Taking Creative Retreats

Today marks the first time that I have set up a retreat for myself. A little escape from the every day into a place where I can just be.

Quiet.
Sleepy.
Unplugged.

The type of retreat where I can create my own adventure based on my mood… Where I can pick and choose what I want to do and it’s not based on how my pre-schooler is feeling or what needs to be done around the house or on that massive and ever-growing to-do list.

I was originally scheduled to be at a conference this weekend but I cancelled that trip because I was overwhelmed with work and taking the days off would have only put me more behind. Even though I wasn’t going to do anything else, my husband encouraged me to book a trip anyway, even if just for one night, and escape away.

I am so glad I did.

You see, us mommas are on all the time. We’re talking 24/7 here. Being a mom is not something you can just do when you feel like it… you have to wake up and rise to the occasion every single day and that doesn’t leave much time for yourself.

Enter the retreat.

You can call it a creative retreat, a working retreat, a relaxation retreat… whatever you need in the moment to feel good. What I needed most was a relaxation retreat. A place where I could just have some downtime, some truly quiet time… soak in the good stuff.

So, when it came time to book my retreat, I picked somewhere close but not too close that I’d be tempted to call my family to join me and I picked somewhere relaxing: waterfront.

I packed my yoga mat, workout clothes, comfy clothes and PJs and I made sure to bring journals, books, etc. I set zero expectations for myself but gave myself options so I could do whatever I wanted in that space.

And it was exactly what I needed.

I plan on booking these every eight weeks or so.  Just one night away where I can recharge my batteries and have some downtime where it’s forced downtime. No house to clean, daughter to check on and nothing that makes me feel like I have to get anything done – particularly work.

So, tell me. Have you ever booked yourself a retreat of any kind and if so, what did you get out of it?