Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

Reflections

Stephanie

For each of the last seven years, I’ve been attending a summer retreat in the mountains of central Pennsylvania. At the last four of those seven, I have been teaching my workshop “Mandala: An Artful Meditation” as a part of the programming which also includes African dance, several forms of hand drumming, transformative writing, and more.

I can’t speak highly enough of the benefits of being surrounded by like-minded people for days on end. When you have the opportunity to be completely immersed in what you love, it allows you to be more expressive with who you are and as a result, personal growth from such experiences becomes pretty much inevitable.

Upon returning home after the event, I always feel need to decompress and reflect upon my experiences by grabbing my journal and starting to spill – writing single words, phrases, names, feelings… this process allows me to internalize the experience even more.

Have you ever considered taking a retreat? I highly recommend it.

Image courtesy of Alexandra-Emily Kokova- Emmieoh on Instagram.

4 thoughts on “Reflections

  1. I’ve always wanted to attend a writer’s retreat but time and money have always been a factor. There’s something nice about the idea of getting away from everything and having a nice quiet place to write.

  2. I’ve always wanted to attend a writer’s retreat but time and money have always been a factor. There’s something nice about the idea of getting away from everything and having a nice quiet place to write.

  3. I am considering a “retreat” of sorts for this fall. Thinking of renting a little cabin by a lake up in Maine for a week. I’ll take with me only a journal, sketchpad, and my iPod. Well, aside from clothes and stuff to eat, of course. One week with no phones, email, television, or other distractions.

  4. I am considering a “retreat” of sorts for this fall. Thinking of renting a little cabin by a lake up in Maine for a week. I’ll take with me only a journal, sketchpad, and my iPod. Well, aside from clothes and stuff to eat, of course. One week with no phones, email, television, or other distractions.

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