Meditation retreats for beginners

Getting into a new practice such as meditation is never an easy task – it takes dedication, ability and strength. But the mental and physical benefits you’ll begin to feel will make your hard work worth it. You need only find the courage to start your journey, and the rest will fall into place. What better place to start than our handpicked selection of meditation retreats for beginners? Try a meditation class with lots of other eager first timers at a humble holistic haven or learn solo with a personalised meditation plan at a destination spa. Enjoy being around lush green leaves and scenic waterfalls as you dive deep into a meditative state, and learn from the very best meditation teachers how to train your breath to slow down your thoughts.

Even after a few days you will feel relaxed and rejuvenated, and if you continue the practice back at home, the art of meditation can become second nature to you and a tool for life. So why not sit back and have a browse at your leisure through the exquisite selection of meditation retreats for beginners we have reviewed, and recommend, below.

Find out more about the practise of meditation in our journal feature.



Wildfitness

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Value Your Mind Retreats

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Malabar Retreats

Tibetan healing yoga retreats in the lap of luxury

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Sen Wellness

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 Retreats

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

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Malabar Retreats, Zimbabwe

Tibetan Healing Yoga and meditation with wildlife encounters and pampering in the lap of luxury

5 1 vote
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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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Bliss Body Retreat, Bali, Indonesia

Slow down and create space for healing in a tropical eden

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Middle Piccadilly, England

Wellness retreat with vegetarian food and sublime therapists in rural Dorset

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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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The 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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Wildfitness, Crete

Inventive holistic fitness holiday in the Cretan mountains

5 3 votes
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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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The Arrigo Programme, England

Cosseting, bespoke healing retreat for body and mind in rural Somerset

5 3 votes
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Skyros, Greece

Creative and sociable holistic holidays on Skyros island in Greece

5 2 votes
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Yobaba Lounge, France

Splendid wellness retreats in an eccentric bohemian chateau in Chalabre

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Penninghame Process, Scotland

Profound work for the soul on a serene estate in South West Scotland

5 10 votes
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Platinum Healing, England

Mental reboot and juice fast retreats in East Sussex

5 3 votes
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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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Ayurveda Resort Sonnhof, Austria

A stylish, nurturing wellbeing retreat in the Tyrolean Alps

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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

A stylish low-key, friendly, ethical wellness retreat

5 1 vote
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A Place To Heal, London

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

5 1 vote
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Bespoke Retreats, West Sussex, England

Transformational meditation, healing and life coaching retreats with bespoke extras

5 9 votes
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AyurYoga Eco-Ashram, India

Authentic yoga and ayurveda programmes in lush Indian countryside near Mysore

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Mindfulness Journeys, Morocco

Relaxed mindfulness meditation and yoga holidays at the foothills of the Atlas Mountains

5 4 votes
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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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Soul Adventures, Ibiza

Transformational yoga retreats high in the Ibizan hills

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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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Resurface Surf-Therapy Retreats, Morocco

Intensive breaks with surfing and therapy to help you flourish

5 8 votes
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Discover Your Depths, Dahab, Egypt

Transformative desert and ocean retreats that integrate coaching, yoga, meditation & freediving

5 4 votes
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Yoga on a Shoestring at the Banyan Tree, Goa

Magical weeks to relax, reconnect & soak up some sunshine

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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

Stylish private wellbeing haven in a wild Welsh setting

5 6 votes
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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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Value Your Mind Retreats, England

Reset body and mind with a cosseting weekend fix of yoga, journaling, walks and good food

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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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