Men-specific and men-only retreats are certainly a lot tricker to find. It seems there really is quite a gender-divide here, with women much more likely to seek out the rest and support they need in the form of a retreat – with men being much less keen on the idea.
However – we think it’s about time the boys climbed aboard the retreat train and started experiencing the benefits!
Therefore, we’ve rounded up a handful of really great retreats for men, some that have specialised programs specifically FOR men, and a couple of others that include all genders, that have a slightly more masculine focus.
Billabong Retreat – Men’s Day Retreat (NSW)
Just 45 minutes from Sydney, you’ll find the perfect one-day retreat designed specifically for men. It’s even suitable for boys over 12, making it a great bonding day out for fathers and their sons.
You’ll learn mindful movement exercises, conscious breathing techniques, easy meditation techniques and whole food nutrition. You’ll also get the choice of a massage, infra-red sauna, or a private health consultation.
All designed to help reduce stress, ease physical pain and improve your overall health, with useful skills and knowledge you can take home with you.
Find out more at https://www.billabongretreat.com.au/mens-day-retreats/
Living Valley – The Ultimate Mens Health Retreat (QLD)
This incredible holistic mens retreat will help to reset your health from every angle, physically along with emotionally and mentally. Choose between a 7-day, 14-day or 21-day retreat that claims to cleanse, refresh, rejuvenate and restore body and mind.
Included is accommodation, personal naturopathic consultations and lifestyle planning, private personal fitness training sessions, private Pilates sessions, plus breakfast, lunch and broths or protein shakes for dinner.
You can also partake in group stretching and fitness classes, boxercise, evening health and lifestyle lectures, daily steam baths and a stack more.
This is probably THE most comprehensive male-focused retreats available in Australia right now!
Find out more at https://lvs.com.au/packages/mens-health-program/
Samadhi Retreat – Men’s Retreats & Professional / Emotional Burnout Retreats (VIC)
Samadhi offer an amazing range of highly specialised retreats for both men and women. Of particular interest for men may be the Professional & Emotional Burnout Retreats, where you’re assisted in slowing down and reducing stress through counselling and physical therapies.
They do however also offer a specific men’s-only health retreat, but you’ll need to get in touch with the team to find out more details about these.
Regardless, even the most discerning man will find exactly what they need, right here.
Sacred Adventures – Bali Men’s Retreat
This retreat is running from the 10th April to the 17th April 2020 and is a 7-day adventure that claims to help you reconnect to your purpose and power for a more meaningful life.
Sound good? It gets better. You’ll get a great mix of adventurous, outdoor activities, including mountain climbs, volunteer work and a motorbike tour to see some of the sights, plus meditation sessions morning and night, breathwork, daily massages and full ice bath immersions.
You’ll also enjoy wholesome, nourishing meals and juices prepared by a chef. As well as participate in workshops and make new friends. If you’re ready to do something different and reclaim your power, this retreat is for you.
Essentially Men – Men Being Real Weekend Retreats (New Zealand)
This weekend workshop style retreat encourages honesty, comradery and deep healing for men with their unique program (run by men, for men). Designed to encourage men to let go of the cultural norms of strength, allowing themselves to be vulnerable, reconnect with their emotions and learn to connect with others more effectively.
It’s said to help build confidence, teach you how to express emotions in a healthy, constructive manner, break poor patterns and become a better partner, father and man.
This organisation also has programs for teenagers, which is brilliant for setting young men up for a lifetime of success – with skills that aren’t often taught.
These weekend workshops are run fairly often, so if you’re in New Zealand it’s a very worthwhile experience.
Find out more at https://www.essentiallymen.net/
It’s time for men to embrace retreats…
While men-only or men-specific retreats certainly are in short supply, there are of course, many retreats that are definitely suitable for BOTH men and women. So, if you’re male, don’t think these events and services are just for the girls.
There is no reason why you can’t join in on any specialised retreat that offers the services and activities you feel you need. Dropping the ‘armour’, taking some time out and learning a few valuable life skills could completely transform the way you approach your life.
And just think – you could well end up a bit of a ‘trail blazer’ and role model, by leading by example and encouraging other men around you, to see out the support they need as well.
The question is – are you tough enough to retreat?