Has your soul been craving a spiritual retreat? Here’s how to create one without ever leaving home.
Have you been feeling the need to take a spiritual retreat?
Maybe you’ve been looking for an experience that will bring you back to a place of connectedness. And you’ve been searching far and wide for the right one.
But here’s the truth: You don’t need to go to Bali to find a transcendent spiritual experience.
You can create it at home.
In fact, if you’ve been feeling the need to get up and go off on some big adventure, maybe what you’re craving is an escape.
That’s why I want to share how I find that sense of escape – and that feeling of spiritual retreat – without ever leaving home.
Why It’s So Important
We’ve all been going through this global pandemic for quite a while now, and it’s left a lot of people feeling disconnected and in need of some deep inner peace.
By creating a spiritual retreat at home, you’re giving yourself the opportunity to develop a practice that allows you to feel connected to a higher power, or even your higher self. Then that connection will always be available to you. You will always have a place of internal fulfillment, even when you’re no longer feeling connected to the external world.
Once I started developing that connection within myself, it changed everything. And I’m so glad I learned to support myself in this way because now it’s my go-to tool when life gets chaotic, when things seem difficult or even hopeless.
Having the ability to turn to my spiritual practice is a form of self-care that gives me strength, wisdom, and the fortitude to get through unthinkable life experiences.
That’s why I want to share this practice, so anyone can learn to find the kind of comfort, release and guidance that’s available to every one of us.
How To Create A Spiritual Retreat Without Leaving Home
You don’t need to fly halfway around the world or stay in some fancy resort to find a spiritual reset. All you have to do is give yourself the time and space to retreat into your own inner world and connect to the divine that lives within you.
It’s all possible with the right space, intention and practice.
1. Identify What You’re Looking For
The first step in creating your own personal spiritual retreat is to identify what you’re looking for from this space and practice.
So start by simply asking yourself:
- Do you want to access your higher self, or a deeper level of consciousness, so you can find clarity and move forward?
- Do you want to connect with others in a deep and meaningful way?
- Are you looking for guidance or a fresh start?
- Do you need to be in nature, so you can feel your place in the universe?
- Do you need support as you process past trauma or difficult experiences?
- Or do you just need a moment of peace? A breath of fresh air for your heart and soul?
2. Create A Physical Space
While a specific physical space isn’t necessary to find spiritual connection, I find that creating a dedicated space can help you return to the practice – even on the hard days. It’s a reminder of the self-care and the support that’s always available to you.
That’s why the next step is to create a sacred little space in your own home or backyard. It could even be a small corner in your room. Use whatever you have, and make the most of it, trusting that it’s enough. Then, add a few intentional elements to make it feel truly special … and all yours. Here are some that work for me:
First and foremost, it’s crucial to create a place of uninterrupted privacy, wherever you can eliminate distractions and enforce some boundaries.
Start by turning off your phone, closing (maybe even locking) the door, and getting rid of any other electronics. You may even need to communicate with other people in your house or your coworkers. Let them know that you’re taking 20 minutes for yourself, and in no case should you be interrupted. You can even put a friendly note on the door as a gentle reminder.
Sometimes complete silence can actually turn up the volume of your thoughts. And if you’re trying to quiet your mind, then that might not be ideal.
If silence isn’t conducive to a calm state for you, then try music. I love to listen to Julie True’s Music to Journal By. Whether I’m meditating, journaling or simply relaxing, her music always takes me out of my head and into that divine space where your heart is leading the conversation.
In addition to music, I like to add other elements that help soothe the senses and transport the mind. Typically, I light a candle and diffuse some essential oils, such as lavender, to promote a feeling of calm and tranquility. Also pay attention to temperature and light. I like the room to be comfortably cool, and I dim the lights. These things all help my body relax, as well as my mind.
3. Set An Intention
Once your space is set up, the first thing I suggest is to set an intention. When you’re clear about what you’re looking for, it will enhance the experience in the moment, and it will help you stay committed in the long-term. So take a moment to consider what you want from this specific moment.
Your intention could be as simple as: I want to create a moment of peace for my mind and body. Or it could be more direct, such as increasing your sense of confidence. When you have a specific feeling or result you’re looking for, try bringing it into your practice. For example, if you want more peace, use it as a mantra for your breathwork. As you breathe, repeat: I breathe in peace, I breathe out stress.
Not sure what you want from this practice? One of the easiest intentions to set is to simply ask for what you need. Some people might ask for guidance from God or their spirit guides or their own inner wisdom. In this case, I find that it helps to keep a question in my mind throughout my practice. Others might ask for support during a trying time, or clarity on a big decision. Regardless of what you’re looking for, it helps to ask.
4. Practice Going Inward
Now it’s time to practice. Practice what? Whatever tools or techniques help you find the connection within. Because that’s where the magic happens. Here are a few that I turn to time and time again:
Prayer & Meditation
I always like to start with a prayer. That’s how I drop in and start to tap into my divine connection. It helps center me, and it reminds me of my purpose for the time I’m giving myself.
Then I almost always sit for meditation. By connecting with this part of myself, I can hear the whisperings of that deep inner knowing, as well as the whisperings of God. Meditation may or may not do this for you, but give it a try. Choose a position that feels comfortable to you. You can even lay down with some pillows or blankets and just let your mind and body relax into the surface beneath you.
If meditation isn’t your thing, I recommend trying breathwork. It’s not as focused on clearing the mind, which can be difficult at first, but it delivers many of the same benefits. It can calm your nervous system and create a state of calm – no matter what’s going on outside your door.
There are lots of different breathing techniques and styles. Try out a few different ones to see which one helps you release stress the best. You can even bring in visualization or stare at a serene image, such as a beach or a sunset. If all else fails, just breathe deeply and slowly in a way that feels natural.
Another one of my favorite practices is journaling, which I usually do after I finish my meditation. It helps me capture my thoughts, so I can hold onto any wisdom I’ve gained through meditation and breathwork.
Ultimately, the point of journaling is to release and quiet the mind, so you can feel the presence of your soul and your heart. We’re so in our heads all the time, making decisions and analyzing situations, that journaling can be a beautiful opportunity to free the mind onto the page – and let the soul step forward.
Try This At Home
Now it’s your turn! For those of you who are willing, I encourage you to try this practice, using whatever tools and techniques work best for you. Give yourself 30 minutes to just decompress and try a few things. Experiment and play until you find something that works – until you find what you’re looking for. Then leave me a comment, and tell me how it went!
Need More Support?
I’ve been working on this practice for over 20 years, and I’ve learned quite a few tools, techniques and mindsets along the way.
I share all my best strategies for navigating life’s toughest moments inside of my membership community. You can even find a video course on this exact topic that includes everything you need for self-discovery and empowered action.
All you have to do is show up for the journey.