Wellness and Yoga is seeping deep into Western Culture too in recent years, as is shown in the rising number of people booking spiritual, wellness and yoga retreats all over the world.
Leaving it all behind:
For some, the realisation that they can enjoy a break away from the confines of ‘real life’ and combine it with learning a little more about themselves and the way in which they can heal or embrace life more fully, is the key factor.
For others, it’s a way of delving deeper into that mystery which is the human mind and psyche by tapping into the power of their own spirituality through meditation, chants, yoga, mantra and song.
Healing through group support:
It is a well known fact that the energy and support from a group offers powerful healing and wellness to individuals who are troubled, ill or simply a little worn out by life’s twists and turns.
Spiritual, Wellness and Yoga retreats are climbing in popularity as they are able to provide the path for us to attain this peace and tranquility.
Many of the holidays and retreats are group based and can have a small handful of people attending or a large group. The support from the group encourages those attending to explore further than they normally would and to shrug off inhibitions created by social conditioning so that they can fully embrace the energy and sharing that is given in such groups.
Unification through a desire to belong:
Spending time within a group unified through a theme or the same desires is empowering and gives a sense of belonging where perhaps none existed previously.
The other side of this success of such retreats lies in the insular lives we currently live. We don’t have communities in the way they were developed thirty to a hundred years ago. Each of us live in our tidy little world and we communicate through electronic devices such as phones, computers, iPads, laptops and mobiles. We have allowed community and family, in their truest sense, to lapse.
As human beings we need to reach out and connect. We need the comfort of knowing we are not alone in our suffering or in our joy. Groups and sharing with others is an important part of our self development, part of ourselves that needs nurturing, and retreats and holidays that can provide this are ever more attractive.
Some groups that offer a genuine approach to holidays in this field include Spiritual Holidays and Retreats. There are many such events to participate in and they can range from one hour to months depending on which one you choose. Do your research, ask the right questions and investigate the founders and facilitators of the courses and breaks you are interested in before booking.