I just found out that my closest neighbor, Donna, is a bit of a retreat fanatic. Throughout her six decades she has attended dozens of group and personal retreats, and just last month she completed an eight-day silent retreat!
Donna learned early in her life that she was a better wife, mother and member of our community when she carved out time every year to feed her mind, body and spirit.
Her favorite retreat project - the one that brought a big beautiful smile to her face as she explained it - was the mandala she created. By unskilled hand, Donna drew a mandala that represented her life's intention. The center revealed what was deepest in her heart.
She later told me that her mandala was the first thing her dear husband brought to her hospital room during an extended stay due to a sudden and scary illness. He knew how important it was to her. He knew it would help.
Perhaps you, too want to create a mandala. Here's a resource that can help, and don't worry; I already have colored pencils and a compass ready for the retreats!
Donna shared with me her best tips for planning a perfect retreat, and I want to share them with you.
Before the retreat dates go live on October 1st, I want to give you a little more detail about some of the mysterious mind and body experiences I've curated to personalize your retreat package.
Remember though, all of these activities are OPTIONAL. You may want to retreat to Lafayette Flats to work on your side business or creative project, and that is just fine. Your retreat should be perfectly curated FOR YOU!
But I love trying new things, and I bet you do too. So in addition to private yoga instruction, therapeutic massage and juice packages, I included a few other not-so-common optional self-care treatments.
With the exception of forest bathing, these experiences will take place in your flat or the private studio just down the hall from your flat. And don't worry, all the practitioners are licenced and insured professionals.
Learn more about Thai yoga body work, acupuncture, energy work and forest bathing.
Amy McLaughlin, your personal retreat co-curator at Lafayette Flats Retreats. Find me on Instagram posting about self-care, wellness and mushrooms. Yep, mushrooms.