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Meditation is becoming more and more popular among people all around the world. As we start to notice the hustle and bustle and neverending work cycle, or perhaps the chaos that comes with a hyper-technologized world, we begin to yearn for peace and quiet. We wonder about what is inside of us, what might exist outside of us, and we start to think about where our spirits lie in the cosmic soup of energies.
After we start that journey of exploration we might take classes, read, watch youtube videos, or maybe set up our own personalized practice. And, while all of those are great things to do, retreats are often not taken advantage of as much as they should be. With that, we want to share some of the best meditation centers around the world. From Southern France to Ontario, Thailand, Hawaii, and Brazil – here are some of All World Travel’s best ideas for meditation retreats.
Plum Village, France is located near the city of Bordeaux in the region of Dordogne, and Perigueux. It was started by the famous Thich Nhat Hanh (Thay) monk from Vietnam who was a political dissident and thus exiled for his beliefs in meditation. At the moment, it is Europe’s largest Buddhist monastery. There are many retreats to choose from, usually dealing with mindfulness “a kind of energy that we generate when we bring our mind back to our body and get in touch with what is going on in the present moment, within us and around us.”
Next is the Ontario Vipassana Centre which focuses on Vipassana meditation which is over 2,500 years old and is a practical method to achieve better self-awareness. Learning the practices of self-awareness can enhance relationships, reshape bad thinking patterns, and be a totally fun experience.
Another great Vipassana Center is located in Hawaii. A nice feature about this place is that you can do some work with them online before you might decide to go!
In Thailand, the Wat Suan Mokkh International Dharma Hermitage retreat offers a ten-day silent practice at the beginning of every month. This location is close to nature and has a lot of different teaching to offer from the Buddhist tradition.
Next on our list is a 6-day resort in Brazil’s Iguazu Falls Forest. Located near the largest waterfall in the world (in terms of volume of water per second), this retreat offers meditation practices and yoga, along with clean living education.
Of course, there are many other retreats to be had and we will continue to this list as time goes on. The thing is that this field is still relatively unknown — that meaning that we are sure there is so much to explore out there. And, for that reason we want to leave it up to you, the traveler to reach out to us and tell us where you want to go, and then we do the work to find the best places to meditate for you.
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