Being constantly connected to everyone via our devices is, at best, convenient and useful, but there's another side to it, too. Being constantly connected often brings with it a level of stress or obligation. In addition, rest, introspection, and recuperation are difficult when you're surrounded by obligations of other kinds. Housework, meal-planning, and other daily necessities often get in the way of much-needed reconnection time.
We spend so much of our lives providing for others and working our jobs that we forget to take the time to simply be ourselves--to check in and see how we're feeling, or to actually put time aside to focus on a topic. Any topic.
Depending on the type of retreat, it may also be time for you to reconnect to something else. Checking in on your connection to nature or your life's work warrants being done from time to time, if you're able to do so.
Why retreat? Because a full reset is sometimes exactly what you need--and it doesn't have to be at an expensive, fancy hotel. It doesn't have to be with other people. It doesn't have to be miles away.
Retreating isn't a form of running away from your problems. It's a form of re-arming and returning with new knowledge and new techniques.