Everybody needs some time alone, to get away, reflect, be still and listen. I haven’t taken a solo retreat really since I’ve been married and decided it was way overdue. Wanting to go somewhere out of the city and around natural beauty, I chose a place outside Austin, TX on Lake Travis called Living Waters. It got its name because the water running under the home was blessed by a group of monks before its construction. They host many yoga retreats and offer on-site yoga, Thai massage and holistic personal training. Described as a B&R—Bed and Retreat, it is just that: A place to get away from the craziness of everyday life and relax.
I stayed in the Romantic Red Eco Cabin. It was perfect for what I needed—a bed, a mini fridge for my groceries, a wine opener and wine glass. The bathroom was in a separate little eco cabin right next to mine and had a large bathtub and shower. On top of that building is the wine perch to sit and sip your wine or coffee. Although the lake is extremely low, there are still beautiful sunset views.
I enjoyed spending time at the Hamilton Pool, hiking to the Pedernales River, spending quiet time with God, reading One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp, and drinking a glass of wine while watching the sunset. I would encourage everyone to take time once a year to get away and do this for themselves. It’s a good spiritual cleansing that will leave you feeling refreshed and at peace. I went with no expectations or plans other than enjoying each second and being led by the Spirit, and I was not let down. I’m looking forward to planning my next solocation!