Spiritual Retreat Ideas (for Every Kind of Spirituality)

A Zen saying tells us: "You should sit in meditation for 20 minutes a day. Unless you're too busy, then you should sit for an hour."

Aug 17, 2019

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Like many other quotes from Zen Buddhism, this proverb holds a deeper truth beyond the literal: when you consider yourself too busy is exactly the right time to refocus on meditation and spiritual development.

Sometimes during the hustle and bustle of our daily routines, we lose sight of what really matters. Spiritual retreats provide the opportunity to “reset” our lives and devote time to reconnecting with ourselves.

Individuals choose to attend spiritual retreats for many wonderful reasons such as to practice self-love and growth, discover more about themselves, or to find full enlightenment. Retreats give the opportunity to balance your mind, body, and soul in sweet harmony. 

Whether you’d like to take a break from your busy day-to-day life to focus your attention within or you find yourself on a spiritual path and wish to dive deeper into your journey, spiritual retreats give you the time, energy, and space to do so.

Open Your Heart with Sacred Cacao Retreats 

Plants are of the essence in the world of spirituality. For centuries, we have used plants all around the world for healing purposes, not only physically but also mentally. By using sacred plants in your spiritual practices, you can unlock all sorts of consciousness and even experience a spiritual awakening. 

You may recognize the word cacao from the cacao bean, used to make delicious chocolate. For some, cacao is a medicinal plant and has been used for a number of spiritual, medicinal, and ceremonial purposes in healing ceremonies to open your heart. 

Ancient cultures in Central and South America have deep traditions using sacred cacao as a plant medicine. It has an active ingredient in it called theobromine — which translates to, “Food of the Gods”, and the word cacao derives from the Mayan word Ka’kau, and the Maya word Chokola’j, meaning to drink chocolate together. The Mayans used cacao in ceremonies for thousands of years, and today, you can find cacao retreats and ceremonies all over the world, offering a chance to heal and restore vitality.

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Quiet the Mind with Vipassana

Our minds are constantly filled with thoughts. As Zen Master, Thich Nhat Hanh, calls it: Radio Non-Stop Thinking. How true! 

Vipassana aims to quiet the mind through silence. These 10-day silent meditation retreats help welcome all kinds of spiritualities. Vipassana gives individuals a chance to focus on the present. By exploring your mind, you have the opportunity to discover more about yourself and begin the healing process. Your unconscious thoughts will come to light during this silent time which offers great peace to those seeking it. 

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Reconnect Your Mind and Body with Yoga Retreats

For yoga enthusiasts looking to explore spirituality through movement on the mat, a yoga retreat provides a safe haven. Offering a combination of physical movement and mindfulness meditation, this spiritual practice guides you to inner peace through embracing the seven spiritual laws that yogis follow. 

Yoga retreats allow you to connect with your soul and reach your highest self by connecting the mind and body through postures, called asanas. You become aware of your inner spirit while remaining still for each pose. This practice can be transformational for your mind by allowing you to be in the moment.

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Heal Your Soul with Ayurveda

Known as the sister science of Yoga, Ayurveda focuses on balancing the mind, body, and soul. This holistic medicine comes from ancient Indian tradition where it’s used for healing. Ayurveda focuses on within the individual and brings true healing by correcting any internal imbalances. 

Ayurveda retreats give you an insight into which body and mind type you then provide natural remedies for healing purposes. Ayurvedic treatments are performed throughout the day as a way of restoring your mind and body. We hold a lot of trauma in our body which shows up through aches and pains.

Ayurveda retreats provide treatments which release this built-up stress from our bodies, allowing us to focus on our mind and working towards enlightenment. Their main purpose is to reach peace between mind, body, and spirit.

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ALLISON MICHELLE DIENSTMAN, CONTRIBUTOR
Working from her laptop as a freelance writer, Allison lives as a digital nomad, exploring the world while sharing positivity and laughter. She is a lover of language, travel, music, and creativity with a degree in Chinese language and literature.

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