1 Think big picture. Clarity is important. One person’s idea of a retreat might be learning Arctic survival skills while another envisions painting mandalas, so it’s key to determine what level of adventure and what types of activities the group is most comfortable with. Is there a certain presenter your group of friends would love to hear? Would everyone enjoy a creativity retreat? Mindfulness and meditation? Yoga and vegan food?
Be honest with each other about budget and expectation, and be fair when it comes to choosing a geographic location. If everyone is spread all over the U.S., for example, you might consider rotating: One year your group could do a retreat in the Southwest, and the following year, in the mountains of North Carolina.
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Self-Care Tips from Slow Animals and Helpful Droids
Meditate with (rev) Sarah Bowen and her favorite creatures at sacredsendoffs.com/ meditations.
“Read. Just Read,” advises Billy Collins. “The best teachers are not lecturing behind some seminar table, but are instead sitting quietly on the bookshelves of your home.”
A Better Friend
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AN INTERVIEW WITH FARIHA RÓISÍN
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The Summer 2002 issue of S&H included this still-timely article
LOGGING INTO Online Wellness
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Seeing Is Empathy
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Kill a Plant.
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Pancho Villa and the El Paso Connection
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