Plan a Personal Retreat

Taking some personal time to renew your spirit can be extremely valuable to your mental and physical health. Whether you are dealing with death, divorce, illness or a block to your creativity, taking some “me time” is an important way to nourish your soul.

Choose a Remote Location

If possible, make your retreat an actual retreat from the busy world. The journey to a new place is the beginning of the process of renewal, so pick a location that is at least two hours away from your home. Look into borrowing a friend’s vacation home, choose from among one of the peaceful cedar log chalets Nova Scotia or simply rent a hotel room on the edge of a state park.

Plan Your Day

You certainly don’t need to over-plan your retreat, but you should have an idea of what you want to work on creatively or spiritually. Bring comfortable clothes for long walks or sunrise yoga. Pack a stack of books or other reading material — more than you will have time to look at. This is a great time to tackle a project you need long stretches of time for, such as writing a chapter in your book, acknowledging condolence cards or finishing a knitting project. Being on a retreat doesn’t mean you can’t talk to anyone else, so book yourself a massage or tour a local historical home. The idea is to do something that will fill you up with positive energy.

What To Expect

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