Rejuvenating the mind, body and soul is essential in life

Take time away from the mundanity of daily tasks and find your sense of balance. Staycations or mini-retreats are a great way to reboot.

Nowadays, the internet gives us endless opportunities and different destinations with one click of a button. Possibilities are endless, but bear in mind that not all retreats or staycations need to break the bank.

To immerse yourself fully in your retreat, you must first set an intention. In yoga classes, we give ourselves a moment to reflect – this works well in daily life, too. Scan the body for physical and mental needs. Solidify those needs by sealing them with a deep breath. Do the same for your retreat. Look within, set an intention and follow through. It may be time for relaxation, or a focus on exercising. Honor the body and mind. Stay focused on the intention – your planning and decision making can make this easier to manifest.

Plan your plan

Before planning, brainstorming is important. Do you invite a group of friends or go solo? Solo trips allow us to come back into ourselves, and alleviate the unnecessary strain we tend to accumulate over time. If you are considering a group, make it small. Small groups of three to four allow decision making to be less stressful. Any more than that and decisions can become hard, especially when trying to please every single person. Also, do not oversaturate your trip with too many details. Explore and play, but remain grounded. Remember that a retreat should minimize stress and not create more.


Venture off somewhere enjoyable to you, whether it be lying in the sun at the beach, hiking in the mountains, or skiing the slopes. While choosing a location, make sure to book activities that allow you to release and relax. Remember, retreats are designed with you in mind. Avoid creating a to-do list – instead, undo. Undo the doing, holding, gripping and thinking of everyday life.

Or stay

If a destination retreat just is not in the cards, then plan something nearby or local. Reduce time spent on the phone, and be in the present moment. Create balance. Decide to enjoy the great outdoors, but add in those pampering sessions.

A day may include: Yoga in the morning, a nice walk, pedicure, light sustainable food with good company, a nice long soak in the hot tub, and a good night’s sleep.

If an extended retreat is not possible but balance is needed, simply reach out to friends. Allow yourself some quality time with them, and change your perspective. The change you create gives a sense of feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. You'll be ready to seize the day. Nights out dancing, a wine and paint night with friends or something fun always feeds my soul. Make sure your staycation stays within budget, and puts a smile on your face.

Move forward

What is one to do after the retreat is over? Journal. Take time each night to journal your thoughts, feelings or attitudes and simply be. Do not overanalyze. Take your time. Stay in the present, but use journaling to reflect. Reflect on ways to express yourself. Focus on growing in your areas in need of attention. How did time away change your perspective on life? Are you feeling more balanced? Did you make the right decision? Reflection and expressed feelings help individuals grow and move through stagnant energy. Honoring your feelings is just as important as honoring your body.

Ready….Set….Go! Now it's time to plan your mini-retreat!

DIY Retreat in Five Steps

  1. Budget - How much can you spend?
  2. Time  - Which season? How many days? What is your availability?
  3. Location - Hotel, cabin, camping? Transportation?
  4. Activities - Yoga, excursions, pampering?
  5. Reflection - Journaling during and after the retreat


Share your retreat ideas in the comments section below. Would love to hear from you. 

Anna Eshoo
Contributor & Founding Member

A Turlock native, I graduated from CSUS earning a BA in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Child Development. Continuing my studies, I also earned a Multiple Subject & Business Credentials along with being awarded my MBA. While pursuing my college education Yoga came into my life, beginning my training under the guidance of Dr. Ping Lou. I continued to pursue my newfound passion that lead to earning my E-RYT500 Certification. I am currently enrolled in a Yoga Therapy Program SMC, Marin Ca.

I founded I AM YOGA Wellness Studio in 2008 fulfilling my desire to share my passion for Yoga. Beyond Yoga, I teach career classes to high school students. I am a passionate yogi who believes in self- love, self- care & have the ability to empower my students on & off the mat. Deeply committed to helping individuals participate in a practice that strengthens & empowers. I guide students bringing awareness to their body, mind and spirit. I allow students to grow in their practice naturally, encouraging them to evolve at their own pace. I have a passion to inspire others to be comfortable in their own skin while living a happy, healthy life.

Share Your Thoughts

Sue L

June 19, 2018 - 6:47am

I am a stay at home mom 8 children total with 5 still at home.  Recently I have been taking 1 day a month to go overnight to my sister in laws.  She has 1 teenage daughter as opposed to my brood, we dont see each often but we share similar interesrs.  This has really been such a great relaxation time for me.  We do crafts, we have walked a 5k, and we are making plans to go hiking.  I highly suggest this me time idea for everyone.

Anna Eshoo

June 30, 2018 - 2:49pm

Hi Sue,
Thank you for sharing. So important to feed your soul with what makes you happy. Good for you!

Debbie A 1588618538

June 19, 2018 - 5:06am

I could really use this.

Anna Eshoo

June 30, 2018 - 2:48pm

Hi Debbie, Take time for you it’s so important!! Happy Summer

Donna R 1201930918

June 19, 2018 - 4:28am

    I do indulge in staycations and getaways every month… medicine for what ails you….I never feel guilty for doing these tiny retreats for myself…in fact I’m in the process of planning one day a week just for me….yes the whole 24 hrs…...and I thank the universe I have a husband who totally supports this❤️

Anna Eshoo

June 30, 2018 - 2:51pm

Hi Donna
I agree so happy to hear you are taking time for you and you have a supportive husband! Happy Summer to you!

Livia P

February 2, 2018 - 10:13pm

I need a relaxing trip

Anna Eshoo

January 31, 2018 - 12:52am

Hi Angie,
Great to hear! Enjoy and relax!

Angie O 195775537

January 29, 2018 - 4:57pm

I will use your suggestions to plan a wonderfully relaxing trip.

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