There are dozens of different types of retreats out there, from power yoga vacations and Vino and Vinyasa getaways, to Vipassana silent retreats and mindfulness meditation weekends.
You can go to a retreat to learn how to meditate for the health benefits; or to learn how to find balance and reduce stress; or to just relax and find your Zen. Meditation is a tool that can help us get in touch with what that is, and retreats are a great way to kick-start your journey to discovery.
Meditation is taking hold of mainstream culture, whether it’s showing up in the form of new mindfulness apps or stylish studios like MNDFL in New York City or Unplug in Los Angeles. For those who are just starting to explore meditation or looking to focus their existing practice, longer, dedicated programs have been shown to jump-start the meditative mind more than just spending a few minutes here and there. While venturing out on a weeklong meditation retreat can be intimidating to first-timers, just as there are many different forms of meditation, there are many forms of meditation retreats from power yoga vacations and Vino and Vinyasa getaways, to Vipassana silent retreats and mindfulness meditation weekends.
Seasoned practitioners might be drawn to rigorous Zen retreats that border on monastic discipline, while newbies may opt for a spalike approach.
What to Expect
What to Expect
The number one rule in meditation is to be comfortable, so whether comfort to you is on a chair, a cushion, a mat, or the floor, it really doesn’t matter. But every retreat has its own approach, methods, and purpose its different requirements and expectations.