Advice on taking care of yourself while teaching a retreat
Going on retreat as a facilitator is a “vacation” but you’re also holding space for your participants 24/7 so your nervous system is always “on”. The only way to enjoy the experience and stay healthy and energized is to give back to yourself during the process. Plus, people pay a lot of money to go on retreat so they need you to be able to give your all.
When I wake up, I like to take 20 min. to myself every day before joining the group. Even if I wake up feeling tired and it is tempting to sleep through that time until I need to go, I remind myself that self-care is critical and that I must get up and take time to myself (and, I can always take a nap later in the day if I need it). Sometimes all I do in this time is sit quietly and stare out at the ocean, or stretch, or write or meditate. The point is to take time where I am giving only to my self.