Time to Retreat

retreat: a quiet or secluded place in which one can rest and relax.
             a period of seclusion for the purposes of prayer and meditation.

How rejuvenating to find time to retreat. Retreating can nourish the soul, provide rest and reflection, and allow a person to be still. A retreat provides a gift of time. It doesn't have to be miles away in a lodge somewhere with a bunch of people. It can be in a study, a quiet campsite, an easy chair. In the past I have loved attending writing retreats. The time was ours, but workshops were provided. I loved those gatherings because of the freedom of time, bonfires or readings in the evening, and the companionship of other writers sharing and learning.

Tomorrow my home will become a retreat for my sister and a friend. I am more than pleased to provide space, resources, unscheduled time, and support as they spend time on creative projects. I look forward to sharing meals, enjoying a fire in the gazebo, and being inspired myself. I may sneak off into a chair in the garden also to write and have my senses put in order.

"I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order."    John Burroughs


  1. what a restful, inviting, beautiful spot to have a retreat. enjoy.

  2. I love where I live, but it is often difficult for me to retreat at home. I just have to put on blinders to the weeds, deadheading, housecleaning, and other work that needs to be done. I need to get better!


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