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Why You Need A Retreat Now!
January 23, 2018
(actual footage of how fun retreats are with us!)
How many times have you heard someone say “I need a holiday after that holiday”? Most of us these days are looking for so much more from our precious time off, and when annual leave days are few and far between you might decide that heading to your getaway spot isn’t really going to cut it. You want a deeper experience, something that’s really going to feed the soul and have you floating back to the kids, hubby, roomies or workmates feeling like you really have wound down.
Lease and I consider ourselves pretty lucky to do what we do for a living. For 7 days we get to guide a small group of amazing humans through a yummy week of yoga, meditation, cultural activities and relaxation…In other words we like to think of ourselves as professional vacationers.
Having high expectations of our own time off and holidays, we totally get that it’s a big call to take the plunge and book yourself into a week of retreating, it takes courage to take the plunge and say yes to committing yourself fully to a week just focused on getting back to YOU!
So for those of you dipping the toe in, playing with the idea of handing your well-earned and precious annual leave over to us here at Temple here’s a few practical reasons why we think you should come away with us…(and if you want to see how well we holiday just head on over to our insta!)
I have travelled to Bali solo many times with absolutely no plan or agenda (and loved flying by the seat of my pants) but I know girlfriends of mine who could think of nothing worse and feel much more at ease having a plan locked in. The great thing about being on retreat is that everything is thought out for you, accommodation, food, activities, and of coarse its all your choice as to what you take and leave from what’s on offer. Someone has already done the hard work for you by organising everything you would need to guarantee an amazing break. It's also super refreshing to do something by yourself for yourself and also have the safety net of a group of other retreaters who will feel like family to you by the end of the week.
EXPERIENCE NEW THINGS AND TRANSFORM:
Nothing gives you better perspective on life than travel and putting yourself out of your comfort zone. Experiencing new things, cultures, walks of life can really light up the darkened corners of your mind and allow you to be inspired by life again.
LEARN SOMETHING NEW:
Each morning on our Temple Retreat you start with an all levels yoga class, from there you can partake in a range of activities from a bike ride through rice fields or a Balinese cooking class, self development inspire and insight sessions or give yourself time for self reflection and relaxation. When was the last time you did something for the first time? When did you last deviate from the same old routine? We all need a breath of fresh perspective, new ideas and be open to learning and growing.
MAKE NEW FRIENDS:
Everyone is on retreat for their own reasons, and it can be a little daunting thinking about meeting new people especially if you are heading away for some much needed alone time or in a particularly difficult time or stage in your life. You certainly have the space for your own time on retreat (which is valuable) but we can learn something new from every person we meet. Not only is a retreat a great chance to make new friends but with every interaction with people there are takeaways we can get. Its amazing the wisdom that’s out there, tap into it, learn from others!
GIVE YOURSELF SOME ‘ME’ TIME:
Most of us know that self care is essential for happiness, and you’ve honoured that simply by signing up to a Temple Retreat. But what is self care really? Give yourself permission on retreat to have some quality alone time, and seriously chill out. While socialising with friends and loved ones is also essential to our happiness, simply being with yourself, to give yourself love, “ME TIME”, time to just be, recharge and reset is going to mean you float back home on cloud nine.
By going to a retreat you are most likely going to be traveling far from home, potentially seeing parts of the world that are underprivileged and caught in the cycle of poverty. It is one of our passions and commitments at Temple Yoga & Retreats to educate and empower the younger generation (in Bali especially) in order to create a positive impact on the world so we love hosting local events and raising funds for the Jodie O’Shea orphanage in Bali and give back to the beautiful people of Bali. Spending time immersed in local culture while giving back to the community, we cant help but be grateful for the privileged life we live, and manifest an attitude of thankfulness and newfound gratitude towards life.
The wifi in Bali has improved in recent years, so if you choose to you can stay well connected during your stay, but why not consider going offline for your week away (or at least parts) you will be so surprised how amazing it feels not to have the pressure of checking your social media every five minutes. Switch off, unplug, detach and just get back to good old fashioned face to face communication.
Let go of your expectations of yourself, of the trip, of your time away and aim to be completely present. Go with the flow, be open to new experiences, new people, places and see where the week takes you. Most important just be YOU!
DO IT FOR YOU:
Let yourself be a little bit selfish aka treat yourself. In the go go go of everyday life it’s easy to forget to put yourself first and foremost to cultivate a happier and healthier life. It’s so easy to put everyone else’s needs first, to worry about them, to ask about and tend to their needs. You don’t need an excuse to give yourself a break, what better reason to treat yourself other than you work really hard, you work a lot, and when it comes down to it you straight up deserve an occasion to celebrate your awesomeness.
LOVE YOURSELF AGAIN:
Your retreat is a time to explore who you are, to get back to yourself, so that you can grow and find happiness again. It may not be an instant change or change you notice over a period of a week but it’s your commitment and willingness to put yourself first, and that is the ultimate form of self love. Its not selfish to love yourself, take care of yourself and to make your happiness a priority, it’s a necessity.
So what do you have to loose by taking a week out of your daily life?
Our early bird prices end soon in Feb so why not BOOK NOW and find your own Eat, Pray, Love experience with us in Bali!