Give yourself a break: Why I recommend going on a retreat
I have always wanted to go to a retreat. For a lot of reasons like desires to escape and heal, and for no reason — just because my heart said so. I also had many hesitations before going. My logical mind had criticized and evaluated the opportunity as unnecessary and even self-indulgent. However, my experience last summer at “Touching the Earth” — a three-week immersive program for young adults on a secluded Vermont homestead that combines Buddhist meditation, ecological learning and various outdoor activities in a small group setting — made me want to urge everyone to go to a long retreat like this one if, or when, opportunities allow.