All The Benefits Without The Hassle, Travel or Cost
Today in my Retreat Coach Training class we talked about virtual retreats. You may ask, “What is a virtual retreat?” And others may ask, “What is a retreat?”
The one thing I can assure you is that it is based on peace, not a place. And, all it involves is your commitment-to-self, a few hours and a phone. Time to get you and your life back in balance.
A retreat is personal and defined by each of us. For many, it’s a time to reflect, renew and restore. A time to treat oneself to time outside of the routine. Time away from home or work. In essence, time we take for ourselves to use as we define. By definition, it means “a movement away from danger or a confrontation, back along the original route.” … back to the authentic you. Time out of overwhelm and into neutral flow. Time away from stress and into peace of mind. Time for You to just Be.
When I say virtual, you may get visions of computers and other tech media. But, I ask you to consider some of the synonyms, e.g., practical, effective, fundamental and essential. The only tech involved is a phone.
Are you still with me? Are you beginning to understand that a retreat is less about the place and more about the space inside you, that peace of mind? As such, one does not have to go anywhere to enjoy a retreat. One just needs to give themselves permission to take the time for self-care, self-love.
Sometimes the permission to give oneself the time to retreat is the hardest part of taking a retreat. It’s great to take time for oneself, read a book, take a walk and just Be. A virtual retreat works very well when we want more than a walk or a nap. Sometimes putting down the daily burdens and sharing in collective energy is the life-changing, self-renewal experience we need. And, a coach-lead retreat with like-minded, like-hearted people can offer the mind-less structure and accountability we need when our little voices tell us we don’t have the time to take time for ourselves.
How Does A Virtual Retreat Work?
The essence of this mini-retreat takes the commitment of a day and a phone line. One commits to 3-4 hours on a given day. The focus for the day may be individual or pre-defined by the coach or group. At the start of the retreat everyone calls into a bridge (conference) line for the first of 3- 4 calls. Then every hour, on the hour you call in again for another 10-15 minutes to touch base with the coach and the members of your retreat group. Some retreats are set up as a one-day experience and others occur regularly on a monthly or quarterly basis.
If you want to learn more about virtual retreats or keep in touch to join those I plan, visit my YINpreneur website. While there, you may want to sign up for my YINpreneur Circle – daily tips & resources and an mp# 5 Minute Retreat to help you create your personal life balance.
For now, please leave a comment below and share your ideas for virtual retreats.
Peace and joy.
Retreat Coach Karen McMillan | YINpreneur