Here you’ll find all the different kinds of meditation retreats and mindfulness retreats we have reviewed in-depth and rate. Meditation, the art of stilling the mind, has been practised for thousands of years in one form or another. Mindfulness, which encourages you to truly be in the present moment, is very much the new kid on the block – it was adapted from Buddhist and yogic practices just over thirty years ago. But both have the exact same aim – to give you back control of your life and your mind. A huge raft of research has shown what the yogis have known all along – meditation and mindfulness techniques have hugely beneficial effects. Meditators see their doctors less and spend 70 per cent fewer days in hospital, and all manner of physiological problems (from hypertension to headaches, from allergies to asthma) improve when you meditate or practise mindfulness. So too do psychological issues – anxiety and depression can decrease, while memory can improve. Bottom line? Meditation and mindfulness make you happier and healthier. So what are you waiting for? Browse mindfulness holidays and meditation retreats below. Some yoga retreats and yoga holidays include meditation or mindfulness sessions too – so take a look at our yoga section.