Rachel's inspirational interview about how the Autumn Cleanse Retreat in October 2017 changed her focus and gave her renewed purpose....
1) What were your reasons to go on retreat rather than a holiday?
I realised I needed some time and a place to just be. After a very tough few years it felt like a holiday would not be enough as you end up taking your problems with you. I thought that a retreat might offer something different but I wasn’t sure what!
2) Why did you choose LFR?
Originally I saw the retreat in the Himalayas and immediately I was drawn to the whole ethos of LFR. As it turned out I couldn’t make the Himalayas trip, however I was determined to do one of the other retreats. I was attracted to the small groups so you really get a chance to get to know one another. It felt very personal as opposed to some of the more commercial impersonal retreats that are out there. I loved the proposed daily flow with a great balance of structure and free time. The food sounded amazing. The imagery used in the website does convey this as a very special place....in reality it was that and so much more! I settled on the autumn Cleanse: yoga & detox in France. I am so glad I did as it has quite unexpectedly changed the direction of my life for the better. The little piece of magic in the French countryside has inspired me to do something that has been in my heart for many years, I just didn’t know how to unlock it.
3) How did you feel about coming away on your own?
I was slightly apprehensive as I didn’t know what to really expect also the sharing of rooms was something new to me. It would have been tempting to pay more and have a room to myself, however I really was determined to immerse myself fully into the experience. I have traveled on business many times and also to see family living abroad however this was the first time where I was truly reliant on myself. Even when I had the disaster of accidentally leaving my passport on the bus, which although distressing at the time, I managed to keep focused to resolve the situation. My normal reaction would have been to want to come home, however it never crossed my mind. I had a lovely room mate, Liz, and the room sharing did actually enhance the whole thing as often we would chat at the end of the day discussing what we had experienced. This talking really helped process thoughts which I think led to better sleep.
4) What were the 3 most important benefits you gained from the experience (you can add more if you have more!)
A sense of peace and contentment.
That I am enough
Making time to eat better
5) What aspects did you enjoy the most from the experience and did you experience any challenges? Please explain (yoga / food / area / people?
I loved every part of the experience. Some of the elements were new to me which would normally make me feel uncomfortable. Instead I felt my confidence grew throughout the 5 days. I felt this was mainly due to you creating this wonderful, trusting atmosphere. I especially loved the type of yoga you teach. It really does suit me more that any I have come across before. Overall though, I feel the magic of this retreat is the holistic approach you take, where every aspect has been carefully considered to make it personal, thought provoking and inspirational.
6) What has been the long term benefit of this experience for you?
Well where do I start. I believe this has quite literally changed the direction of my life. I have had a very difficult year where at times I felt extremely lost and very lonely. I believe that my new direction has been there for some time, however I just didn't know how to unlock it. Thank you Tamsin for helping me think differently and giving me the confidence and inspiration to pursue my dreams. I am now bursting with ideas and excited to see what my life might look like in a years time. I am really looking forward to joining you in Kerala for the Yoga and Ayurveda Retreat for the first part of my new direction. Many thanks for everything!