Meditation retreats

Meditation is the antidote to our packed, modern lives, a way of cutting through our busyness so we achieve mental clarity and regain control of our minds. At the very least it can help us reach a calm, stable state. At its best it can be transformational work for the soul and unlock real magic. The retreats we’ve reviewed include specialist meditation retreats, where much of your time will be spent in silence and going deep within yourself, with expert and caring guidance. But we’ve also featured retreats in Europe, India and Thailand, for example, where meditation classes are part of a broader schedule. There you can combine your silent, calming practice with other activities, whether that’s in a tropical eden, an exquisite wellness hotel or at a rural retreat. There are many forms of meditation too. You could learn about Zen Buddhist meditation on a retreat in Morocco or classical vipassana meditation at a destination spa in the Himalayas. While you don’t need to go on a meditation retreat in order to learn to meditate, most people, especially beginners, find it’s the very best way to ease yourself into a firm practice that you can bring home and incorporate into your everyday life.

Malabar Retreats

Tibetan healing yoga retreats in the lap of luxury

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Sen Wellness Retreats

Authentic retreats to balance a busy modern life

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The Arrigo Programmes

The Arrigo Programme international retreats held in spellbinding locations around the world.

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Mindfulness Journeys

Relaxed meditation and yoga holidays in locations chosen for their natural beauty

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Soul Adventures

Breath & movement immersions that unlock real magic

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Bliss Body Retreats

Expert yoga retreats in stunning natural surroundings

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Revivo Wellness Resort, Bali

Exquisite wellness hotel for privacy and tailored retreats

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Shanti Som, Spain

Magical rural retreat with rejuvenating yoga, Pilates and wellness programmes

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Masqi The Energy House, Spain

A boutique-style wellness hotel in a peaceful national park

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Paraiso Escondido, Portugal

Personalised restorative retreats on a stunning estate in the Alentejo hills

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Middle Piccadilly, England

Wellness retreat with vegetarian food and sublime therapists in rural Dorset

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Samsara, Kent, England

Authentic yoga and healing retreats with a luxury B&B experience

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The Grange By the Sea, England

Delightful house for relaxing B&B and inspirational retreats on the Isle of Wight

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Ananda in the Himalayas, Uttarakhand, India

Palatial destination spa retreat in the Himalayan foothills

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The Sanctuary, Thailand

Laid-back beach retreat for detoxing and healing therapies on Koh Phanghan

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Sharpham Trust, England

Mindfulness and meditation retreats in a barn, in woodland and a mansion above the River Dart

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The Zest Life, Wales

Yoga weekends with revitalising extras on a stunning estate in Anglesey

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Ulpotha, Sri Lanka

Enchanting eco village in the heart of Sri Lanka for yoga holidays and ayurveda retreats

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Yobaba Lounge, France

Splendid wellness retreats in an eccentric bohemian chateau in Chalabre

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Kamalaya, Thailand

Serene and soulful holistic spa for all your wellbeing needs on Koh Samui

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Little French Retreat, France

Soothing rural wellness retreat with Sivananda yoga and ayurvedic meals in Gascony

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Cliffs of Moher Retreat, Ireland

Inspiring retreat on the wild Atlantic coast mixing yoga, meditation and rugged walks

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Sen Wellness Sanctuary, Sri Lanka

5 2 votes

A stylish low-key, friendly, ethical wellness retreat

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A Place To Heal, London

5 2 votes

Urban retreat with handpicked, high calibre therapists in a smart Notting Hill house

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Bespoke Retreats, West Sussex, England

5 20 votes

Transformational meditation, healing and life coaching retreats with bespoke extras

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AyurYoga Eco-Ashram, India

Authentic yoga and ayurveda programmes in lush Indian countryside near Mysore

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Zen Rocks Mani, Greece

Nurture mind, body and spirit in a stunning olive grove on the Peloponnese

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Ibiza Retreats, Ibiza

Super-stylish retreats with soul on Ibiza with Ibiza Retreats

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Mandali, Italy

Meditation, yoga and personal growth in a sensitively curated environment with a view to die for.

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Vale de Moses, Portugal

Warm inclusive yoga retreat set in a stunning Portuguese mountain valley

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Atmantan Wellness Resort, Pune, India

Wellness spa in the heart of a luscious valley

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Puyssentut, France

Calm and inspiration for people with cancer

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The Coach House Retreat, Wales

5 19 votes

Stylish private wellbeing haven in a wild Welsh setting

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Villa Maecenas, Ibiza

Inspiring creative retreats for the bon vivant in an intimate and magical setting

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Trasierra, Spain

Yoga, walking and horse riding retreats in enchanting surroundings

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Mellulah Retreat at Middle Piccadilly, UK

Intimate yoga retreat with intuitive therapists in rural quiet

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Euphoria Retreat, Greece

Holistic spa retreat on the Peloponnese in mainland Greece

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