By Jo Cordell-Cooper*
I REMEMBER the very first time I went to a weekend-long retreat.
I’d had my second baby and I was desperately tired.
I was back at work, a mother of two, my dad had had a stroke and was living in care, and my mum needed support.
So did I.
My husband was really supportive, so I decided to attend a retreat south of Hobart.
I had been doing some yoga, so when this was offered by my instructor I decided to go.
I must say, I felt a little guilty at first because my youngest child was just 18 months old, but my best friend encouraged me to “put down those heavy buckets of motherhood” and re-energise.
I would have more to give, be in a calmer frame of mind and a better wife and mother for taking a few days break.
Those buckets, she assured me, would be so much lighter after a few days off.
She is a wise woman, my best friend, and she was right.
So off I went to a local retreat.
It was inexpensive, the food was nourishing and prepared for me, the accommodation was simple, yet somehow luxurious.
I recall being really emotional when my instructor tucked a blanket around my feet – I was weary to the bone and that simple act of nurturing nearly undid me.
Maybe I’m trying to recreate that experience with my first retreat at Huon Bush Retreats.
Retreats are offered all over the world and they generally include aspects of slowing down and addressing stress levels via movement, meditation, exposure to nature, or ‘forest bathing’, and quietness.
Food-wise, you can expect wholesome and nutritious food and many regularly cater for vegan and vegetarian eating styles, as well as any personal dietary needs you may have.
Your host will probably have some specific skills or approaches you may be interested in such as learning about fermenting, or making natural body products, meditation, or mindset coaching.
All in all, not all retreats are the same, so consider what it is you are looking for before booking in.
Retreats simply are “a retreat from all the demands on you” – a time to be nurtured and surrender and just focus on your health.
If this resonates with you, I encourage you to make contact and see if my retreat is for you.
*Jo Cordell-Cooper is the award-winning business owner of Jo CC Holistic PT and can be contacted on 0409 862 206 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Join the free Facebook group Holistic Personal Training to receive free health and fitness resources.