The Undeniable Value of a Retreat with Kirsteen MacLeod

Kirsteen MacLeod’s book and this interview offer some incredibly valuable insights into the value of making space to retreat from the regular living of our lives. Listen wherever you stream podcasts (Apple, Spotify, iHeart Radio) or listen here:




These days, disengaging, even briefly, is seen by many as self-indulgent and unproductive. Yet creating space for solitude, reflection and deliberate restoration and rejuvenation is a basic human need. Everyone can benefit, whether it’s for a weekend, a month, or a lifetime. Through her book, In Praise of Retreat: Finding Sanctuary in the Modern World, author Kirsteen MacLeod takes readers on an engaging and inspiring journey into our modern ways of retreating. Included is a historical perspective of retreating, but also Kirsteen’s own personal experience on retreats, from pilgrim paths to forest cabins, rented hermitages to temples and quiet havens for yoga and meditation.

In our conversation, we discuss:

  • What a retreat is and what we can gain from it;
  • Different ways of retreating;
  • Retreat as an inner adventure;
  • How to make space in your life for retreat.


Kirsteen MacLeod is a writer and yoga teacher. Her debut collection of short stories, The Animal Game, was published in 2016. Her fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction have appeared in prominent literary journals, including The New Quarterly and The Malahat Review; scores of her articles have been featured in leading Canadian magazines; and her work has been a finalist for the CBC Literary Award in creative non-fiction, among other awards. She divides her time between Kingston, Ontario, and a riverside cabin in the woods near Bancroft. Learn more at www.kirsteenmacleod.ca.



Kristen Manieri is certified as both a habits coach and a mindfulness teacher. Her book, Everyday Mindfulness Habits, will be released this summer. She specializes in: stress reduction, energy management, mindset, resilience, habit formation, rest rituals, and self-care. As the host of the weekly 60 Mindful Minutes podcast, an Apple top 100 social science podcast, Kristen has interviewed over 100 authors and thought leaders about what it means to live a more conscious, connected, intentional and joyful life. Learn more at kristenmanieri.com/work-with-me.

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