For years, travelers seeking serenity and spiritual renewal have made their way to India's ashrams and retreat centers to learn the wisdom of ancient practices like yoga, meditation and Ayurveda healing. From by-donation yoga programs at a southern India center to luxury wellness retreats at an upscale Himalayas destination spa, these 10 retreat centers accommodate every budget and level of interest, from the yoga-curious to experienced meditation practitioners.
The Art of Living International Center, a 65-acre campus located on top of the Panchagiri Hills outside Bangalore, is a popular destination for peace-seekers from abroad heading to India for the ashram experience.
Poet and writer Zoketsu Norman Fischer is a well-known Zen Buddhist priest and teacher from California. During this retreat we can learn, through simple methods, to let go of our habits of anxiety, stress and worry, in order to find the peace and clarity that we need.
Are you seeing things in yourself that you you are missing and would like to bring out into your life again?
With yoga postures, breathing exercises, meditative walks and seated meditation you will reconnect to yourself. This year we offer a five day meditation retreat in the beautiful area of Peniche, Portugal.
The five day retreat will rejuvenate and refresh you in a short time with instructions in yoga postures, breathing exercises and meditation. In addition to the retreat program that includes yoga, meditation and mindfulness exercises, you will still have time in your yoga holiday to enjoy the beaches and attractions. When you are able to disconnect from the outside world and delve into your deepest inside, a new window can open into a more spiritual universe that often helps resolving emotional and personal conflicts. Nowadays, you feel very often inside a rhythm of life that does not allow you to stop and take a moment to dedicate to interior reflection. If you do not dedicate any time to tranquility and inner peace, it can happen that you forget the reality of the present moment. Meditation cannot only be done for spiritual purposes, but also to help maintaining physical and mental health.
Essential Retreat Organizer proposes you programs where this meditation and spiritual deepening is done by professionals who will guide you according to your knowledge and goals. During retreat we temporarily withdraw from our usual routines and activities and learn how to relax and develop peaceful, positive minds through meditation.


Join us for a day retreat on the relaxing and peaceful meditations on the clarity of the mind.
Derived from the Buddhist Mahamudra tradition, these meditations lead you on a voyage of exploration of your mind through which you can discover your own inner potential for lasting peace and happiness. This weekend retreat is open to everyone and will be led by the Kadampa Buddhist teacher Gen Kelsang Zopa. We all want a solution to our problems and spend much of our time and energy seeking refuge outside of ourselves – in our social life, our work, or indulging in meaningless activities. In Iyengar yoga, the asanas (postures) and pranayama (breath control) are considered of utmost importance in the development of our yoga sadhana (path). The use of props and correct alignment, sequences and timing distinguishes Iyengar yoga from other systems of yoga and makes it suitable for all levels of students. Frank Jesse, the founder of the Clifton Hill Yoga Studio is the instructor at Griffins Hill.
In class Frank gently guides you through the yoga sequence and into postures you would never have thought possible leaving you invigorated, standing taller and feeling younger. Whether you're looking for a disciplined daily meditation routine at a spiritual center or a luxury spa with a focus on wellness and healing, the country's many retreat centers all promise visitors stress reduction, self-discovery and an escape from a busy urban lifestyle. With mountainside trails, gardens, a lake and organic farms surrounding the facility, it's the perfect place to get some peace and quiet.
It is led in English and Spanish, with a mixture of participants from Mexico, US, and Canada, with varying levels of experience. Former abbot of the oldest Zen organization in the West, the San Francisco Zen Center, he is now spiritual leader of the Everyday Zen Foundation.
Accommodation options range from dorm-style rooms to comfortable Suites for single or double occupancy.
The accommodation offers amazing views of the entire bay of Peniche and is just a 5 min walk to the beach.
He has completed a traditional three year retreat in the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition and gives meditation instruction from a non sectarian approach. Some meditation techniques help to improve concentration, memory and the immune system, as well as to relieve stress and tension.


We have select programs conducted in beautiful environments and accommodations where you can get the most out of this experience. There will be time to enjoy the beautiful grounds at The Haven, a natural paradise with secret gardens and buildings nestled in the trees. They are not mere exercises to develop our physical body and lung capacity but are taught and practised with precision and awareness to develop every level of our being. Evolved over thousands of years, yoga teaches us how to live in harmony with ourselves and our environment. He has been teaching yoga for over 20 years and holds a Senior Intermediate Iyengar teaching certificate. Our website is still under construction and testing, so may appear a little messy and incomplete.
Guests (who come from all cultures and religious backgrounds) are invited to participate in voluntary service, helping with cooking, cleaning and general upkeep of the ashram. While the practice is intensive, there is a rest time for enjoying the beach and the beautiful natural surroundings. We will provide some incredible vegan and vegetarian food on this retreat to fill your stomach and your soul.
After breakfast, we come together again, for a workshop on mindfulness and meditation that will give you an opportunity to go deeper into your meditation practice. He has been teaching yoga and mediation since 2007 and carries a wealth of insights into the practices.
Frank is a talented teacher who can demonstrate his knowledge of yoga with a breathtakingly beautiful yoga practice. Frank regularly travels to India to study and improve his own Iyengar yoga skills and qualifications.



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