There is a group of women I know who go away one weekend a year on a ‘do nothing retreat’. This isn’t a retreat to set goals, to find themselves, to commune with God or to make a life plan, although all of the above could happen. It is a retreat to just be and relax.
They rent a lodge where meals are provided. They gather on Friday night and stay through Sunday afternoon. It is amazing to watch this retreat unfold. The women arrive with sewing machines, quilt projects, scrapbook items, cards, games, snacks and lots of fuzzy pajamas.
For the next 36-48 hours they gather in the main room of the lodge each of them pursuing their particular hobby. And very few of them get out of their fuzzy jammies the whole weekend. There is laughter, singing, silence, and sharing. Some of the women simply watch the others create. Some play cards or games. Some learn a new hobby. Some take long naps catching up on much needed sleep.
Oh, then there is the Saturday afternoon spa. The organizers of this retreat hire two or three massage therapists and/or aestheticians who do massages, facials, manicures and pedicures. Once they arrive a new level of relaxation kicks in as those who choose take advantage of spa services.
It is an extremely refreshing weekend away from responsibilities of home and hearth. Those who go come back ready to face the world again.
There are many women, though, who won’t go on this retreat because they say it is a waste of time to go on a retreat if nothing is going to be accomplished. The ironic thing is that these are the same women who complain bitterly about being overtired, overworked and overwhelmed.
Sometimes the best thing we can do is to do nothing and let our overworked, overtired, overwhelmed bodies just rest for 36 hours.
Do you have a group of friends for whom a ‘do nothing retreat’ would be a balm to weary lives and bodies? Why not organize your own and make it a refreshing tradition in your lives?