Meditation is a wonderful sustainable activity as it requires no equipment, other than one’s mind, and can be done pretty much anywhere. Some of the benefits of meditation include becoming more self-aware, focusing on the present, and the reduction of negative emotions. Meditation has even been linked to increasing one’s patience and tolerance, along with gaining a new positive perspective on stressful situations. Luckily, travelers have lots of options for meditating when traveling. There are many opportunities for a meditation vacation, or even special meditation places to stop at to meditate while on a trip.
Below are three places that make for perfect mindfulness retreat and meditation experiences.
Wat Suan Mokkh International Dharma Hermitage, Thailand
If you really want to have the ultimate meditation experience, you will want to consider participating in a retreat at Wat Suan Mokkh International Dharma Hermitage in Chaiya, Thailand. One of the packages they offer is a 10-day silent meditation retreat that occurs at the beginning of every month.
All of the talks and instructions during the retreat are presented in English, and the only way to register is in person. People from all over the world attend Wat Suan Mokkh International Dharma Hermitage for its Buddhist teachings and to live simply in close proximity to nature.
Shamballah Yoga Retreat, Portugal
The Shamballah Yoga Retreat in Sintra, Portugal is the ideal option for travelers who seek a combination of relaxation and adventure. The retreat not only features guided meditations and yoga classes but also surf lessons!
Shamballah Yoga Retreat’s meditation sessions are great for those who seek happiness, clarity, and peace- all within a beautiful setting close to the coastline of Sintra’s National Park. Guests will be able to indulge in delicious and healthy meals while taking part in this mindfulness retreat, and also can participate in fun activities like forest therapy, guided walks, sound journeys, and pilates.
County Donegal, Ireland
Those who prefer a peaceful place to stop and meditate, as opposed to a meditation retreat, will want to consider visiting County Donegal in the Republic’s northwest area. This region is known for breathtaking landscapes that consist of rugged cliffs and sprawling green land.
One of the reasons County Donegal is a good place to stop and meditate is because it is the least populated county in Ireland- meaning lots of opportunities for uninterrupted meditations and reflection. It is also the ideal location to become inspired, with wide-open spaces to explore and quaint cottages available for rent that writers will appreciate. County Donegal is a true hidden gem that can allow for deep meditation in a peaceful environment.
No matter if a traveler prefers a meditation retreat, or simply a relaxing place to meditate, there are meditation places around the world that will offer something for everyone!
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