12/20/2018 Mind-Body Health
Going on a wellness retreat with friends or family is a wonderful experience, but there are distinct benefits when you attend a solo wellness retreat. Learn about seven of the reasons to attend a retreat alone.
While your friends may want to plan group vacations and travel itineraries, you may prefer to take charge of your health and well-being by opting for a solo wellness retreat. Attending a retreat to focus on personal development and self-actualization can provide a vast set of benefits in and of itself. Attending a retreat alone, however, can provide an even greater set of benefits, thereby improving the efficacy of the retreat.
Embarking on a solo wellness journey of any type can be empowering, insightful, and life-affirming. A wellness retreat can be a great option if you are venturing out on your first solo mission because it provides a safe, informative, guided, and serene space. Becoming more intimately in contact with your own being on solo trips requires a certain level of self-awareness and solitude. It often takes time, effort, energy, and focus. Solo retreat getaways can provide just that.
The benefits of going to a wellness retreat alone can run deep and wide and have lasting effects. They often include a variety of activities and focuses, ranging from personal development, mindfulness, and yoga to general health and wellness and guided meditations.
Although you may start your journey alone by sitting in your mode of transportation to your destination, you will discover that you are only as alone as you choose to be. Often you have the ability to choose your level of solitude and interpersonal connection in all of the activities at solo wellness getaways.
The following are seven of the many benefits that can arise from attending a wellness retreat alone.
1. Provide Clarity of Your Authentic Self
One of the biggest advantages of attending a solo retreat getaway can be the sense of clarity provided as it pertains to your authentic self—your innermost desires, values, and needs. You are often unknowingly influenced daily by your immediate interpersonal connections—family, friends, and peers. These familiar outside influences can inhibit your authentic self by conditioning you to see things through their lenses, instead of your own. By going to a wellness retreat alone, you have the ability to create an experience that is catered to your genuine desires without those familiar sources influencing you and your decisions.
Attending alone gives you the opportunity to experience the solitude needed to get in touch with your soul so you can make the right choices in life. Whether you choose to go alone to a retreat focused on silence and meditation or choose one directed toward your deepest desires, you can focus on your authentic self and to explore your soul’s genuine purpose and desires.
2. Encourage Personal Growth
Attending a wellness retreat alone can challenge your comfort zone in a way that inspires confidence and encourages growth. When you attend alone, you might tap into a vulnerability of exploring what is unknown to you. You may feel resistant to attending any type of event alone because you feel uncomfortable, fearful, and vulnerable. It is not within the bounds of what you usually do. However, facing all of those emotions provides an opportunity for substantial personal growth and greater confidence.
A solo retreat is designed to encourage and support your personal development. You have access to tools, guidance, and support that you may not have elsewhere.
3. Encourage Genuine Connections with Like-Minded People
Another valuable advantage of attending a retreat alone is the ability to form genuine connections with like-minded people. Solo retreats create a space for people with shared values, interests, passions, and desires. These retreats unite people with similar values to focus on personal growth and development.
These retreats can form meaningful relationships that last a lifetime. When you attend alone, you may be more open and receptive to your surroundings—including the fellow attendees. You may be more willing to form connections because you don’t have the cushioned familiarity of friends and family around you during a group retreat. You can embrace the experience, community, teachers, and fellow attendees with a greater degree of openness.
4. Provide Distraction-Detox
Going to a retreat alone can help you be more present and give you the opportunity to reflect and relax. Daily life can be fraught with frequent distractions that can pull you away from your genuine intentions and desires, creating a vortex of living in either the future or past, rather than in the present. Retreats provide a space where you can comfortably disconnect from all other engagements and responsibilities so you can focus on yourself—in the present. When you attend alone, you have the ability to disconnect from work, social media, email, texts, and all other communication you regularly participate in.
When you attend alone, you give yourself the chance to genuinely relax, reflect, decompress, and retreat, in solitude. When you are free of distractions and can focus your energy on your present actions, thoughts, and feelings, you may be able to tap into your innermost thoughts and desires.
5. Personalized Guidance from Trained Professionals
Another benefit of attending a solo wellness retreat is the ability to form personal connections with master educators and trained professionals within the wellness community. Depending on the retreat, you have the ability to work with master educators individually on your personal desires and goals. For example, on a Chopra Center three-day Rest & Restore Retreat, you receive a one-on-one mind and body medical consultation. Focus, with the help of a trained professional, mentor, or educator, on developing daily habits, rituals, and techniques that help you on your journey.
6. Create Freedom and Independence
When you attend a retreat alone, you tend to have the option to participate in as much or as little as you desire, giving you more flexibility, freedom, and independence. You have unique capacities and boundaries and it can be challenging for a group retreat to honor all of those competing needs.
Perhaps you would like to spend more time on meditation one day. Or, perhaps you change your mind at the last moment and would like to practice yoga and meditation instead. You can show up early, stay late, and use your free time in whatever way you wish.
7. Help You Gain a New Perspective
You can gain a new perspective on your relationship with yourself and others as well as life experiences with less outside influence. You gain more insight into the feelings and thoughts of others by placing yourself in a similar scenario. You also give yourself the opportunity to explore your own reactions to navigating new experiences on your own. Perhaps after the experience, you are more likely to approach others in a group. Or, perhaps you will discover you enjoy spending time in solitude.
Making the decision to go to a wellness retreat alone can be beneficial on a number of levels. It can be empowering, insightful, and experiential as you are making the decision to trust and rely on yourself and the process. When you attend alone, you allow yourself the freedom, independence, and comfort to explore yourself authentically. You are in control of the decisions you make and when you make them.
Going alone encourages personal growth and confidence while fostering new connections and relationships with like-minded people. Alongside all of the aforementioned advantages, you give yourself the opportunity to create a new experience with new people and take those mindfulness experiences with you as you return and readjust to your daily life.
The Chopra Center offers a variety of wellness and meditation retreats that help guests travelling solo connect with themselves on a deeper level. Thinking of signing up for one of the Chopra Center’s meditation immersion retreats? Contact our team for more information.