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Why Women Are Taking Retreats

Why Women Are Taking Retreats

Ask a girlfriend what they are doing for vacation, and you are likely to be immediately corrected. They are not going on vacation this year! This year they are off to take a retreat and often it is an all female retreat. This is especially likely if your girlfriend is close to or over 40 years old. Perhaps women in this age group are particularly attracted to retreat experiences because they are finally in a place where they can re-examine their lives. And many of them are wanting a change.

It could be that they are considering what is next in their career, or be complete with having or not having children. In early mid-life, relationships and jobs can shift, and now a retreat can be a path to something new during a time of transition.

The reality is that our world can be very challenging for women. With feminism under our belt, we are determined to be educated, professionally and personally successful, sexy, and available to everyone in our lives. I don’t know a single woman who has taken herself off the hook for “doing it all¯.” If we ever stop to catch our breath and look around, we may find ourselves in a place where we can question it all. And that is often when we become women who retreat into retreats.

Most people consider a vacation a luxury and a time for mindless play. Perhaps that is why the retreat is becoming fashionable among women. While they want some play and relaxation, these women are on a mission to find something bigger in their own lives. And though retreats can be pricy, for many women, taking a retreat is not considered a luxury item. Instead retreat taking has become a part of their ritual self-care, carefully scheduled into their yearly calender.

When I have asked women why they are choosing retreats over traditional vacations, they tell me that they are feeling a need to step out of their everyday lives and come to a place where they can learn to feel free to expand their bodies, minds, hearts, and spirits. Some want to take chances and move out of their comfort zone in a safe, guided environment. Many women are seeking the Divine within themselves and often each other. They are using their vacation time to explore some aspect of themselves that may have remained unexplored before coming to an understanding of what a women’s retreat can do for them.

Retreats are about going deeper, and create an opportunity for us to explore new ways of being and to consider changes we might want to bring into our lives. When women go on retreat they are often seeking a new perspective.

Sure, we can get some of this while on vacation, perhaps even at Disneyland, but the intentional questing retreat holds a different purpose in the lives of women. When women go on retreat they are making a statement about investing in themselves. Women are retreating to places that often support them in places of questioning their life’s purpose, or an aspect of their life like their sexuality, spirituality, or wellness. Some go on retreat to get a fresh view on their career paths, let go of habits or self limiting beliefs, or even seek answers to heal life’s challenges.

Women are retreating for so many reasons, but the upswing in women taking retreats is certainly a sign that we are finally learning to give back to ourselves in real and meaningful ways.

Check Out Some Fabulous Women’s Retreats: And Explore This Possibility For Yourself!

1. Want to know more about retreats for female artists and writers? Check this link out.

2. Want to go deeper on a stripper pole? Check out S Factor Retreats for Women.

3. Want a retreat about exploring your own feminine body and sexuality in a safe and guided environment? Check out Back To The Body: Sensuous Retreats for Women.

4. Wanna dance your way to the divine? Check out Rochelle Schieck’s Qoya Reteats in Costa Rica.

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Pamela Madsen

Pamela Madsen is an Integrative Life Coach Specializing In Women's Issues: Sexuality, Fertility, Body Image, Wellness and Rejuvenation. Pamela is also author of the best selling memoir Shameless (Rodale, Jan 2011), and founder of The American Fertility Association.Her websites BeingShameless.com and her daily blog, thefertilityadvocate.com, are a breakfast essential for reporters, writers and policymakers.

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12:55AM PDT on Apr 10, 2013

Thank you for the information.

7:35AM PST on Feb 28, 2013

nice article , thanks

4:56AM PST on Feb 19, 2013

We've got a lot to face

1:40PM PST on Dec 29, 2012

Cool, thanks

2:52AM PST on Dec 23, 2012

Disneyland is not a place to retreat, you really need to be alone to do it in a place where there is no noise just you and your thoughts... I think it is important doing retreats now and then in your life, to know where you are going, what you have done wrong and what you want to change... but I do think that those ideas you have during a retreat can even evade your mind on a nice, romantic vacation with your partner... when you walk together far away from your town, in a new country... or simply when you are in nature... so even retreat can be done together. :) There is no need for constant speaking.

2:00PM PST on Dec 17, 2012

I consider any alone time a retreat/vacation after reading a book called "Introvert Power". Personally, I think it's been helping my emotional health greatly. You don't have to go hundreds of miles away to have a "retreat".

11:20PM PST on Dec 10, 2012

Never had heard, and so thank you for the links. !!

9:15PM PST on Dec 8, 2012

We need an economy and a lifestyle so that women can take advantage of the timeout that they need, not just tag along on male-centered vacations that revolve around male life-cycles.

10:12AM PST on Dec 8, 2012

interesting

3:31PM PST on Dec 7, 2012

Wonderful article and I do agree, a retreat is not to be found at Disneyland. As why would one be in Disneyland if not for the sake of children? Those are the ones that are highly entertained by such. NO, a retreat is just that...a retreating away from others, especially those that are close to you where you feel the need or obligation, to go with the everyday ebb and flow of those in yourr immediate circle of family/friends. A retreat is an adventure into yourself. There is no room for others, when you as a woman goes on retreat. A retreat for a man, is a fishing trip for the most part. But, for a woman it is "all about her and her inner well being" no matter what that is, that needs personal nursing/healing for the soul. AND, a place where other like minded women are free to express themselves fully. Giving each other, not the permission lets say, but the ability to know that whatever you express and share, we too have all been there...Highly cathartic!

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