Create Your Own Mini-Retreat

Create Your Own Mini-Retreat
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Lena Schmidt

You don’t have to go to Bali, Costa Rica, or Italy to find solace, stillness, and sanctuary. Although a week-long yoga retreat or meditation immersion can be just what the doctor ordered (and doctors are prescribing de-stressing activities), perhaps your pocketbook will be more pleased if you stay home. With a little bit of planning and ingenuity, you can create a day or weekend-long mini-retreat for yourself.  

Often, spending time considering what you feel you need to retreat from is a step in the right direction: Is your job overwhelming? Do you feel alone in your home-life responsibilities? Are you simply exhausted? Considering what you dream of retreating to will aid in guiding you towards that sandy beach or untrodden trail: Do you need a whole day alone? Do you want to spend time with inspiring people? Do you need some vitamin N or would a leisurely morning between those new bamboo sheets do you good? The essential elements that will allow you to feel rejuvenated and alive are up to you.

Customize Your Down Time

Begin by thinking of your ideal day. (Note: if you can make your ideal day a reality, GO! Stop reading and get going!) For some fun ideas, consider the elements of an organized retreat: solo time, nature immersion, nourishing food, physical activity, body and mind cleansing, visual inspiration, adventure, and time for reflection. The following suggestions for a one-day mini-retreat include a little of each of these. Pick and choose as you like!

  • Most organized retreats are intentionally off-the-grid or at least encourage disconnecting from technology. Try it! Set an away message for your email, turn your phone off, or try the Bored and Brilliant Challenge from Note to Self.
  • Create an intention for your retreat time. This will be your purpose, dedication, or desire for your day. This is just for you. Then ritualize it to encourage it to stick and go deep.
  • Check out these books for journaling and intention-setting inspiration:
    • The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron
    • The Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte
    • Your Heart’s Desire by Sonia Choquette
  • Draw affirmation or tarot cards for encouragement:
    • Crazy Sexy Love Notes by Kris Carr
    • Art of Attention: Yoga Healing Cards by Elena Brower
    • The Wild Unknown: Animal Spirit Cards or Tarot by Kim Krans
  • Make yourself some special tea or your favorite morning drink (sipping chocolate for breakfast anyone?). Start with a morning routine to get your day off on the right foot.
  • Sit in meditation. Grab a cushion, set a timer, be still. Just do it.
  • Take a yoga class or make time for practicing yoga on your own. Schedule a private session with your favorite teacher. Get yourself to that class you love. Roll out your mat and roll around. Whether it’s 20 minutes or an hour and 20 minutes, harmonizing your chakras and stretching your muscles will prepare your body for …read more
    Source: Deepak Chopra
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