Healing Retreats

Healing Retreats
Take a break
Vacations of the healing kind can take many forms. Some simply offer a break. Others aim to teach or deepen particular skills or life practices such as yoga, meditation, massage, whole-foods cooking, or creative art. And some are geared toward helping participants find transformation, detoxification, or spiritual enlightenment.

My own experience was both social and contemplative. In our two- and three-hour yoga classes, we often worked in pairs or trios to support each other's poses. Between classes, pairs and small groups walked around the tranquil landscaped grounds, reading and sometimes discussing the Buddhist sayings posted around. We ate together in groups of four or five, sharing our life stories over jerk tofu and vegetarian Caribbean stew.

At the end of the weekend, I felt invigorated, although a bit sore after seven hours of yoga in two days. After packing up my car, I circled the massive wooden prayer wheel, painted with elephants and dancing Indian goddesses, one last time and vowed to incorporate my mantra of slowness into my far more hectic life back home.