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5 Best Buddhist Monasteries in India

If you are given another chance to live your life again, how many of you think that you will do better than what you have done so far? Everyone will say yes, right? What if you are given a life to live in such a way that there is no dissatisfaction and disappointment? What if you live a life with no regrets? What if you know your full potential?

The answer to all these ‘what if’s?’ is Nirvana- the Endless happiness or the Eternal bliss.

One such man who answered all these ‘what if’s?’ and who walked on this holy land in the flesh and blood was the great ‘Gautama Buddha’. He preached a great religion called ‘Buddhism’ and has spread happiness all across the world. If you are on a quest to find the essence of Buddha’s teaching, if you want to see the unique Buddhist way of life, then you should search for the Buddhist monasteries.

Buddhist monasteries are the places where all the monks and nuns live in colonies. They cut themselves off from the external world, and they are in constant search of god. They live a simple life as preached by Buddha.

Every year, many tourists come to India to visit the Buddhist monasteries. If once you come to these monasteries, then you might be a different person when you leave.

1. Buddhist Monastery of Ki in Ki Village, India

Surrounded by mountains, accompanied by river waters, the Buddhist monastery of Ki, located in Ki village is one of the most visited Buddhist monasteries in India. This monastery stands as a lone warrior at an altitude of 4,166 m above the sea level in the Spiti Valley. The moment you see this monastery, your heart will be filled with a sense of peace, pleasure, harmony and above all divine happiness.

This monastery has a great reputation for bringing out the hidden feelings of spirituality in you. You will be mesmerized to see the beauty it presents to your eye. The architecture of this monastery is so outstanding that you can’t even blink to miss its beauty.

This monastery holds an important ground in Buddhist mythology. Dromton, who is regarded as a famous Buddhist teacher, is the founder of this magnificent monastery.  The monastery survived a massive earthquake in 1975 and till this day it stands strong.

2.   Tawang Monastery, Arunachal Pradesh

Photo by Giridhar Appaji Nag Y

Photo by Giridhar Appaji Nag Y

Tawang monastery in Arunachal Pradesh has been regarded as the largest Buddhist monastery in India. It has succeeded in attracting a large number of tourists with its unique architecture and religious importance. It was placed perfectly at 3300 meters high.

The founder, of this marvelous Buddhist’s wonder is, Merak Lama Lodre Gyatso and was founded in 1680 – 1681. This monastery maintained a close religious relationship with the Drepung monastery, Lhasa.

The Tawang River flows at the foot of the mountain on which the monastery is built, which makes the scenery of this monastery even more outstanding. It is three stories tall and is surrounded with a huge 925 feet long compound wall. Tawang Monastery hosts 65 residential buildings and contains a large library embedded with valuable old scriptures.

Generally, Buddhist monks live a simple life and they stay far from the extravagant life but they also celebrate a few festivals.  Torgya Festival celebrated in this monastery is the most colorful festival and worth watching.

3. Bodh Gaya, Bihar

Photo by Lyle Vincent

Photo by Lyle Vincent

Bodh Gaya is holy to Buddhists as Mecca is holy to Muslims. This is the birthplace of Buddhism. It is believed that this is the place where Buddha, founder of the Buddhism, obtained enlightenment. Undoubtedly, this pilgrimage place attracts more tourists than any other Buddhist place in India.

The monastery in this holy place has a lot of religious as well as historic importance. The pilgrims who come here are in search of peace. So they practice prayer, study and meditate, as these practices, according to Buddha, are the ideal ways of living a purposeful life.

The Mahabodhi temple in Bodh Gaya has been identified as a world heritage site by UNESCO. The monasteries present at this place are outstanding examples for the richness and yet simplicity of the Buddhist civilization back in the olden days. Every Buddhist aspires to travel to this sacred monastery in search of the true Buddhism.

4. Phugtal Gompa, Kargil, Jammu and Kashmir

Photo CC BY-SA 3.0

Photo CC BY-SA 3.0

This monastery is so surprisingly isolated that you can’t even find anything within the area except this monastery. The monks living in this monastery generally don’t get to see persons from the outer world. It can be reached on foot but it tests your courage and patience to reach this beloved destination, Phugtal Gompa Monastery.

This monastery has given place to many scholars and teachers. In the whole Jammu and Kashmir region, it alone holds the system of caves and even it is built around these caves. This has been the prime location of retreat, meditation, and study for many legendary scholars. Many pilgrims experience spiritual transformation at this place.

A large traditional Tibetan medical clinic appears here in this monastery. It is believed that the 16 Arhats (legendary followers of Buddha) settled first in this great monastery. Their images are painted beautifully on the walls.

5. Komik Lundup Tsemo Gompa, Spiti, Himachal Pradesh

This is yet another isolated monastery from the northern part of India. This monastery has a specialty that no other monasteries have in our country; it has a large Buddha statue in it. The statue appears as if a buddha is looking at all of us.

It is a major monastery of the Sakya sect of Buddhism. The walls of this place are painted red and many flags are planted in belief of Lord Buddha. Travelers and pilgrims who pass by this area never miss visiting this monastery. Local people believe that this monastery has divine nature and it keeps you away from all  dangers ahead on the journey. They believe that it safeguards you by the blessings of Lord Buddha.

Author Bio:

Rohit Agarwal is a blogger at Transindiatravels.com. He is also a blogger for several travel and tourism related websites on the internet. He possesses a great passion to explore the hidden feeling of nature and indeed he is chasing his dream and enriching us with his experiences. All photos in this presentation are freely available. Please contact Mr. Agarwal for more information and locations of these 5 Buddhist monasteries.

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Calling 12 Angels to Awakening Spirit Retreat Center

p1050426Have you heard of the retreat center in Arizona call Awakening Spirit? If you need peace and quiet to rest or practice meditation or yoga this is a great spot. According to their newsletter and website, there will be some changes this coming year.

Awakening Spirit has suspended all retreats until spring equinox, March 20th, to make space for 12 angels who answer this call for help and come to play a part in bringing love and light to countless broken hearts and wounded souls. “Calling 12 Angels” is seeking angel hearts to nurture emergent spiritual awakening.

What will you find there?  A tall ponderosa pine forest, herd of several dozen elk, half dozen white tail deer, and countless smaller creatures that include soaring hawks and migrating birds, small cabins complete with kitchens and stoves for heating and the good heart of Bodhi Heart himself. As it says on the website, ” Bodhi Heart lives on-site. He is happy to hold space and to also provide support whenever requested.”

Awakening Spirit is located 1 1/2 hours from Sedona and 2 1/2 hours from the Grand Canyon.

While the Winter Solstice is now passed, Bodhi is just starting to find his 12 angels, so e-mail to find out more details. Sorry I have no phone number for this group.

bodhiheart@gmail.com

http://www.awakeningspiritretreat.com/

 

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Top 7 Vipassana Retreat Centers in India

The Vipassana Meditation

Vipassana, “to see things as they really are”, is an age-old way of meditation that deeply involves purification from physical and mental ills by learning through self-observation and thus, engage concentrated restraint on the form and working of one’s physical aspect and how it links with one’s mental health. Over a course of 10 days, one learns to embrace and live in a transformation of self, which brings about a healthy balance in the mind and body.

Vipassana was actually re-discovered by Gautama Buddha nearly 2500 years ago. It is derived from Theravada Buddhism, which is one of the three primary schools in Buddhism, the other two being Mahayana and Vijayana. Taught as a universal remedy for all aches and tribulations, Vipassanna meditation has been passed down an unbroken link of teachers who do not engage in commercial profit but, rather, teach this way of living for free. The present teacher is Mr. S.N. Goenka. This art of meditation is supported by the many people who take part in it and later, leave donations with the good will of passing on the benefits of this ancient code of life.

 

Various Locations

In India alone, there are 73 locations that offer Vipassana mediation as taught by S.N. Goenka. Scattered liberally all over the nation and world, a handful of these various Dhamma meditation centers are revealed below.

  1. Dhamma Bodhi, Bodh Gaya, Bihar

The Bodh Gaya International Vipassana Meditation Center is located in Bodh Gaya, in the state of Bihar towards eastern India. This “Enlightenment of Dhamma” center couldn’t hold a better name signifying its importance. Bodh Gaya holds immense significance for Buddhists as this is the place believed to be the actual site where Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, attained enlightenment, or Bodhimandala, under the widely renowned Bodhi tree which was Gautama Buddha’s site for intense meditation. This is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Being the site of Buddhism’s birth, Bodh Gaya holds a colossal meaning for Buddhists. Holding up to 80 students in every 10-day course, the months from November to February receive the biggest influx of learners.

  1. Dhamma Giri, Igatpuri, Maharashtra

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    Photo by Piyushshelare, CC BY-SA 3.0

The largest western state of India, Maharashtra has 25 centers for Vipassana meditation, the largest and most famous of which is the Dhamma Giri in Igatpuri. The meditation courses are held twice a month as this site attracts huge influx of learners. Dhamma Giri, “Hill of Dhamma”, gave out its first course to the public in 1976.

 

 

  1. Dhamma Pattana, Gorai Village, Mumbai, Maharashtra

Dhamma Pattana Vipassana meditation center is one of India’s newest centers, located in Mumbai. What makes it different from other Dhamma retreat centers is that it focuses on people involved in business and other high end vocations. Infusing the classic 10-day retreat along with teachings for applying the same principles to the strains and stresses of the business world, Dhamma Pattana (“Port of Dhamma”) has a relatively modern set up too, which includes Western amenities.

  1. Dhamma Sikhara, Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh

This “Peak of Dhamma” is cozily situated in the Dhauladar range in the north Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. Serene, quiet and nestled in a beautiful forest of deodar and cedar trees, the Dhamma Sikhara holds its 10-day Dhamma meditation course from the months of April to November. The course is conducted at intervals of fourteen days.

  1. Dhamma Paphulla, Bangalore, Karnataka

    Photo by Miran Rijavec, CC BY 2.0

    Photo by Miran Rijavec, CC BY 2.0

Set in a humble location, the Dhamma Paphulla, “Cheerfulness of Truth” is located 30 kms away from Bangalore, the capital of the southern state Karnataka in India. Placed on a sprawling expanse of rustic beauty, the Dhamma Paphulla conducts courses once or twice in a month. The accommodations meet basic needs and provide for a comfortable stay with attached bathrooms and hot water facilities. In addition, the location enjoys a comfortable climate all year round and is easily accessible by city buses.

  1. Dhamma Puri, Machmara, Tripura

The first Dhamma center to be established in north-eastern India, the Dhamma Puri or, “Town of Dhamma” is a quaint location in the state of Tripura. Easily accessible by most means of transport, this Vipassana meditation center is 150 kms away from Agartala, the state capital and is very peaceful and idyllic.

  1. Dhamma Garh, Chhattisgarh

This “Fort of Dhamma” is found 120 kms away from Raipur, the state capital of Chhattisgarh. It was started in 2011 and can accommodate 18 male and 10 female students.

Vipassanna meditation reconstructs one’s outlook on life and how one interacts within internal and external surroundings. With dedicated practice, one can find the positive alternations to turn life around. Tranquility and confidence flow through one’s being and the wave of goodness passes on and on.

 

Author Bio

Himanshu is an enthusiast of living life to the fullest. He enjoys good food, positive experiences and goes for things that fuel his lively outlook on the world. He is an aficionado of Vipassana meditation and has taken multiple 10-day retreats. He writes on his website PearlsIndiaTour.com and keeps the various facets of his life in gentle balance with its teachings.

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New Years Greetings from Awakening Spirit Retreat

Here is a New Years greeting message from Bodhi Heart, the owner of Awakening Spirit Retreat in Arizona. Notice the honesty and openness of this letter – a refreshing change from most messages I receive these days.

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2015
It’s snowing hard this evening as I prepare my Happy New Year greeting.  It seems like a fitting end to a year of transformation and awakening.
In 2014, “Awakening Spirit personal retreat center” became the new name for Spirit Skies.  The 2nd and 3rd guest cabins were added and we had a wonderful grand opening.  2014 was also the year when Spirit Falls began its search for a loving new owner, and I look forward to meeting that soul sister or brother in 2015.
The music video I want to share this New Year’s eve is a haunting invitation to remember to love ourselves.  I am learning how to give myself this gift, and it inspires me to remember who I really am, and let go of who I think I am.  Just click this link to play it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bm5ET1tOVzQ
Omkara’s “Remember” video is also my way of inviting you to visit the Arizona mountains and share this beautiful retreat space with me.  I hope this music video also inspires you.  Perhaps it will even lead you to a create a special time in 2015 to enjoy nature’s magnificent beauty and quiet stillness.
May the new year bless you with surprising waves of joy and precious moments of deepening peace.  And may one of those surprising waves carry you here some day soon.
In love and light,
bodhi heart
“Everything… you want to be, you already are.  More than that,
you are the Silence …the Silence of the Heart.”   Robert Adams
To find other articles on MysticFare about these retreat centers, please click here and you will find another article here. For a reasonably priced retreat for one – five people this is the place. You can contact this good man at one of the above listed websites. The photo below was taken at Spirit Falls, the retreat center that is for sale.
Spirit Falls Retreat Hermitage

Spirit Falls Retreat Hermitage

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Some Great Places Spending Christmas

 Ice Skating at Christmas Fair in Museumplein

Ice Skating at Christmas Fair in Museumplein

Whether you are a world traveler looking for something new or an armchair traveler who likes to hear about what other people are doing, it’s always a treat to hear about special Christmas places where celebrations are “in the air” so to speak. The first group of resorts are in the northern hemisphere where you can experience the traditional cold weather with a good place to warm up and perhaps a hot drink. Thanks to Bree Sposato for suggesting Amsterdam. As you can see form this photo, the canals become wonderful ice skating rinks, and the 16th and 17th century houses are strung with lights. Why not stay till New Year’s Eve and celebrate with champagne and fireworks?

Here’s a more remote suggestion by Jennifer Coogan: Reykjavik, Iceland. Enjoy the northern lights from the comfort of a thermally heated hotel. There are only 4 hours of daylight, so bring your friends and prepare for an indoor party. Don’t miss the unusual Icelandic food such as smoked puffin and Brennivin (like schnapps). “Statues of the 12 Yule Lads (the Icelandic version of Santa Claus) peer out from every corner shop and window.”  Click here to read the original version

city street in San Miguel de Allende at night. Image shot 2006. Exact date unknown.There are a lot of “snow birds” from Canada and the northern states who like to frequent San Miguel de Allende, Mexico for the hot, dry days and cool nights, the traditional crafts made and sold there as well as the old cobblestone streets and the Spanish architecture. However, Christmas is very special with the procession of Mary and Joseph and everyone else who wants to sing traditional carols. The procession goes from one decorated shop to the next, stopping to sing at each one. The children will enjoy the ritual of breaking pinatas filled with candy and small toys. It’s a special treat to have blooming flowers such as poinsettias and bougainvilleas.

 

 

200911-w-christmas-kaikouraThinking about a warmer place? Try Kaikoura, New Zealand. It will be summer when you visit, so you can enjoy the beach, kyaking or boating to see the whales, dolphins and fur seals. The vegetation and forests are so totally different. It’s like you are visiting another planet. Lee Magill recommends staying at the Kapuku Lodge and Tree Houses with gourmet, natural meals. Make reservations long ahead of time any place in New Zealand over the Christmas holidays. It is after all their summer holiday time.

 Hapuku Lodge and Tree Houses is the ne plus ultra of New Zealand’s eco-tourism accommodations: a complex of cedar-covered buildings and six tree houses with views of both the bay and the imperial Kaikoura mountain range. Luxe high design reigns inside and out.

 

Perhaps you are seeking something more spiritual. May I then recommend Shambhala Mountain Center on 600 acres in Red Feather Lakes, Colorado? Here is a deeply established center which accommodates a great variety of practitioners from week-long “learn to meditate” stays to longer, intensives for advanced meditators. The staff also leads spiritual journeys during the year to Bhutan, Tibet, Nepal and Mongolia. The rooms are elegant but very simple and comfortable. People who have participated in longer retreats say it is like an immersion vacation, and the effects often stay with the person for many months, even years after. It’s a bit like unpacking your brain or fragmenting your computer. The effect are nearly always calming, relaxing. It’s especially a good choice if you are alone or with a partner rather than a family vacation or a good party celebration.

Let us know what you decide to do this year and how you liked it once you return. I’m always open to new ideas.

 

 

 

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Spirit Skies Retreat Center Reopens

In a past post I have featured this retreat center composed of several close-by locations, Spirit Skies and Spirit Falls. The owner and manager, Bodhi Heart, has now added and renovated Spirit Skies and is offering a opening discount of 30% on all week retreats in July and August and 20% off for retreats in September and October. These are silent retreats in small, personal cabins, not guided or group retreats. It seems that Bodhi has finished his third cabin and plans to sell the Spirit Falls retreat.

Spirit Skies Retreat Center Reopens

SPIRIT FALLS – “How to Find & Buy a Retreat”
Would you like to change your life?  This 4-day, 3-night weekend seminar will show you how easy it can be to create a personal retreat lifestyle in nature.  Through case studies of two retreats that are now for sale– spiritfallsretreat.com and namasteretreat.com –you will see how to find, value, buy, and create your own small retreat center.
Mention this offer when you inquire for the 50% OFF EMAIL SPECIAL – For more info, click: http://www.spiritfallsretreat.com/#!find-retreats-for-sale
SPIRIT SKIES – Grand re-opening with 2 new cabins
Earth Mother and Elk Spirit have been added to Spirit Skies personal retreat, and we are currently having a 30% OFF GRAND RE-OPENING SPECIAL for retreats of one or more weeks.
There is also a new video of our newborn elk (9 calves in 2014) on the website front page.  For more, click: spiritskiesretreat.com.
 Contact Bodhi for more information and to receive your bonus.
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Hawaiian Bliss for a Spiritual Journey

I usually don’t feature places in common tourist locations, but please check out this retreat center called Sky Island Ranch Guest Retreat on the Big Island of Hawaii near the town of Captain Cook (yes, there is a place called that). They promise you swimming with the dolphins and their place is absolutely amazing. Looks comfortable no matter what the weather. We know it is not always sunny in Hawaii, right? Anyway, without further explanation I will let the owners’ words from the website explain it all.

We live on a 16-acre ranch overlooking the ocean near Kealakekua Bay. A fifteen minute drive takes you to this unique swimming bay where dolphins and humans interact. The tri-level, cedar ranch house includes covered porches and lanais, spacious meeting rooms on two floors, well-equipped kitchen, country dining room, sunlit relaxation on lawn chairs outside, surrounded by rolling hills with precious donkeys and miniature horses.

Meditation sites are located at special places on the land in the shade of legendary, Hawaiian Ohia trees, luxuriant ginger flowers, fragrant guava, macadamia nut and lush fern trees. Hawaiian Hawks bless us with their presence as they circle above. Wherever you are on the land, you hear the songs of birds and see views of the shining ocean.

To contact the resort and find out more click here.

When you go to the website, which is mostly photos don’t miss clicking on the small menu at the bottom, “About Joan”. It’s a fascinating story about Joan Ocean’s research and experiences with dolphins and whales. Anyone interested in this type of communication between people and these two mammal relatives of ours should make the time to visit this place. It may change your lives, just as it changed Joan’s and Jean-Luc’s lives. As she says, “The dolphins are calling”

Community meeting and meditation room.

Community meeting and meditation room.

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Time of Reflection at a Trappist Monastery

Scriptorium

Scriptorium

Here is another memorable retreat that not many people have experienced – spending a week at the Trappist Monastery, Our Lady of Calvary in Rogersville, New Brunswick, Canada. The Retreat House can accommodate up to 25 people. The rates are very affordable at $45/night meals included or $70 for a double room.

Guests are welcome to come on retreat.  You do not have to be Catholics or even Christians, but we expect you to be looking for God.We are only a small community of nine monks of whom only three are priests, so we cannot give directed or preached retreats.  The sacrament of reconciliation is always possible.  Guests create their own retreat by joining the prayer of the community, by praying and reflecting quietly, by reading and they can also walk in the fields and woods or sit in the guesthouse garden when the weather permits.  The farm and certain other areas are reserved to the monks.  The normally expected stay is not more than a week.

To read more of the original of this quote click here.

This monastery has been in existence since 1902 when 6 monks came to Canada to escape the religious persecution in France. While the monastery is officially bi-lingual, most of the prayers and communication among themselves is in French. How to get to Rogersville – I will let the monks answer that question:

For a Retreat:Bookings can be made by telephone on 1-506-775-2331. Or by e-mail on Bedestock@aol.com

Please be prepared to give your full name and postal address, telephone number, and reference to your habitual church or minister.

Travel to the monastery:Our Lady of Calvary Abbey is on the Route 126 which runs north from Moncton to Miramichi, about 60 miles from Moncton and 20 from Miramichi.  The monastery entrance is two miles north of Rogersville and on the southern boundary of Collette. At Rogersville there is a Via Rail Station on the line between Halifax and Montreal. There is a train in each direction three days a week. The local airport is Moncton International Airport an hour’s drive away.

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Guests' Lounge

Guests’ Lounge

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New Years Messages from Spiritual Affiliates

Greetings for the year of the horse. I’m going to be posting in the next few days messages from the spiritual travel agencies and others that share this site with ads and discount prices. The first one comes from Spirit Falls and Spirit Skies Retreats in Arizona. Here is a really rustic, peaceful place run essentially by one very hard-working, dedicated man. Here’s his message:

New Year’s is my chance to reach out to old friends and be grateful for new beginnings.  I also want to share a special video, Our Beautiful World, featuring John Denver’s “Annie’s Song.”  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.  Here’s the link: http://www.values.com/inspirational-stories-tv-spots/122-Annie-s-Song.
In 2013, Spirit Falls and Spirit Skies were blessed by guests who come from across the US and far-away places like Argentina and Australia.  My new log cabin residence was completed on the hilltop of Spirit Skies retreat, and “Bodhi’s Place” was added as a 3rd guest cabin at nearby Spirit Falls.
My vision for 2014 is that a guest will decide to move to Spirit Falls,, make it their own personal retreat and share it with others.  Two log cabins are being added to Spirit Skies retreat this spring, together with a yoga and meditation gazebo.  And perhaps, I will begin an envisioned journey across the Americas to invite personal guides and retreat centers to be a part of the Silent Spirit network.
This year’s video is my invitation for you to come to the Arizona mountains and share this beautiful space with me.  And may this message and the new year bring you an ever-deepening joy and an abiding peace.  I shall look forward to being with you in the Silence of the Heart.
In love and light,
bodhi heart
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Spiritual Retreats for All Reasons

We must be getting increasingly stressed out as a species judging by the number and popularity of retreat locations and venues for them. Here is a website, http://spiritualretreats.com that is actually an association of spiritual retreats and has divided them up into categories – 26 categories actually under the 3 main headings of spiritual holidays, spiritual retreats and wellness. Some of the categories look so inviting that I just couldn’t help but click on them to see what they were about. For example, here’s one for recovery retreats held in Panama.

Many people learn and practice daily life skills as children, getting better as they continue in their adult life. They mature by using their judgment, learning from mistakes, gaining patience, and using time management. For someone people with addiction, these skills are somewhat lost or never learned well from the start. People with addictions are often impulsive, especially when under the influence of a chemical. This becomes the established habit, making it difficult to learn self control. ….You will not “fall through the cracks” here! You will enjoy an intimate resort setting: a maximum of 8 guests at a time. This means we will get to know you as an individual, intimately, and will work hard with you to help you achieve your goals. You will have the very best, comprehensive retreat that works and delivers results!

Read the original here.

Next I looked at the organic retreats held in West Waterford, Ireland, Portugal and Kandy, Sri Lanka. All are small retreats with personal care, small, little-known places in local communities and just the type of places that would be restful and relaxing. Here is some information about the one in Kandy.

Ayurvedha treatments our doctor will consult and recommend personal tailor made therapy course. Eco friendly nature resort.Yoga and Ayurvedha retreat.

Perhaps you would rather seek out a luxury retreat in Blairsville, Florida or Kapaa, Hawaii.

Quantum Hawaiian Retreats on the beautiful garden island of Kauai blends ancient wisdom, quantum physics, meditations, NLP and universal laws to create a life changing retreat experience. Recently featured by USA TODAY as one of the top 10 spiritual retreats in North America.

I wonder if there is any standards for each listing by the staff of Spiritual Retreats? Turning to the “contact” section I see that it is the Association of Spiritual Retreats based in London, and that to have a listing would cost at least $250 per year. Still no word as to the criteria used to accept or reject various retreats. I’m going to write to them and I’ll let you know when I hear back. In the meantime, check out this amazing very international website.   http://www.spiritualretreats.com/

Here’s the reply from this organization RE the registration standards.

Thank you for your kind comments on the association. In answer to your question regarding joining the association the membership process is as follows:
  • Retreat Centre submits listing and pays membership fee
  • The membership the retreat centre will not go live until our research team carry out some basic checks via the internet and phone.
  • Once the retreat has been accepted the listing goes live on the site
  • Featured members normally have editorial in our quarterly magazine attached
  • The retreats then get marketed through the regualr channels which has so far proved to be very successful.
  • Customers are asked to post reviews of their experiences at the retreat centre.
The basic principal of the site is to raise awareness of the tremendous healing that can be found at a retreat centre. You may notice that we do not allow large chains of retreats to join the association as our ethos is to help small individual private retreat holders spread their message and showcase what they have to offer at a small cost.
Shortly we will be launching a learning platform where members can upload and retail courses, podcasts, and products.
I hope this helps.
Kindest Regards,
Caroline

 

 

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