|Is It Safe To Go On Retreat These Days? As I’m gearing up for my trip to Mexico, two earthquakes struck in the past 2 weeks. Participants quickly messaged, “Is the trip still on?” The first earthquake hit 6 hours away, the second struck closer to “home” in Mexico City....|
Is It Safe To Go On Retreat These Days?
As I’m gearing up for my trip to Mexico, two earthquakes struck in the past 2 weeks.
Participants quickly messaged, “Is the trip still on?”
The first earthquake hit 6 hours away, the second struck closer to “home” in Mexico City. Our base for the trip is on the outskirts of the city, at the pyramids of Teotihuacan, about an hour away.
Yes, I reassured everyone, we are going… and we all sent prayers to the affected areas.
Then I caught my husband mumbling under his breath, “It’s safer to stay close to home these days and not go out of the country.”
While I appreciate his protectiveness and concern, I have to wholeheartedly disagree with that kind of thinking.
Was it safe for the folks who live in Florida or Houston to stay at home during the hurricanes?
Has it been safe for the people of London who have lived through multiple terrorist attacks?
Is it safe for the millions who live anywhere a natural or manmade disaster hits?
The truth is that nowhere in the world is “safe” these days. One person’s home is another’s destination. Your destination is someone’s home. And truthfully no matter where we live or travel to is “safe.”
The idea of “safe” is simply our mind trying to reassure ourselves against the unpredictability of life.
So whenever I plan a retreat, I go where I feel called. Of course I calculate the potential risks and use common sense – I would not be inclined to go to certain war-torn areas right now.
But I cannot let my fear dictate where I go or how I live – and I pray that you don’t either.
After all, I may think it’s “safe” to stay at home in my small mountain town and not get on an airplane.
And yet when the US National Safety Council compiled an odds-of-dying table for 2008 comparing driving accidents versus air travel, it calculatedthe odds of dying in a motor vehicle accident to be 1 in 98 for a lifetime. For air and space transport, the odds were 1 in 7,178 for a lifetime. Even in absolute numbers, driving is more dangerous, with more than 5 million accidents compared to 20 accidents in flying.*
I’ll take a plane any day even though my mind feels it’s safer to get into my car!
Just this week, I only have to remember one of my husband’s fellow firefighter’s brothers who died in a truck accident, just a few miles from our home. My heart goes out to him and his family.
As a retreat leader, it’s part of your responsibility to educate your clients on the risks and rewards of travel (and that’s just one reason why we stress the importance of legal forms!).
Just as you might help your participants overcome doubts or fears in other aspects of their lives, you also need to help illuminate the irrational fears that come up when traveling.
After all, isn’t that the part of the beauty of traveling?
That you put yourself in a different environment and get to see the world through different eyes?
That new perspective then helps you see your life (or your business) from a new point of one – one that could bring more joy or success or transformation to yourself and those you touch.
As for me, and my participants, we’re headed to Mexico. We’re heading the call and we’ll face any fears or situations as they come.
I believe in following my heart and living my life to the fullest. And that involves the risk of waking up and walking out my front door every day – whether I’m driving down the street to my office or hopping on a plane to an exotic destination.
What about you? How do you educate your clients on the safety and risks of retreats? Comment below!
This post originally appeared on Wanderlust Entrepreneur.