Over 50s Lifestyle

The importance of taking time out for a Personal Retreat

September 27, 2020

Have you been on a retreat? Do you know what a well-being retreat is? I looked up the meaning of the word ‘retreat’ in this context and discovered it means:

a quiet or secluded place in which one can rest and relax.

a period or place of seclusion for the purposes of prayer and meditation.

Recently I was listening to the ProBoomer Podcast with Paul Long and in particular, the episode Redefine What’s Next . His guest Nancy ‘Autumn’ Nesslor from An Intentional Life is a a Certified Retirement Options Coach who specializes in assisting women make the transition from full-time professional to a life others dream about. 

During the interview Nancy explained the importance of taking time out in ‘retreat’. She and her husband take an annual retreat to step out of the world for a time, to focus on their individual and shared goals, to reconnect with themselves and each other.

A friend of mine who lives in Canada has recently taken two weeks away with her husband for their annual ‘technology’ break. I saw a photo of her and she looked so relaxed and happy.

Retreats aren’t quite the same as holidays but rather a time of seclusion and self-awareness practice. They can be as short or as long as you need or want.

2020 has been a year that we all want to forget or at least to be over. It has been a year of stress, anxiety, lockdowns, social distancing and uncertainty.

Now that restrictions are easing perhaps it is time to look at the idea of planning an annual or (more often) retreat.

2020 for me has been a year of trying new things despite COVID-19. I’ve completed my Group Fitness Instructor course and now take classes in the Strong Healthy Women Virtual Studio which I love. I’ve completed a Yoga Life Coaching certification and also overcame my lack of self-belief to start a Podcast which I’m very proud of.

All of this learning and work is enjoyable and fulfills me. However as I wrote in a recent post ‘2 questions to ask yourself when life overwhelms you’, I can easily get carried away and over-commit myself to the point of feeling overwhelmed. Can you relate to this?

My answers to the two questions provided a catalyst for me to re-evaluate my path and my purpose. I took a mini retreat with myself to step back and have a day where I could just ‘be’.

When the opportunity was offered to work in collaboration with Carol Wedenberg from Harmony & Healthy Yoga on a Retreat program, I immediately agreed. Yes, I hear you reminding me that I’m taking on another project to work on, but I’ve let go of other projects that aren’t energising me and I’m excited to be working on my contribution to this retreat experience.

I’m stepping out of my comfort zone again and utilising my learnings and talents as a Life, Health and Wellness Coach to work in collaboration with Carol Wedenberg from Harmony & Healthy Yoga. It is something I’ve wanted to do for some time – help Women Over 50 to Live Well and to rediscover who they are by becoming more self-aware.

Carol and I are excited to have launched our first half-day Numala Forest Retreat which will be held in the beautiful Gold Coast on November 1. We also have plans for virtual mini-retreat programs.

A Retreat of Self-Discovery to Find Harmony and Happiness to Live Well
“A Holistic health and self-care wellness retreat with a difference”

Watch the video below and then you can find more information on the Retreats page of the website.

Taking the time to re-evaluate what you need is important to keep healthy.

Balance is the key to living well and the retreat is a good starting point to help you focus on nurturing yourself and creating a Signature Self-Care Toolkit that is created by YOU for You. This is the workshop I’m offering at the the Retreat and through inter-active exercises I will be providing you with your TLC toolkit.

What do you do to step out of the world and retreat for a time? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Women Living Well After 50

Living Life Your Way


  • Reply Toni Pike September 27, 2020 at 11:57

    Sue, I so admire the way you are doing this – it sounds incredible. I wouldn’t be able to go to this because I’m in Canberra, but definitely would benefit from some sort of personal retreat at the moment. Toni x

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 28, 2020 at 08:49

      Thank you Toni it is exciting to try something new. Perhaps if we go virtual, you can take part. xx

  • Reply Donna Connolly September 27, 2020 at 13:37

    Hi, Sue – You continue to be such an inspiration. I don’t know how you do it all – but I am impressed and motivated by the fact that you do. The Forest Retreat sounds incredible. I look forward to hearing more about it.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 28, 2020 at 08:50

      Hi Donna thank you my friend and I truly value your friendship and support. This is a new path for me so another challenge but one I’m loving. x

  • Reply Christina Henry September 27, 2020 at 13:44

    Hi Sue, I’ve gone on retreats in the past and find them so rejuvenating. I’ve been looking for one for the last year so I jumped at the chance to participate in your’s. I can’t wait

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 28, 2020 at 08:51

      I’m really looking forward to having you join us Christina it is going to be fun and beneficial for us all. xx

  • Reply Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au September 27, 2020 at 15:44

    Hi Sue – I love how you’re flowing from one new discovery to the next and filling your life with meaningful interests. Your retreat sounds absolutely delightful and I’m so glad others are signing up for it already – I’m sure it’ll be a great success (shame it’s so far away!) x

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 28, 2020 at 08:52

      Hi Leanne, yes opportunities are coming at the moment and I’m really enjoying preparing for the Retreat and sharing my knowledge in a nurturing environment. Maybe we could do one for this 6 Stunners LOL:)

  • Reply Debbie Harris September 28, 2020 at 07:48

    Congrats on all you’ve achieved this year Sue, it’s not been an easy time but you have flourished! I love the idea of this retreat and will look forward to hearing how it goes and the possibility of a virtual session for those of us who are too far away to attend. You really are an inspiration on how to live life to the fullest! #lifethisweek

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 28, 2020 at 08:53

      Hi Deb, yes I’m surprised at all I’ve done this year but I’m enjoying preparing for the Retreat and hopefully going virtually in 2021. Will keep you updated. Thank you as always for your friendship and support. xx

  • Reply Jennifer Jones September 28, 2020 at 08:55

    I’ve never been on an an official retreat Sue but a few years ago I took myself to Falls Creek for some alone time with no social media. All I did was reading and hiking. I’ve never forgotten that time

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 28, 2020 at 09:10

      I’ve only been to one Jen but I really think they are valuable. My husband and I have planned a week off in October and having a couple of days away with no social media. That will be a test for me for sure. x

  • Reply Natalie September 28, 2020 at 08:57

    Congrats. Sue, on all your achievements this year! The Forest Retreat sounds wonderful. I go to a secluded beach or green space and reset my mind and body. Fortunately, these spaces are abundant near where I live. Have fun planning the retreat! #lifethisweek

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 28, 2020 at 09:10

      Thank you Natalie, it is exciting and challenging but I looking forward to nurturing our mind, body and soul during the Retreat. You are fortunate to have the lovely spaces where you live so you can have a personal retreat anytime. x

  • Reply Laurie September 28, 2020 at 22:46

    I love the idea of an annual retreat. I think maybe around the time of my birthday (in January) would be a good time to take stock and evaluate where I am and where I want to go. I feel like I do get a mini-retreat almost every day when go for a run. It’s my meditative time.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 4, 2020 at 09:42

      Hi Laurie, that sounds like the perfect time to take stock and evaluate. I don’t actually set New Year Resolutions but I like starting the year with a clean slate so January is perfect. Like you I find running helps me not only stay fit but I always feel so good mentally after a run. Thanks for visiting. x

  • Reply Erica/Erika September 29, 2020 at 12:17

    I love the concept of a retreat, Sue. I was also curious on the definition of the word “retreat.” I like your phrase “to step out of the world for a time…”

    Coincidentally, my husband and I call our unplugged, camping get away in the Fall our annual retreat. We are in a very quiet, secluded beautiful area of the West coast of Vancouver Island. I do find I replenish, restore and recharge my body and spirit.

    As I read further, I am very touched by “friend of mine.” ❤️

    You have had an exceptionally full and busy year. You are an inspiration on how you tackle and complete many challenges. Allowing yourself a mini retreat to step back, re-evaluate and just “be” is also an inspiration to me. I do feel a little guilty to just leave everything behind and “step out of the world”. You remind me, Sue, how it is okay and actually a good idea to do this.

    I am excited to hear more about this Numala Forest Retreat. I believe it will be a win/win. A great post, Sue!xx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 4, 2020 at 09:43

      Hi Erica, it is very exciting and I’m looking forward to taking the Self-Care Workshop. Carol and I now have plans to hold Virtual Retreats and Workshops in 2021 so watch this space! You have inspired me to take a week away from the world and have a retreat with Mike in October, so thank you x

  • Reply Denyse Whelan September 30, 2020 at 18:33

    2020 will be the year you remember for much, much more than COVID Sue. It’s becoming the ultimate is self-awareness, self-education, and then sharing with others. Congratulations on all you are doing and being to help yourself and others.

    Thanks for linking up for #lifethisweek. Next week the optional prompt is 40/51 Share Your Snaps #8 5.10.2020 Hope to see you there too. Denyse

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 4, 2020 at 09:44

      I am having such a good year, Denyse and I truly believe it comes down to mindset and not letting life get in the way of achieving your dreams. x

  • Reply Sue-Anne at SisterStay October 6, 2020 at 03:45

    I love, Sue, that you have achieved so much and are embracing so many new challenges so wholeheartedly but also recognise the need to step back and just ‘be’ sometimes. Your retreat sounds wonderful and I look forward to hearing more about it in its virtual form next year (just so you have another challenge to aim for!)

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 8, 2020 at 08:22

      Thank you, Sue-Anne! I’ve been challenged organising the content for the Retreat but getting excited to share it with all the participants. I’m also looking forward to the challenge of producing on-line retreats next year. x

  • Reply eva @ StyleMyThrift.com October 6, 2020 at 05:02

    congrats on all that you’ve accomplished!
    i’m 49 now, and really starting to take care of myself…
    xo eva

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 8, 2020 at 08:25

      Hi Eva and welcome! That is a great attitude and starting now will certainly serve you well in the future. xx

  • Reply Gwen Gottlieb October 6, 2020 at 05:09

    It sounds like you’ve had a very productive year – congratulations on your personal accomplishments. A retreat sounds like a pretty good idea to me!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 8, 2020 at 08:26

      Hi Gwen and welcome! Yes I’m looking forward to presenting the retreat and helping participants focus on self care and nurturing at least for a few hours

  • Reply Rebecca October 6, 2020 at 06:27

    This retreat sounds like heaven on earth. Well done. We need to have more of these and I need to attend one. Any close to Kansas?

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 8, 2020 at 08:27

      Hi Rebecca, I’m sure there would be similar retreats where you live. Next year I hope to bring them to the Virtual World so watch this space. x

  • Reply Michele Linton October 8, 2020 at 09:01

    This retreat sounds amazing! I’ve never been on a retreat, but I would love to do so one day. Great suggestion to live a happier and more balanced life.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 17, 2020 at 13:08

      Thank you Michele, I’m looking forward to sharing the day with the participants. Self-care and Yoga a perfect combination x

  • Reply Melanie October 10, 2020 at 22:48

    Sue…what a great reminder to take time away and go inward. Sounds like you’re living life to the fullest during this Pandemic. That’s a great example! Wish you all the best with your retreat! Sounds amazing ❤️


    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 17, 2020 at 13:11

      Thanks so much Melanie, I’m really looking forward to presenting and hosting the retreat. x

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