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Retreats – A Nourishing Investment

Retreat: A period of seclusion, retirement, or solitude. A period of group withdrawal for prayer, meditation, or study.

What is it about taking time away from your day-to-day routine that can be so energizing?  The way I see it, the off-site meeting at work, the training session, the yoga retreat, etc – they all rely on some key fundamental principles.

A mental and physical break from the daily grind: Our thought patterns and behaviors fall into habitual patterns. And while these patterns can be beneficial (take less conscious time and energy), they can also allow us to fall into stagnation. Creativity is stifled, perspectives become limited, and we lose some flexibility and adaptability.

Change in perspective: When we’re in a rut, our perspective begins to narrow and we only see what we’re used to seeing.  Getting away allows you to see the world with new eyes and notice what we had inadvertently become blind to.

Distraction-free environment: Our day-to-day lives are full of distractions – phone calls, email, instant messages, Facebook, a buzzing iPhone, meetings, TV, taking the kids to practice, etc.  The list is endless.  A retreat allows you to put all of that aside for a short while. And with the distractions removed, our minds are free to quiet down and focus on what is before us.

Reconnection to potential and possibilities: No matter what type of retreat you are engaging in, there will likely be a spirit of new beginnings that permeates. Stepping away brings with it the hope of positive change and the expectation that we will find clarity and solutions.  We are connected with the energy of potential and our hearts and minds become open to the possibilities.

Investment in the future: By nature, taking time to break away from your routine implies making an investment in a more promising future state.  It is a time of learning and growth, of laying a strong foundation to build upon. You walk away with a new vision, new skills to try out in the “real world” and new awareness.

Private Retreat Coaching: Knowing how valuable these days are to our spirit and success, I offer private retreat options for all of my coaching programs.  If these principles work for business planning meetings, training sessions, yoga or spirituality, why couldn’t they work for career discovery?

After experiencing a private retreat, I see the light return to my client’s eyes.  They have renewed hope and energy to make their dreams a reality.  They walk away with a new connection to their authentic selves, inspiring visions of what’s possible and action steps to take to bring their visions to life.  And in the months following their retreats we’re building on the momentum they created, navigating unexpected hurdles and making their goals a reality.

Taking time away from the day-to-day is essential in re-energizing, reconnecting and investing in a more fulfilling future.

When was the last time you took a day to yourself? What have your experiences with retreats been?

1 Comment
  1. Carly –

    I know that when we’ve taken retreats together it has always been powerful, productive and peaceful. I encourage anyone to use your skills and get outside their head for the day.

    .-= Philip Bolton´s last blog ..Secret Games We Play and How to Win Them =-.

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