Retreat: to withdraw, to retire, to pull back. Escape: to break free, to get away, to break loose.
So, a Retreat is a kind of Escape? I’ll leave you to decide that one!
In this, the 21st century, our lives are getting busier and even more crazy, despite all the technology that is supposed to make everything easier.
We are all looking for extra hours in the day, with the hope that eventually everything will become easier, happier and under control.
It’s impossible to create a 25hr day and if we could, we would fill it with everything we are doing now, juggling our work time, family and general day to day responsibilities.
For things to change we have to look at ourselves and the way we live our lives.
A Retreat, by taking you away from the stresses of everyday life will allow you to do this. It’s a time to recharge your batteries and bring new insights for a positive life change.
The feeling of guilt is often a barrier to people taking time away, and the more caring you are as a person the more these feelings emerge. Time to oneself isn’t selfish, it’s important to ‘self-care’. We all know when we’re tired and stressed our bodies and mind just don’t work well!
And OK some people may say “yes, but you take regular holidays”, if you’re holidaying with ‘loved ones’ it can be far from a relaxing experience, as I know only too well!
Retreats are not a new invention, they’ve been around for centuries and usually linked with personal and spiritual development.
Today we see more Retreats used as relaxing breaks without any spiritual input, others offer workshops, meditation and life coaching.
The Corporate World have also experienced the benefits of Retreats, many companies offering time away to problem solve and relax.
Each one of us is unique and no one Retreat suits all, in fact a Retreat does not appeal to everyone.
Sant Elia Fitness and Re-Style is offering a week-end Retreat in October for those who feel they have lost direction following a major life changing experience, feel overweight, unfit and generally stuck in a rut. Again, this isn’t for everyone but if you’re interested take a look at our website; www.santelialifestyle.co.uk, it could be the start of a ‘new you’.
A Retreat can be a very rewarding experience, much can be realised in a short time, a shifting of perception and a re-establishment of what really matters.
But, it’s important to understand that the benefits gained will be lost unless you you take action on your return home, that’s why Sant’Elia offers a month of regular contact and support following their Retreats, enabling you to go from strength to strength on your chosen path.