At a time when complaints about stress and busyness are as ubiquitous as long drive-thru lines for your morning latte, it’s no wonder that more people — especially women — are seeking spiritual retreats.
Whether it’s a weekend steeped in prayer or five days of intensive yoga and meditation, retreats offer a much-needed respite from urgent texts and emails, the demands of children and employers — and the unrealistic expectations many of us put upon ourselves.
According to the non-profit Global Wellness Institute, wellness tourism, which includes spiritual retreats, grew from a $494.1 billion business in 2013 to $563.2 billion in 2015. This represents a 14 percent growth rate, more than twice as fast as overall tourism expenditures.
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