The Difference Between a Retreat and a Holiday

A week ago 20 of us rocked the Ecology Retreat Centre for the Art of Healing. 

A friendly, empowering getaway has to be the best way to re-energize, get clear and feel loved..all while having a good time (and good food!)

This is the 9th retreat I have facilitated/co-facilitated. 

I've learned a couple of things about why retreats so powerfully transform peoples' lives.

First of all, a retreat is not exactly a holiday.

The basic difference can be summed up by thinking of your  "to do" list. 

A holiday is like putting your To Do" list aside and avoiding it for a week or two while you have a great time (hopefully) Whoot Whoot!!

On a holiday, you are more inclined to say, "I need a holiday to get over my holiday.". Then you get back to the extra work that has piled up using the same habits and outlook as before.

Through a retreat, you DO your "to do" list.  You bring it with you. 

The retreat is structured for you on purpose.   The goal is not to Get Away; It is to Get All In!

The moment you register your life starts to shift as you anticipate your experience: 

During a retreat,  there are some common threads to help you :

  • Clear intention about what you want to shift in your life
  • A good schedule balance of structured time, activities and time for relaxing
  • Getting to know one another,  building connections, community and trust
  • Beautiful settings, often in nature, to remind you how connected you are
  • More simplicity.  Healthy choices made for you such as food and scheduled movement
  • Time for self reflection and getting clear about what is important to you

So when you return home from retreat you feel a deep sense of satisfaction that can energize a happier, more fulfilled you. 

Because really,  you are not doing just any "To Do List", you are getting to your "Life To Do" list.  The list that gnaws away at you. That makes you dislike your job, feel unsatisfied with how you spend your time and dread getting up in the morning. 

The list of I SHOULDS that cause overwhelm and sucks your vital life force.  

Overwhelm is manageable You can feel gratitude for what you are living right now; even if it is a bit messy -  AND you probably will pick up a healthy habit, new outlook or return to something you love and dropped aside. 

This is what happens on a Born to Move retreat.  It is kind of a super holiday with structure in place to help you feel better and happier.

Born to Move has one more retreat in 2018 and plans are underway for 2019. 
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I look forward connecting with retreat goers everywhere and hope to start building the special relationships that retreats foster.

In joy,  Mary

Outrageous Happiness - The Deets on Nia in Newfoundland 2018

Exploring Coves on the way to Woody Island

Halton Region Small Business centre offers free one-on-one coaching. (I highly recommend it for your business. See link below)  Last week, we filled in a form about what makes the Newfoundland Nia trip special.  Here is what I wrote:

The Newfoundland Nia retreat is mostly for: friendly, active 40+ women who love to move, have fun with others and see new places but who don't want to organize it, worry about transportation or be part of a ridged bus tour.

We have created: a week long get away that includes moving and dancing nia, good food, fun activities and exploring interesting places at an easy pace.

This will help participants: have an active, refreshing all-inclusive week without the headache of renting cars, getting bored in one place or choosing underwhelming experiences

Newfoundland 2018 is different because: insider Elaine Dunphy is on the ground  and has searched out a variety of unique, high quality places and experiences.
People will feel happy, healthy and  get a real taste of Newfoundland without managing aches and stiffness from too much driving or the exhaustion of a whirlwind tour.

Do you relate?  Does this sound like you?  Are you looking for something that really spices up  your summer?

Mary's Story: Why create a retreat to empower healthy living?

At age 48 I was diagnosed with a breast tumour.  After lots of soul searching and research I decided to combine some chemotherapy with a more holistic approach.  This was tricky as there is so much information, mis-information and lots of opinions. It is a challenging time to start new habits; not eating sugar and refined carbohydrates, in particular was tough and mostly unsuccessful. 

I dove into my own life’s work, building Born to Move, helping 100’s of people increase their health and well-being through movement, body awareness and community with Nia Technique and MELT method.

Yet, will power and self discipline for my own health are not my strongest suit. An opportunity to take time away from my regular routine and immerse in a supportive environment to solidify my healthy life choices has been on my radar ever since.  

Every program I found was too far, too long or too intense. Finally, when I came across Hacienda Del Sol in Costa Rica, my plan started to fall into place.

Six years after that diagnosis, Cathy has helped me stay on track providing the most up to date information she learns at conferences with her passion for life long learning. It was a lifesaver to have a person to trust especially when thrown off track by too many options or worried about set backs.  She is grounded in real life; knowing that relationships, laughter and managing stress are as important to healing and vitality as physical habits; that smart, curious determined women like me can be hard on ourselves and short on self- compassion.

Cathy, the owner of Georgetown Naturopathic and Wellness Centre practicing for over 23 years, was the natural fit to help create a well rounded, scientifically sound, fun and relaxing co-adventure in self care.

Whether you are looking to recharge for a week or have more pressing health concerns and need to set some new approaches, join us at Hacienda Del Sol to EMPOWER your HEALTHY LIVING.