Bodhisattva Kadampa Buddhist Meditation Centre
based: East Sussex, UK
Weekend meditation retreats for everyone from beginners to the more experienced mediator. Comfortable single, twin and dormitory accommodation is available for those attending weekend courses.
| meditation | England |
Clear Sky Meditation & Study Foundation
based: British Colombia, Canada
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.
| meditation | Canada |
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.
| meditation | UK |
based: East Sussex, 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 |
Himalayan Yoga Institute
based: London, UK
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.
| yoga | retreats | meditation | holistic/wellness/wellbeing | vegetarian/vegan | India | Croatia |
Insight Meditation Society
based: Massachusetts, USA
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).
| meditation | USA |
International Meditation Centre
based: Wiltshire, UK
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.
| meditation | UK | Australia | Austria | USA | Germany | Japan | Netherlands | Singapore | Switzerland | Ukraine |
based: Magnesia, Greece
Kalikalos summer school offers a full programme of holistic community-based workshops, retreats and work-camps 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 |
Mairela Healing Retreat
based: Kuhmoinen, Finland
Holistic healing holidays at a lakeside cottage with traditional sauna set in the natural environment of the Finnish forest. Personal sessions with an experienced healer, workshops, meditation and reiki, or just peace and serenity. Guests gather tools to enhance their daily life on all levels, physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.
| holistic/wellness/wellbeing | detoxification | reiki | meditation | self development | retreats | Finland |
Next Japan Travel
based: Kyoto, Japan
Discover Japan on tailor-made holidays in Tokyo, Kyoto and right across the country. Next Japan Travel offer all sorts of tours and a wide range of activities on customized schedules designed to suit each client. Popular itineraries include: Japanese tea ceremony, cooking courses, sake brewery tours, Zen meditation and calligraphy.
| tailor-made | sightseeing | meditation | calligraphy | cookery | gastronomic | wine | Japan |
ENGLAND: Mindfulness in Surrey & Sussex
Residential five-day and weekend, small group mindfulness retreats in Sussex and Surrey – both residential and non-residential. Retreats are at both introductory and graduate levels and are based on the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) method. The introductory retreats are for those who are new to mindfulness practices and graduate retreats are for those who've already taken an eight-week mindfulness course.
Restorative mindfulness and meditation retreats; listing dedicated holidays, weekend breaks, courses, workshops and retreats held in dedicated centers, or meditation practice as part of a wider wellness programme which includes other related practices like yoga, tai chi, or even mountain walking or swimming. These getaways may offer individual guided meditation sessions, group classes, opportunities for private meditation in peaceful surroundings, or a combination of all of these.
Meditation travel may take you to sacred places like Machu Picchu, or the mountains of Tibet; to holy sites for spiritual meditations; to simple dedicated centers in beautiful locations; or you may learn mindfulness or meditation as part of a more general wellness or spa holiday.
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