Thursday, 04 February 2010
In the pursuit of a healthy lifestyle, it is easy to hone in on the physical aspects of being healthy, like eating right and exercising. But what about keeping our mental and emotional health in check as well?
A great way to balance all three (mind, body, and spirit) is by going on a retreat. A friend told me about Omega Institute for Holistic Studies, which is a non-profit dedicated to personal growth, health and wellness, and self-awareness. Omega holds conferences, workshops, and retreats mainly in New York City and Rhinebeck, NY, as well as other locations around the world, like Costa Rica. On a retreat at Omega's Rhinebeck campus, one can take yoga and meditation classes, go for walks by the lake, unwind in the sauna, take classes on personal development, and so much more. I remember figuring out how much a weekend (2 nights, 3 days) would cost there, and I believe it came out to four-hundred-something dollars, which isn't that bad considering housing, food, and classes are included. Still, when you're low on cash to begin with (like me), that's not something you'd jump to spend money on, so I'm thinking about asking my parents for this as my graduation present.
In the meantime, I want to create my own (cheaper) personal getaway weekend for me and my girlfriends. We're all a little stressed right now, as this is our last semester of college and we're a little freaked out about what lies ahead. I'm hoping that we can all carve out a weekend where we can do relaxing things like take a yoga class, go for a long walk, perhaps find a decently priced spa to get facials and massages or whatever, watch inspiring and/or funny movies...you get the idea.
Have any of you been on a real retreat like the Omega one that I mentioned? What did you do to finally get the rest and rejuvenation that you needed without leaving your wallet empty?