Going on vacation is all about taking some time away from your day to day life and allowing yourself the time to unwind and de-stress. In reality, this is the only time where you can do what you want and when you want. From adventurous trips abroad to shopping breaks in the city, there are plenty of things on offer but what about if you are looking for a full mind, body and soul style vacation. As people become more aware of mindfulness and how it can have a positive effect on your life, we now have access to something special and transformative known as a spiritual retreat.
If you are looking to take a leap into getting to know a new side of you or looking to care for one that you are already aware of, check out these spiritual retreats.
Based in Uttaranchal in India, Ananda was home to the last Maharaja of the Garhwal Kingdom. The retreat sits 3,000 above sea level and offers a stunning view of the country’s famous Ganges as well as a lookout to two of the holiest places in the area, Rishikesh and Haridwar. The retreat offers a 21,000 square foot spa, an extremely relaxing tea lounge and yoga pavilions both inside and outside. Each person has a package tailored to their needs following an in-depth discussion with Ananda’s staff. There you will learn about the Buddhist teachings and specific breathing techniques.
Shambhala Mountain Center, USA
Found by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, a Tibetan meditation master, Shambhala Mountain Center can be found in Red Feather Lakes, Colorado. With an impressive 600 acres of land spread across the famed Rocky Mountain valley in the northern area of the state, guests can unwind in the wilderness. With the crisp mountain air and mother nature, you can appreciate the outdoors with the comfort of a modern retreat. With over 100 courses each year, there are specialized courses for those who wish to develop their writing and artistic skills.
The Middle Way Spiritual Retreat, Thailand
In the most northern part of Thailand, you will find Loei, a sacred place full of tropical forests and green hills. Offering programs that can be enjoyed outside or inside, the retreat is built upon the Buddhist Tradition of Dhammakaya. Here, the aim of the retreat is to help its guests find inner peace and teaching them how to do that once they have left.