Going on a relaxing retreat at a beautiful hotel sounds pretty luxurious, right? It also sounds like something you can’t prioritize with your hectic, busy schedule. That’s the thing, though, our hectic and non-stop lifestyles are in desperate need of a break, and a group retreat is a great way to connect with individuals who are going through similar things. This is especially true for entrepreneurs that are also mothers. That combination can be a recipe for stress. At a retreat, you get the chance to connect, relax and grow with each other all while staying at a dreamy hotel. That’s why we’re so excited about Nourish Retreat—an all-inclusive luxury retreat for creative mamapreneurs looking to rest, connect and create. Its upcoming 2018 retreat is May 20 to 23 at the incredible Korakia Pensione Resort in Palm Springs, California. Our founder, Taylor Sterling, will be one of the mentors at the retreat. You can learn more about the other mentors and the workshops on the Nourish Retreat website.
We spoke with Lesley Frascogna, the founder of Nourish to find out why she thinks it’s so important to take time for these kinds of retreats. Here’s what she had to say.
5 Reasons You Need A Retreat
Today is the perfect day to write this post. I have been gutting my home of junk, organizing and cleaning, all while listening to my 6-year-old complain that “I never do anything with him,” and my 3-year-old repeating “mama, mama, mama, mama, mama, mama”… you get the picture. On top of all of it, my inbox is full and I have creative proposals to write. I am dreading the task ahead because I have no creativity left at the moment…I am just in survival mode. I am craving something so bad. I need to retreat. I need to shut my mind off, take some time for self-care, but most of all…I need connection. I need connection with other women who understand me and my day-to-day life.
I don’t know why it’s so hard to convince women to take the time and invest in themselves. Is it that we don’t feel like we deserve it? Do we feel like our needs are just not as important anymore? Or is it that our monthly grocery bill is leaving our “fun” funds lacking? Whatever it is, try to make it a priority, and taking this time can make all the difference.
My husband and I went on a group creative retreat a few years ago and it was one of the best investments we have made. We had time to connect with one another and we came home ready to be better parents and business owners. Those three days in the mountains refreshed us 100%.
Here are five reasons you need to go on a creative group retreat…
When was the last time you did something just for yourself? A time when you truly disconnected and focused on you? The last thing I did was get my hair colored and I ended up on my phone working the whole time. I’m talking about a time when you completely unplugged and took care of yourself. A mini getaway, a day at the spa, a couples’ retreat. You need and deserve this. It will make you a better mom, wife and business owner…I promise.
Playing this role of mom/business owner can be so isolating. I don’t know about you, but I feel like I can go days without talking to someone who just gets it. I love going to work so I can be creative and connect with my clients, and then there is this heavy guilt that I am not at home with my kids. When I’m at home with my kids, I have guilt that work is just piling up and I am not available to my clients. Anyone else feel this way? It is so comforting being around other moms that can relate to this. Having a support system is key to survival at this point in our lives. I have met some of the most amazing women on creative retreats that I have attended. Women who I can reach out to even after the retreat for a little support and reassurance. Finding “my people” has been such a lifeline for me.
I have a hard time feeling inspired when I’m burning it at both ends, which is most of the time. My to-do list is neverending and very overwhelming. I always have this idea that I will get creative and tackle work projects after the kids go down, but I literally have nothing left at the end of the night. Stepping away for a few days to retreat can spark that creativity and passion again especially when you around other creatives that are open and willing to share their process and offer advice. It allows you the time to focus on what is really important. When you go home refreshed and inspired, it’s easier for you to put things into action.
Trying to find balance in the midst of chaos is almost impossible. Stepping away and retreating from your everyday life can give you the time and clarity to put a “balance plan” in action for when you return home. You are also encouraged by the examples of others. Listening to what other moms are doing to stay balanced can help us to implement some new practices in our life.
We are constantly on the go. At our house, we are up at 6:30 a.m. and our heads hit the pillow at about 11:30 p.m. That is a 17-hour day! This one doesn’t need much of an explanation. Treat yourself to a few days away so you can sleep in, eat a meal without kids whining, sit by the pool…alone, and get a massage. You will leave the retreat feeling rested, happier, clearer and more connected.
If you are looking for the perfect group creative retreat, check out www.nourishtheretreat.com. This retreat is being hosted at Korakia Pensione in Palm Springs, California from May 20 to May 23, 2018.