I am so excited to tell you guys about my plans for this weekend. After an intense January, filled with break-ups, office drama and digging up family memories, I’m taking a three day solo retreat to the coast that just happens to coincide with the full moon.
And I am stoked. It’s going to be all peace and quiet, soul-searching, tea-drinking, yoga, me time.
My home base is the Northern California Wine Country, just a short hour drive from the ocean. The basic plan is this:
- Complete a grounding ritual on the night of the full moon, Friday, February 10
- Leave my house the morning of Saturday, February 11, and drive up the coast to Mendocino, CA, where I will explore the town, watch the waves and then have some spa treatments
- Check in to my Airbnb and get a good night’s sleep
- Spend my one full day of retreat doing yoga, magick, walking on the beach (weather allowing) and working on discovering my needs and wants for the coming lunar cycles
- Drive home on the afternoon of Monday, February 13, hopefully refreshed and centered with a new perspective
By starting this retreat on the final night of the full moon and doing most of the self-work as we move into the waxing moon, I’m hoping to utilize those energies of abundance and action to accomplish my goals. Although many retreats like this one would include an “unplug” element of disconnecting from social media, I’m going to use Instagram as a way to mindfully document my activities to keep me accountable and focused. So all weekend, I will be posting photos of where I am and what I’m doing – follow along or take a little full moon retreat of your own!
How to Plan Your Own Full Moon Retreat
- Decide whether this retreat will be in your own home or if you will travel somewhere special.
- If you’re going to have your retreat at home, I suggest spending some time in the days beforehand cleaning and setting up the space you will utilize. Make sure your housemates know you’d like to not be disturbed for specific periods of time and make your retreat space as calming and comfortable as possible.
- If you’re going to travel for your retreat, choose a location that is not completely foreign to you, maybe even somewhere you have some good memories. I highly recommend the ocean but if that’s not possible, a lakeside or forest retreat are also great options.
- Decide what the goals of your retreat are. Do you want to become more self-aware, connect with your intuition or do some healthy detoxing? Try not to take on too many goals but choose 2-3 interrelated intentions.
- Combine mental, spiritual and physical activities. Take a hot herbal bath followed by some freewrite journaling and pendulum dowsing. Or, go for a hike in the woods, stop to meditate in a quiet spot along the way and gather pine needles to make smudge sticks with when you return. By carefully combining these three spheres, we make all of our activities seem more intentional, mindful and ritualistic.
- Create some kind of documentation of your retreat. This will keep you focused in the moment and also give you something to refer back to after your retreat is over. Try journaling, making voice recordings or live Instagramming, like me.
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