Meditation is the practice of settling the mind and allowing the natural clarity of awareness to dawn. This clarity is often obscured by our habits, fear, and speed. When we lean into our minds and look closer, we discover an unshakeable ground of goodness, wisdom and compassion. Like looking at a muddy glass of water, if you place it down and allow it to settle, the sediment will relax to the bottom and the innate clarity of the water will be revealed.  

In the West, we are seeing a surge of scientific research on mindfulness and meditation is becoming more and more commonplace.  Research on meditation has shown that it is an effective for mental health issues such as depression and anxiety, and greatly reduces the physiological impacts of stress. Think of it as mental hygiene.

It does not matter whether you’re an absolute beginner or an experienced retreat-goer, meditation retreats have something to offer everyone. The present moment waits for you to be ready to meet it fully. Whether you’re looking for beginner meditation classes, vipassana, zazen, transcendental meditation or silent meditation -  there is a perfect retreat awaiting you! In fact, there is most likely a meditation retreat in your local area. On the other hand, if you feel like you need an escape from your busy life, a  ‘meditation vacation’ may be just what you need. There are an abundance of retreats in exotic locations for you all around the world

Some of the most popular meditation resorts are located in Dharamsala, India, Surat Than, Thailand and Colorado and Vermont, USA.

  • Gaia Sagrada Ayahuasca & San Pedro Retreat Center – Cuenca Azuay Ecuador Cuenca Azuay Ecuador
    Oct 17 - 21, 2020 (5 days)
    Come and enjoy a 5 day retreat at Gaia Sagrada Ayahuasca Retreat Center. You will stay in comfortable, modern housing with wifi and great food! You also meet with authentic Ecuadorian ayahuasca and San Pedro shamans who speak English and Spanish. This absence of a language barrier is a unique aspect that bridges both the ancient and the modern worlds, thus they can help us with our problems more…
  • Senior Staff

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    Sivananda Yoga Ranch – Woodbourne New York Woodbourne New York
    Dec 13 - 18, 2020 (6 days) See 1 more date
    Positive Thinking introduces the practical application of Yoga philosophy, and this 5-day course offers numerous tools for empowerment and for improving the quality of everyday life. You’ll begin to examine the nature of your thoughts and learn to transform them, making way for a calmer mind and better relationships.
  • Hridaya Yoga France – Saint-Just-d'Avray Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes France Saint-Just-d'Avray Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes France
    Nov 21 - 28, 2020 (8 days)
    The Hridaya Yoga Retreat: Module 1 Intensive is a holistic course that creates the conditions for the revelation of our real nature, the Spiritual Heart. It is a life-changing journey in which important yoga topics are introduced in both a practical and theoretical way. Read more.
  • The Cliffs of Moher Retreat – County Clare Ireland County Clare Ireland
    Sep 25 - 27, 2020 (3 days)
          A perfect time to pause!  September can be busy, almost like January.  The start of many things but also the end of many.  School is back, summer is over, winter is coming, the list is endless.   Autumn is the time of harvest, restoring and preparing for winter, surrendering to the cooler weather and darker evenings and of course observing the beautiful skies.   The…
  • Art of Living Retreat Center – Boone North Carolina Boone North Carolina
    Aug 21 - 23, 2020 (3 days) See 14 more dates
    Live with Joy, Purpose and Confidence Within you lie vast, untapped possibilities waiting to be discovered.  Through The Happiness Retreat you’ll learn practical and powerful techniques that will enable you to gain a greater vision of who you are and benefit you for the rest of your life.  You will find yourself enabled to create a more joyous, purposeful life, and gain the confidence to…
  • Nicola Redfern

    Nicola Redfern
    Sharon Beckman-Brindley

    Sharon Beckman-Brindley
    Nicola Redfern +1
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    Insight Dialogue / Metta Programs – Barre Massachusetts Barre Massachusetts
    Apr 28 - May 4, 2020 (7 days)
    This retreat will be an experiential inquiry into the Seven Factors of Awakening, with a particular focus on the importance of joy, both as a fruit of practice and as an essential element of the path itself. Buddhist teachings often emphasize inquiry into suffering, hunger, clinging and relinquishment, which can appear rather austere. During this retreat we will also explore the true place of…
  • MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

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    Zen Mountain Monastery – Mount Tremper New York Mount Tremper New York
    Oct 30 - Nov 1, 2020 (3 days)
    Are you new to meditation or Zen Buddhist practice? Have you read books about Zen, or been doing meditation on your own? Do you think you’d like to study with a teacher? Designed for those new to Zen or formal Zen training, this introductory retreat allows you to immerse yourself in Zen practice and experience the Monastery’s Eight Gates program. During the weekend, you’ll receive…
  • The Sharpham Trust – Totnes United Kingdom Totnes United Kingdom
    May 31 - Jun 6, 2020 (7 days) See 2 more dates
    This retreat is for you if you: are a young person wanting to explore the Dharma are prepared to live and work in community, preparing meals together and working in the gardens are aged 18 to 30 There will be a maximum of 11 participants on this retreat. There are periods of silence on each of our retreats. Daily meditations There are approximately three 40-minute meditation sittings each day,…
  • Zen Den Yoga School & Studio – Boca Raton Florida Boca Raton Florida
    Oct 15 - 18, 2020 (4 days) See 1 more date
    This yin yoga course will give you the knowledge and experience to conduct a safe and enjoyable yin yoga flow. Through the time spent with the facilitators, you will learn the dynamics, history, and philosophy of yin yoga. You will learn the foundations of yin yoga giving you a clear understanding of the basic science, as well as the general application of, and general alignment within, yin poses.…
  • Dieter Weische

    Dieter Weische
    Dieter Weische
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    Zen Zentrum Johanneshof-Quellenweg – Herrischried Baden-Württemberg Germany Herrischried Baden-Württemberg Germany
    Jul 2 - 5, 2020 (4 days) See 1 more date
    Kursbeschreibung: An diesem Wochenendkurs werden die Grundlagen für eine Shakuhachi Robuki-Praxis vermittelt. Traditionell wird hierbei mit dem tiefsten Ton der Bambuslöte geatmet bzw. ausgeatmet. In diesem Kurs werden auch andere Töne hierzu genutzt. Da die Übung in einer Gruppe stattfindet und jeder in seinem Tempo atmet, entsteht ein Klangraum, der in seiner Ausdehnung, Dichte und…
  • Erin Jorich

    Erin Jorich
    Erin Jorich
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    Sun Mountain Center – Manitou Springs Colorado Manitou Springs Colorado
    Sep 24 - 27, 2020 (4 days)
    Join Erin Jorich Yoga for four days, three nights of yoga exploration. With the Rocky Mountains as the backdrop, this retreat will invigorate your yoga practice through workshop-style movement practices, elevate your understanding of meditation and yogic philosophy, and give you the space to celebrate all the amazing qualities that come together to create you! The four days will be filled with…
  • My Retreats Unlimited – California United States California United States
    Oct 7 - 11, 2020 (5 days)
    Have you bought into the BS that gaining pounds and fat as you age is as inevitable as death and taxes? If so, get ready to have your cheese moved at the Turn Back the Clock Retreat by Bobbie Parker Hall. Today, women don’t slide into middle age; they rock the hell out of it. If you expect 50 to be the new 30 this retreat is for you. Bobbi is a certified trainer and yogi who entered her first…
  • Temple of the Way of Light – Iquitos Loreto Peru Iquitos Loreto Peru
    Nov 11 - Dec 3, 2020 (23 days)
    The foundation of the Deep Immersion Retreat is traditional Amazonian plant-spirit healing complemented by a comprehensive program of progressive therapeutic and Eastern psycho-spiritual practices to ensure effective processing and long-lasting integration. Since the Temple was established in 2007, we have recognized the importance of integration as the key to ensuring a long-term positive healing…
  • Nicolina Daya Nam Sandstedt, E-RYT 500, YACEP®, Physical Therapist

    Nicolina Daya Nam Sandstedt, E-RYT 500,…
    Shane-Christopher Perkins, E-RYT 500, YACEP®

    Shane-Christopher Perkins, E-RYT 500,…
    Nicolina Daya Nam Sandstedt, E-RYT 500, YACEP®, Physical Therapist +1
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    Yandara Yoga Institute – Todos Santos Baja California Sur Mexico Todos Santos Baja California Sur Mexico
    Nov 14 - 24, 2020 (11 days)
    Master the Art of Meditation and become a teacher! Whether you’re desiring to enhance your skills or to start a practice, our team of inspired instructors will guide you there! This teacher training program is 200 Hour Yoga Alliance Certified. You will learn to master and teach various meditation and yoga techniques. Our in-depth curriculum draws on the traditions of Kundalini Yoga, Hatha Yoga,…
  • Anand Prakash Yoga Ashram & Retreats – Rishikesh Uttarakhand India Rishikesh Uttarakhand India
    Oct 25 - Nov 5, 2020 (12 days)
    This 100-hour residential training course at Anand Prakash Ashram in Rishikesh, India, offers a profound personal and professional development opportunity. Somatic psychotherapist, Yoga Life Coach and senior Yoga Teacher Trainer Prem Robin Campbell, along with long-time Akhanda Trainer and Yoga Life Coach Eila Devi, will offer full-day workshops in how to set up and facilitate Yoga Life Coaching…
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    I count winter waterfalls
    in my head Tohshi Akao
  • Origen EcoResort – Barbosa Antioquia Colombia Barbosa Antioquia Colombia
    Dec 9 - 13, 2020 (5 days)
    • transport
      Airport pick-up available (extra cost), Airport drop-off available (extra cost)
    • group
      15 People per group
    • meals
      2 Meals provided each day. Vegan, vegetarian, pescetarian, includes-meat, organic, gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free options available
    • accommodation
      Shared rooms available

Why Retreat?

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Reconnecting with basic goodness in an environment of people who share a vision for a better society. Wimberly

Retreat Guru's Vision

We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.