Best meditation retreats around the world: disconnect and be amazed

A meditation retreat is a great way to deepen your spiritual meditation practice, and there are amazing options to be found all over the globe!

No matter if you’re new to the world of meditation or you’ve been practicing this relaxing art form for years, meditation retreats are a great way to deepen your practice. It’s a way to take the mindfulness and stress-relieving benefits of meditation to an entirely different level. Retreats for mediation are gaining popularity as they allow you the opportunity to truly focus on your practice while letting the normal distractions of life fade away. Meditation retreats foster higher clarity, deeper insight, and build up your mental and emotional flexibility, all in some truly beautiful, awe-inspiring locations. We’ve put together a list of some of the best meditation retreats around the world – from weekend retreats to longer options, all with the goal of deepening your meditation practice. Check it out!

Retreats for meditation

Shambhala Mountain Center

Located in the mountains of Colorado, the Shambhala Mountain Center is a popular meditation retreat for all levels of practitioners, but caters specifically to beginners. Here you’ll find a range of indoor and outdoor activities from hiking, kayaking and yoga to of course guided meditations. If you’re new to meditation this could be a great option for you, as their “Learn to Meditate” retreats are designed with newbies in mind. From 2-day options to week-long retreats, the Shambhala Mountain Center is all about finding your inner strength, mind and body awareness and state of relaxation.

Bali Eco Stay

    If you’re looking for more of an adventurous option in terms of travel-distance, Bali Eco Stay might be what you’re after. Set in an idyllic paradise location in Bali, Indonesia, this retreat is ideal for those who really want to relax in a truly remote location. This meditation retreat will really have you feeling one with nature

    Wat Suan Mokkh International Dharma Hermitage

    Another off the beaten path meditation retreat is the Wat Suan Mokkh International Dharma Hermitage in Thailand. This Buddhist Monastery offers a popular 10-day silent meditation retreat that begins on the 1st of each month, however, you must register in-person. Definitely, on the far side of your typical 5-star luxury retreats, the Wat Suan Mokkh International Dharma Hermitage is the real deal in its quiet forest setting and simple living conditions.

    Best meditation retreats around the world

    Kadampa Meditation Center

      Perhaps not so exotic is the Kadampa Meditation Center and Tibetan Buddhist temple. Located in the Catskill Mountains in New York, they offer 20+ drop-in meditation classes each week in addition to their personal and group meditation retreats. Cultivating inner peace and relaxation is the name of the game at Kadampa during their weekend or week-long retreats. Choose from personal options like the “Rest & Reflect” retreat or soul-fulfilling group options that include not only meditation workshops but also hikes, delicious food offerings, and more.

      Spirit Rock Meditation Center

        Of course, with physical travel more or less on hold for the time being, this list wouldn’t be complete without a virtual option. If you’ve found yourself housebound or just not ready to hop on an airplane just yet, not to worry! While the Spirit Rock Meditation Center offers meditation retreats at their physical location in Woodacre, California, due to the global pandemic they have also begun providing many of their meditation offerings online. Tap into your inner meditation guru through one of their online programs and find your own mental clarity and stress-relief. Don’t forget to incorporate our Ostrichpillow Loop during your practice to truly immerse yourself in the meditative experience.

        Daily meditation practice is a truly wonderful experience as it allows you to reduce stress, increase overall mind and body awareness, as well as foster inner calm, strength, and awakening. If you’ve been looking for a way to deepen your meditation practice, a meditation retreat is an excellent option to do so! Check out our list of popular meditation retreats as it surely has an option for everyone!

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