Whenever you settle into a new habit that you enjoy, it’s easy to make it a part of your daily routine. Take yoga and meditation, for example. When the practice clicks, it can be hard to imagine going a few days without doing it.
However, once you get to a certain point, you might find yourself wanting to take what you’re already doing one step further—to deepen and up-level your practice. That’s often when a yoga or meditation retreat comes in. After all, sometimes you have to step away from your daily life to take your practice to the next level.
Adreanna Limbach, head teacher at MNDFL meditation studio in New York City, can relate. She points out that that the purpose of a retreat is to deepen your practice, which in turn offers you a deeper understanding of the benefits of meditation practice—more clarity, more ease, more insight, more emotional resilience
“A number of years ago I was on retreat in Colorado, and I realized all of the worries, uncertainty, a challenges I had been applying so much effort to ‘solve’ and ‘figure out’ very naturally became clear to me over the course of a few days of solid practice,” says Limbach. “It was like the mental equivalent of watching delicate jewelry gently untangling itself.”
Limbach says she finds meditation retreats that remove her from city living and take her into nature are the most beneficial. “Not only does it help me to disarm and shed my city skin,” she says, “but I’m also a firm believer that sometimes we need to give ourselves some space away from our habitual thoughts and behaviors—and the environments that created them—in order to untangle our patterns and see them clearly.”
Whether you just started dabbling with meditation or you’ve been meditating for years, we’ve rounded up some of the best meditation retreats in 2019—led by some of the world’s most experienced meditation teachers. With everything from weekend retreats to more intense, week-long experiences, here’s hoping you find the experience that will take your meditation practice to the next level.