Last Fall I attended a retreat and found myself uplifted and rejuvenated. I reconnected with old friends and made some new connections too. The setting was a beautiful camp nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. The leaves were just beginning to turn and there was a touch of fall in the air. The purpose of the retreat was to explore the idea of pronoia which is the theory that the whole universe is conspiring to shower us with blessings. Exploring pronoia allowed the group to embrace more deeply the power of having a mindset based on abundance and gratitude rather than living in fear- exploring our attitude of gratitude! Highlights of the retreat included the workshops, community dancing and singing around the campfire. There were guitars, drums, harmonicas and a whole bunch of voices raising up together to make a beautiful noise around a roaring fire. Life does not get much better than that. One of the things we at Your True Nature love doing most is putting together retreats for our customers. It is an honor to be involved in helping others experience the growth that can come from being still and taking time to connect with nature. It takes a lot of planning to ensure that a retreat has the desired impact on participants and that people leave the retreat inspired and refreshed. From my experience the best retreats include the following three key elements: 1) beautiful surroundings in a natural setting, 2) a variety of activities carefully planned with the audience in mind, and 3) downtime to relax and connect with your true nature and the true nature of others. As a keynote speaker and a leader at retreats and conferences, I often get to experience the power of helping others get away from it all in a retreat setting. I really do have the best job in the world – there is nothing better than helping others connect to their own true nature and to the true nature of others.