I've been doing a little research to plan for my annual Reflection & Rejuvenation Retreat. Last year I planned and hosted it myself; this year, I just want to show up. It seems like there are a couple options:
- A retreat center like Omega, which is two hours out of New York City. This option is very cost-effective ($481 for three nights, which includes basic dorm room accommodations and three meals a day). There are free classes in yoga, tai chi, meditation, and movement; boating and swimming on a lake; basketball and tennis; extensive nature trails; and evening events like concerts and films.
- An awesome AirBnb. That's what I did last year with a small group of people, and it worked really well. The upside is it's more relaxing (if you're introverted and don't want as many people around). The downside is that we would have to cook all our meals. The real downside is that we would actually have to get people to commit to going, so we would know how many rooms were needed in advance. If we did this option, I would lean toward some place like the beach in San Diego.
- An adult camp. I like the idea of these in theory, but when I dug into it, most of them started to seem like a big frat party. I think I went to one frat party in college, so I'm not particularly nostalgic for that scene.
- A spa-like retreat center, like this one in Austin. While the amenities seem amazing and it looks really beautiful, I definitely can't prioritize spending my money on this.
- A resort like Canyon of the Eagles. Although the rooms are nicer than Omega, I feel like the amenities just don't compare. It's awesome to have access to a dining hall for three meals a day (now that's something I do really miss from college). And the thought of running into other people's children while I'm trying to relax honestly makes me won't to poke out my eyeballs.
I think Omega is the clear winner this year!