In planning your trip, realize that you will be extremely open and sensitive in the days immediately following your retreat. Joining a raucous group tour or immediately diving back into your hectic schedule are probably not ideal situations. Try to build in some quiet time in a beautiful location.

If your home base supports serenity, head back there after a few days, and keep your schedule light for as long as possible. Time in nature, deep connection with understanding loved ones, and quiet time for reflection are the kind of things you’ll be craving. Supportive practices like yoga and meditation will be very welcome in the integration process.