Sitting in stillness for just a few minutes each day can help cope with stress and anxiety, live a more balanced life and enhance relationships, both with oneself and with others. Meditation classes in a dedicated meditation center can be a good place to start if you’re finding the idea of meditating on your own for the first time a little daunting. I personally use Headspace and I love it. If you’ve already been initiated and are ready to try your first ever silent retreat, yaaaassssss!
I was sold after my first Vipassana silent meditation retreat in Thailand and I get questions about it quite often. Silent retreats are available everywhere in the world and are a wonderful opportunity for a relaxing vacation away from stressful environments. I believe that experiencing a silent retreat should be on everyone’s bucket list at least once in a lifetime and today I wanted to share with you the best meditation centers to experience something beautiful.
The Best Silent Retreats in the World
Meditation Centers in Asia
If you want to experience Zen at its very origin, consider this Five Days Zen Meditation and Japanese Culture experience offered by Zen priest Yodo Kono. This Buddhist retreat takes place in a 670 years old Zen Temple in the scenic town of Hiji. Guests can really unplug and de-stress in the peaceful surroundings around the temple. The retreat offers accommodation and activities like hiking, Japanese food-making, and hot spring tour at the famous Beppu City.
One for the yogi, come and find inner stillness at any of the excellent retreats organized by Vedansha Institute of Vedic Science. This spiritual center’s aim is to help you reconnect with yourself by improving your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health through the practice of all limbs of yoga. Vedansha Institute of Vedic Science and Alternative Medicine offers yoga classes, methods of asana, pranayama, meditation, Ayurveda, and retreats in the Vedic tradition, ranging from a few days to a full month.
Nestled in picturesque Koh Lanta Thailand, Naturbliss offers an energizing mindfulness retreat for travellers seeking simplicity in their daily life. The goal of this six-day retreat is to help you rejuvenate by reconnecting yourself to nature’s healing energy. It will also help you be present by appreciating your thoughts and emotions without judging them. The accommodation comes with daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And, if you still want to relax, Naturbliss also offers Thai massage.
Meditation Centers in Europe
Portugal is always a good choice to experience meditation classes or just for relaxing. This six-day burnout and stress reduction silent meditation retreat offered by Molinum ad Mare is a must for busy people. The retreat’s intention is to help you recognize how stress affects your life and how you can make changes to improve it. Tucked away in the peaceful Algarve, Molinum ad Mare’s surroundings will provide you with a chance to just be yourself. The rooms are uniquely decorated with antique furniture and panoramic views of the Algarve. You may well see me there, but don’t talk to me LOL.
Little Paradise offers a six-day individual silent meditation retreat for guests seeking inner peace. Com here to find clarity to further discover who you are, and what you really need for your life. Complement your silent retreat with the invigorating energy from wildlife and nature.
For those of you in the UK, there are so many options for you in all the lush greenery. Song of the River Retreat Sanctuary is a spiritual and meditation retreat center in Wales, and a place of uniquely profound energy vortexes and the perfect escape haven. They offer three and two days spiritual and healing meditation retreats that are not frighteningly long and the perfect initiation to a silent retreat. Come and connect to higher energies in a beautiful and peaceful setting.
Meditation Centers in the Americas
Located in the culturally-diverse city of Cusco Peru, Samadhi Sacred Village offers 14 days of mindfulness yoga, through the practices of Tantra yoga. In this training, you will also learn Tantric cleansing Kriyas to purify your mind and be focused on the present life. The program includes accommodation, food, and transportation services.
Meditation classes are offered across the USA but what sets this three-day spiritual retreat apart is the inclusion of music. Guests can use musical instruments like drums to let go of stress. The accommodation is set on 500 acres of the scenic countryside of Chesterfield, New Hampshire. Guests can enjoy swimming in the pool, hot tub, or lake. Definitely a perfect setting to rejuvenate yourself.
Heart Foundations of Shamanism offers three-day spiritual retreats. Each season of gatherings has a different theme, and guests can build a resilient and sustainable foundation of heart-centered living. Along this journey, you’ll learn to love yourself and others. For the accommodation, guests can wake up to Algonquin Park’s fresh forest air.
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