Why Go On Retreat?
"Our way is not soft grass, it's a mountain path with lots of trails but it goes upwards and forwards towards the sun." - Ruth Westheimer
To go on retreat is to withdraw into a place of shelter with privacy and security.
We all have moments when we feel burdened with the strains of everyday life, when we feel overwhelmed mentally or physically exhausted, longing to find a refuge to be quiet and reflective, read, draw, meditate, sing, dance, walk, pour tea, practice yoga , laugh or scream, and to be without the interruption of telephones, internet and even family and friends.
There are many wonderful places to do a retreat in a group, but hardly any, where its possible to be alone but with support if needed. It takes courage to do a solitary retreat, but the experience can have a very deep and profound effect.
Sometimes we need to be alone without feeling lonely.
In time, there becomes a purity in solitude; as we contemplate the changing light, listen to the birds, the wind, the sounds of the forest, the stream. We begin to see with new eyes, see the sacred in small things, smell the leaves, the pure mountain air. Then there can be a lifting of the spirits and awakening of consciousness.
We hope this unique and uplifting environment can provide an opportunity for rest and renewal,and enable people to return home feeling rejuvenated and relaxed.
What a Mountain ARC Retreat is NOT:
- a place of any fixed religious or spiritual agenda.
- a place for people with serious physical or mental problems.
Who could benefit from a Mountain ARC Retreat:
- a seeker wanting to deepen their spiritual practice
- a writer, musician or artist needing the peace and inspiration of a quiet location
- a person wanting to focus on a project
- a busy executive needing to unplug
- anyone who requires the space and tranquility to heal and recover from:
- relationship disaster
- physical ailments