A personal retreat is good for every single person on this entire planet. They will help you get away from your (probably stressful) every day life and give you a chance to relax and remember who you are as a spiritual being.
When going on a personal retreat, it’s important to relax, get away, be alone with God, and let your stress disappear. But, none of this can happen if you plan it “wrong.” There are five quick tips on planning your own weekend getaway.
1. Plan your weekend…at least a little bit. Plan things like when you’re going to leave, where you’re going to go (whether it be a park or a beach or a city or a retreat center or any place that makes you feel less stressed and much calmer), and what you’re going to bring (clothes, personal items, your Bible and other spiritual books or material, snacks, a journal, etc…). Without this teeny bit of planning, your calm feelings may never arrive.
2. Keep your schedule flexible. You might come up with great ideas on the way, and nothing will stress you out more than wishing you had more time to do the things you want because you planned too much already. I know I just told you to plan a little, but keeping most of the day openly planned will leave room for new ideas.
3. Make sure you’re really alone. No computer. No iPads. No cell phones. No meeting up with friends for dinner. This is a time to be truly alone, so take advantage of that. (But, if you have a close family, let them know where you’ll be so they don’t worry!)
4. Pray, pray, pray! Pray wherever you are, no matter what you’re doing. Get close to God during this weekend. Yes, this trip is about being alone, but being alone with God is the real purpose.
5. Engage in physical activity. This can be a walk on the beach, a hike in the woods, a swim or canoe trip, or anything that will let you see God’s beauty while simultaneously giving you some necessary fresh air.
What about you? When was the last time you got away by yourself?