There are so many meditation retreats that exist around the world. It is quite obvious that not all people will agree with our list of the top meditation retreats. No matter if you enjoy yoga or you simply want to meditate, at least you will love the following meditation retreats.
Keep in mind that there are hundreds of different meditation retreats that are quite incredible. You will want to research as much as you can about them so that you can find one that you would love. Most of those that are highlighted below are going to be suitable no matter what type of meditation you will want to enjoy. One is only aimed for pilates enthusiasts but there is a good chance that you will want to try that anyway after doing some yoga.
Can Amonita – Ibiza
Ibiza is an exotic destination that is often considered by meditation enthusiasts. Many enjoy Can Amonita. This is a 6 room modern finca that is overlooking San Lorenzo Valley. You will particularly love the pool and the wooden yoga deck that is shaded by a really interesting sail, which is quite original. There are mindfulness and yoga week long retreats that can be booked. Alternatively, you can book the entire villa. You will be able to visit from September to May for B&B services while in the rest of the months the meditation classes are organized. The owner is an experienced Bowen therapist. She can easily offer holistic therapy advice if you want to.
Serenity Retreat – Greece
Greece is always sunny and basically all islands in the country are special, with scenery that is hard to replicate in Europe. This meditation retreat was set up by a Zen Buddhist teacher with a specialization in meditation by the name Kim Bennett. The result is something that is relaxing and a lot of fun, all with a lot of humor. The best part is that this retreat is set up on a wonderful Greek island. Personal development is basically combined with meditation sessions, therapies, guided walks and excursions. Make sure that you also relax while there with a trip to the beach. At the same time, go to the village.
Joie De Vivre Retreats – Yobaba Lounge – France
You can easily enjoy a 5 days break here, in a chateau that is renovated, right in the south of the country of love. Tourists can experience a really interesting blend of meditation, nutritional consultations, local wines, healthy meals, yoga and even learn about the history of Cathars. Massage therapist and former fencing athlete Gertrud Keazor runs the classes. All the rooms are individually decorated and really comfortable. 8 guests at one time can be accommodated so make sure that you book ahead.
Plum Village – France
It was hard not to add more meditation retreats from France since the country has so many great options available. You will want to visit Plum Village, with a monastery that Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese monk nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, and other nuns and monks call home. It is so easy to enjoy a great, quiet time here. You will want to meditate and relax here.
Glenview Hotel And Leisure Club – Ireland
You will want to visit this meditation retreat, especially if you are interested in MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. It was pioneered by Jon Kabat-Zinn in order to help psychological and physical impact of pain, sickness and stress. There are direct meditation techniques that are taught, connected with karma and dharma. You can also visit during the annual conference that is held here, one for scientists that highlight the way in which meditation will impact health, together with the vice versa.
Buddhist Retreat Centre – KwaZulu-Natal – South Africa
The meditation retreat is 90 minutes away from Durban. The location is quite remote and will feel really rural. You will enjoy the community present. This location received a National Heritage status from Nelson Mandela because of the environmental approach that uses the indigenous plants and aids in saving the Blue Swallow. Bird watching, walking and meditation combine here to allow the solitude that you are after. The area is traditional Zulu and all people that come will be looking for solitude. You can relax for days without being bothered by anything from the outside world.
Wat Suan Mokkh – Chaiya – Thailand
On the first day of each month of the year, there is a 10 days meditation retreat that is hosted by Wat Suan Mokkh. Every single meditation seeker is welcomed, no matter what is practiced. The only problem is that the conditions here are pretty rugged. People live plainly here and do try to do all that they can to protect nature. The cell phone is turned in when you register. You get straw mat beds and pillows made out of wood. All people wake up at 4 AM and on the whole, this monk experience is authentic and English instructions are available for all that want them.
Ala Kukui – Hawaii
When thinking about Hawaii, we normally think about relaxation at the beach, cocktails and hula dancers. Ala Kukui is like that but with a lot more since it was inspired by the September 11 terrorist attacks. We are talking about a sanctuary that welcomes all people looking for relaxation and meditation. There are some special options that are available, like a residential retreat that is aimed for war veterans, helping them deal with PTSD problems, together with loss and grief. Yoga and writing or even hula stand out as extra options available.
Mobile Mermaid – Finca Amorosa – Spain
This is a meditation retreat that is aimed for those that practice pilates. If you do enjoy pilates, you will want to consider it. Mobile Mermaid is run by Susie Mermaid, holistic therapist. The classes are held at the Finca Amorosa farmhouse, which is located right in Andalucia. Morning and evening pilates sessions of 90 minutes are held, combined with sessions of massage, cultural excursions and guided walks. You can also enjoy the pool and the meals all include ingredients that are locally sourced.