1. Spirit rock - USA - Woodacre, California
Set among 411 acres of serene oak woodlands in the secluded hills of West Marin County, California, Spirit Rock Meditation Center is a refuge from everyday life where it's truly possible to quiet the mind, soften the heart and see life in a new way.
2. Kalyana Centre for Mindfulness, Dingle, Ireland
Kalyana is a word from the Pali language. Pali is the language in which the Buddhist teachings have been written down. It has many meanings such as beautiful, uplifting, lovely, generous, beneficial, auspicious, good companion, spiritual friend, generous, happy and healthy. When Eva was ordained as a nun in Burma in 1993 she was given the name 'Ma Kalyani'.
3. The Buddhist Retreat Centre, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
The Buddhist Retreat Centre is a gentle, sympathetic space where one can be still, get in touch with oneself and reflect.
4. Osho Meditation Resort, Pune, India
The very best of Osho’s teachings – OSHO Talks cover a variety of topics including Meditation, Awareness, Wellness, Relaxation, Love, Relationships, Zen, Yoga, Tantra, Sufism, Taoism; on Buddha, Krishna, Mahavira and other masters; and other aspects of the Inner World...
5. Eleven Directions Dalai Lama Teachings, Dharamsala, India
The Dalai Lama gives teachings throughout the year at various times and in a variety of places. When he teaches in India, where he sought refuge after fleeing his native Tibet, his talks are open to the public and typically free.
6. Assisi Retreat Home & Hermitage, Assisi, Italy
If the Italian countryside gives you piece of mind, you can take comfort in the centuries-old farmhouse with four guest rooms. Morning and evening meditation periods are bookends for days spent exploring Assisi -- a "spiritual walking tour of the ancient holy sites" is an option -- or the Umbrian countryside. Retreats are conducted in English; kitchen space is provided to prepare your own meals.
7. Omega Institute for Holistic Studies
Omega is a nonprofit, mission-driven, and donor-supported educational organization. For more than 40 years we’ve been a pioneer in holistic studies – helping people and organizations integrate personal growth and social change, moving beyond ‘the way it is’ toward ‘the way it can be’. More than simply a place, Omega is a global community that awakens the best in the human spirit and cultivates the extraordinary potential that exists in us all.
8. Esalen Institute, Big Sur, California USA
Esalen. The word itself summons up tantalizing visions of adventure, of unexplored frontiers, of human possibilities yet to be realized. There is the wonder of the place itself, 120 acres of fertile land carved out between mountain and ocean, blessed by a cascading canyon stream and hot mineral springs gushing out of a seaside cliff.