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Have you ever left a retreat and found it hard to get used to the idea that you had to go home?

Or maybe when you got home after the retreat you felt confused, or you felt more sensitive, and vulnerable than normal?

This is a sensation that happens a lot, but it’s not usually talked about, and the point is that the integration process after a retreat is very important, just as important as the retreat itself. Integration after a transformation event is key to transformation. And not only for retreat participants but also for facilitators, since the facilitators get as much as the participants or sometimes even more.

I write this blog because I think it’s an important topic and I really like it.

I also believe that integration is absolutely necessary for any deep and lasting change.

In this article, I will share with you some suggestions to support you in your integration process.

But first of all let’s get some clarity about what integration is

Integration is a process that helps you integrate transformational experiences, balance your emotions and ensure the insights and learnings you got from the retreat will be implemented in your life.

Many times when we are in a retreat we are immersed in an environment where we ore more vulnerable and open, we feel a special connection with the other participants in the retreat, we enjoy deep conversations, and activities, workshops or ceremonies in which our level of consciousness expands, in this context we leave behind our roles that we have in society and we connect more with our true essence and see the others in their essence as well.

Once the retreat is over we return to our home and daily life, and routine, which means taking back the roles we had before going to the retreat. Just this can be a shock. After the retreat we feel like a new person but we go back to the old environment and our previous roles and responsibilities, and this can create doubts about what changes to make and how to make them.

Sometimes feelings of separation or loneliness may also appear after having spent time sharing deep experiences and conversations with like-minded people.

The integration process helps you to stay focused and connected to your retreat intention.

A complete integration process begins with the preparation before the retreat, this helps you to have focus, and clarity and generally improves the results of the retreat.

Then during the retreat is the time between activities that can help you integrate learnings and insights.

The stage after the retreat is the adaptation to daily life.

Integration helps you to balance emotions and experiences, and to transform them into wisdom and learning. Integration is also about creating coherence in your nervous system so that you can feel more complete, more resilient and connected with yourself, your intention and the environment.

Integration helps you become comfortable with discomfort, reduce impatience or anxiety, and bring healing and your lessons into daily life.

Integration helps you to be aware, to accept changes and to have greater self-esteem.

Integration makes the transformation process after the retreat much easier for you and helps you look at your life from a broader perspective.

In this article, I share with you 11 steps in the integration process divided into the three phases of your transformational journey, the pre-retreat phase, during and after until the post-retreat self-care stage.

Not everyone needs all the suggestions, each person is different and is in a different situation in their life, there are people who have a clear intention for the retreat, and others who have no intention or simply go to the retreat to meet people and have a good time. And depending on where you are, these suggestions may or may not resonate with you.

My suggestion is that you take what resonates with you and leave what doesn’t resonate with you:

Before the retreat:

1. If you have any questions or uncertainties about the retreat, activities, workshops, or ceremonies, contact the organizer or facilitator. So that you will know if this retreat is what you are looking for, if it suits your intention; or if the goals and values ​​of the retreat match yours.

2. Allow yourself some time before the retreat to reflect on your intention.

3. It is always good to have a support system planned, such as a coach or facilitator who can support you at some point if you need it.

During the retreat:

4. Connect with yourself and observe yourself without judging, but with acceptance and love.

5 Take notes between activities: you may ask yourself: What did I experience? What did I realize? How do I feel? What did I learn or what do I need?

After the retreat:

6. Give yourself some time alone to understand and honour the experience and learnings. Enjoy stillness, reflection, contemplation, meditation, and spending time in nature, without a phone or social media.

The practice of yoga and dance also helps to process the experience and move physical, emotional and energetic blocks.

7. If you have difficulties dealing with emotions or don’t know very well how to process the experience, seek help. A retreat facilitator, therapist or coach could help you understand and process your experience more easily and quickly.

8. Little by little, as you return to daily life, avoid sharing excessively with those who you think will be skeptical, critical or who may not understand your process, since it will not help you in your process.

 

9. Create an action plan as a guide to help you implement the changes you want to make in your life after the retreat. What is your vision of the future? What actions will get you there?

10. Accept others as they are. Sometimes when we are on the path of personal and spiritual development we are evolving, we feel so good that we want to bring our loved ones with us on our journey, however perhaps they are not ready yet or that’s not what they want at that moment. It is important to respect others and accept we are all in our own journey.

Other times you will notice that certain people begin to disappear from your life, also accept it since it is part of the transformation process.

11. Keep in touch with the people you met at the retreat. Retreats are great for meeting like-minded people and making you feel part of a tribe.

I hope this article can inspire you to become aware of the integration process.

Take care of yourself and take your time to integrate.

And if you want me to help you with the integration process or even preparation (before going to the retreat) book a 15/20 minute session with me by sending an email to info@mokshacacaodance.com and we will find out if I can help you.

 conciencia sobre el proceso de integración.

Cuídate y tómate tu tiempo para integrar.

Y  si quieres que te ayude con el proceso de integración o incluso preparación (antes de ir al retiro) reserva una sesión conmigo de 15/20 minutos enviandome un email a info@mokshacacaodance.com y descubriremos si te puedo ayudar.

Las sesiones y todo mi trabajo lo hago en español y en inglés.