I’m going on a weekend retreat tomorrow. I’ve never done this before, so I’m curious to see what it’ll be like. I’m going to be leading a SoulCollage® workshop while I’m there, but am also hoping to get a chance to walk a labyrinth (I’ve always wanted to!) and get to know some of my fellow retreaters.
Part of me thinks I’m nuts to go away this weekend. My new carpet was installed on Monday, and I’m still unpacking boxes (though I’m impressed with how much has already been restored to “normal.” There could be a whole lot more still sitting here!). I took the week off to recover from the upheaval, and I’ve been running errands constantly, including an unexpected trip to the eye doctor yesterday when the dust from the carpet install—something no one warned me about—got under my eyelids and irritated the heck out of my eyes. (I won a bottle of steroid/antibiotic drops, and an injunction against wearing my contacts for that one). I could really use a few more days to myself.
The rest of me, however, thinks this weekend may be exactly what I need. I haven’t felt at all like I’ve had a vacation because I’ve been working to get boxes unpacked and out of here, or taking care of things that need to be done—and that’s not counting all the time it’s taken to prep for the carpet and the complete chaos of having it installed. (I am still finding dust everywhere!!) I feel almost like I need a vacation to rest up from the vacation, and a weekend away should help to make up for some of that. If nothing else, a change of scene is always good for the soul.
I’ll let you know how things go, and I’m going to try to come up with some ideas for ways to get away without having to go anywhere in the future (I’ve had Jennifer Louden‘s Women’s Retreat Book for years, and it survived the Book Purge, so perhaps I should start by consulting it!). If you’ve ever given yourself some sort of time away, even from the comfort of your own home, I’d love to hear about it!