I am often asked why I enjoy traveling so much and why I started to offer retreats overseas. For me the answer is very simple – experience is priceless.
The first time I traveled abroad I was 20 years old – filled with zest and had an opinion about everything. After that first trip I (slowly) started to realise that I did not know everything and all the information I had crammed into my brain whilst studying was theory and would amount to nothing if I did not apply and experience it in the real world.
I was fortunate that my second job offered international travel and the opportunity to meet and work with a diverse amount of people from different cultures, background and religions. During this time, I had an incredible mentor (not sure if he actually new he was my mentor) who said in one of the trainings … “give up the right to be right”. I only really realised what this meant when I started to practice inquisitiveness and questioned in order to understand rather than judging the difference I was experiencing. This came to life through my travels and experiencing the world. Where, ultimately, its not about being right and wrong, its about recognising the differences.
“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” -Gustav Flaubert
The beauty, for me, of stepping into a space that has been created, like a retreat, where there is sufficient structure to hold me and sufficient space to explore, is my ideal. This is what we offer in our retreats and getaways. An opportunity for you to return to “you” in a place which is completely and utterly different to your normal sensory exposure – offering you the opportunity to dive inwards and meet yourself.
The top 5 gifts that my travel experiences have offered me:
- The question: What do I truly believe to be true and real about the world?
- Seeing, tasting, hearing, smelling and touching the world in a new way
- Connection to my inner essence and my Joy
- Experiencing the overwhelming beauty of nature
- A common thread of open, loving hearts who share their world with me
“Travel far enough, you meet yourself” -David Mitchell
For many people the immediate reponse is “I cannot afford to travel”. Well, my reply is “if you really want to do it – you will make a plan “ (it’s called a piggy bank and focus). We have participants who join us after saving for 2 or 3 years on our retreats. How about a little bit of homework – how much did you spend on possessions you don’t need in the last year?
Have a look at our upcoming offerings under the calendar tab and I hope to see you at one of our destinations very soon .
Reach out and chat to me – lets make experiencing the world your reality ………..
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