It’s hard to believe in anything anymore. We have fake news. A lot of our media is PR. Corruption seems to exist at the deepest core of our culture (and probably always has) including sports, politics and even the healthcare system.
There’s never been a more important time to believe in ourselves.
A wellness retreat gives us the opportunity to do this. On retreat we have the time and space to listen to our inner voice. A break from toxic foods and chemicals makes us feel clean and clear. Retreats inspire us to move so we feel stronger. Good health equals a balanced mind – and it feels more crucial than ever to keep ourselves sane and strong in this world.
But with the average price of a seven-day retreat valued at around two to five thousand dollars, retreats are not necessarily affordable.
Or are they?
The truth is as we age, the cost of our healthcare is increasing. In US alone, for example, the cost of healthcare per person averages around USD $10,000 per person per year. In countries including Australia, Germany, Japan and Canada, it’s around $5,000.
A retreat isn’t cheap but neither is going in an out of hospitals or taking medications either.
If retreats truly deliver what they promise, then why not invest in ourselves a little more? I’ve done the math and the outlook actually looks pretty healthy.
One strategy to consider is to set up a ‘Retreat Fund’ in your bank account and organize an automatic saving of so many dollars a week that will cover the cost of your annual retreat.
Another strategy is that every time you are tempted to buy a pair of shoes or something that you don’t really need, put that amount in your ‘retreat fund’. If you are anything like me, you’ll have a healthy retreat fund in no time.
So how to select the best wellness destination for you?
Due to the nature of my work, I’ve been fortunate to experience dozens of retreats and all have bestowed incredible insight about myself. From yoga to hiking, detox and Ayurveda Panchakarma, there are so many great choices.
While it may sound exotic to flit from one destination to the other, there’s something to be said for staying with one yoga teacher or returning to the same destination as a point of reference.
The good news is that the benefits of wellness retreats are now being proved by science and a recent study by Australia’s RMIT University measured the real benefits of a retreat and found zero pesticides in the retreat guests after the seven days. Guests experienced lower blood pressure, weight loss and better sleep – exciting stuff!
So that’s it. We don’t need any more new clothes and luxury goods to make us feel good. It’s time to invest more into our inner wealth. Close your ears to all the noise around you. Most of it is actually ‘fake news’. Listen to your inner voice. By putting our health first, we have more energy to help others.