Why a retreat can help you create a life where you live slower

Slow living: a deliberate choice to enjoy the simple pleasures in life and appreciate the details of the world around you.

Slow living is the all-encompassing global movement that encourages pausing and resting with as much gusto as the rest of the world tends towards encouraging hustle and productivity culture.

When we live slowly, we also commit to traveling consciously and deliberately. Slow living is tied into the slow travel movement which is where wellness retreats, workations, and all kinds of other long holiday trips come in.

Living ‘slow’ is a deliberate choice to be  more gentle with how you spend your days, your weeks, your months, and even your years. It’s a perfectly Italian philosophy. And it’s easy to replicate when you know the correct elements.

Italians live for holidays and we love that so much for them. In fact, the Yogando philosophy is entirely based on creating retreats and experiences that are designed to mimic Italian vacations.

The season most beloved by il bel paese? L’estate of course!!

Summer is anticipated all year long. The Italians take it very seriously. For good reason. A summer in Italy is an incomparable experience of long lazy days in the sun and luxurious balmy nights. Human connection is prioritized and evening meals often languish on well past midnight.

Living ‘slow’ is a deliberate choice to be  more gentle with how you spend your days, your weeks, your months, and even your years. It’s a perfectly Italian philosophy. And it’s easy to replicate when you know the correct elements.

Italians live for holidays and we love that so much for them. In fact, the Yogando philosophy is entirely based on creating retreats and experiences that are designed to mimic Italian vacations.

The communal feasts are prepared with seasonal ingredients, often picked from a nearby garden or at least procured from a market that gives new meaning to the term ‘local’. The unofficial dress code is loose breathable linen. The wine is white or fizzy. When you arrive the table is already heaving with snacks, juicy green olives and salty crackers or potato chips, small pizza picked up from a local bakery.

In the traditional sense, none of this sounds like “wellness” and yet what is wellness if not the state of being well?

We believe that this philosophy of slow, deliberate living can be replicated in the retreat world. Going on retreat is the ultimate reset, but we believe in experiences where the lessons you learn are applicable for years after you’ve returned from your getaway in paradise.

A retreat is a rocket ship, an adventure out in the world and an adventure inside your own inner world as well. A retreat is the catalyst to begin a new life, one filled with slow living, intentional community building, and a richness for all of your senses. Attending a retreat allows you to fully surrender to being taken care of and nourished with every day-to-day detail handled for you.

However, the goal of a retreat is not to immediately return to life as it was before. The true goal of a retreat is to incorporate the tools and knowledge you gain and allow them to ripple into your daily life and routine.

The goal of a retreat is to serve as a catalyst where through slow travel, you embrace a slower pace of existing in daily life. In other words, taking a cue from the Italians, a true retreat allows you to practice slow living. To invoke an age-old cliche: “practice makes perfect”. When you join a retreat you are not just unplugging you are learning how to stay unplugged for a healthier and more sustainable life.

Ready to dive in? Join us on one of our magical experiences this summer.

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