How to Plan a Solo Retreat
22 Aug 2018
Here are the steps on how to plan a solo retreat:
1. Schedule your retreat - how long will it be? Days? Months?
Some solo retreat schedule ranges from a weekend to 5 days to 1 week to 30 days and it can be 60 days depending on how much time you need to give yourself a break and focus on your soul-searching. It also depends on your budget and intuition though whatever length it is, it will be worth it.
2. Find out if you want to include detoxing while on your solo retreat
Detoxing is optional. However, this process is a big help because it will help your body to release toxins, clear your mind, and take out negative emotional vibes.
3. Create a list of 5 to 10 intentions for your retreat
Here are questions that can help you list your intentions:
- What area in your life that needs clarity?
- What is causing you pain and frustration?
- Where do you feel stuck in life?
- What area in your life that needs support from others?
- What do you want to manifest in your life?
Remember that you solo retreat is a "journey". The answer to these questions will show up in your retreat - on how much you want to connect with yourself alone.
4. Avoid any distractions or noise in your life
Before your solo retreat, limit your personal interactions with other people. Prevent from using any technology like TV, cellphone, laptop, and etc. Go and take a walk. Be in touch with nature. This is the time for you to prepare to reconnect with yourself.
5. Keep a journal - journaling is the key!
Bring a journal notebook with you! Journaling is the way to help you write down your intentions, record your daily activities, track your everyday status/feelings, meditation notes, and highlights the insights and realizations that may come to you during your solo retreat. Be sure to save your retreat journal.
6. Take before and after photos of you
A picture is worth a thousand words. It tells a story. Don't forget to take a picture of your before and after as this will show your physical transformation that may happen in your solo retreat.
7. Bring inspirational reading tools
Inspirational and meditation books can help you focus on your self-healing journey? While reading it, highlight any quotes or insights that will strike you and take note of it in your journal.
After your retreat, be sure to review your intentions and celebrate the new insights and clarity you have gained.
After your solo retreat, revisit your journal, read it from start to finish, and pray. Give thanks for you have survived to be alone and finish what you started - the most important thing - self-healing. Celebrate your takeaways in your retreat and every day implement it in your life.