As we get closer to 2020, we are definitely seeing a massive shift in the way people want to live and in quality holistic and healing retreats. In particular, people are seeking more wellness travel experiences and healing vacation packages. Although the majority of us like to have spas and be pampered, there is a very deep desire within us to continuously learn and to grow.
It is the same nature within us that is similar to the plant. A seed gets planted, add sunshine and water and it grows. That symbolism is within us as a species. We need both of those to grow as well. We are symbiotic with plants. Our nature is to be closer to nature.
“I believe that the lost secret of human emergence… the undefined catalyst that took a very bright monkey and turned that species into a self-reflecting dreamer..that catalyst has to be sought in these alkaloids in the food chain that were catalyzing higher states of intellectual activity.” — Terence McKenna
It is easy to see that our current paradigm/matrix is completely overwhelming for a big majority of people on the planet. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Suicide rates in the US have increased nearly 30% in less than 20 years! Sometimes it seems like we’re dropping off like flies when you see the likes of Robin Williams, Kate Spade and the seemingly happy go lucky Anthony Bourdain choosing to leave the planet.
The most common offering by the establishment is anti-depressants. However, is it working?
“Antidepressants are among the most prescribed medications in the United States…. The rate of antidepressant use in the U.S. increased by almost 400 percent between 2005-2008.”1 According to Time Magazine in 2017, 13% of Americans take antidepressants. “One in six Americans takes a psychiatric drug.”2 Based on these kind of statistics, it is clear that mental health is a big issue.
In a recent study conducted by Baylor University, it was found that “cell phone addiction is linked to impulsiveness and materialism and a preoccupation with material objects vs intellectual, spiritual or cultural values.” 3
According to WHO (World Health Organization), the top 2 causes of death in the world are heart disease and stroke. This is significant for a couple of reasons. We know that stress and a bad diet are big triggers. As well, the heart is a very symbolic organ in our bodies. It is the first major organ to develop in the body that gives us life and it represents our connection to ourselves and others.
“All told, inflammation is involved in at least 8 of the top 10 leading causes of death in the United States today,” writes Dr. George Slavich, associate professor and research scientist at UCLA.
What is wrong with this picture?
According to the above we are suicidal, stressed, addicted, impulsive, materialistic, have heart problems and are completely inflamed!!!!
What is the definition of insanity again?
Oh yeah… thanks Einstein!
Clearly, we have a spiritual and healing crisis going on in the world and it is our minds and hearts that are suffering while we figure it out. Our 3 dimensional world is not too easy to live in under the current construct. What are some of the solutions to help us out of this health crisis?
Holistic and Healing Retreats
A willingness to change our current habits and belief systems and Wellness Travel! Those who are struggling with health issues know that personal change is necessary to make a significant impact. Holistic and healing wellness travel is a wonderful solution and a very good start to your new health and wellness based consciousness!
Taking into account that wellness travel is a holistic and healing approach to getting better, lets take a look at some of these amazing wellness travel options.
Be like a kid again! UNPLUG Yourself with digital detox cleansing retreats.
Yes, just take a rest! For Pete’s sake (who is Pete anyway?) This is a rising trend in travel as more and more people are realizing the loss of our basic communication skills because of overuse of cellphones. Texting and Instagram have replaced our way of communicating, which is completely unnatural. In this beautiful retreat based in Ireland, we get back to basics and learn to just “be” as well as enjoy campfires, sing songs, make crafts out of nature’s bounty and enjoy meals together without any technology near us. Unplugged Healthy and Mindful Yoga Detox Retreat in Ireland – 4 Days
Meet and greet our furry Superheroes of the planet… Bees!
The bees on our planet need us to help them as they help us. Wouldn’t it be great to learn more about them and how they work? This is the ideal vacation for someone who is curious about getting in touch with nature and the healing secrets of our furry little friends. The bees are superheroes and an amazing gift to us. GET TO THE SOURCE of some of our most incredible and hardest workers on the planet! Not to mention that this trip contributes to sustainable travel development. Learn the Spiritual Secrets of Beekeeping in Lithuania – 6 Days
Get into a healthy eating program, breathe and detox your way back to health.
Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food. — Hippocrates, father of medicine, 431 B.C
Hippocrates knew what he was talking about. That quote is as old as the hills and yet, we need to re-learn how to eat again. Going on a detox cleanse retreat may be just the perfect fix for you and help you get on the right track to balanced health. This natural healing retreat uses ancient Ayurvedic principles and a wholesome vegetarian diet. You can have a relaxed retreat while being pampered. As well, you will learn how to eat right for your body type and mindful meditation techniques, creating a holistic balance. This retreat is highly customizable and is guaranteed to give the boost in energy you need to feel good about yourself again. This is the perfect, eat, pray, love vacation in Kerala, India. Blissful Detox Cleanse Retreat and Relaxation in Kerala, India – 6 Days
Live like the ancient Mediterraneans and learn how to make organic olive oil.
This retreat is a personal favorite because it encompasses the ancient art of olive oil making and the olive harvest in Italy! It brings us closer to nature in one of the most exquisite parts of the world – Apulia! On top of that, you get to have some wonderful excursions including hiking among the centenary olive trees including ancient trees over 3000 years old! Also included are olive oil tastings of different type of olive oils and an amazing excursion on the Adriatic sea to see the Sant’Andrea reefs in Melendugno, known for the one of the most pristine seas! All the while, you get incredible organic Mediterranean meals and yoga lessons. Truly, this retreat is a TREAT for nature lovers and lovers of the sacred olive. Learn Yoga and The Secrets to Make Organic Olive Oil in Apulia, Italy – 6 Days
Travelling and learning about nature is cool
As you can see, there is no longer a cookie cutter approach to having a wonderful holiday experience. Taking a health wellness vacation helps us to embrace learning and the importance of connecting to nature. Not only does it bring us closer to our inner selves, it gives us a much needed rest from the stresses of urban life. Based on how many people are struggling with mental health, physical health and spiritual health, finding quality holistic and healing retreats is a MUST for our own sanity, wellness and getting the planet back into balance again.
- (n.d.). Retrieved December 2, 2015, from http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/materialism
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Suzanne Daley is the owner of TaoWander LLC, wellness retreat promotion and marketing around the world since 2016.