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.

  • Art of Living Retreat Center – Boone North Carolina Boone North Carolina
    Oct 30 - Nov 1, 2020 (3 days) See 16 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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  • Nicolina Daya Nam Sandstedt, E-RYT 500, YACEP®, Physical Therapist

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    Shane-Christopher Perkins, E-RYT 500, YACEP®

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    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) See 5 more dates
    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,…
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  • Sarah Scarborough

    Sarah Scarborough
    Sarah Scarborough
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    EAT.PRAY.MOVE – New York New York New York New York
    Mar 7 - 13, 2021 (7 days)
    RITUAL+RENEWAL - Join us on our newest itinerary of renewing yoga + self care, alongside the lessons of tea ceremony and how to foster and create your own daily ritual. RITUAL + RENEWAL Join us for a special week of deep renewal as we explore the power of ritual to bring us into the present moment and into the flow state. The ceremony of tea will guide the flow of each day’s activities, which…
  • Leslie Kaminoff

    Leslie Kaminoff
    Leslie Kaminoff
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    Suze Retera – Weesp Noord-Holland Netherlands Weesp Noord-Holland Netherlands
    Nov 14 - 15, 2020 (2 days)
    Session 1: The Most POwerful Breath You Will Ever Take The most powerful breath you will ever take is your very first breath. It transforms your entire physiology from its non-breathing, non-eating fetal state to that of an independent entity that must oxygenate its own blood, seek out its own nutrition, eliminate its waste and navigate a world of gravity and space. For the rest of our lives, we…
  • Zen Den Yoga School & Studio – Boca Raton Florida Boca Raton Florida
    Nov 19 - 22, 2020 (4 days) See 2 more dates
    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.…
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  • Ami Soni & Aditya Mahajan

    Ami Soni & Aditya Mahajan
    Ami Soni & Aditya Mahajan
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    Silent Retreat
    International Art Of Living Center – Saint-Mathieu-du-Parc Québec Saint-Mathieu-du-Parc Québec
    Dec 30, 2020 - Jan 3, 2021 (5 days)
    [Note: This retreat is for people who have not attended the Happiness Program. If you have already attended the Happiness Program, and would not like to repeat, click here for the Art of Silence Retreats.] An all-inclusive vacation for the Spirit!  Our Silent Retreats are designed to lead you to profound immersion into silence and renewal. Oftentimes when we begin our journey into silence,…
  • Amansala Eco Chic Resort
    Ongoing See 1 more date
    Create your own package with our amazing yoga, food, massages, tours and time on the beautiful beach. Select your room type and then select your add ons to make your own personalized escape. Room rates include breakfast daily, wifi, and use of our bikes. Choose your room type and then select from the following add on options at a discounted rate: massage yoga tours meditation Mayan clay treatment…
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  • The consciousness in you and the consciousness in me, apparently two, really one, seek unity and that is love. Sri Nisargadatta
  • Nancy McCaochan

    Nancy McCaochan
    Nancy McCaochan
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    Song of the Morning – Vanderbilt Michigan Vanderbilt Michigan
    Feb 26 - 28, 2021 (3 days)
    "All profound things and emotions of things are preceded and attended by silence." - Herman Melville In a noisy, distraction-filled world, finding a pocket of silence can benefit both body and mind in powerful, rejuvenating ways. Noise pollution can lead to high blood pressure and heart attacks and impair overall health by raising cortisol levels. Research has found that silence has the opposite…
  • Sedona Mago Retreat – Sedona Arizona Sedona Arizona
    Jun 18 - 21, 2020 (4 days)
  • Hridaya Yoga Center – Mazunte Oaxaca Mexico Mazunte Oaxaca Mexico
    Oct 22 - 25, 2020 (4 days)
    La inscripción en este curso es por donación. Sesión de orientación: 22 de octubre de 2020 Fechas del curso: 23 al 25 de octubre 2020 El Retiro Hridaya de meditación en silencio de 3 días es un curso-retiro intensivo de meditación diseñado tanto para aquellos que quieren probar una muestra de lo que sería un retiro de meditación como para quienes no disponen del tiempo suficiente para…
  • Deborah Eden Tull

    Deborah Eden Tull
    Amma Ṭhanasanti

    Amma Ṭhanasanti
    Deborah Eden Tull +1
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    Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center – Hendersonville North Carolina Hendersonville North Carolina
    Oct 9 - 13, 2020 (5 days)
    This is a silent retreat that includes Relational Mindfulness. The Buddha taught that the key to peace, joy, and happiness is release: abandoning the relentless insistence that life, in this moment, be other than it is. But how do we wire our brains to recognize the wholeness in every moment? How do we consistently see joy in everything that is within and outside of our control? And how do we…

Why Retreat?

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

To reconnect with my inner self, found ground through the movement of my body and breath. Awake. Jane

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.