Retreat by Sally Brockway – Book Review

Retreat by Sally Brockway – Book Review

Retreat by Sally Brockway

Sanctuary and Self-Care for Every Day

Author – Sally Brockway
Publisher – Vie
Pages – 160
Released – 18th February 2021
ISBN-13 – 978-1787836440
Format – ebook, hardcover
Rating – 4 Stars
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Relax. Refresh. Restart.

Amid the commotion of everyday life, finding a few precious moments of “me time” can be challenging. With so many demands on our attention, knowing how to get the most out of our limited downtime is more important than ever.

Discover new ways to take some time out with this invaluable guide to finding and creating sanctuary. Whether you’re searching for serenity at home or seeking solace in the great outdoors, this book is packed with self-care tips, calming crafts and delicious recipes to help you relax, recharge and rejuvenate.

Review by Stacey

Retreat is a non-fiction book by author/blogger/journalist Sally Brockway that is all about having some downtime and relaxing or retreating in whichever way you find helps give you that balance we all need in life.

The book is split into three sections:
– Retreat at Home
– Retreat to Nature
– Retreat Away

Within each section are between 20-26 chapters, featuring topics on how to create a downtime habit, creating a sensory garden, forest bathing, meditation, and personal development amongst many more.

The book is quite small which I wasn’t expecting, but then the measurements are on the selling pages for you to see, not something I tend to check. It contains some amazing photographs and the book feels calming, warm, and cosy whilst you read.

Some of the topics were quite basic and didn’t teach me anything I didn’t already know, such as creating a spa bathroom by using candles, spa music on speakers, etc. Something I have been doing for years. Other topics were things I have never tried such as creating your own home fragrance or warming heat-pack.

My favourite part of the book was about the garden and creating gardens that awaken your senses, so with flowers that have certain scents or feels to them. A water feature to listen to the rippling sound as it flows or making bird feeders to entice the birds into your garden. Also to consider the flow of the garden and what you can touch from where you sit. After reading this book I have actually purchased a Chinese wind chime with its delicate sounds that don’t overpower.

Retreat is a book that you can read from cover to cover or select the pages that you feel work or would mean something to you and skip over those that don’t. It is a book that you can delve into time and time again and also use to make your own items from spa products to full meals. It is a delightful book that made me feel calmer just reading it, nevermind implementing any of the techniques.

If you need some downtime, self-care, some ‘me-time’ then this is certainly a book to help you achieve that in many different ways.

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Author Info

Sally Brockway is a PR executive, journalist and blogger who lives in Kingston-upon-Thames in England. She has written for health and wellness magazines, devised public relations strategies for well-being clients and blogged about her own spiritual journey.

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10 Responses

  1. Jo Linsdell says:

    I definitely need to find some more me time. Retreat sounds like a nice book with some ideas that I might not come up with myself.

  2. Nadene says:

    I think I need this book in my life. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Tasha says:

    I would like to check out some of the ideas in this book.

  4. Sounds like a useful book for these times especially.

  5. It is a lovely book with some fab advice and ways to relax.

  6. I think we all could at this moment in time.

  7. There are some fab ideas in there.

  8. I completely agree. I think it is too.

  9. Robin Loves Reading says:

    This book is definitely timely.

  10. I can agree with that and much needed.