Retreat is a VR app and social education platform that connects users with world-class experts and courses focused on self-improvement and personal development. The app takes students into an immersive virtual world with the goal of helping users develop their “real-world avatars” by equipping them with “tangible real-world skills.”
Unlike traditional learning channels, which are often described as isolated, passive, and static, Retreat offers a social and interactive learning experience. It also allows users to explore interactive worlds and immersive environments.
A VR App to Change Lives
This unique VR app, soon to be released on the Meta Quest Store, connects students with educators who specialize in teaching practical skills such as holistic wellness, art and creativity, careers and entrepreneurship, and financial wellness. With Retreat, students are more likely to achieve better results, such as better concentration, establishing a deeper emotional connection to the content, and more confidence in using their skills after their studies.
“This platform will change the face of social media in VR and beyond,” says health, transformation, health and fitness expert Nicholas Pratley, who is also one of the Retreat’s instructors. “This is what a new education in a new world looks like.”
Developed by technology-focused company GeniusX, Retreat aims to usher in a new era of education that is relevant to today’s technologically advanced world. It also provides professionals with a platform to engage their audience across different technology platforms, enhancing their educational experience.
“Our mission is to transform education through virtual reality,” said Retreat CEO, Nick Janicki, in a press release shared with him ARPost. “We are changing the way personal growth and development can be experienced by students.”
The social education platform currently offers only a few carefully selected content. Courses cover a wide range of subjects, from psychology and relationships to work and business. Some of the courses currently available include:
- The comprehensive health course “Real Life” by Nicholas Pratley;
- Art and craft lessons “Therapour Mannequins” by Leila Parnian;
- Relationship course “The 5 Levels of Listening” by Gisele Wyne;
- The holistic wellness course “The Flow State” by Jason Campbell;
- Career and entrepreneurship course “Land Your Right Fit Job” by Chad Silverstein;
- Complete wellness course “Your Daily Reset” by Gisele Wyne.
Besides delivering valuable content and teaching real-world skills to students, Retreat also gives users a glimpse into the stories behind the lessons. It also provides an outline of the learning process for each subject.
Many more courses are still in development, and new courses are added every month.
How the Retreat works
To access Retreat’s virtual worlds, users will need to download the VR app first. Until recently, the app was only available through the Meta Quest App Lab, but beta testing has ended, and the full release of Retreat is scheduled for December 1, 2022.
Once the VR app is downloaded, users must launch the app to test the app’s selection of courses and instructors.
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After selecting the courses of their interest, users will meet their instructor and interact with him or her as if they were meeting in person. Through their instructor, the user will enter the adventure and navigate the virtual space to participate in its various learning areas. To add another layer of fun to the whole experience, users can use magic portals, find interactive objects, and answer questions.
After completing the module, the user’s progress will be saved. The modules, usually 8-15 minutes long, are designed to reduce fatigue, especially for new VR users.