Finding the right meditation retreat
This category lists retreats and holidays where meditating is a primary aim. Meditation practice will feature in a more limited way in many other health and wellbeing retreats, so check out these areas as well.
The directory list on the right includes many different types and styles of meditation. Most are rooted in ancient religious and spiritual traditions, however, while some contemporary meditation is 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.
Styles may include Zen and Buddhist, mindfulness, mantra and yoga meditation.
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; but some is more active as seen in walking and Osho meditations.
Regular meditation sessions punctuate the day on this 8-day relaxation retreat in Le Marche, in Central Italy. Your teacher and guide is an experienced practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism, who teaches Zen breathing meditation techniques.
In addition to the meditation sessions guests can experience a range of relaxing sensory therapies that includes organic aromatherapy, music therapies, traditional Japanese healing hot tub (Ofuro) treatments, and a green tea healing ritual. Overall the retreat is intended to enable the release of stress, tensions and deep held anxiety.
The package price includes accommodation, all meals and tuition; the vegetarian meals are Italian/Asian in style and use organic ingredients where possible.
IRELAND: Spiritual & meditation retreats
Meditation retreats at Mandala House, a retreat centre on a peaceful island, just two hours from Dublin in the Republic of Ireland. The centre is in a beautiful woodland location on the shores of Upper Lough Erne, the lakeland setting offering a peaceful sanctuary that will enrich body, mind and spirit.
A variety of workshops and retreats are offered, including meditation. Guided classes are held, followed by relaxation sessions. Holistic therapies may also enjoy be enjoyed, including full-body aromatherapy massage.
Accommodation is in private single, twin and triple rooms. All food is vegetarian and follows a sattvic yoga diet, using fresh vegetables, usually grown at the centre.
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INDIA: Meditation resort in Pune
The contemporary-style Osho International Meditation Resort sits in a tropical campus with large spectacular gardens, in the prosperous modern Indian city of Pune in Maharashtra state.
The resort offers a full schedule of meditations of every type daily, including both active and passive meditation in traditional and contemporary styles; with the unique, trade-marked OSHO Active Meditations™ offering a totally different approach.
There is also an impressive selection of individual sessions and longer courses and workshops covering a range that spans from creative arts to holistic health, esoteric sciences, personal development and the zen approach to sport. All of these programs are combined with meditation techniques.
The impressive resort facilities include
the Basho Spa providing open-air swimming, saunas, jacuzzi, gym and tennis courts in beautiful settings.A variety of different eating areas offering Western, and Asian vegetarian food. Many evening events including dancing, music and full-moon meditations under the stars. There is also a bank, a travel agency and a Cyber Café on-campus.
Guests can either stay on-campus in the Osho Guesthouse, take a 'Living-In' program package, or stay in Pune in nearby hotels or serviced apartments.
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Osho Meditation in the UK
And, if you are looking for Osho Meditation closer to home, Osho Leela in Dorset offers retreats and weekend workshops introducing the style.
A stunning, Moroccan-inspired wellness resort for those seeking a journey back to balance, rejuvenation and a healthy lifestyle. Awarded "Best Value for Weight loss" by Conde Naste Traveller (2014), they offer a wide range of programs to help cleanse, recharge and revitalize; including detox, spa, yoga, fitness, pilates, reformer bootcamp, weight management and anti-stress programs.
Rejuvenate at a beautiful villa retreat on the sunny island of Fuerteventura. Enjoy small class sizes, excellent instruction, delicious food and holistic therapies. Experience hatha yoga, vinyasa flow, yoga nidra, meditation, Pilates and tai chi. Add a surf course for extra exhilaration.
Rejuvenating, yoga inspired wellbeing holidays and health retreats near the sea in sunny Spain. Featured in the 'Top 10 Yoga Retreats of the World 2012'. The holidays offer inspiring yoga, pilates, fitness, delicious ayurvedic inspired vegetarian meals, hikes, meditation, biking, educational health workshops and holistic therapies. Carefully selected small, beautiful hotels in special locations.
Clear Sky is a not-for-profit, charitable meditation and study center in the Canadian Rockies. It focuses on Western Mystical and Buddhadharma teachings and offers meditation retreats workshops and courses.
FISU, the Foundation For International Spiritual Unfoldment, offers residential and non-residential meditation courses. Their residential meditation retreats take place over three weekends and are held in various venues and centres around the UK.
Specialist tour operator providing adventure tours, safaris, trekking and expeditions to Himalayan countries (Nepal, India, Bhutan and Tibet). Himalayan Footsteps are run by a team of UK and Nepali people with a wide experience and genuine knowledge of the places, activities and trips they offer.
| walk/trek/hike | mountaineering | expeditions | trekking peaks | mountain biking | motorcycling | meditation | singles holidays | animals/safaris | Nepal | India | Bhutan | Tibet |
Yoga retreat holidays in two locations; in the Indian Himalayas and on the Isle of Losinj in Croatia. Offering intensive practice of yoga and meditation in beautiful locations, a vegetarian diet and a wide range of activities: twice daily yoga classes, meditation, chanting, hiking, swimming, nutritional advice and life-coaching.
Meditation Retreat Centre in central Massachusetts, with a separate Forest Refuge in the countryside for the more experienced and for longer term retreats. The practice is in 'insight meditation' (Vipassana) and 'loving kindness meditation' (Metta).
Buddhist meditation centres offering short Vipassana meditation courses in centres worldwide. Vipassana meditation (insight meditation) is an ancient meditation practice that teaches the 'Eightfold Noble Path' as taught by the Buddha.
| UK | Australia | Austria | USA | Germany | Japan | Netherlands | Singapore | Switzerland | Ukraine |
Kalikalos summer school offers a full programme of holistic community-based workshops, retreats and workcamps from May through September. Offerings include, Advaita satsang, August family weeks, creative arts, healing, self development, Vipassana meditation, walking weeks and yoga. The centre is unique in that it's run as a community and with vegetarian meals.
| holistic/wellness/wellbeing | tai chi | yoga | self development | meditation | painting/drawing | ethical/ecotourism | vegetarian/vegan | family/child friendly | summer schools | working/volunteer holidays | Greece |
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The Travel-Quest Meditation retreats & holidays section lists holidays, vacations, retreats, weekends, short breaks and holiday courses and workshops offering meditation as a primary feature, including programmes held in dedicated meditation centres. Meditation practices offered can be religious (e.g. Buddhist, Yogic, Christian, Hindu etc.) or secular. To be listed in this section meditation practices must either be your primary aim, or meditations should be a significant element of your overall retreat/holiday.
Achahn Chuen meditation by Flickr user: Icrontic.com
Orkney, June by Flickr user: Donald Judge