resume in August. In the meantime, you can browse through the Summertime Favorites Series for plenty of goodies to keep you until then.
I will also be teaching my free monthly workshop. Grab your seat for workshops here.
Finally, I will be sending quick updates each week. These will short and sweet updates, packed with self-care inspiration. Find out what I’m up to in my own practice and enjoy exclusive discounts and goodies. If you’re not on the list, subscribe here!
Want to create your own self-care retreat?
I’m so glad you asked!
As soon as I decided that I wanted to embark on this retreat, I knew that this would be something that could serve others too. If you’re thinking of creating your own self-retreat, you could simply design it yourself.
Or you could use my new Retreat Planner and Checklist! It’s totally free, and will help to guide you in your retreat journey.
This is the exact process that I used to decide to take my retreat and to design it from the ground up. It’s not just about stepping away, but being deeply intentional about what I want to get out of that time with myself. Plus, I’m using the checklist to assemble everything I need to make my self-care retreat deliciously lovely.
Whether you’re looking to dive in deep on a project, or just take a little bit of technology-free time for self-reflection, this guide will help you make it happen.
Whether you’re taking a self-care retreat now or in the future, I wish you good nourishment. I look forward to seeing you here again soon.
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