Top Ten Spiritual Retreats in the World

In the fast-paced life of today, it’s essential to take a break. Not just any break. A spiritual retreat.

And I know what you might be thinking—way too expensive for the flights, hotels, and admission—yeah I get it.

But you know what?

In my case anyway, any time or money I spent going to one of these retreats/events was well worth every penny.

Just to be in the presence of like-minded people on a quest for peace and harmony is a wonderful (and I mean “wonderful” in the literal sense) experience to have, and you never forget it.
Personal story: I went with my wife to see the author of The Peaceful Warrior (Dan Millman) once. It was in the desert in Joshua Tree just above Palm Springs in Morongo Valley. It was pitch black as we were walking slowly toward the center. We started to see the lights and all the people milling around. Once we were among the crowd, I could feel a deep sense of belonging. One that I’ll never forget.

So, let’s talk about some if the highest rated Spiritual Retreats in the world.


What IS a Spiritual Retreat? (just in case you don’t know)

A spiritual retreat is a getaway to reconnect. With yourself. With nature. With a higher power.

It’s a place to recharge. To rejuvenate. To revitalize your mind, body, and spirit.

And where do you find these sacred spaces? The answer is simple.

All over the world.


1. Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, California, USA

The first on our list? Tassajara. Nestled in the heart of the Ventana Wilderness.

It’s a sanctuary. A place to immerse in Zen Buddhist teachings. To meditate. To find inner peace. The retreat also offers traditional Japanese hot springs. A treat for the body and the soul.


2. The Art of Living Retreat Center, North Carolina, USA

Located in the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains. The Art of Living offers holistic healing.

Practice yoga. Learn meditation. Attending personal development workshops. And all this surrounded by pristine nature.


3. Ananda in the Himalayas, India

Ananda. A word meaning ‘bliss’ in Sanskrit. It lives up to its name.

Here, you can soak up ancient Indian wellness practices. Yoga. Meditation. Ayurveda. All set against the majestic backdrop of the Himalayas. A true retreat for the soul.


4. Plum Village, France

Founded by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. Plum Village is a haven of mindfulness.

Live simply. Eat mindfully. Walk slowly. Learn the art of living fully in the present moment.


5. Machu Picchu, Peru

A historical site. A place of profound energy. Machu Picchu.

Engage in ancient Incan rituals. Explore the sacred ruins. Feel a deeper connection with the universe.


Continuing the Global Journey of Spiritual Retreats

Let’s not stop there. There are more soul-enriching destinations to explore.


6. Spirit Rock, California, USA

Situated in Northern California. Spirit Rock is an insight meditation center.

Here, you practice Vipassana meditation. It’s about insight. It’s about mindfulness. Experience inner tranquility amidst 411 acres of serene woodland.


7. Isha Yoga Center, India

Beneath the great Velliangiri Mountains, in the south of India, there is a special place – the Isha Yoga Center.

A place, rich and profound, where the mysteries of yoga are explored. Here, the spiritual essence becomes palpable, almost touchable.

The energy of the Dhyanalinga saturates the air, drenching those who immerse themselves. The roots of ancient Indian culture run deep in this place. It’s a place where age-old traditions still exist.

Sounds like a real brochure pitch I know.


8. Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health

The Kripalu Center offers a blend of yoga, wellness, and self-discovery.

Participate in various programs. They range from mindful living to creative expression. Discover a renewed sense of self amidst lush natural beauty.


9. Findhorn Foundation, Scotland

A unique spiritual community in Scotland. The Findhorn Foundation is a space for learning and personal growth.

You can participate in holistic workshops. Experience communal living. Learn about eco-sustainability. All in the spirit of self-discovery and spiritual transformation.

If you’re a big fan of Eckhart Tolle, you will want to listen to his live event at the Findhorn Retreat. This is when his sense of humor really comes out and he hits all the notes.

The crowd laughs a lot, and you will too. ET giggles and chuckles through it spontaneously. I loved the part when he talks about the man “with the big house” who finally gets rich, and then decides he needs a better car to go with his house. Then he decides his wife isn’t good enough for his house. Then he gets a trophy wife. It’s a hilarious moment in the evening and he brings the house down.

He delves into how the mind and ego are just laughable entities within all of us. He takes no prisoners. He laughs at his own young ego and mind, and all the turmoil it caused him before he wrote “The Power of Now”. Check it out here (I don’t make anything from this link – just so you know).


10. Wat Suan Mokkh, Thailand

A Buddhist monastery in Southern Thailand. Wat Suan Mokkh offers silent meditation retreats.

Here, the practice is simple yet powerful. Just you and your breath. In the stillness, find a deeper understanding of self and life.


Finding Your Spiritual Sanctuary

What do all these retreats have in common?

They offer a journey. Not just a physical one. A journey within.


The Key Takeaways

Spiritual retreats offer more than just a holiday. They provide a space for inner exploration. For reflection. For realignment with your true self.

Whether you are drawn to the serene mountains of India. The Zen teachings in California. The mindfulness practices in France. Or the ancient energy of Peru. Each retreat offers a unique path to personal transformation.

Embark on your spiritual journey. It’s time to reconnect, rejuvenate, and revitalize. It’s time to awaken your soul.