It’s in the headlines, it’s all the rage but what is wellness and what is a wellness retreat. I’ve seen the same thing being asked by journalists ‘shouting out’ for quotes or expert help.
It seems to be the ‘in’ thing or phrase and has me thinking it’s only the term ‘wellness’ that is new.
The Merriam Webster dictionary says:
the quality or state of being in good health, especially as an actively pursued goal.
“the measure of a patient’s progress toward wellness”
Clear as a bell isn’t it. Is it a state or is it a journey? If it’s a journey then a five-day retreat isn’t going to cut it. Maybe as the beginning of a new routine or lifestyle but if it’s about life changes then surely they should start at home where life happens and not as a break or holiday.
The best thing I’ve read recently that spoke to me is this by Marcus Aurelius:
People look for retreats for themselves, in the country, by the coast, or in the hills….
There is nowhere that a person can find a more peaceful and trouble-free retreat than in his own mind…..
So constantly give yourself this retreat, and renew yourself’
This suggests its not about where we go or what we do. I’m lucky I know. I can go out onto my patio, under the Andalusian sunshine, listen to the birds singing and inhale the peace and fresh air. I connect with nature, potter in the garden, dehead my flowering plants in their pots, watch my three scatty chickens, stroke my dog and just sit in silence and be mesmerised by the views of unadultered nature – it’s impossible not to relax.
This is my retreat. Peace and the outdoors. I imagine living in a town or city that peace is something that needs to be sought. Something that requires time away from the home and workplace. A retreat from the noise and busyness of life and it there we have the necessity … so constantly give yourself this retreat and renew yourself!
My rambling of the day.
Don’t forget to check out our hotels that are surrounded by nature for your own wellness retreat.
The patio photo is actually my holiday rental house Casa El Reguelo, which is even more peaceful than home.