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What is a transformational retreat?

Updated: Oct 17, 2023

A transformation retreat is a type of retreat that focuses on personal growth and change. Most transformational retreats will provide retreat guests with a safe space for self-exploration and profound healing as well as workshops that offer you ways that you can return home and lead a healthier life.

That's how the all-knowing internet defines a transformational retreat. And I like it. So much so, that I have developed a niche area of coaching that supports the active engagement of bringing women out of their homes and out into retreat for growth, joy and respite.

But I have many other questions. Now, let me stop you here and acknowledge the truth of the matter - As stated, I am a transformational retreat leader. So one might expect me to have more answers than questions. But that's where you'd be wrong! I build every retreat I run based on questions.

Who wants to go on a retreat? Who NEEDS to go on a retreat? How does one justify spending money and time going away on a retreat? What do people who want and need retreats and actually sign up for retreats deserve once they are on retreat? What is too much? What is too little?

I also ask, what do people need today in this world, at this time? What am I able to give? What can I offer with a full heart? What have I learned that I can share with confidence, that will resonate and move others? What can I promise to those who join me and give me their trust? What can I do that will evoke the wild and wired soul of my community of women?

There are so many different types of retreats:

Digital detox retreat or a mindfulness retreat - To calm the nervous system by removing yourself from everyday life stressors (such as digital addiction, ambient noise, or a heavy workflow), reconnect to nature, and become more prese

nt in your everyday life.

Wellness boot camp retreat. - To go on a weight loss journey and learn how to lead a healthier lifestyle.

Wellness retreat or a yoga and meditation practice retreat.

To learn practical tools for greater well-being and personal development.

Emotional wellness retreat To address or end a toxic relationship, heal from trauma, release limiting beliefs, and/or rediscover your self-worth.

Purpose-focused retreat to discover or rediscover your passions and/or identify your life purpose.

Silent retreat to explore your spiritual self or experience a spiritual awakening.

And on and on they go.

You want to be clear about what you're looking for. When you pick the right retreat, it's like winning the lottery! Every fiber of your being will realize this is EXACTLY what you needed and you will feel like an absolute genius for making it happen in your life!

Here's the cool thing. Every retreat runner in the whole wide world, is open to talking to your about their upcoming retreat. Every one. Because retreats are hard to fill. There are very few people who are willing to take the time, spend the money and perhaps most importantly, give themselves permission to take a break from their demanding lives and do this thing for themselves. So every retreat has an organizer and that organizer wants to talk to you! The best ones are as hopefully that you are the right match for their retreat as you are hoping their retreat is a match for you! They know that it is ultimately the alchemy of the people attending who are going to make the difference between a great retreat and an unforgettable, life-changing experience.

So do yourself the favour of picking up the phone and calling the organizer and asking ALL your questions. And don't pay a penny until you are completely sure that this is going to be the experience you need.

Retreats are something we all deserve, most of need and many of us may find are the gateway to living a happier, more connected and fulfilling life.

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