Personal well-being is something that has become even more important to people since the pandemic and there are diverse retreats to help one on a transformative journey to experience growth. Here are a few retreat types to help you decide which is the right one for you.
Programmed retreats will usually follow a set schedule and can feature diverse workshops, spa treatments, daily activities, wellness seminars, group classes, consultations, nutritious meals and more. Of course, at places like Elysia Wellness Retreat, in addition to such programmes, you also have the option of customising your own package; you can choose aspects that you want to focus on such as relaxation, physical well-being or mindful nourishment.
Those who want to additionally boost their physical strength can opt for a fitness retreat. NSW offers such retreats in its Hunter Valley region which is perfect for outdoor activities too. One option is to select a lower-intensity programme that can include exercises that improve strength, muscle tone and balance, meditation, Pilates, Tai Chi, yoga, and guided walks. Alternatively, you can choose a higher intensity programme with a boot camp, boxing, deep water running, hiking and various sports.
A self-guided retreat would be one where instead of scheduled activities or programmes, you will have more time to yourself which you can direct towards your transformative journey. While such places usually feature wellness-based classes and activities, you don’t have to join them and can find a quiet spot to spend in meditation, yoga, or relaxation. Before choosing such a retreat, see what’s on offer since there may be some activities that would be beneficial to you.
The emphasis at such retreats is spirituality and is tied to prayer, meditation and finding answers to spiritual questions along with aspects like self-reflection, exercise, and spending time amidst nature. Different religions will offer their own kinds of spiritual retreats be it linked to Christianity, Buddhism or Taoism though the common factor is that you will find a serene setting for quiet contemplation. At such places, you can generally find spiritual elders who you can speak with as well.