People often ask me, what is the difference between going to a Conscious Pathways Retreat and going on holiday? As the next Tantra Sweat Lodge Retreat is fast approaching on March 24-26, now is a very good time to visit this question and give you some answers! Here are four key benefits of attending a Conscious Pathways retreat rather than simply going on holiday.
1. Long-Term Benefits rather than Instant Gratification.
Rather than holidays (which can actually turn out to be quite stressful due to planning, expense management, last minute changes, etc), Conscious Pathways retreats are specifically planned for you. There are also no additional hidden expenses or opportunities for impulse spending that holidays often have.
Each Conscious Pathways retreat has a specific intent behind it to support your wellbeing and personal growth and is created especially for men who love men; the issues we explore on retreat are specific to us. In addition, there are plenty of opportunities for quality time with yourself, like-minded men, and nature, to help you rest and rejuvenate.
All aspects of the retreats—including location, accommodation, facilities, embodiment exercises, energy work, ceremonies, and meditation are focused on the specific goal of nurturing you in safe space. Retreats are specifically designed to uplift you in good company; the practices learned in a retreat can be taken with you back into your everyday life after the retreat is complete, so the benefits are long-lasting and more impactful, as opposed to holidays where we can often overindulge in various things, talk idly, spend too much time on our phones or social media, or maybe even spend time on work rather than having real downtime etc.
2. Stepping out of Hectic Daily Life to Relax and Rejuvenate.
Retreats focus on providing you with quiet time. They are a break from the busy-ness and hectic pace of modern life. The retreats are held in peaceful locations that help you relax and let your nervous system downregulate. Rather than a holiday, which can pack in a lot of stimulating activities that can be fun but also tiring, retreats are about true rest and relaxation, while having experiences and learning new things that can be enriching for our lives.
3. Like-Minded and Like-Hearted Company.
Conscious Pathways Retreats are primarily for men who love men, so we have the opportunity to meet others with diverse yet similar backgrounds, viewpoints, and interests who can act as a powerful support system as we work toward our goals. In safe space, we support each other to explore issues and experience breakthroughs both individually and collectively. The retreats create camaraderie and goodwill and the opportunity to make connections and meet friends who we can remain in touch with even after returning home.
4. You Have Access to Experienced Guides and Guidance.
Retreats include trainings, exercises, and practice sessions by experienced individuals to help improve physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. The benefits of a retreat are longer lasting than regular holidays, as you will learn practices, exercises and communication techniques that help you improve your overall well-being while at the retreat and also afterwards.
So, there you have it! Four key benefits of attending a Conscious Pathways Retreat rather than simply going on holiday. If these benefits resonate with you, come be with us on retreat. You are warmly invited!