What is a retreat actually
It is an active type of vacation, in a quiet spot close to nature, which enables you to take time away from busy, stressful, everyday life. On a retreat you get a chance to take care of your self-trough the holistic approach to body, mind and soul.
It is a holistic way of reconnecting with your inner self, with your core, your internal power and with the rest of the world. Retreats give you a refuge from stress, technology, every day routine to get more clarity and understanding what is important in life.
Quote: “Any idiot can face a crisis – it’s day to day living that wears you out.” – Anton Chekhov
It’s something like hitting the restart button on computer, when we get in our own way.
Retreat, looked up in English thesaurus, means “withdrawal”. In the spiritual circles it is understood as a withdrawal for a set period of time to be able to engage in some practices aiding our spiritual advancement and self-knowledge. Retreats used to be of highly spiritual nature but nowadays they are becoming popular vacation packages centered on a unique theme.
While spas were once the epicenter of wellness tourism, the industry has expanded to include healthy hotels, holistic cruises, hiking trips, weight loss clinics, former addicts retreats, art retreats, weight-loss programs, medical tourism and more. As the Huffington Post reports, a study presented at the first Global Wellness Tourism Congress in October 2013 estimates this type of travel is now a half-trillion dollar market, accounting for 14 percent of all tourism revenues.
Who is the retreat for? Pampering and self-improvement are available to everyone
Anyone that desires a vacation and a change from routine, open for learning new ways of healthier living.
The therapists and teachers that created the retreats for you which Gekko offers, provide you with fresh solutions to self-caring, distressing and discarding the negative practices. The Gekko retreats will teach you techniques you will take home with you and implement it in your every day life to be able to be more creative, more productive, more in touch with your self.
Retreats can be custom made for a single person, a couple, or in groups of 10 to 15 people because the real learning and growth is facilitated when you share your experience with the others in the group which is therapeutic and often develops lasting friendships.
What does it consist of?
Many holistic techniques for achieving balance have made it back into the modern living. Techniques like yoga, reiki, meditation, mindfulness, and detox are becoming popular resorts for improving the lifestyle. Retreats are unique vacation packages that incorporate exactly those techniques in their programs and teach how to make use of them once we are back home.
I have been researching retreats on Bali for the past year and a half – doing the hard work behind the scenes. Testing the venues, trying out massages, spa treatments, testing the cultural activities, and undergoing therapies. I just love the world of retreats because they give us a chance to distress and rejuvenate while enjoying the best hospitality features Bali has to offer.
From wellness escapes to surfing retreats, all these packages try to fulfill specific needs unmet in common travel packages. Retreats packages include accommodation in eco or luxury resorts located in secluded natural surroundings. The programs usually include the following elements: physically active daily routine, coaching sessions, exploring local culture, spa activities and meals and they are usually full board.
Which type of retreat is the best for you?
Gekko retreats provides a wide choice of hand picked retreats prepared with love and dedication by the experts in the field. Some of them focus on spa time, yoga and meditation; others are made with the purpose of mind and body cleansing using techniques such as silence, mindfulness and meditation. For those who always wanted to tap into their creative side we choose best quality art retreats on the market- writing, dance, and singing. For those who love culture, there are art workshops and lectures, and cultural tours where you will come directly in touch with culture on Bali, and will learn about art and mediation trough art.
It depends on the client, entirely. Are you in the mood for massages and relaxation, chill out time? Or you are more of an active type that likes physical activities, and discovering new places? Does your organism need detoxification?
Have you been in a very stressful environment recently, do you need to unwind?
Do you love to explore the local food, culture?
Contact Gekko team and we will provide guidance for you to choose the retreat that suits you best. For more options of other retreats in our selection please click here. If you would like to receive updates and news about latest retreat discounts, offers and learn more about various treatments, detox and all the other retreat goodies, please scroll down to the bottom of the page for newsletter sign up.
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