Retreats offer the benefit of physical, emotional and psychological withdrawal from the stresses and strains of everyday life: a chance to escape from the toxic effects of noise, information overload, unrealistic demands and the frantic busy-ness of 21st century living; to enjoy a safe haven in which to start to recover from trauma and to heal on all levels.
On retreat, life is simple. Every aspect of each day allows you to relax in a quiet environment in beautiful surroundings, often with walks and some form of meditation/quiet contemplation enabling you to go into a deeper, often ignored, part of yourself. They provide space in which to regain a sense of self, of calm, of sanity.
Whilst, in the main, a Retreat involves going to a place that affords privacy, peace and quiet, a true retreat is less about an actual place than about the energy. A personal retreat might simply be via a natural communing with nature in a beautiful, peaceful setting. However, most people prefer an organized Retreat.
Retreats have existed for centuries, usually linked with spiritual and personal development.