Yoga retreats, meditation retreats, wellness, detox and healing retreats.  You often hear these terms and know that retreats are a sort of getaway that’s good for your wellbeing.  Some might wonder: what happens on a retreat and why is it good for you to go?

For all the medications, techniques, shortcuts and tricks we try to make ourselves feel better, we eventually realize that healing can take place when we start making changes from within.  This is what you can discover when you go on a retreat and get the time and professional guidance to look for answers inside yourself.

Going on a retreat is like giving yourself a chance to look at the world in a different way, a gift to learn something new, to go on an adventure with your inner self.

What is a wellness retreat holiday?

Retreat, by definition, means “a place of refuge, seclusion, or privacy”.   To others, a wellness retreat is about getting away from the stresses, responsibilities and mad rush of daily life and letting the mind quiet down from its daily routine.  It’s a time to connect with that inner silence and inner peace within.  A wellness retreat provides a much needed safe space in our busy lives, to finally slow down, to relax and be with ourselves.


What do people do on a wellness retreat?

There are so many types of wellness retreats out there, offering different types of activities, ranging from yoga, meditation, detox, spa to spiritual, self-discovery and couple’s retreats.  Depending on the retreat topic, the retreat teacher or organizer will create a program around it.

For yoga retreats, you’ll be doing yoga classes. Some of the more dedicated yoga retreats also include meditation classes, yoga philosophy lectures and yoga documentaries.

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For spiritual and self-discovery type of retreats, you will be attending guided workshops or talks by the teacher most of the time. There will be free time to integrate all the information taught and time for reflection as well.

We all need time to decompress, to integrate what we have learned from the retreat, to reflect and to listen to our inner voice – this is what retreats are for.  This is a scheduled “me” time where you do not have to feel guilty for not doing anything. This is a free time to do whatever you want, to sleep, to rest, to explore, to read, write, to draw.

What’s the difference between a wellness retreat holiday and a typical holiday?

Have you been on a relaxing holiday at a beach resort, and done nothing but sleep and eat and laze by the beach all day?

Have you been on a sightseeing holiday, where you are out from the hotel the whole day exploring the area, taking buses, taxis or trains, and visiting famous landmarks and attractions?

Have you been on a shopping and eating holiday, where you are being a happy consumer, shopping and eating the whole day?

There is nothing wrong with any of the above holidays. Do you feel recharged and refreshed after these holidays? Sometimes yes. Sometimes no. Sometimes it’s really tiring to change hotel every night, to rush to the airport or the bus station or the train station to catch the next ride. Even sleeping the whole day doesn’t make you feel refreshed. You might even feel more tired afterwards.

That’s the difference between a retreat and a typical holiday. After a retreat, you will feel rejuvenated. You will feel recharged. And most importantly, you will feel different, because the experiences you gain and learn in a retreat change you as a person from the core.


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About the Author: Sal Ragusa was born in 1976, and has lived half his life in Toronto and the other half in Montreal, where he currently resides. His comical and sometimes profound Social Media Posts are all the rage among his followers, and after years of being told that he should share his writing skills with the world, Sal has decided to bring his works to market.