When we retreat (from the world) into ourselves, something deep within us is accessed. We nourish ourselves in a new way. In a way that we long for in our very active lives but in a way that perhaps we’ve glimpsed but not yet delved into. When we retreat, our senses are sharpened, we become more in tune with our inner selves, our inner voice, our intuition and something changes. We slow down and come to rest. We take all that is not essential out of our experience and nourish our minds and bodies at a deep level. Our deeper selves are accessed through certain tools, channeled through our body with various holistic techniques including Yoga, meditation, walking in nature, detoxifying with either a clean vegetarian diet and / or fasting, Ayurveda, transformational workshops and through bodywork. A retreat is where we remove ourselves from our day to day lives and retreat into an environment where our inner selves can be nurtured.
It is becoming increasingly popular and for good reason to travel to a country like India where we are able to completely forget our normal existence and be propelled into a new environment. An environment where the sights, smells, sounds and tastes are completely different to what we are used to, thus heightening our senses. This accomplishes a few ends. In a world where experience travel is becoming a part of many people’s desires, we get to experience a new place and at the same time accomplish a real rest. This rest happens at every level of our being.