1) To take quiet time away from the normal routine of life; to spend in prayer, relationship and reflection.
2) To give yourself another treat.
We're about to go away for five days to the beautiful Lee Abbey, where we will be 'retreating' as a family together with some very creative people, walking on the blustery beach, road-testing a brand new Mei Tai (pictures to follow!) and indulging in the kind of messy play that I would never dare to inflict on my own home.
Unfortunately there can be no blogging while we're there, as there is no internet or phone reception whatsoever. Not a sausage. Not unless you drive into the nearest town, anyway, which sort of defeats the object of being on retreat.
Be sure of a photographic diary of our time away next week, though.