I had travelled on my own before, but not like this.
I was worried that my yoga wouldn’t be good enough, that I would be lonely travelling alone, that I wouldn’t be able to surf (I had conflicting visions of drowning vs. gliding gracefully and powerfully to shore).
I was pushing myself outside of my comfort zone, big time.
Now, ten years later, the night before I go on retreat, I still toss and turn, but from excitement about meeting new people, experiencing new things, and feeling fantastic. Feeling like me.
It’s amazing how our fast paced lives can cause us to be disconnected from others and ourselves. Speaking for myself, I never realized how many masks I was actually wearing until I took them off.
Retreats can help you do that. At least, they did for me.
I still love traditional travel – weddings in Mexico, London with friends and family, weekends in Chicago with the girls etc. But, this retreat thing is here to stay.
Gone are the days when I come home from vacation with an extra five pounds and low energy. Fun times (no question….I’m a semi-reformed party gal), but my energy levels would be seriously depleted.
Retreats have the opposite effect, both physically and mentally.
I figure I’ve clocked over 15 hours of online research for each retreat. …maybe more . When you travel solo, you want to make sure it’s safe and that it is a solo friendly environment. Trust me, not every place is
When you’re connected to yourself, you’re also able to see things more clearly. I find that I usually take one or two key leanings away with me after each retreat.
At Retreat Insider, we’ll take away some of the leg work you would need to do to find a retreat that is right for you.
Are you feeling tired and in need of a reboot?
Do you want to drop a few pounds while getting some sun and breathing in the ocean air?
Do you want improve your yoga practice or challenge yourself by hiking mountains or kayaking through rivers?
Do you want to rid your body of toxins and clear your mind?
It’s possible to do all off these things, AND meet cool people and have a few laughs (true!!!).
The market is jammed with amazing retreat experiences. The growth has been tremendous over the past few years. I hope that this site can help you in your journey to find the experience that is right for you at this time in your life.
You’ll find tips, advice, authentic (non biased) reviews from certified ‘insiders’.
I’m always searching for new experiences and the perfect retreat. I’d love to hear from you! If you’d like to be an ‘insider’ please send me a note.
This website is a work in progress and a labour of love for me. I hope you will continue to visit us.
May your next journey be the journey back to yourself!
Founder, Retreat Insider
‘Not all those who wander are lost’. Tolkien