Mindfulness Retreats

(See also: meditation.)

Mindfulness is a meditative tool which is used to address health issues such as anxiety, depression, and high blood pressure. Whether you’re dealing with the effects of physical stress or emotional trauma, mindfulness is a effective antidote for the modern condition—and it doesn’t demand subscription to a set of beliefs.

Yet, mindfulness tends to lead people down a path they might not expect. Although we might start out using mindfulness to remedy a specific symptom, we may also find ourselves drawn into the full scope of the Buddhist teachings.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) was a pioneering program which brought Buddhist mindfulness into a Western medical context. Today, there are courses in mindfulness for beginners in most Western cities, and there are mindfulness retreats in exotic locations throughout the world.

You can also attend training programs in mindfulness, if you are interested in bringing mindfulness techniques into your own workplace or therapeutic practice.

  • Oct 25, 2017 - 6 days
    The time is NOW to empower yourself, to open your heart, and to expand the evolution of consciousness for the benefit of all. We are supper excited to share a six day immersion retreat for the body, mind and Soul at the "Spirit of Aloha Botanical Gardens" in Haiku MauiSpace limited for 8 beings of Light We will be providing:• complete body detox (organic, vegan meals with specific food…
  • $2720
    Baja 26 Day Yoga Teacher Training
    Feb 11, 2018 - 27 days
    The natural setting of our yoga teaching training in Mexico is as much a part of your experience as the yoga instruction itself. This secluded Baja location offers stunning beachfront vistas featuring open-air buildings to keep you in touch with your surroundings and all the beauty that nature has to share with us. These comfortable outdoor settings take advantage of the warm temperatures that…
  • $190
    Hridaya Yoga Retreat: Module 3
    Dec 4, 2017 - 25 days
    Course Fee: $190 USD (Accommodation and meals extra) Course Dates: December 4 – December 28, 2017 Accommodation Dates: December 3 – December 29, 2017 Module 3 of the Hridaya Yoga Retreat offers our students more refined tools to bring awareness of the subtle bodies, to quiet the mind and to expand the capacity of witnessing sensations, emotions, and thoughts. The teachings are mainly…
  • $625
    Yoga + Yarn Retreat
    Nov 30, 2017 - 4 days
    Sleepaway camp is fun when you’re a kid because—hello—no parents! If only you could go back as an adult to appreciate the trees, the friends, and the abundant crafting opportunities. Now you can! Join us for the Yoga + Yarn Retreat at Good Commons in Plymouth, Vermont from November 30 through December 3, 2017. You’ll feel rejuvenated at the picturesque Good Commons retreat center, where…
  • $2973
    Eating Clean® Experience with Tosca Reno
    Dec 3, 2017 - 4 days
    Tosca Reno Clean Living® Experience Do you want to learn about Clean Eating techniques from a NY Times Best Selling Author? Do you want to understand what the right food is for your body type? How about developing a work-out routine that you can stick to and that actually changes your body for the better? Want to learn to create a happier healthier lifestyle? If you’ve answered “yes” to…
  • $2450
    7-Day Jump-Start to Health™
    Nov 12, 2017 - 8 days
    7 Days Jump-to-Health™ Programs are designed for the relaxation of the body and mind. Their purpose is to give you to help you get a kick-start to improved health and lifestyle, a physiological and emotional break, to boost your immune system and to increase your energy levels. The 7-Day programs are perfect for busy and fairly healthy people who need some rest and rejuvenation, couples’…
  • $3292
    Bikini Bootcamp Feb 16 – Feb 21
    Feb 16, 2018 - 6 days
    Bikini Bootcamp is a weight loss vacation combined with a yoga retreat in a beautiful setting with great style, food, and people. It is best described as a tune-up for the mind, body, and spirit where you will leave lighter not only in body but in mind and spirit as well. A TUNE-UP FOR THE MIND, BODY & SPIRIT Bikini Bootcamp is a tune-up for the mind, body, and spirit. It is an adventurous…
  • $3950
    Bikini Bootcamp Jan 18 – Jan 24
    Jan 18, 2018 - 7 days
    A TUNE-UP FOR THE MIND, BODY & SPIRIT Bikini Bootcamp is a tune-up for the mind, body, and spirit. It is an adventurous fitness and yoga holiday that will send you home looking and feeling better than when you arrived. Our program is designed to help guests reconnect to themselves and nature through a combination of exercise, healthy eating, adventure, yoga, relaxation, and pampering. ALL…
  • $1525
    Mindfulness, Meditation & Yoga Intensive - Byron Bay - June 2018
    Jun 1, 2018 - 6 days
    Mindfulness, Meditation and Yoga Intensive is an opportunity to spend five days practicing yoga, meditation and mindfulness with a community of like-minded people.An immersion retreat like this is an opportunity to experience the life-enhancing benefits of living truly in the present and offers a quality of experience that deepens over time. When we allow ourselves this time, we gain insight into…
  • $2550
    Bali Superfood Cleanse – 10 nights
    Dec 23, 2017 - 11 days
    Our Feel aLIVE Super Food Cleanse has been carefully formulated to provide your body the right amount of vitamins and minerals to completely sustain it, whilst giving your digestive system a rest.  We have incorporated delicious super food and raw liquid meals to alkalise your body, eliminate toxins from your liver, kidneys and lymphatic system, reactivate your nutrient status and support the…
  • $1350
    Sage Wisdom: Alchemy + Shakti 100hr.
    Jan 15, 2018 - 12 days
    Alchemy + Shakti 100hr. is an advanced yoga training immersion within The Sage Yoga Teacher Training’s advanced yoga teacher studies — Sage Wisdom. Students who take this course along with two others offered under the Sage Wisdom series, are eligible to be certified at the 500 hour level through the international directory of yoga teachers, Yoga Alliance. It is required that…
  • $2700
    Jan 7, 2018 - 8 days
    RETREAT OVERVIEW Join Michael Franti co-founder of the Soulshine Bali Yoga Hotel, for the SoulRocker Music and Yoga retreat. This retreat features daily live music by Michael Franti and all levels yoga taught by the ever inspiring Gina Caputo as well as delicious organic meals fresh from the Soulshine Farm, daily outings around the island and lots of fun. Michael’s retreats are a mix of…
  • $1700
    12 Day Ayahuasca and San Pedro Retreat
    Dec 1, 2017 - 12 days
    The Hummingbird Ayahuasca Retreat Center is a shamanic healing center specializing in the plant spirit medicines of Peru. Our reasonably priced retreats are centered around transformative and healing ayahausca ceremonies, and also include work with the visionary healing cactus San Pedro and dietas with other master plants as needed. Our shaman is a fourth generation healer with over 40 years of…
  • $2053
    Bali Superfood Cleanse – 7 nights
    Dec 23, 2017 - 8 days
    Our Feel aLIVE Super Food Cleanse has been carefully formulated to provide your body the right amount of vitamins and minerals to completely sustain it, whilst giving your digestive system a rest.  We have incorporated delicious super food and raw liquid meals to alkalise your body, eliminate toxins from your liver, kidneys and lymphatic system, reactivate your nutrient status and support the…
  • Dec 21, 2017 - 24 days
    The 200 hours Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training Courses in India offered by Abhinam Yoga School in Goa are suited for anyone who has a passion for Yoga, wishes to do an in-depth study of Asanas and Pranayama, Meditation and Yoga philosophy or would like to share the benefits of this practice with others should feel free to apply for this course. If you have been practicing Ashtanga Vinyasa Primary…
  • $255
    Buddhist Wisdom on Preparing for Your Own Death
    Oct 13, 2017 - 4 days
    Registration for this retreat opens June 1, 2017. “Life is uncertain; death is certain.” -Gautama Buddha. Each of us will die, not one of us will be left out. Buddhism considers the moments and days surrounding death to be the most important opportunity for enlightenment. In this retreat, you will be offered practical tools, information, and Buddhist teachings to help you plan and prepare for…
  • Apr 22, 2018 - 15 days
    Earth Yoga Village is a conscious living spiritual community that offers a unique opportunity to experience living and being with not only wonderful healers and yogis with all kinds of talents, philosophies and inspiration but also friends from all walks of life.At Earth Yoga Village we focus on harmonizing body, mind and soul by exploring each aspect of…
  • $150
    Vacances de Yoga / Yoga Vacation
    Dec 15, 2017 - 3 days
    A great seasonal weekend get-away designed to recharge body and mind, leaving you feeling inspired, centered and peaceful.  This traditional program was one of the first offered at the ashram when Swami Vishnudevananda noted that getting away from city life for a mountain break could be life changing. Spend the weekend taking yoga classes, listening to yoga philosophy, chanting and enjoying two…
  • $35
    Art of Connection Mini-Retreat
    Oct 6, 2017
    This evening retreat will offer a chance to leave behind the rushed and stressful work week, slow down and enjoy the peaceful surrounds of nature in the beautiful Driftless region of southwest Wisconsin - characterized by rolling hills, ridge-top views, limestone outcroppings and scenic farmland. Enjoy the wide open spaces and fresh air of the country, combined with the hospitality and warmth of a…
  • $1500
    Journeying Through The Chakras
    Jan 20, 2018 - 8 days
    A Yoga Retreat in a cool jungle setting sure to be filled with fun, adventure and personal discovery. Each day we will focus on a chakra, or energy system within the body, that can be used to explore the body-mind connection for healing and transformation. One – two daily sessions including yoga, meditation and learning about the chakras, leaving lots of free time to engage in your choice of…
  • Just as the ocean depths are calm and clear, the true nature of our minds is enlightened and peaceful.
  • $1199
    Master Plant Isolation Diets
    Dec 3, 2017 - 11 days
    Take your Ayahuasca Experience to the Next Level!At Rainforest Healing Center we offer several dietas, such as Ajo Sacha, Chiric Sanango, Uchu Sanango, Chuchuhuasi, Bobinsana and Ayahuma. We take these diets very seriously as we administer them with traditional rules, honor, and care. The decision to administer one of these diets is based on careful observation, discussion, and analysis by…
  • Dec 1, 2017 - 8 days
    This retreat is open to anyone with previous experience of meditation. “Generally we waste our lives, distracted from our true selves, in endless activity; meditation, on the other hand, is the way to bring us back to ourselves, where we can really experience and taste our full being, beyond all habitual patterns.” Sogyal Rinpoche Practicing meditation in a retreat environment is a special…
  • $165
    An Introduction to Insight Dialogue
    Dec 6, 2017 - 5 days
    This retreat will introduce the meditation guidelines of Insight Dialogue and offer an opportunity to explore the possibilities of a fully engaged co-meditation practice. We will explore the origins of suffering as well as the great potential of cultivating together the factors of awakening, including mindfulness, concentration, equanimity, loving kindness and compassion. We will investigate…

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