WHY DO A RETREAT?
The retreat experience is something special and profound.
Among the many opportunities it offers, one is very close to my heart and that is to be able to enter into a dimension dictated by the essential.
In other words, it gives us the opportunity to immerse ourselves in what we need at that precise moment, allowing us to exclude for a while the superfluous, what we can also do without or what we burden ourselves with.
Without so many distractions, it gives us the opportunity to live in the moment, that famous much talked about 'here and now' state.
In the company of ourselves, our fellow travellers and the nature around us.
It is a breath of fresh, regenerating air.
Full of surprises.
It is not a total loss of contact with the world, but I would say it is more a reduction of the many external stimuli, allowing us to enjoy more of the less and the essential, directing our attention only there, giving us renewed energy in return.
It is also an opportunity to do some sorting.
When we see that the wardrobe at home no longer closes because of how much stuff is in it, what do we do then? We sort.
Some we give away, some we sell, some we throw away.
And we keep what we know we will really need.
The wardrobe has space again and we...we even find that old blouse or trouser that we had forgotten about in the course of time, but which we really liked!
So also through the Retreat we create space, in our minds, in our joints, in our relationships with others, rediscovering with a renewed look the old forgotten and experiencing the new in a dimension of welcome and good company!