[vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”SPIRITUAL RETREATS” font_container=”tag:h1|text_align:left” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]Retreats remove you from the stress of daily life and focus on your wellbeing. Attending one far from home, you can leave your concerns behind and focus on healing during your stay. Places like Bali offers many retreats designed to refresh and revive tired souls.
WHAT IS A RETREAT
All retreats share one common theme—wellness. Removed from the daily concerns of life, retreats aim to take advantage of the peace and tranquility around you. They are often settled in serene settings, nestled on sandy beaches or perched high atop a mountain.
In these settings you find yourself surrounded by nature. You wake up to the sounds of birds, wind, and rain rather than traffic or an alarm. Massages and outings into the local area are included and help you unwind.
As you’re experiencing the local cuisine and art, you gain perspective. Many retreats include walks through the local landscape and suggest a specific diet while you attend to help cleanse your body of impurities.
THE SPIRITUAL ASPECT
Many people confuse spirituality with religion. To see a more in depth look into it, see our article on the differences between spirituality and religion. But to sum it up very simply: religion is a set of beliefs and rituals that claim to get a person in a right relationship with God or Gods. Spirituality is a focus on spiritual things and the spiritual world instead of physical/earthly things. A focus on wellbeing both physically and mentally.
Spiritual retreats follow the same method of healing, but they often include meditation, yoga, and visits to local temples. Many focus on the body, and a specific diet or fasting may be included.
You can choose to spend your time alone, reflecting on life and learning about yourself, or you can spend your time visiting the local area and seeing the beauty of your surroundings.
Some spiritual retreats in places like Bali are far from the city and entirely off grid, providing their own water and creating their own electricity. Living off grid often includes organic gardens, and these retreats prepare fresh meals from garden to table each day.
Eating fresh organic food from a Balinese garden is an experience in itself. While you cleanse your body with an organic diet or fast, clarity of mind is easier to find and you are able to reflect more clearly on life.
SEEING THE LOCAL ENVIRONMENT
If you choose to enjoy planned trips to the local area, you will experience the beauty of the local people, art, and cuisine. You can take a walk through the jungle or rice fields with the beauty of nature surrounding you. And after a long day of relaxing and enjoying the local culture, wind down in the pool or enjoy a massage. Like many other retreats, spiritual retreats in Bali focus on wellness, but they also include spiritual aspects like yoga and meditation. With these retreats you can expect to find relaxing environments with a spiritual touch.
WHY CHOOSE A SPIRITUAL RETREAT
People choose to go to spiritual retreats for a number of reasons. It could be to help cope after a relationship break down, to get help with some alcohol or drinking problems, to break a drug habit, to feel better connected to the world or just for the experience itself. The reason people choose them isn’t always so important. What is more important is what they take out when they leave.
We have touched upon Bali for this article, as we have spent a lot of time working alongside them. However more and more spiritual retreats are popping up all over the world. Places like Bangkok in Thailand, Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, Singapore City in Singapore and New Delhi offer great places to try spiritual retreats. These tend to be viewed as some of the best places because of their diverse cultural and religious back grounds, providing an excellent back drop and atmosphere for these kind of retreats. However don’t feel these are the only places, there are spiritual retreats the world over.
There are many different types of retreats across the world that suit a number of different people with a wide range of activities. Below is a list of different kinds of retreats:
Yoga; Wellness; Religious; Marriage; Couples; Military; Team building; Leadership; Craft; Writing; Alcohol; Drugs (Narcotics); University; Weddings; Corporate; Outdoor education; Sports and Silent.
if one interests you or a spiritual retreat does, then why not find out a little more today?