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.

  • Nadia Colburn

    Nadia Colburn
    Nadia Colburn
    Your guide
    Copper Beech Institute – West Hartford Connecticut West Hartford Connecticut
    Jan 22 - 24, 2021 (3 days)
    Do you ever feel that you're not living in a fully aligned way, that you can't access your full equanimity or energy because you're divided in some way from yourself?   We all have ways in which we become out of synch with ourselves and with our own story--both our outer story and our inner story. And those places that are out of synch, get in our way, drain our energy, and make us both…
  • Art of Living Retreat Center – Boone North Carolina Boone North Carolina
    Jul 22 - 24, 2020 (3 days) See 12 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…
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  • Amansala Eco Chic Resort – Tulum Quintana Roo Mexico Tulum Quintana Roo Mexico
    Ongoing See 1 more date
    Family Camp at Amansala! Take advantage of our Summer Special for you and your family. Spend your holidays spending quality time with your family surrounded by nature and the sea in beautiful Tulum. Prices are based on 2 adults and one child. You can add more children on for an extra cost of $90 usd per day.Healthy delicious food with the exception of one dinner for each thee nights Variety of…
  • Golden Lotus Yoga Teachers Association

    Golden Lotus Yoga Teachers Association
    Golden Lotus Yoga Teachers Association
    Your guide
    Song of the Morning – Harrison charter Township Michigan Harrison charter Township Michigan
    May 2, 2020 (1 day)
    You’re invited to the Annual Golden Lotus Banquet!  Come celebrate the auspicious alignment of Master Paramahansa Yogananda's Centennial Commemoration of disseminating Kriya Yoga in the West and Fifty Years of his beloved disciple Yogacharya Oliver Black's founding of Song of the Morning Yoga Retreat. Check-in begins at 4 pm Cost: $85 Valet parking included All proceeds will benefit the…
  • Clare Boyd

    Clare Boyd
    Alice Howlett

    Alice Howlett
    Clare Boyd +1
    Your guides
    Natural Instinct Healing – Bali Indonesia Bali Indonesia
    Jul 2 - 9, 2020 (8 days) See 3 more dates
    Our Simply Renew program focuses on detox and cleansing through fasting. Whilst you are fasting (abstinence from food), your body will be purged of long-term accumulated toxins and acid wastes which are affecting its ability to absorb nutrients and potentially adding to dis-ease in your body. As the toxic load reduces the functioning of every cell in your body is enhanced, which makes Simply…
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  • Zen Den Yoga School & Studio – Boca Raton Florida Boca Raton Florida
    Mar 19 - 22, 2020 (4 days) See 4 more dates
    Envision yourself enjoying sunny days, white sand beaches, palm trees and the tropics… This is your destination for your “Disconnect to Reconnect” in our rejuvenating Yin and Restorative Yoga Weekend experience! You get to deepen your practice in a safe environment while reconnecting with Self and re-balancing your body mind, and spirit. While recharging at our beautiful retreat in Boca…
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  • My Retreats Unlimited – California United States California United States
    Jun 5 - 7, 2020 (3 days)
    WE all need it. An escape, a deep breath, an excuse to give to ourselves. Odds are, you’re the kind of human that finds themselves dishing out for other humans, for no other reason other than the fact that you wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s who you are. It’s what makes you, you. What happens when your reserves are tapped? What happens when the fuel tank only knows empty, and the…
  • Dieter Weische

    Dieter Weische
    Dieter Weische
    Your guide
    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…
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  • Sister Sagrario Núñez, ACJ

    Sister Sagrario Núñez, ACJ
    Sister Mary Carboy, SSJ

    Sister Mary Carboy, SSJ
    Sister Sagrario Núñez, ACJ +1
    Your guides
    St. Raphaela Center – Haverford Pennsylvania Haverford Pennsylvania
    Sep 18 - 20, 2020 (3 days)
    A directed retreat at St. Raphaela Center is a time of quiet in order to enhance attentiveness to God's voice within you and in your life. A reverent silence is maintained throughout the Retreat Center at all times including during meals. Each retreatant meets with his/her director daily for approximately 45 minutes. Our Spiritual Directors on staff will be conducting this  retreat.  Each one…
  • Liz Joubert

    Liz Joubert
    Liz Joubert
    Your guide
    5* Grand Hotel Minareto Sicily Italy – Sicily Italy Sicily Italy
    Oct 11 - 18, 2020 (8 days)
    5* Luxury in beautiful Sicily ItalyThis is a fantastic luxury yoga retreat in Sicily with amazing yoga by the sea at a 5* hotel. No strict schedules, no rules on food and drinks, we enjoy good healthy meals and a nice glass of wine, and plenty of time to relax and recharge. We think Sicily is the most beautiful island in Italy – enjoy all the comforts of a luxury holiday,…
  • Byron Yoga Centre
    Take the next step with your practice… in your own time Price $275 Time: Arrive 7.00am first day – Depart 7.00pm last day Location: Byron Yoga Retreat Centre Address: 50 Skinners Shoot Road, Byron Bay NSW 2481 Phone: +61 (0)2 6685 8327 Email:
  • The Cliffs of Moher Retreat – County Clare Ireland County Clare Ireland
    Dec 11 - 13, 2020 (3 days) See 1 more date
      Silence is essential, we need silence, just as much as we need air, just as much as plants need light. If our minds are crowded with words and thoughts, there is no space for us’ Thich Nhat Hanh’   Come take sanctuary in our stunning yoga retreat. We promise to nurture you and create a safe space where you can rest, reflect and reconnect with yourself & nature. This retreat is…
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  • Ayahuasca Amsterdam – Amsterdam North Holland Netherlands Amsterdam North Holland Netherlands
    Ongoing package (4 days)
    Ayahuasca Amsterdam offers expert and loving guidance in spiritual development and personal growth. We hold our ceremonies at our special and only destined location near Amsterdam. This space is decorated with care, love and attention especially for making a deep inner journey. We have been working for years with the sacred medicine from the Amazon region and have been able to guide hundreds of…

Why Retreat?

We asked people why they go on retreat, here's what they said:

Have been spending this year getting healthy and a retreat to relax and focus would be wonderful. Crocker

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.