Meditation has been found to lower cholesterol, ease pain, speed healing, curb insomnia and boost the immune system. For too long, Americans sniffed at meditation as little more than paranormal twaddle peddled by gurus of dubious expertise. New York may not be the place you’d expect meditation centers to flourish, but upstate has a long tradition of nourishing alternative communities.
Since 1970, the stressed and the strained have been recharging at the Shambhala Mountain Center, a pristine mountain valley retreat set on 600 acres in northern Colorado. And just in case you thought that the Far East had a monopoly on meditation, the Trappist monks at The Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky are here to prove otherwise.
From the relaxing to the all-out mystical, our guide to America’s best meditation retreats offers places to achieve wellness in some of the country’s most inspirational natural areas. At Earth Spirit Yoga we have designed our retreats & expeditions integrating a multitude of powerful experiences to create focussed, profound and life changing journeys for all who want to ‘thrive and excel’. We have two decades of experience working with powerful high profile traditional spiritual leaders, wisdom keepers and medicine people and a decade of facilitating our Wisdom Keepers Retreats & Expeditions in South America.
Due to demand we have expanded our range of powerfully transformational retreats & expeditions in South America to meet the needs of our clients.


After a blissful night’s sleep in the eco-lodge, Sunday began with a one hour yoga class with local yoga teacher, Lisa, who took us through a slow and meditative practice in The Clover Mill’s sky-light yoga studio on the top floor of the water mill. Feeling so warm and cosy from the food, yoga and treatments, I regrettably didn’t venture far from my eco lodge to enjoy a wintery walk around the nearby weir and rolling hills of Malvern, but there’s walking opportunities galore for the more adventurous retreat guests.
Queen of Retreats is the leading independent travel website that helps you sift through the healthy holiday hype, set up by Times journalist and retreat expert Caroline Sylger Jones. All the material you find on this site has been meticulously researched and written by a hand-picked team of professional journalists with a passion for retreating. You can still explore the esoteric, but meditation, yoga and mineral baths are the main attractions. Established in 1848, the abbey was the first on American soil, founded by a colony of Trappists who left France. Julie drove me the short journey back to her idyllic ayurvedic retreat whilst she shared her story of how The Clover Mill came to be. Inspired by her visits to ayurvedic retreats in Sri Lanka and frustrated that there was no such thing in the UK, Julie left her successful, yet stressful career as a scientist and spent four years meticulously renovating The Clover Mill’s seventeenth century water mill and building eco-lodge accommodation to bring her vision of an ayurvedic spa in a rural setting to life. By practicing meditation, you’ll feel more energized, gain self-knowledge and achieve a healthier state of mind. Meditation is the focus, but you can also get a taste of Zen archery, Jewish mysticism, Chinese Qigong and various kinds of yoga.


Today, visitors seeking quiet getaways and personal enlightenment flock to the Omega Institute, America’s largest center for holistic living.
It’s time to manage what meditation experts call your “monkey mind”—the modern brain that jumps from thought to thought like a monkey on steroids.
The Great Stupa of Dharmakaya, a memorial to Shambhala’s founder, is an architectural wonder that brings a little slice of Nepal to the American West. The Ala Kukui retreat center harnesses Maui’s heavenly setting and Native Hawaiian healing modalities to teach meditation and emotional balance. This beautiful retreat in the Hudson Valley offers classes on meditation, stress management, exercise, nutrition and play. Weekend silent retreats offer a manageable introduction to the power of quiet reflection, while regular (talkie) two- and four-day retreats focus on meditation, yoga and personal growth.



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