Adventure travel is not always try riding waves and climbing peaks, sometimes tries to go in and explore our inner worlds.
Although traveling long distances to sit with a bunch of strangers seems a contradiction silent, meditation retreats provide a guide to those undertaking an internal search.
“All cultures wise know that there are times when it is important to get out to the desert or the mountains, go on a retreat and listen,” says Jack Kornfield, meditation teacher who wrote books like The Wise Heart ( The wisdom of the heart) and Bringing Home the Dharma.
“Calm your mind, open your heart and listen deeply. In the cycles of our lives, that serves almost all “. It is common to worry about spending a week without talking, without meat or sleep late. But those who persevere are rewarded.
“It turns out that almost everyone loves (…) The things that apparently can be difficult, as silence, immediately happen to be a wonderful gift” says Kornfield.
Rules vary, but many specialized centers will be asked to take a vow of silence during most time of your visit.
A good rule of thumb is to look for reputable teachers who come from a long tradition and not a self-proclaimed guru.
Be realistic with your physical needs and your convenience. The austerity conditions could cause you to understand the difference between what you want and what you need.
A traditional Buddhist meditation retreat begins very early in the morning. The nonprofit organizations expect efectúes a period of work and you to handle your own affairs.
More than anything, says Kornfield, find “a place known for instilling love, a spirit of loving-kindness and compassion in everything they do.”
1. Spirit Rock, California
Once they complete the northern suburbs of San Francisco and begins what seems to be the county of Tolkien’s books, are the hills of Spirit Rock.
Native Americans once used this land for spiritual rites, even the deer and wild turkeys are quiet, do not feel the need to get away from humans.
Withdrawals of residence that are organized throughout the year lasting up to two months.
“Some come to heal, either the heart or the body,” says Jack Kornfield, one of the founders of Spirit Rock teachers. “Some come because they are in a transitional stage in life and need to listen deeply to what is being asked to do now or how to deal with a big change.”
“As subside, as they walk in nature, listen more deeply as your own breathing, your own feelings and thoughts, develop a sense of calm and clarity.”
“Also, you can see on his face. Sometimes we call the ‘facelift vipassana‘(meditation of consciousness). You look at the bright faces of people after a week of retreat and look 10 years younger. They are brighter, his presence and his spirit was renewed. “
Two. Plum Village, France
For Thich Nhat Hanh, the Vietnamese monk who Martin Luther King Jr.nominó the Nobel Peace Prize, cultivate lucidity is the means to connect with yourself and others.
“When you’re aware of something you’re focused on it, the power of conscious focus can help you see things as they really are and to discover the nature of ‘interbeing’” recently told the magazine Shambhala Sun .
The monastery in southern France, which Thich Nhat Hanh and 200 monks and nuns call home, welcomes visitors of all ages and offers a day a week of lazy no organized activities.
Three. The teachings of the Dalai Lama, Dharamsala, India
When the Dalai Lama teaches in India, where he took refuge after fleeing his native Tibet, his lectures are typically free and open to the public.
Eleven Directions bridges the gap that separates us from the conference winner of the Nobel Peace Prize and organizes a week long stay (more or less) in Dharamsala, the center of the Tibetan exile community and destination for more than a pilgrim spiritual.
Recreational property is a guest house that manages the brother of the Dalai Lama.
Seth Shantum a Zen priest, travel promotes completely open and conscious Western Buddhists consider him the guide with whom you come in the Himalayas.
His tour of Dharamsala is designed for those who want to socialize and discuss Tibetan culture and traditions, there are other routes, such as the footsteps of Buddha .
April. Based stress reduction in consciousness in the Hotel and Leisure Club in Glenview, Ireland
In the 1970s, Jon Kabat-Zinn pioneered Stress Reduction Based on Consciousness (MBSR, for its acronym in English) in the School of Medicine of the University of Massachusetts. The technique helped patients (and staff) to handle the physical and psychological effects of stress, pain and illness.
This approach eliminates the concepts of dharma and karma and offers direct techniques of meditation.
His center of consciousness holds an annual conference for scientists on the effects of meditation on health care and vice versa, which has contributed to a scientific understanding of the effects of meditation on the brain and the immune system.
Mindfulness Tools for Living the Full Catastrophe is a five-day version of MBSR is taught worldwide.
This summer, Ananda taught a session at the Glenview Hotel in Ireland, ideal for those looking for a site that has all the amenities for the typical traveler.
May. Buddhist Retreat Centre, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
At only 90 minutes drive from Durban, the remote host the Buddhist Retreat Centre in Ixopo, has a completely rural atmosphere.
The former president, Nelson Mandela, gave recognition to the center of the Nation Heritage Site for its environmentally friendly approach, the use of native plants and their work for the conservation of the blue swallow.
Therefore, visitors are encouraged to wander and observe birds in the extensive property.
In addition to the scheduled meditation retreats, it welcomes those seeking solitude and away from the modern world.
Located in a traditional Zulu tribal region, this community outreach work done among the local population through Woza Moya, in the valley of Ufafa.
June. Mokkh Wat Suan, Chaiya, Thailand
This forest retreat offers meditation retreats lasting ten days starting on the first day of each month.
Participants of all levels are welcome, but conditions are difficult. As I said Ajahn Buddhadasa, founder of the chapel: “Live fully and pointing to the top”.
By registering, you give your cell phone, the beds consist of a straw mat and wooden pillow. The wake-up bell rings at four o’clock.
The Garden of Liberation regularly attracts foreigners and is a good choice for those looking for an authentic experience of the forest monk in English lessons.
July. Ala Kukui, Hawaii
The idea of Ala Kukui, meaning “path to enlightenment” came after the events of September 11.
This sanctuary is located in an area of five acres among rolling hills and orchards in Maui and overlooks the Pacific Ocean and Haleakala volcano.
The different proposals throughout the year attract locals and visitors from afar.
Among the specialties is a retreat residence for veterans, that recognizes and seeks to cure PTSD extreme pain and sense of loss with which soldiers often deal.
There are also programs dance hula , writing and yoga.
August. Retirement Home and Chapel of Assisi, Assisi, Italy
If the Italian countryside gives you peace of mind, you can find solace in the farm of several hundred years that has four bedrooms.
The morning and evening meditation are followed by days spent exploring Assisi can choose to undertake “a walk through the ancient sacred sites” – in the countryside of Umbria region begin and end with periods of meditation in the morning and night.
In English-speaking withdrawals and accounts with space in the kitchen to prepare your own food.
September. Gampo Abbey, Nova Scotia, Canada
Gampo Abbey is focused on the monastic life of the Shambhala tradition.Residents commit for at least a year, but those who practice meditation regularly can go for a week during the summer season residence.
Those who want to study with the lead teacher of Gampo Abbey, Ani Pema Chodron (born in New York and his birth name is Deirdre Blomfield-Brown), they can do this year at the Omega Institute in New York, a venue less austere.
10. Kripalu, Massachusetts
It is located in the Berkshires, near the road to Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra is primarily a yoga center.
The wooded setting overlooking the lake is iconic New England, whether the branches are laden with snow winter or bursting with the colors of spring, summer and fall.
Most visitors to join a course, often a specialty yoga classes including Kripalu characteristic method, which emphasizes personal expression.
However, there are also many other programs, such as meditation, awareness training and running with couples massages.
There are yoga and dance classes for all levels available at various times.During school holiday periods are offered as options for children CircusYoga.
In keeping with the monastic history of the property, the rooms are basic: many people choose the dorms with bunk beds and shared bathrooms. There are some private rooms available.
The food service is suitable for vegetarians and is like a cafeteria. (Breakfast time is silent).
The new management implemented the wi-fi, coffee and all kinds of chocolates.
You can book in advance or place any kind of menu body treatments, including massages, facials and ayurveda consultations.