How to Plan An Introvert Retreat, Audrey Hepburn Style

Audrey Hepburn is one of the most iconic actresses of all time. She is most commonly associated with the film Breakfast at Tiffany’s, from 1961, in which she played the very extraverted Holly Golightly. But, Audrey was a self-identified introvert and said that the role of Holly was one of the most challenging roles of her career.


Besides being a brilliant actress, in films and on stage, Audrey was also a fashion icon. Her favorite designer was Givenchy. Audrey popularized a classic and minimalist style of flattering silhouettes, classic black staples, and oversized sunglasses. In fact, Audrey is the one who iconized the classic Little Black Dress, but did you know she also popularized the black leggings that we all live in now, too?


In her later life, Audrey was an important ambassador for UNICEF, and she spent as much time as possible supporting the organization. In 1990, just three years before her death, Audrey filmed a series of shows with PBS called “Gardens of the World with Audrey Hepburn.”


Planning an introvert escape, whether it's a whole weekend to yourself or a few hours alone, can be incredibly beneficial for introverts. Here are a few tips for planning an Audrey-inspired introvert retreat for yourself.


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How to Have an Audrey Inspired Introvert Weekend


Plan yourself a rejuvenating introvert retreat, Audrey style, with these tips...


  • Let your friends and family know that you’ll be unavailable for the weekend.

  • Buy, or pick, yourself a bouquet.

  • Make a cozy retreat space.

  • Escape into a great book, movies, or podcasts.

  • Find ways to connect with nature.


1. Tell Your Friends and Family You Need to be Left Alone

“I don’t want to be alone, I want to be left alone.” –Audrey Hepburn


Audrey was an introvert, but she wasn’t necessarily a hermit. She loved other people, but she needed her time alone. So, tell your family and friends that you’ll be taking some time for a self-retreat. A whole weekend is a luxurious escape from the world, but if you have a family, that could be a challenge; at the very least, arrange for a few hours alone.


“I have to be alone very often. I’d be quite happy if I spent from Saturday night until Monday morning alone in my apartment. That’s how I refuel.” –Audrey Hepburn


2. Indulge in Cut Flowers


“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.” –Audrey Hepburn


Audrey loved flowers, in particular roses, and grew many of them at her home in Switzerland. Audrey also has a rose and a tulip named after her. If you have a garden, make yourself a bouquet of cut flowers. If you don’t have flowers blooming in your yard, pick up a simple bouquet for yourself, and place where you’ll see it frequently.


3. Get Cozy, Indulge in Comfort

“...When she returned from a trip, a plate of spaghetti al Pomodoro was always waiting for her." –Luca Dotti (Audrey’s son)


Create a comfortable space you can retreat to, alone or with your pets; Audrey loved animals. Gather your coziest blankets and cocoon yourself into your cozy space with lots of blankets and pillows. If you want to embrace some Audrey style fashion in comfort, aim for classic black leggings and a plain black shirt. Add a string of pearls if you have them.


Audrey’s favorite comfort food was pasta, and she loved a classic spaghetti al Pomodoro. Pick your favorite comfort food, and either cook it yourself or order it from your favorite takeout place.


4. Escape Into a Book, Movies, or Podcasts


“For my whole life, my favorite activity was reading. It’s not the most social pastime.” –Audrey Hepburn


Find a great book to lose yourself in, or a podcast, or movies. Choose something indulgent and escapist. Many of us introverts are drawn to self-help books, but consider steering away from that genre as it can be the complete opposite of relaxing. Aim for something you can sink into and forget what’s going on around you. This doesn’t have to mean fiction. Is there a topic you’re interested in, like gardening? Find a book, film, or podcast on the subject, and enjoy learning about something new.


“If I’m honest, I have to tell you I still read fairy-tales and I like them best of all.” –Audrey Hepburn


5. Find a Way to Connect with Nature

“I’m an introvert… I love being by myself, love being outdoors, love taking a long walk with my dogs and looking at the trees, flowers, the sky.” –Audrey Hepburn


Getting outside and connecting with nature can be incredibly refreshing for introverts. Go for a walk in a nearby park, or have a little wander around your own yard. If you can’t get to a park or green area, spend some time with your houseplants. Be intentional and slow in your exploration. Look for tiny details like raindrops on grass or flowers.


The Five Senses check-in is the perfect activity to embrace the present moment outside. Identify 5 things you can see (look for small details that you would normally overlook), 4 things you can feel (air temperature, fabric against your skin, textures), 3 things you can hear, 2 things you can smell, and 1 thing you can taste. Then spend a few minutes just observing your surroundings and appreciating the nature that you have access to.



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Briana Huether

Briana is an introverted writer with a passion for gardening, houseplants, and mental health. She believes that everyone can learn to grow things, whether it's food or houseplants, and that growing plants is good for your mental health. Briana’s favorite hobbies are photography, hanging out with her whippet–Radar, faffing with her houseplants, buying new houseplants, and gardening as much as possible during Canada’s abbreviated summer. She writes about her gardening and plant care escapades on www.brianahuether.ca.


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