The Arete Sabbatical
For Body, Mind, and Spirit
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What is a sabbatical? Sabbaticals
are planned breaks to explore other interests, to try new
things and stretch boundaries. They are a sure-fire method of
recharging depleted creative batteries and resetting one's personal
compass. But today few professionals
outside academe can afford to take a long retreat for study, travel
or reinventing themselves. Nor is the traditional
summer holiday a panacea: a surprising 54% of Americans report
that vacationing leaves them tired.
Why are sabbaticals increasingly relevant today?
Throughout the industrial world burnout is becoming an epidemic
as work hours and tasks expand. Harvard economist has documented
that between the 1970s and 1990s the typical American adult lost
over a month of leisure time annually. This phenomenon is spreading
across the developed world as organizations restructure to maintain
global competitiveness. Serious consequences of our contemporary
"time deficit" are already visible. Yale
University political scientist Robert Lane has linked the
epidemic of clinical depression among the inhabitants of the world's
richest societies to lack of time for friendship and recreation.
The extreme case today is Japan, where executive suicide is alarmingly
What makes the Arete Sabbatical
distinct? Ironically, at no time in history has there been
more knowledge - based on scientific research - to help besieged
individuals handle the whirlwind pace of modern life, and thrive.
Unfortunately, few people are exposed to this research through
formal education, and fewer still have an opportunity to take
a needed pause to begin integrating these sensible ideas and habits
into their lives. The Arete
Sabbatical in Prague is designed to accomplish that, and in
a time frame manageable for most working professionals.
Arete Institute - seminars and sabbaticals focusing on creativity, leadership, and personal growth.