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Staying In For a Virtual Retreat?

Here’s What to Do Beforehand

Virtual retreat prep with a candle

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A virtual retreat doesn't have to be any less of a relaxing escape than a physical one. The space you retreat in (virtually or not) has an immense impact on your experience, prepare appropriately.

One of the best parts of a retreat getaway is the actual getting away. Away from the demands of everyday life, away from the dishes, the laundry, the chores that call to you from your home. These days, so much of our lives are spent in our homes that the idea of a retreat feels like a dream, the elusive, foggy type we can’t quite wrap our mind around. A retreat offers a powerful container for growth and change. It’s a place ripe with intention, where there is space to focus wholeheartedly. So, in this time of physical distancing, we can still cozy up in community virtually. It just requires a different kind of planning. Just as you would for any retreat, there are preparatory steps to take so your experience will be satisfying rather than frustrating. Try these ideas to enhance your virtual retreat. Create a sacred space. Be sure to clear any clutter or piles of unfinished chores or work. Set it all aside so you can relax fully in the present. Let the people around you know that you are taking some space or invite them to join you if it feels appropriate. If you live in a noisy place, consider using …

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Kalia Kelmenson

Kalia Kelmenson is the editorial director at Spirituality & Health. She founded Maui Mind and Body to support women’s health, and is the creator of Mind Body Booty Camp. Kalia loves to explore the fascinating intersection of fitness and mind-body health, and to share inspiration for your movement practice from the research emerging from this intriguing field.


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