Top meditation retreats (in no particular order)

Sometimes, you just have to get away. Or, if you’re like me, you want to combine two things you love: in this case, travel and meditation. The world is a big place, and some locales have built and host some truly unforgettable destinations that are also focused on or very meditation-friendly. I’ve not been lucky enough to visit all meditation retreats on the list, but I’d like to tell you all about a few of the most memorable ones:

Spirit Rock Insight Meditation Center

Spirit Rock Meditation Center focuses on Insight Meditation, which encourages meditation participants to follow Buddha’s path of liberation. Instructors and staff focuses on wisdom and compassion for the betterment of the world. Retreats are available in day long stays and longer, but also feature events and classes in the Practice in Generosity. Spirit Rock also hosts a full calendar of events to pique your interest.

Tushita Meditation Centre – Dharamshala, India

Tushita Meditation Centre, in Northern India, is a truly unforgettable pilgrimage. Dharamshala is located in the seat in exile of His Holiness the 14 Dalai Lama. Tushita is dedicated to the teachings and knowledge with meditation as in integral component of the Dalai Lama’s wisdom. Tushita also hosts a wide amount of classes and retreats, from one day, all the way to three or more months. There are also many holy objectshoused at Tushita, helping to inspire you to your path of enlightenment.

Kripalu Meditation Center – Stockbridge, Massachusetts

Kripalu in Massachusetts boasts the most varied options for following enlightenment through meditation. It sets the mood on their expansive grounds to pave the way for an enjoyable experience. Kripalu has a heavy focus on Yoga, and offers many classes on how to incorporate Yoga teachings into a meditation-enhanced lifestyle. However, there are many other classes and events on their calendar, ranging from Mindfulness to Psychology.