This past weekend I took Saturday off for a personal retreat. I sat in front of the fireplace at my friend’s empty home surrounded by art supplies, my 2022 journals and my cozy sherpa blanket. I meditated, practiced yoga, drew, journaled, visioned, dreamed and allowed the snow globe in my mind to settle. The experience helped me take in the 30,000 view of my life and land: where is my energy going, what is draining me, am I focusing my time/talents on what matters most and where do I need to course correct?
Taking these one-day respites is something I’ve been doing every three months for roughly 25 years. I have found these “dates with my Wise Self” to be one of my most valuable self-care practices. Check out my 3 min. video chat below with my friends at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health to hear more about the power of retreats.
Whether you take a personal retreat (read tips for how to do this) or join me this year for a guided retreat, intentional time away from your hectic daily life is one of the best investments you can make in yourself. From stillness comes discernment.
P.S. My upcoming Jan. 27-29th Awakening Your Wild Soul: A Women’s Self-Renewal Retreat, is almost sold out. This is a particularly wonderful retreat for those in transition seeking clarity/focus and asking, “What is uniquely mine to do?”
JOIN ME VIRTUALLY + IN-PERSON FOR AN UPCOMING SELF-RENEWAL EXPERIENCE:
- Jan. 27 – 29th ~ **Only two spots left!** Awakening Your Wild Soul: Women’s Self-Renewal Retreat at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, my fav retreat center (this deeply replenishing, meditative winter retreat always sells out). I’ll be back at Kripalu leading this retreat again April 14-16 and Oct. 13-15. Learn more.
- **Available through 1/31; download today.** Still, Dark & Quiet: A Deep Rest Winter Retreat (virtual). A delicious winter retreat to download and enjoy 24/7 from your home. Enjoy Yoga Nidra deep relaxation, poetry, song & stillness: the ideal personal retreat; only $49. Learn more/register.
- *NEW* Live in Western NC? ~ Sovereignty: Women’s Mastermind Groups (in-person) for women leaders, teachers, healers, creatives and small business owners. Thursday evenings. Brevard, NC. Email info at reneetrudeau dot com to see if there is room in the spring group and to learn of future groups. Learn more.
- Wild Souls Nature Adventures (based in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western NC): authentic movement classes, community song circles, full moon hikes, meditation workshops, women’s circles and more. New offerings are listed each week; have me design a custom experience for your team or friends. Learn more.
Subscribe here to Renee’s weekly Live Inside Out blog written by life balance coach/author/speaker and self-care evangelist Renée Peterson Trudeau. Passionate about helping men and women find balance through the art/science of self-care, Renee has been facilitating high-impact interactive workshops for Fortune 500 companies, national nonprofits/conferences and organizations worldwide for 25 years. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Fast Company, Good Housekeeping, US News & World Report, Yoga Journal, AARP Magazine, Spirituality & Health and more. She and her team have certified more than 450 facilitators in 10 countries around the globe to lead self-renewal groups based on her pioneering self-care curriculum. She’s the author of two books on life balance including the award-winning The Mother’s Guide to Self-Renewal: How to Reclaim, Rejuvenate and Re-Balance Your Life. She and her husband live in Western North Carolina and Austin, Texas; her latest venture is Wild Souls Nature Adventures. More on Renee here.