I arrived at the Retreat at around 2.30pm and my first impression was what a beautiful location it was in! It was directly facing the sea-front, which looked very similar to Brighton, only a lot quieter and seeing as the sun was shining high in the sky; it looked like a picture on a postcard. The Retreat itself was one of many white terraced houses and as I was greeted at the door by a very kind and happy face, I realised this was the first time I had travelled anywhere alone in a long time. Inside was immaculately clean. There was a reception, seating area, dining room, kitchen and one of the lecture rooms. It felt calm and peaceful. I was directed up a cream staircase in my socks (no shoes allowed) to my room. Room 10! It was very nice.
Over the following days there were some interesting, fun and insightful talks all based on Self-Respect. Raja Yoga Meditation was included as well as some enjoyable exercises. I was part of a group of 20 lovely ladies from all different nationalities, backgrounds and ages and it was amazing how much we all had in common!
We talked and laughed a lot and at times, emotions poured out. We drank lots of herbal tea and eat delicious healthy vegetarian food. After meals, everyone helped with the washing and drying up and it was a pretty hectic schedule, though I did get time to sit quietly on the beach a few times to reflect on it all. I just about made the Sunday morning Murli at 6am and saw the sunrise on the beach outside the window which was lovely. Two more sessions, tea and emotional goodbyes and I was back at the station with my little purple suitcase heading back to London.
I tried to write about my experiences on the train but I feel I will need some time to properly absorb the whole experience. What I can say, is that I returned home a very peaceful, relaxed and happy little lady! Sometimes in all the noisy and busy lives we lead we forget about our spiritual wellbeing. We all need to take time to reconnect and remember the important things in life.
I would highly recommend a Spiritual Retreat whenever you can go on one. It was a truly mind-changing, positive, uplifting and wonderful experience and I wish for everyone to discover the kind of peace I have felt since I have been home.