Advice on enjoying your life as a retreat facilitator
When you’re busy holding the space for other people to have a great retreat experience, it’s easy to do too much and get burnt out. Especially when you’re a bit of a perfectionist! In the early days I did almost everything myself including teaching, cooking, and giving private sessions throughout the retreat. What I found is that I was so tired from everything I was doing that I wouldn’t have the energy I needed to fully show up for my participants.
I follow the advice that I give to my participants which is to switch off their phones, stay present, and enjoy the experience. I’ve also learned to delegate. I no longer cook or give private sessions, and I don’t teach all the classes. I also turn down my perfectionism and realize that once the retreat begins I need to let go and trust that I’ve done my best. All I can do is be in the moment with everyone, and I have found that is exactly where I need to be.