For some, the idea of retreating at home can feel counter-intuitive. If life is out of balance or you’re feeling overwhelmed, home may feel more like a source of stress than the perfect setting for 48 hours of rest and relaxation. But rather than an occasional indulgence, we believe self-care should be a way of life. If you want to form habits that will last, surely the best place to start is in the home?
Pros and Cons
The writer Jeffrey Davis talks enthusiastically about organising an in-house creative retreat, describing it as an opportunity to ‘refresh and rejuvenate the work-fatigued mind’. There’s no doubt retreating at home is more convenient. Although preparation is key, there’s less to organise and familiar surroundings can help you feel grounded and relaxed.
An online retreat may be more economical too, especially when you account for the absence of travel and accommodation costs. The price of an in-person retreat varies dramatically, ranging from £400 to £4500 for a one-off experience. With a State of Liberty retreat, you’ll have lifetime access to the retreat content, allowing you to refer back, refresh your memory, and establish practices at a pace that feels safe and comfortable for you.
Of course, escaping elsewhere for a retreat has its advantages too. You may find there are fewer external distractions to contend with or that you respond well to the rigid structure of an offline retreat. Most logistics will be taken care of and there’s no need to think about food and lodgings.
However, if the retreat schedule is inflexible, it may be harder to listen to your body and respond to its needs as and when they arise. Returning home can also be a difficult transition and you may struggle to incorporate what you’ve learned into everyday life.
What Do You Need Right Now?
When it comes to online versus offline retreats, only you can decide which option is best for you. Before weighing up the pros and cons, it’s important to establish what you need right now. What are you hoping to gain from the experience? How do you want to feel when it’s over?
We can’t tell you which type of retreat will serve you best, but we can promise you a gentle, yet powerful retreat experience. If you’re still feeling apprehensive, we’ve previously addressed a few common concerns about retreating at home here.
Love Lizzie and the SOL team x