You Should Leave Now: Going on Retreat to Find Your Way Back to Yourself

Brie Doyle. Broadleaf, $19.99 trade paper (180p) ISBN 978-1-5064-6695-8
Life coach Doyle touts the benefits of taking retreats in her amicable debut. She begins by making a strong case for the benefits of and reasons for taking a break: rather than being a simple getaway, she writes, a retreat is an opportunity for the “deeper intention of self-awakening.” In the book’s second half, Doyle recommends ways to make the time and space to be alone for at least a day. Only when fundamental needs are met, she writes, can old patterns be recognized and reconfigured, and to that end she suggests first concentrating on basic needs, such as healthy eating and regular sleep, which she argues creates a foundation for greater connection to one’s “inner truth.” Tips on meditation, the pros and cons of solo versus group retreats, and warnings about listening to gurus (as opposed to doing the hard work of developing one’s own personal beliefs) are highlights. Though this starts out reading like a brochure for one of Doyle’s retreats, the latter half tantalizes with encouraging visions of what a retreat can offer. Those interested in finding ways to emotionally recharge should take a look. (Aug.)
Reviewed on : 06/01/2021
Release date: 07/01/2021
Genre: Nonfiction
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