10 of the best Yoga and Meditation retreats in the world

Soul Seed Travel Guide: The best Yoga and Meditation retreats in the world

Seeking a more meaningful and profound travel experience that will leave you feeling calmer, more centred and with a heightened sense awareness? Find your inner zen on one of our top recommended yoga and meditation retreats for 2018.

Easter Yoga retreat with meditation and wellness in Oxfordshire, 30th March – 2nd April

On our Easter yoga and meditation retreat in Thrupp, Oxfordshire be prepared to switch off, let go and give permission to yourself to totally relax.

It is springtime and at this time of year, the canal comes alive with life after a dormant winter. Stay in our gorgeous manor house and enjoy the peace that the meditation practices bring to you during the silent walk and in the yoga classes, and feel the body loosen and open up with the asana practices, shedding the winter sluggishness in exchange for a more energised and lighter you.

Explore the local surroundings and enjoy being in the countryside away from the frenetic pace of life in your day today. Walk along the canals, into the surrounding countryside or hire a canoe and paddle instead! Enjoy a massage from one of our expert in-house therapists or take time to rest and just be.

This retreat is suitable for anyone who’d like a weekend away with meditation in each yoga class, wellness, and healthy food. You don’t have to be practiced at meditation but be willing to sit for longer than 5 minutes. Beginners are welcome as well as all ages.

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Yoga Retreat Portugal – Vale de Moses, open April to October

Vale de Moses is a family run yoga retreat in the heart of the Portuguese mountains. Spend a week or more practicing yoga, receiving massage and acupuncture treatments, walking in forests, swimming in natural river pools and eating delicious nutritious food. Stay in one of the beautifully restored stone cottages, Soulpads or in a Tipi. Our retreat home is perfect for those in need of a break, rest and relaxation. We are surrounded by nature and forests, peace and tranquility – the perfect ingredients to restore your body and mind.

The combination of good food and sleep, clean mountain air and water, therapeutic massage and acupuncture, hill walking and river swimming, all create a highly restorative context in which to begin, or to deepen, your yoga practice. Retreat week run from April to October. A variety of styles of yoga are taught at Vale de Moses through the year by some delightful and inspiring teachers who will take care of you on your mat. Please do not worry about being “good” enough. Or flexible or thin enough. Or whatever enough. We prefer to think you are perfect just as you are. Whatever your capability or experience may be, you are truly welcome. It might be your first yoga retreat, perhaps your first yoga class, or maybe you’ve been practicing regularly for decades.

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Yoga, Mindfulness and Meditation Retreat in a French Chateau, 25 – 29 July/24 – 28 August

A 5 day retreat at award winning Yobaba Lounge to re-establish a rich, soulful connection to your yoga and meditation practice. Located in a picturesque medieval village in the southern French Pyrenees, the house feels like a temple, the rooms are large and stylish. The gourmet vegan food has been described as sensational, alchemical, the best ever, and more. It is often raw, always free from dairy, meats, gluten, and sugar. The food supports the practice and quickly rebalances digestion. Retreat facilitator Gertrud shares her practice of Embodied Meditation, which is the yoga of breath, mindfulness and movement. Without excessive effort, the practice strengthens your core, legs and hips, tones your parasympathetic nervous system and sets alight your inner space.

There will be periods of free time each day, which gives you opportunity to just relax in the walled garden, pamper yourself or explore wild swimming in nearby lakes and rivers. You will be held within a clear daily structure. The Yobaba Lounge team will look after all your practical needs whilst you let go and spend time with your self. Our retreats include periods of delicious silence (until mid-day each day) to help you reflect and integrate what arises during practice.

The retreat is intended for all those in need of rejuvenation, rest and relaxation, and those who are seeking a more mystical connection to their existing yoga and meditation practice. Nevertheless, it is suitable for beginners or those already proficient in either yoga or meditation.

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EAT.PRAY.MOVE Ocean and Mountain Yoga Retreat Bali, 8 – 14/15 – 21 April

Our time in Bali will be split between two locations so guests can experience the best of what this lovely land has to offer! We will start at a seaside village away from the hustle and bustle and really settle in to this week alongside the ocean! We’ll have half of the week with beach accommodations and a relaxing way to ease into our holiday. We will be taken care of by an award-winning boutique hotel family that will host us at both locations in Bali. The first is sumptuous yet unassuming – an ocean-front retreat that lies in the shade of Mount Agung, held up as sacred by Balians, and surrounded by opulent coconut groves.

Both hotels offer award-winning design accommodations and even one of the world’s “Top 50 Pools in the World.”. Guests will not only enjoy the grounds of the villa, the outdoor areas including a lovely pool, patio and lounges, but the retreat includes some amazing day-trips to the surrounding sites. A guided day in and around Ubud will lead guests through an introduction to this area. We’ll visit a spice plantation, get to participate in a Balinese healing and fire ritual, and learn Balinese cooking during our cuisine lesson. There will be time in nature, on the beaches, and also we’ll get to visit the Indonesian weavers of our “Give Back” Partner in Bali and learn more about the amazing textiles of the area.

The final full day entails a trip to the luxurious Four Seasons where we’ll delve deeper into Bali’s serene beauty and tradition by spending a day in the life of a local farmer – from a private guided walk through rice fields and jungle paths, followed by a picnic breakfast in a rice field pavilion, known as a bale, then we help local farmers plant rice with traditional methods. Next we venture to the spa villa close to the banks of the river for a traditional bathing ritual, scrub and massage. What a way to end the week – in pure relaxation!

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Soul Adventure Retreat: Discover your Magic of Tuscany, 12th – 19th May


Get ready to explore the unforgettable sights and the magic of Tuscany on our Soul Adventure Retreat, and be swept away by the irresistible culture and cuisine. Picture yourself unwinding at our delightful countryside villa, where you will be guided by life coach, Sharon Stokes to create and explore your own “Life Map”! Through self reflection, invigorating movement, healthy nutrition, and fun adventures, you will rekindle your inner sparkle, and leave bubbling with inspiration, fully connected to your life’s purpose.

Come experience your own ‘Under the Tuscan Sun’ adventure and immerse yourself in the magic and beauty of the Italian countryside while connecting with other like-minded women.

To balance this “soul work”, holistic health coach, Sarah McKeon will lead daily invigorating movement and yoga, positive mindset practices, and provide irresistible local and fresh cuisine. These wellness activities will keep your energy flowing and your body feeling its best!

On top of the soulful time at the villa, we will be exploring some of the majestic and iconic sights in Tuscany! Make sure to pack your walking shoes as we have 3 adventure days included in the retreat. The first is a full day exploring the culturally rich city of Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance. Secondly, we will visit the breathtaking coastal villages of Cinque Terre! Last, but not least, we will enjoy a leisurely bike stroll around the walled city of Lucca, and have dinner in the magical Piazza del l’Anfiteatro, the historic and soulful heart of the city. You will feel like a true Italian, strolling the cobblestone streets in this hidden gem.

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The Alchemist Meditation and Yoga Retreat, Lefkada Greece, 12th – 19th May 

Join us for a beautiful and transformative Indian Yoga and Meditation experience in the scenic backdrop of Lefkada Islands, Greece. Learn to go inside through deep Buddhist meditation and classical yoga in order to release our blockages and undo the cycles of our past, while simultaneously applying this powerful knowledge in order to heal the body through tantra, ayurveda and reflexology practices.

Winner of the Luxury Travel Guide Awards 2017 for Asia and Australia region and Service Excellence by Tripadvisor this is an intensive spiritual experience, where with the back drop of pure nature you can learn to go inside, let go off the pain, the cycles of limitations and expand beyond your original self through simple direct work on and into the mind which the Yogis have practiced for thousands of years.

There are opportunities to work directly with the Zen master and seek Transcendental appointments and therapies from him during the retreat. Come, allow yourself the change you have always wanted, but did not know how to create. This retreat is immerse and content rich, suitable for the student who is ready to form his her spiritual path.

Our luxurious back drop if the Urania Luxury Resorts, standing on top of a mountain overlooking the 7 Ionian Islands and the beautiful Ionian Sea.

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Classic Yoga Retreat, Portugal 8 – 14 April/7 – 13 October


Our classic yoga retreat is where all the elements of the yoga practice will be explained and explored in a simple yet profound way. This retreat is an overview of all that yoga has to offer. It can be considered a crash course for the beginner or curious new comer or also an opportunity to develop depth for the seasoned practitioner.

When you come to one of our retreats, everything is set for you. Three delicious, almost entirely organic, vegetarian meals are served, the venue Vale da Lama offers a splendid and spacious setting where you have plenty of room to move about, the beach is a 40 minute nature walk away, no car needed, and the accommodation is outstanding with lovely gardens and a pool.

To assist you during your resting and reflection period, two, sometimes three, yoga sessions are given by experienced down to earth teachers, who have a vast experience in adapting the practice to the needs of the individual and empowering you to bring that practice back home so it can become a meaningful, supporting and stabilising anchor in your life. With the experience that years of practice and teaching give us we can confidently tell you that the results are wonderful, people return stronger, lighter and with a renewed sense of appreciation for life.

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Sen Wellness Retreat Sanctuary in Sri Lanka, open all year

The Sen Wellness Sanctuary is a small, peaceful and modest retreat in a nature reserve set between a lagoon and the ocean in the south of Sri Lanka. It is the perfect place to immerse yourself in natural beauty and relax and rejuvenate your body and mind. The Sanctuary offers Yoga and Ayurveda retreats all year round and hosts detox retreats and special Signature retreats a few times a year. Founder Sam Kankanamge, is a world-renowned Osteopath who runs a clinic in London as well as hosting the signature retreats at the Sanctuary himself.

The Sanctuary offers Kundalini Yoga and other yoga styles in twice daily classes and meditations that mark sunrise and sunset. The gentle rhythm of the sanctuary and the pared back approach and architecture of the place allow for a genuine retreat. The focus here is on rest and connection with nature and oneself. The eclectic and fascinating selection of books available are perfect to fill your time between yoga, treatments and walks on the beach. You’ll be encouraged to put away your devices as much as possible and allow for a digital detox too.

We tailor our retreats to your needs, allowing you to have more control over how you enjoy your time. We offer twice daily yoga, meditation, Ayurvedic consultations and treatments, as well as osteopathy. Our retreats allow you to relax, rebalance and rejuvenate in a peaceful, healing environment in our natural sanctuary. With our retreat sanctuary in the mangrove forest by the beach, we invite our guests to reconnect with nature and feel the vital energy of Sri Lanka.

Re-Discover Balance Retreat – Yoga, Meditation and Ayurveda, Ubud Bali 15th – 22nd September


Join Justin Robertshaw and Caroline Pontual as they hold a 7 day Yoga, Meditation and Ayurveda retreat in lush and beautiful surroundings of Swasti Eco centre in Ubud, Bali. The retreat has an amazing content as well as plenty of free time to relax and will include daily led yoga classes, ayurveda treatment package (1 massage and 1 treatment), meditation and Pranayama workshops, a traditional Balinese water ceremony and waterfall visit and ayurveda consultations for each student so they know their Prakriti (biological and mental constitution) and vikriti (current state of health) and from there knowing how to balance their lifestyle more effectively through yoga asana (having better knowledge on which postures are better for them based on their individual constitutions), meditation, right diet and lifestyle. This knowledge can be then used during the retreat and also once the retreat has finished and empowers the participants to integrate into their daily lives going forwards.

This exclusive retreat will only have limited spaces available to allow a high level of teacher attention and support for all students. The peaceful retreat venue is ideally located just a short walk away from the magical arts and crafts village of Ubud with its well known market and the famous Monkey Forrest. Beautiful rice paddy views are close by with the Balinese volcanos in the backdrop. Justin and Caroline are two highly experienced yoga teachers with over 13 years of teaching and 21 years of practice experience between them and they welcome students of all levels from all around the world to their retreats and workshops.

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Seaside Yoga, Meditation and Hiking Holiday in Croatia 9 – 16 June/24 June – 1 July/22 – 29 July/1 – 8 September


Are you looking for an inspiring yoga holiday under the Mediterranean sun? Do you want to go somewhere where you can roll out your yoga mat by the sea in the morning, explore secluded beautiful beaches and unspoiled island’s nature in the afternoon, and cleanse your body with organic food and detox juices? Then this nourishing seaside yoga holiday in Croatia is perfect for you!

Experience the joys of yoga practice combined with meditation and breathing exercises, hiking through the amazing unspoiled nature of the island and neighboring Peljesac peninsula, a culinary tour, wine tour, sightseeing, excursions, a visit to a organic olive grove farm and a wild herbs workshop – where you will be able to learn about the culinary use and medical benefits of Mediterranean herbs. The extensive local knowledge of the retreat team ensures that you will enjoy the best authentic sights, flavors and experiences of Croatia.

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