What’s a retreat center?

By Leigh Daniel

Nov 7, 2019

When I decided to create a retreat center at Leigh Acres in New Market, Alabama, I had no idea it would be such a foreign concept.  Each time I tell people it’s a retreat center, they look at me with quizzical expressions on their faces.  Clearly, we don’t have enough places to retreat in Alabama!   

Is it a rehab?

What kind of people will go there? 

Is it for drug addicts?

Retreat??? 

The inevitable questions cause me to think through it again each time I’m asked.  I can only give you my idea of what it is, and that’s a place to renew, rejuvenate, restore, relax, and, finally…drum roll…retreat. 

Get away from it all and just find your center again.  You don’t have to be in recovery to need time to regroup (I’m really loving those ‘R’ words!)  I have had some incredible transformational moments at the retreats I have gone to.

I have cried, felt inspired, transformed, changed my thought patterns, and have made beautiful friendships that will last a lifetime.  Sometimes getting away is the gateway to finding new meaning in your life.  If all this sounds a little too touchy-feely for you, then it can also be a place for gathering to learn or reconnect with old friends. 

It can be a place for your family to gather or a place for a bridal party to spend a few nights together.  The Lodge at Leigh Acres is designed to be comfortable and fun.  To make you feel right at home with the mix of new and vintage pieces.  My art collection is from all over the world, just as I hope the participants will be, as they come to Leigh Acres for healing or whatever they need at the moment.   

If you want more information on the retreat space and how you can best use it for your group, then just drop us a line, and we can define what retreat means to you. 

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