What types of retreats are there?
There are now many types of retreats, which are distinguished by a specific theme, program, work method, or the purpose of a retreat.
For example, there is a retreat for everyone that suits what he or she is looking for or needs at that moment. There are retreats that focus mainly on relaxation and wellness, and retreats that put more emphasis on personal development. In a yoga retreat this can also be the case, depending on the theme, the program and the teacher.
There are specific meditation retreats based on a certain philosophy, such as a Vipassana retreat. It uses a program that is comparable all over the world. It often happens, however, that multiple working methods are used within a retreat.
A mindfulness retreat can include a program with alternating mindfulness exercises, various forms of meditation and a form of yoga or, for example, tai chi. A silent retreat mainly uses the power of silence, meditation and reflection.
Certainly not all retreats are only focused on silence and reflection. Many retreats are lively and challenging programs that use creative work forms, body work or dance. In addition, there are also retreats that focus more on professional themes, such as a leadership retreat, a workation or train-the-trainer retreats.