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.