'Going on retreat is a time to cocoon, so that we may emerge ready to return to our lives with a new perspective'.
Occasionally, we need to pause - and step away from the hustle and bustle of modern life. One way to do this is to get away from our daily life and go on retreat. Far more than a vacation, a retreat offers us time to ourselves to rest, heal, reflect, and renew our spirit. It is a time to cocoon so that we may emerge renewed, refreshed, and ready to return to our everyday lives with a new perspective. A retreat gives us time for uninterrupted meditation so that we may go deep within and spend time with ourselves.
A retreat may offer quiet, solitude, and sometimes even silence. Retreats often take place in humble dwellings with simple fare so that our senses may be reawakened to the beauty of unadorned tastes and the sights and sounds of nature. When we spend days in contemplation, we can more easily hear our heart when it speaks to us. We also are able to really listen when a bird sings, deeply breathe in the smell of flowers, grass, or earth, and delight in a soft breeze blowing on our cheek. When we go on retreat we have time to connect to the sacred geometry of a labyrinth, discover epiphanies through asanas, or take a long, reflective walk through the woods where we can give each step our full attention.
Without the pull of deadlines, relationships, the Internet, or other media, we give ourselves time to go deep into our own solitude where we can fully reflect on our joys, sorrows, and fears, owning and releasing them as needed. We may even come to know and understand our life path more deeply. Hopefully, when we return home, we can take a little bit of this time alone back with us and create the space for deep reflection on a daily basis. We also may come back to our life renewed and ready to take on the world. The beauty of going on retreat is that no matter where you go or how long you stay, you'll always meet yourself when you get there.
2019 Retreats at SUN DOOR are up and coming and beginning in May. They are inviting, welcoming and include a number of teachers dedicated to their work and support of participants in this beautiful environment that provides a calm and nourishing space for study, practice and the purpose of growth and transformation. Please visit the retreat page for more information and to register.
PAINTING THE MUSE with Angela Carroll
AWAKENING JOY with Elizabeth Burr and Josea Crossley
YOGA and ART with Diane Smith and Lori Goldberg
YOGA AND THAI MASSAGE with Tara
A WEEK OF YOGA, MUSIC AND REIKI with Diane Smith and Diane Taylor
July 29-Aug 2
MOVEMENT and WRITING with Darcy McMurray
WOMEN'S SUMMER RETREAT with Diane Smith
SACRED SELF CARE AND YOGA FOR WOMEN with Tara
BEE YOGA RETREAT with Leza, Jaromir and Seva
THE FRUITFUL DARKNESS, RETREAT FOR WOMEN with Diane Smith
RADIANT RECOVERY for WOMEN with Diane Smith
NEW YEARS RETREAT with Diane Smith, Diane Taylor and Chelka