Sometimes a few days of relaxation somewhere beautiful is all I need to recharge and get back on my feet.
Then there are times when I need to hit the reset button on life completely; when I feel like I’ve been sprinting on a treadmill but I’m not even sure if it’s the right race anymore. Know what I mean?
Wellness and mindfulness retreats are a great way to step off that treadmill and take a bird’s eye view of your life. But what if you don’t want to spend thousands of dollars? Or if you want to travel on your own terms without a set itinerary or group?
Plan your own DIY personal retreat! With a few guidelines, you’ll be on your way to creating a life you don’t need an escape from. Don’t miss the free planner at the end of the post.
How to Plan a DIY Personal Retreat
With the right mindset and trip framework, you can plan your own transformational DIY Retreat for more clarity, inspiration, and a renewed sense of self.
First of all, simply taking a trip that gets you outside of your routine and exploring someplace new will do wonders for your perspective. To take it further and turn it into a personal retreat, you need to travel with intention. That means purposefully planning, experiencing, and reflecting on your trip in order to create meaningful change in your life. Here’s how…
Set your intention
The key to setting an intention for your retreat is to think about your travel “why” and to come up with a theme that supports what you truly need and want in life. Before you make your plans, think about what’s working and not working in your life and how this retreat can help. If you’re interested in diving deeper into how to do this, I outline the steps in this 4-Step DIY Personal Retreat Planning Guide.
Pick the destination that’s right for you, right now
Once you’re clear on your intention, it sets the framework for the type of trip you should take and where you should go. This retreat can, and should, be unique to you, so feel free to think outside the yoga-on-the-beach box. A stimulating city might be what your soul needs right now. Or maybe a volunteer trip would inspire your spirit most. Think about your destination in terms of what kind of environment will help support your intention.
Eat fresh, stay active
Head to the neighborhood farmers’ market and gather ingredients to make your own meals. Or seek out restaurants serving local, seasonal, and fresh food. It’s healthier than eating processed, fast foods and you’ll be supporting local business owners. Win-win. Include challenging yet fun exercise into your routine to help you get out of your own mind and into a flow state. Surfing, yoga, hiking, and swimming are all good options.
Make space for mindfulness, connection, and reflection
Because let’s be honest, without those three things your retreat might be relaxing and rejuvenating, but it’s not going to be life-changing. Practice mindfulness by unplugging, meditating, and slowing down. Don’t over-plan your trip. Leave time for exploring and connecting with yourself and the local culture. Take time each morning and evening to journal about your experiences and how to translate your insights into lasting, positive change at home.
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