I've come across with the sentence below:
We’re also doing counter clockwise retreats around the world... using research-proven techniques to help people live boldly.
There ara some meanings for the word retreat as a noun in Longman dictionary:
- A.a movement away
- B.a movement away from someone or something
- C.beat a retreat
- D.when you change your mind about something because your idea was unpopular or too difficult
- E.a place you can go to that is quiet or safe
- F.a period of time that you spend praying or studying religion in a quiet place
- G.a situation in which the value of shares etc falls to a lower level
I think that the best choice is F, but I'm not sure.
So, could you tell me please what it means here?
The fuller text is:
Over nearly four decades, Ellen Langer’s research on mindfulness has greatly influenced thinking across a range of fields, from behavioral economics to positive psychology. It reveals that by paying attention to what’s going on around us, instead of operating on auto-pilot, we can reduce stress, unlock creativity, and boost performance. Her “counterclockwise” experiments, for example, demonstrated that elderly men could improve their health by simply acting as if it were 20 years earlier. In this interview with senior editor Alison Beard, Langer applies her thinking to leadership and management in an age of increasing chaos. [...]
The Langer Mindfulness Institute works in three arenas: health, aging, and the workplace. In health we want to see just how far we can push the mindbody notion. Years ago we did studies on chambermaids (who lost weight after being told their work was exercise) and vision (where people did better on eye tests that had them work up from large letters at the bottom to small ones at the top, creating the expectation that they would be able to read them). Now we’re trying a mindfulness cure on many diseases that people think are uncontrollable to see if we can at least ameliorate the symptoms. We’re also doing counter clockwise retreats around the world, starting in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, using research-proven techniques to help people live boldly.
Mindfulness in the Age of Complexity An interview with Ellen Langer by Alison Beard