Top 10 Destinations For A Meditation Retreat

By Michael Quesada September 03, 2018

Top 10 Destinations For A Meditation Retreat


Living a life free from stress and negativity is what every one of us desires. However, due to some factors, living in our world today becomes uneasy and difficult. For instance, hearing the negative news and alarming events make people to have a heavy heart. The stress brought by deadlines to be met in a toxic work environment makes someone less productive and lose the value of work. Self-confidence subsides and the goal of achieving personal excellence is hindered. We let ourselves to be gnawed by the problems in the society causing chaos everywhere. We seem to lose our purpose in life because we close to the door to inner peace.

With such life’s situations, we need to increase personal awareness and learn to quiet our mind to live more consciously. That is possible with the help of meditation. Participating in a meditation retreat will let you clear your mind and open your whole being to be recharged and revitalized.

Best Meditation Destinations

What is Meditation?

As defined by Health and Yoga, meditation is not just a technique, but a way of life. It is described as a state of consciousness where the mind is free of negative thoughts and distributed patterns making someone filled with worries, uncertainty and fear.

What are the benefits you can get from meditation retreats?

It is vital for us to take a break and recharge both our mind and body.  It can’t be done with the usual environment that are – with all the stressors and negativity around.  A place for meditation retreats that is quiet, peaceful and evokes a feeling of tranquillity is perfect for such purpose.

“Calming body and mind, receiving nourishment and healing, protecting my six senses, I maintain concentration. “

- Thich Nhat Hanh

Health and Fitness Travel shared in one of their articles the various benefits of a silent meditation retreat.  These include improving concentration, gaining wider perspective, achieving mental momentum, the ability to challenge yourself, and learn how to listen instead of just talking.

We compiled 10 of the best destinations in the world for a meditation retreat. Feel free to browse so you’ll be guided with where you can plan your next travel.

#1 Woodacre, California

Best Meditation Destinations

A one-hour travel from San Francisco can bring you to one of the most renowned meditation retreats location in the US.  Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Marin Country, Woodacre, California showcases a beautiful location previously served as a place for spiritual rites. The center offers a full program of retreats to explore more the realm of meditation and how it can benefit people in their daily living. Its founder, Jack Kornfeld states, “Some come for healing, either the healing of the heart or the healing of the body. Some come because they are in life transition and need to listen deeply to what is the next thing that is asked of them or how to deal with some great change.”

The place becomes a haven for those who come and after spending some time with nature and have gone through the meditation retreat programs, their spirits are renewed and look revitalized.

#2 Plum Village, France

Best Meditation Destinations

If you want to practice the living art of mindfulness, then Plum Village in France is the one for you to visit.  Plum Village is a series of old French farmhouses which is managed by a group of nuns and monks.  Located at Dordogne, southern France, this meditation center was founded by two well-known Vietnamese monastics, Thích Nht Hnh and Chân Không.

For Thich Nhat Hanh, enlightening lucidity is a way to connect with yourself and others.  According to him, the power of mindful concentration will aid to see things as they really are and find out how to discover the nature of meditative state.

This meditation retreat is one of the most well-known retreat centers in the world and a lot of people are giving positive reviews about it.

#3 Bali, Indonesia

Best Meditation Destinations

Bali, Indonesia is one of the most famous destinations in the world for fun and adventure.  It has picturesque sceneries and gorgeous beaches making it a great place for meditation retreats.  There are also a lot of wellness retreats in Bali offering enticing packages with high-end services and facilities.  Bali is undoubtedly a perfect location for people who are unwinding and want to beat stress away.

One of the most famous meditation retreats here is the Fivelements, situated by the banks of Ayung River.  It is described as a holistic healing center which conducts retreats which are spiritual and mindful.  The people who are joining the retreat must develop an open mind and consciousness for the place’s mysticism, love, and harmony.  They also have yoga classes, healing programs, and detox.

#4 Holy Isle, Scotland

Best Meditation Destinations

From among the four divisions of the United Kingdom, Scotland is the one located in the most northern composing almost one-third of the Great Britain’s island.  In this beautiful place lies Holy Isle, a gorgeous natural setting that is presently known for its ability to become an effective meditation retreat center.  As you walk down its trails, coastline, and gardens, you will experience inner peace and mindfulness.  Their meditation retreats are truly world class.

#5 Assisi, Italy

Best Meditation Retreats

As some of you may know, Assisi was the place where one of Italy’s patron saint was born thus making this place both religious and historical.  Because of its amazing sightseeing and beautiful nature walks, this place became a meeting place for individuals who are seeking peace, spiritual contentment, and self-improvement. This is one of the places ideal for meditation retreats as well.  Assisi retreats is very well regarded meditation provider.

#6 Lefkada, Greece

Best Meditation Destinations

If you’re a solo traveler with the purpose achieving personal growth and consciousness, then this place is the one you should visit.  This is surrounded by clear and turquoise water – truly a hidden precious place for wanderlust lovers.  But this is also perfect for a meditation retreat because the place evokes tranquility and peace.  You can do meditation while feeling nature’s warmth here.  A complete serenity for a troubled heart – that’s what the place offers.  There are a couple different providers in this city, but we would recommend Queen of Retreats.

#7 Pai, Thailand

Best Meditation Destinations

Thailand is one unique country.  It’s culture, its way of living, and its Nature showcases not only beauty but also an extraordinary impact to the people who visit it.  The Middle Way Meditation Retreat is a compound in the midst of the green valley next to the Pai River.  It offers an ancient meditation technique that is focused on the center of the body which serves as the gateway to a higher level of consciousness.

#8 KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa 

Best Meditation Destinations

South Africa may not be the top of your mind when you think of meditation retreats, but I would encourage you to give the country a second look.  The Buddhist Retreat Centre is located atop a ridge overviewing indigenous valleys, forests and rolling hills – a pacifying view to the guests.  At over 300 acres, this is one of the larger properties on the list.  Guests come to experience peace and tranquility get in touch to themselves again.

#9 Red Feather Lakes, Colorado 

Best Meditation Destinations

Shambhala Mountain Center is one of the most famous meditation retreats in the US.  Located in the breathtaking Rocky Mountains about 50 miles northwest of Fort Collins, Colorado, this is visited by guests who would like to meditate and learn mindful living, body awareness, and complete transformation.

#10 Kalyana Centre for Mindfulness, Dingle, Ireland

Best Meditation Destinations

The Kalyana Centre for Mindfulness is situated  in one of the most stunning places in the world– Ireland’s Dingle Peninsula.  Retreats and meditation classes are taught and promoted based on Mindfulness Meditation and Mindfulness Based Stress Reductions.  People mostly are focused on developing consciousness and mindfulness.  This is a place that can really transform someone’s thoughts to become a better version of himself.


Taking a week or so off to do a meditation retreat can sometimes be a big ask.  But research has proven that meditation has a measurable, positive effect on people's well-being.  Most of the locations we picked are in the most beautiful settings so you will have plenty of other places to visit while you are there.  If you are feeling overworked or stressed, it may be time to book one of these rejuvenating courses.

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10 Best Meditation Retreats in The World

Michael Quesada

Founder of this website; currently living vicariously through himself.

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