In our fast-paced world, taking time to slow down and retreat from our usual routines is more important now than ever. Whether it’s a writing retreat or a general retreat involving crafts, faith, family, or a girls’ getaway, these experiences offer a chance to recharge, refocus, and reconnect with what truly matters. That’s why I’ve made retreats a summer tradition.
There’s something magical about summer. The longer days, the warm weather, and the general sense of relaxation all make it the perfect time of year for a retreat. Summer offers a break from our usual routines, giving us the freedom to explore new places, try new activities, and focus on our personal growth.
The type of retreat you choose depends on what you’re hoping to achieve. A writing retreat, for instance, offers uninterrupted time to focus on your stories. But retreats can take many forms. A craft retreat might be perfect for those looking to unleash their creativity, while a faith retreat can offer a chance for spiritual reflection and growth. A family trip can strengthen bonds and create lasting memories, and a girls’ getaway can provide much-needed camaraderie and relaxation.
Planning a retreat involves setting clear intentions. What do you hope to gain from this experience? Whether it’s completing a draft, learning a new craft technique, deepening your faith, spending quality time with loved ones, reconnecting with friends, or simply relaxing and rejuvenating, having a clear goal can guide your activities and make your retreat more fulfilling.
A typical day on a retreat might start with a leisurely breakfast followed by a morning dedicated to your chosen activity. Afternoons can be spent exploring your surroundings, and evenings can be a time for reflection and relaxation. The beauty of a retreat is that you can structure your days in a way that suits your needs and preferences.
Retreats can also present challenges. It can be difficult to step away from our responsibilities and give ourselves permission to focus on our own needs and interests. But remember, taking time for yourself isn’t a luxury—it’s a necessity. If you find it hard to switch off, try setting specific times for checking emails or messages, and dedicate the rest of the time to enjoying your retreat. Even if it’s to just change your scenery a little – one of my favorite “writing retreat” spots at home is our screen porch. It’s just enough of a change to be different and different can spark creativity.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed, tired, or simply in need of a change of pace, consider planning a retreat this summer. Whether it’s a weekend or a week, alone or with others, focusing on writing, craft, faith, family, friendship, or simply relaxation, a retreat can offer a refreshing and rewarding experience. So why not make it a summer tradition? You never know what discoveries, connections, and memories await.
If you could plan your ideal retreat, what would it look like? Where would it be, who would you go with, and what activities would you include? I’d love for you to share in the comments.