Some people have been put off by the word ‘Retreat,’ thinking that it implies a strict and very cheerful regime. However, today’s getaways are usually more fun, less costly, and more consumer-friendly-you don’t have to do sunrise yoga every morning if you don’t like to: it’s your choice.
Indeed, the modern retreat can cover everything from a weekend of not using your smartphone (digital detox) to a few days of relaxing and safe living in the bucolic farmland (wellness or mindfulness retreats).
You can also go on a retreat to kick-start a new training routine, help alleviate stress, practice yoga, and spiritual exercises, enjoy recreational sports or cooking classes, tap into your creative thinking, improve sleep or personality, have life-coaching-and, yes, lose more weight if you have to, even though this is more often a side-effect to a healthier lifestyle.
Or you could go on a retreat and do nothing at all. The word “retreat” means “pull back,” withdraw from the pressures and stresses of everyday life for a period of time. In military terminology, it means withdrawing from battle: at times life can feel like that.
How Long Is a Retreat?
It differs. You may have a day’s spa relaxation or a half-day. This means that it will customize therapies, food, and even classes or appointments on a retreat theme, such as cooking, meditation, or de-stressing.
A weekend retreat could go from one night to two. It can include one or two classes a day, a chat, therapies, use of spa services, meals, and likely group activities. The schedule is going to be packed so you get your dollars’ worth but with opportunities to opt-out if you want to enjoy some free time. Don’t worry; you’re not going to have to hide in your room feigning sickness in order to deter Pilates.
What Types of Retreats Are There?
Getaways are available in all shapes and sizes. You can schedule a spa retreat where you live at the resort hotel and have a schedule and a menu for you. Resort retreats are operating in a similar way. You may be interacting with ordinary guests or spa guests, so if you’re on a detox break, you may have a different table and menu. Personal retreats either have their own privately owned land and facilities or employ specially built retreat locations. They don’t always have spas, but they do provide hot tubs and therapies.
There are three broad categories of retreats in these formats: food, health, and wellness. In Australia, you can find health retreats sunshine coast, and other popular places.
What Do I Need to Take?
Usually, a retreat would give you a schedule, so you can pack everything appropriately. You might want nothing other than comfortable clothing, yoga pants, sneakers, and a bathing suit you may need shoes and additional layers for hiking up the hills.
If you’re in a good spa or hotel, dresses will be given, but you may want to take your own slides and a bottle of water to take to your lessons or walks.
Anything other than that, pack comfortably as if you were going to have a break with your mates. It’s more about your relaxation than what you look like.