7 the world retreats for meditation

They are some of the best centers of meditation retreats in the world, each with its own style. Meditation is a way of personal improvement that is gaining space in all countries. Write Koncha pines - Pey for space MIMIND.

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1 Shambhala, Colorado, United States

Where: The 600 pristine acres of Shambhala stretch across a valley in the Rocky Mountains in Northern Colorado. Great Stupa of Dharmakaya, an inspiring Buddhist shrine in the more traditional style.

You can learn: meditation Buddhist in a variety of ways. Programs offered at Shambhala retreat vary each week, ranging from "Learn to meditate" to withdrawals from intensive study of several weeks for advanced practitioners. There are also workshops for children, painters and writers, and those who prefer to combine meditation with activities such as canoeing and hiking are ideal in this space.

The rooms: 65 single and double rooms, stylish, of pure lines, some of which have shared bathrooms.

Be aware: Shambhala staff also conducts "sacred journeys" several times a year in places like Bhutan, Nepal, Tibet, and Mongolia.

More information: Shambhala Mountain Center

2. the removal of the middle path. Loei, Thailand

Where: A space surrounded by green mountains and tropical forest in the northeast of Thailand (next to the National Park of Phu Ruea, where mountains covered by forests tollships with hiking trails and different ethnic groups). The estate covers several areas of interior and exterior with meditation gardens, including a wonderful waterfall.

You can learn: Dhammakaya meditation, a form of Tibetan Buddhist practice that focuses on the centering of the body and the mind.

The rooms: Spartan but impeccable look, with shared and separate bathrooms. Men and women are housed in separate areas.

Be aware: Is waiting for the guests who refrain from destructive behavior. During the retreat promotes respect all forms of life (including mosquitoes), not lying, not stealing, not having sex, and have a respectful attitude of centering.

More information: Removal of the middle way

3 Osho Meditation Resort. Koregaon Park, Pune, India.

Where: 15 minutes by plane from Bombay, this exuberant modern 28-acre campus is a tropical oasis where nature and the comfort of the 21st century coexist. U

You can learn: "Active meditations" are the best known teacher of Osho international signature. Traditional seated in silence sessions alternating with practice of meditative dance, spinning, singing and breathing in movement.

The rooms: Osho-style 60 double rooms in minimalista-chic style.

Be aware: All Osho guests must use dark red clothes meditation sessions.

More information: Osho Meditation Resort

4 Holy Island. Isle of Arran, Scotland

Where: Two kilometres of private island, next to the Isle of Arran, in the West coast of Scotland. Meditation retreat at the north end of the island (in a modest enclave pompously called the Center for global peace and health). Trails lead along much of the coast, and along a mountainous road, covered with grass, we can achieve nirvana.

You can learn: The Kagyu - School of Tibetan Buddhism - meditation, both for students who begin the most advanced in Tibetan Buddhism (the southern end of the island is home to a dozen of long-term residents, who live in isolated areas silence) and those who want to learn or deepen the practice. "The ABC of meditation", a perfect getaway that has been visited even by the BBC with numerous Buddhist actors such as Alistair Appleton.

The rooms: 65 beds are available in basic single and double private (with private toilets or bathrooms) and also in dormitory style rooms. All are equipped with monasticamente simple, comfortable beds, and not much more.

Be aware: Due to the delicate ecosystem of the island (which includes ancient species as Eiriosgaigh Colts, goats Saanen and many native plants), some areas cannot be browsed walk and calls for a careful attitude.

More information: Holy Island

5 Green Gulch Farm Zen Center. San Francisco, United States

Where: A space surrounded by eucalyptus forests to the North of San Francisco, to open Muir Beach and the Pacific Ocean. The 115-acre property includes several spaces for meditation and seminars (one of them with a large yurt) and a farm and organic garden, where guests can take part in workshops in organic farming, beekeeping, and edible plants.

You can learn: Buddhist meditation, Zen, traditional variety of silence known as zazen. Those looking for an intensive practice with a stay and work in the community for months are an ideal space and also those who wish to make more short stays, participating in the daily sessions of meditation, seminars or tea ceremony.

The rooms: 16 single rooms basic and simplified with shared bathrooms, most of them to the purest Japanese style of Lindisfarne Guest House, with a central atrium natural light. There is also a private cabana, Hope Cottage, located on a beautiful Hill with a hike uphill 25 minutes from where you can see the entire estate.

Be aware: It is mainly a residential centre for the serious students of zazen. There is a lot of formal instruction, only practice as road. Those who already have built-in meditation practice will be in glory. Without words and doing.

More information: Green Gulch Farm Zen Center

6. simple Peace. Assisi, Italy

Where: The ancient Umbrian city of Assisi, the hometown of San Francisco, in Monte Subasi, overlooking olive groves. Many meditation sessions are conducted at the Assisi Centre, a serene space type Vault near the Cathedral of San Ruffino (a former courthouse of the 12th century). Other meditation sessions are held at the nearby monasteries, and outdoor activities in the surrounding area.

You can learn: The Davis (who are husband and wife and the founders of space) meet the best practice of Eastern and Western spirituality in their retreats. Bruce, a scholar in the teachings of St. Francis, leads weekly meditation retreats in silence in Assisi and the Valley of Rieti (two hours South), where San Francisco discovered his vocation. Ruth, a student of the life of meditation in Eastern movement practices, enriches the quiet sessions with sacred ritual "movements" and the dance of Tai Chi.

The rooms: 10 modest rooms in a historic monastery of Assisi. Each room has a private bathroom and all share a green garden and a terrace with views over the Valley. And paths of stone leading from the entrance gate through the narrow streets of Assisi.

Be aware: The participants of all religious beliefs are welcome at these retreats. Jewish, Hindu and Sufi (among others) have long been a part of this "contemplative community."

More information: Assisi Retreat home & hermitage

7 Insight Meditation Retreats, Massachusetts, United States

Where: 200 acres of property, some of them wild, wooded rural surrounding an old and magnificent mansion in the center of Massachusetts. The main campus includes dining and accommodations. There is also a separate forest refuge located a few miles more in the field, for long retreats.

You can practice: Indian Buddhist traditions of vipassana (insight) and metta (lovingkindness) form the backbone of daily life in IMS retreats. In practice, it is a combination of sitting meditation and walking, all this in silence.

Rooms: In the main center of retirement, 79 soberly decorated rooms, doubles. individual and small rooms have two beds, chairs, pillows and blankets (each has to bring their own sheets and towels) and thermostats for temperature control. Shared bathrooms of style on each floor. Men and women do not share rooms and are usually assigned on different floors.

Be aware of: Since silent meditation can lead to sensory awareness, the use of perfumes, incense, scented products (and, of course, tobacco) is strongly discouraged.

More information: Insight Meditation Society

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