099: Retreat - The Practices Behind the Process


"If you don't come apart for a while, you will come apart after a while." -Dallas Willard

You don't have to go through life with your hair on fire–there is another way. Beyond building a framework to help you discover your REALSELF, manage your REALIFE, and do your most important work, there are the practices behind the REALIFE Process®, like that of retreat, that makes it all sustainable. 

Creating space for retreat–that is, "specific and regular times apart for quietly listening to God and delighting in His company helps to remove us from the daily battle into times of refreshing, retooling, renewing, and unwinding." (Adele Calhoun, Spiritual Disciplines Handbook) 

In this episode, we'll explore:

  • How retreat gives space to detach from productivity to notice thoughts, feelings, and actions and attend to our soul spiritually, emotionally, and physically. 
  • Practical ways you can organize your time to go on retreat.
  • The difference and benefits of self-guided versus guided retreats. 
  • How often retreat needs to be part of your rhythm to be beneficial.

Blocking time in your schedule for rhythms of retreat is necessary and allows you to recharge in order to re-engage in your life in fresh, renewed ways.  

REALIFE Resources

057: Why Do You Need Retreat Days?

058: Why Each Enneagram Type Needs Retreat Days

Spiritual Disciplines Handbook by Adele Calhoun


The date for our first 2021 Retreat is on the calendar! February 4th-6th we'll be hosting our next REALIFE Process® Retreat on the McCloy Farm in Mason, IL–If you're more of a deep dive immersion learner, check out more details on our 48-hour REALIFE Process® Retreats. Retreats are limited to 8 participants!

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If you're ready to take a deeper dive and would benefit from being in community as you practice and build your REALIFE Process®, check out our newest opportunity for coaching, community, and content–the REALIFE Circles Community

Through our REALIFE Circles Community, you'll connect with others desiring personal growth, experience group calls, quarterly coaching, walk through the entire 4 Step REALIFE Process®, receive discounts on our retreats, and more! 

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About Teresa McCloy:

Teresa McCloy is the creator of the REALIFE Process®, an ACC Executive Coach, and an IEA Accredited Enneagram Professional who helps entrepreneurs, business owners, and leaders discover and live out their best REALIFE! She has worked with clients from all over the world to help them bring clarity to their REALIFE and joy to their REALWORK!

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