Retreat!! Don’t we all love the word. I know for me, retreats are always special. They don’t happen often, but when they do I’m ready and willing.
I’ve done spiritual retreats and writing retreats. They are both wonderful and an amazing way to reset and refocus. There are several reasons why I love going on retreats, so I broke them down for you. Maybe you’ll agree!
Rest. Okay, let’s not pretend this isn’t important. Rest is vital to our physical and mental health. Even if you’re just laying down, thinking, not thinking, whatever, resting is great for you. And while you are resting, you can read a great book!
Energize. Yeah, so this is for AFTER you rest! Ha! Sometimes when we get away it energizes us. I was just on a writing retreat and it energized me to write! I do have a daytime job, so full days of writing are rare for me. But I loved it. And when I returned, I found myself itching to write whenever I could.
Think. Yep. Strange word at times, but I know there are certain times when I just need to think about different things. Whether it’s book related, or family related, some things just need thinking through. When you are on a retreat, usually there are times when you are alone, and often we can just relax and think better without interruption.
Renew. Don’t you love that word? I know I do. When you are away from all the things in everyday life, you often find times to renew. Renew your love of reading, watching your favorite show, catch up on your Bible study. When I leave a retreat, I often feel a sense of newness in taking the time to reclaim the love I have for certain activities.
Enjoy. Yes! Enjoy the time! Take pictures. Look at this pretty one of the sunset from our condo! Take in all the moments and enjoy them. Enjoy the people you are with. My recent retreat was with a great group of writers. We all had that in common and we had an amazing time. We did a devotion every night. We enjoyed the time we were together.
Aspire. Take this time away to aspire to new ideas, new routines, maybe. New goals.
Take away. Ah—the take away. Don’t forget the reason you have gone on a retreat. To do all the above things, then learn, grow, and remember the take aways. The new ideas, the refreshing feeling of being rested, the new energy, the beautiful sunsets, or whatever you gained, don’t leave it behind. Take it with you.
Like I said above, this retreat was with a group of inspirational authors. We all were working on stories that we’ll eventually share with the world. I loved being around like-minded people. We brainstormed, ran ideas past each other. Nixed certain ideas when told, ‘eh, that’s probably not the way to go.’ It was an amazing time and I finished a novel! Now I have to edit it, but I did write ‘The End!’
So who loves retreats? I’d love to hear about any you have gone on and what your take aways were. Thank you in advance for sharing!