Steven Farmer’s Turtle tells us that “It is best to back off and wait until it’s time to move forward again.  There’s nothing wrong with that, especially given the futility of trying to make something happen right now. Patience is what is called for. Eventually you can stick your neck out a little to determine if it is time to come out and make some progress toward your goal. A retreat isn’t defeat. Make a conscious and intentional choice instead. You could stand to spend some time by yourself in nature, away from the intensity of your usual life.  Although we call this a retreat, it’s really more of a movement toward the peace and harmony you will find on the woods, at the mountains or by the seashore.”