We know that it’s a lot of work when you’re leading your own retreats.
There are so many details that you want to handle well. You need to promote it, work out prices and registration, figure out accommodations and food. Then there’s all the daily logistics. Sometimes, this doesn’t leave a lot of energy for leading it!
This was our experience for over ten years, before we discovered the value of crafting our own spiritual container. Along the way, we met some of the challenges you might be facing.
Overall, we did a great job, yet, we soon realized that a lot of energy was going into working all of this out. What we really wanted was to be focusing on the retreat experience itself, the teachings, and the unfolding.
Even with venues that were in nature and shared our values such as sustainability, we often found that little attention was paid to the aesthetics of the space. Many spaces turned out to be cold, uninspiring, and lacked a sense of the sacred.
Next to none offered meals that were nourishing, organic, and reasonably priced.
Clear Sky is a spiritual container that welcomes and supports spiritual groups devoted to personal and planetary awakening. We invite all traditions to come here to deepen their spiritual explorations.
With 20 years’ experience offering retreats internationally, we are highly aware of the subtleties of the group retreat experience. As a modern day working monastery that runs on a quadruple bottom line, we have a vested interest in inviting spiritual groups like you to use our center as their retreat home while also encouraging environmental, financial and social sustainability.
1. Honor your space
2. Structure and routine are your friends
3. Conversations shape the space where we meet
4. Cleaning up big areas of your life frees up energy
5. It’s easier with others
These are the factors that have made Clear Sky work, a place that wakes people up and supports their meditation and contemplation practices. These same principles will support you when you bring your groups and host your retreats.