Why Do We Keep Retreats Small?

“A community is made up of intimate relationships among diversified types of individuals–a kinship group, a local group, a neighborhood, a village, a large family.”

–Carroll Quigley, an American historian and theorist.

We can appreciate power in numbers and the energy that is felt when few become many but there is something special to keeping it intimate.

Our retreats last about 4 – 7 days and keeping it intimate creates the space for us to organically connect with each other. Smaller numbers allow us to form deep and appreciative, family-like bonds with everyone who’s involved.

Mexican Temazcal in Xico

This is a photo of one kinship group from our Kiva community, on retreat in Xico, Mexico. We had just emerged from a powerful temazcal ceremony.

For those who enjoy a more private setting, small groups give us room to be alone. It allows moments of both solitude and connection. Small, intimate groups grant the opportunity to experience the unique medicine that each person brings.

We leave with each person forever engrained in our hearts. It’s not about talking every day, or becoming best friends, it’s appreciation for their presence in your journey.


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