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.