You don’t have to travel to India if you want a spiritual epiphany anymore.
There are mindfulness retreats all around the UK (as well as the more typical far flung destinations), so whether you’re looking for a day of mindfulness or a whole holiday of it, there’s something for you.
So bend into your best yogic position and get ready for a piece of peace with a handful of the best mindful retreats.
1. Kagyu Samye Dzong, London
Provides inner harmony and tranquility with meditation, Buddhism, and holistic therapies through classes, workshops and retreats.
2. Karuna Bhavan, Lesmahgow
Karuna Bhavan is an eco-farm run by the Hare Krishna community in Scotland.
As well as bhakti yoga, it’s a holistic spiritual centre to help re-establish the sacredness of life via Hindu meditation, singing and dancing.
3. Gaia House Buddhist Meditation, Newton Abbott
A silent Buddhist Meditation Retreat Centre that offers retreats all year.
Come here for a sanctuary of contemplative calm set in the remote and quiet woodlands of South Devon.
4. Una, St Ives
Visit Una for one of the made for life by Spiezia Organics rituals, named Mindful Moments. These include a guided meditation to give you the ultimate in relaxation.
5. Shreyas Silent Retreat, India
Take a break from the stresses of modern day living and embrace the art of mindfulness at Shreyas Silent Retreat in India.
Experience a range of meditation and yoga classes, from Pranayama to trataka (candle meditation) and private yoga nidra sessions.
6. Longevity Mindfulness, Portugal
Spirit yourself away to a secluded beach in Portugal at Longevity Medical Spa with mindfulness sessions from resident teacher, Shantidevi.
7. Champneys, Hertfordshire
‘Unplug Meditation’ is a guided meditation/ mindfulness studio that offers 30 and 45 minute drop-in classes.
The face behind Unplug is former Vogue editor Suze Yalof Schwartz, whose ambition was to create a SoulCycle for meditation.
8. Will Williams Retreats, Sussex
This 4 day retreat focuses on a rounding experience, constituting three main parts – asana (yoga), pranayama (breathing) and meditation.
9. VIVAMAYR Altaussee, Austria
Set amid the Austrian Alps and nestled by Lake Altaussee, VIVAMAYR Altaussee combines one of the most advanced medical centres in the world with a modern and luxurious spa to provide a retreat for those looking for rest, relaxation and health through mindfulness.
10. Sol Beach House Hotel, Ibiza
The hotel is a far cry from the usual party scene – going so far as to actually offer wellbeing and yoga retreats.
And if the relaxation gets a little boring, there’s always the in-house 60s ‘flower power’ island bus to whisk you to the nearest bar!
11. Platinum Healing retreats, Sussex & Lincolnshire
Visit for one of several signature Juice Detox Retreats.
You will also enjoy many types of mindfulness including private meditation, Pranayama (Yogic Breathing) and use of the Jacuzzi for good measure.
12. Plum Village, near Bordeaux in France
The largest international practice centre in the Plum Village tradition, and the first monastic community founded by fabled Zen Master, Thich Nhat Hanh (Thay) in the West.
13. Mind Space, Cannock Chase
The Hermitage in Cannock Chase provides you with a peaceful space where you can explore the mind.
All retreats are suitable for beginners and are run by experienced meditator Adam Dacey.
14. Sally Stubbs, The Lake District
This therapist’s mindful technique is called Authentic & Permanent RAPHA Therapy Cure which is as relaxing as the countryside she works from.
If you can’t afford a full retreat, why not visit her website for a DVD or audio retreat in your own home?