Solitary retreats, a hallmark of many spiritual traditions, are no longer considered a primary personal development tool in today’s world. In management speak, the word retreat (literally “to pull back”) is synonymous with off-site meetings for budget discussions, team building, strategic plans, or performance reviews.
Today, a growing number of executives are rediscovering the immense benefits of taking time off in solitary retreat. Our role as professionals is to keep a clear mind, to identify patterns, to think ahead of the pack, and to nurture those around us. To do this, we not only need to declutter our brains but we also need to be emotionally balanced and energetically charged. After all, Henri David Thoreau and Joseph Campbell achieved their best thinking while on multi-year solitary retreats.