At the beginning of this year, we launched our first online retreat. The concept was based on my belief that we benefit most when we can integrate what we discover on retreat into our every day lives. So why not integrate the idea of a “retreat” into our every day lives? Rather than a separate, isolated experience, can we add a little bit of “retreat” into our daily activities.
I ran a prototype from January to March with a group of 20 people from around the world. Just as we finished our journey of exploring transition, our worlds closed in around us. The disorienting pandemic lockdown was peppered with the unease of a UK-EU divorce, a threat to U.S. democracy, another round of devastating wildfires in Australia and California, and U.S. racial tensions.
Who would have predicted this kind of year? Everything — and seriously, I mean everything — went sideways. We were trying to set our personal compasses for our paths ahead when, suddenly, the entire world slipped into Thin Time.
So here we are, careening toward the end of this year of fits and starts. It seems like a good time to take stock of our lives, ourselves, our world. It has been a year of deep reflection and significant change. How do we make sense of it? How do we prepare for what is ahead? What tools do we need? What emotional or mental muscles do we need to exercise?
This retreat will help you frame those questions.