based: Dorset, UK
Retreats and weekend workshops in Dorset introducing Osho meditation and related activities. Meditations are lead by experienced community members and are mostly active meditations, rather than silent sittings. The style is very relaxed and there are no compulsory daily practices.
| meditation | England |
based: West Sussex, UK
Offering juice detox retreats in England (in West Sussex and Lincolnshire) with yoga and healing. Weight loss and fitness, fertility, stop smoking and emotional healing retreats with 50+ holistic treatments. "One of the Best Retreats in the World" – Telegraph.
| yoga | retreats | detoxification | weight loss | fitness | stag/hen | self development | NLP | meditation | England |
Seeds 4 Change (The)
based: Hertfordshire, UK
A week of Mindfulness Meditation and Kundalini Yoga at this holistic holiday on the Greek Island of Lesbos. Sessions are based on their 5 A Day Programme for Wellbeing and are aimed at enabling you to embrace life and make it work for you. Would suit independent travelers.
| holistic/wellness/wellbeing | meditation | yoga | Greece | Spain |
Surya Lanka Ayurveda Beach Resort
based: Talalla, Sri Lanka
Surya Lanka Ayurveda Resort was one of the first Ayurveda Hotels in Sri Lanka to cater exclusively for Panchakarma Ayurveda guests. Surya Lanka specialises in Sri Lankan Ayurveda, Yoga and Meditation, all in one of the most beautiful locations in Sri Lanka. It also conducts regular Ayurveda retreats and Yoga retreats.
| ayurveda | retreats | holistic/wellness/wellbeing | yoga | meditation | massage | weight loss | detoxification | spas | Sri Lanka |
Tai Chi & Nutrition for Health & Wellness
based: Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Tai Chi and Qigong relaxation holidays and retreats. Includes a 7-day therapeutic and energising Qigong holiday on the magical island of La Gomera; a fantastic opportunity to relax, rejuvenate, meet like-minded people and explore this beautiful island. Suitable for absolute beginners as well as the more experienced.
| retreats | tai chi | qigong | chi kung | holistic/wellness/wellbeing | meditation | Canary Islands |
The Art of Meditation
based: Hertfordshire, UK
Retreats and weekend workshops based on the principles of Buddhist meditation, vipassana and mindfulness meditation.
| meditation | England | Wales | France |
Walk of Life
based: Devon, UK
Weekend guided Sumarah meditation workshops; Sumarah is a Javanese meditative practice.
| meditation | England |
A couple of UK destinations ideal for a DIY meditation retreat.
The town of Glastonbury, in Somerset, is a spiritual centre that attracts people of many beliefs and makes an ideal destination for a meditation break. Glastonbury Tor is well known as one of the most spiritual sites in the UK and the Abbey ruins, said to be the birthplace of English Christianity, provide a destination for meditation and worship. As does the World Peace Garden at the Chalice Well, one of UK's most ancient holy wells, where group meditation sessions are held daily or individual visits can be made. The Peace Garden offers a place of tranquility for people of all faiths and of none. The Chalice Well also offers retreat accommodation to Companions.
The Peace Garden and Chalice Well»
Pure Land Japanese Garden, Nottinghamshire
Further North in Newark, near Nottingham, you'll find the beautiful, award winning, Japanese garden created by Buddha Maitreya. Its aim is to provide a place for spiritual revitalisation and relaxation. The gardens are open each year from the end of March until the end of October, various events are held through the year including guided meditations, magical lantern-lit evening sessions, group visits and Japanese tea ceremonies.
Pure Land Japanese Garden»
Our listings include many different types and styles of meditation and this may include: Zen, Buddhist, Vipassana, transcendental, mindfulness, sensory, mantra and yoga meditation, to name but a few! Meditation describes the concentrated focus that's used to separate people from their thoughts and feelings, with the eventual aim of becoming fully aware. Much of it uses quiet passive techniques, postures and focused attention as you'll find in the many seated meditation techniques; but some is more active as seen in walking and Osho meditations, or in TaiChi or Qi Gong practice.
Many meditation techniques are rooted in ancient religious and spiritual traditions, however, while some contemporary meditation is also spiritual in nature (often taking place in ashrams, monasteries, convents and the like), much does not have any religious element and may be practiced simply to achieve mental and physical health and wellbeing.
This category lists retreats and holidays where meditating is a primary aim and will feature heavily in the retreat or holiday. However, meditation is also practiced, probably in a more limited way, in many other health and wellbeing retreats – so we recommend checking out our other health and wellbeing pages» to find these.