In the movie ‘Eat Pray Love’, Julia Roberts sets out to find herself: Eating in Italy, Praying in India and finding balance in Indonesia. The 7 Best Meditation Destinations that we’ve chosen below, offers natural beauty, cultural experiences, wellness, foodie experiences and many more.
This beautiful country nestled in the Himalayas with its peaceful monasteries makes it one of the best meditation destinations. Book a ‘Meditation with a Monk’-experience or just explore Bhutan. You will definitely find a beautiful spot in nature where you can just breathe in the moment. Visiting Bhutan you have to learn about the traditions of this country as well, as part of your inner journey.
The jaw-dropping natural setting of Sedona is a quiet retreat for inner reflection. Here you can do a relaxing 2 hour experience with an amazing guided meditation tour. Get a personalized Chakra reading and immerse yourself in the natural beauty surrounding you. Book a ‘Sedona Spiritual Meditation’ experience or visit the Red Rock State Park which offers bird-watching and beautiful hiking and picnic spots. You can also walk the Antelope Canyon in Arizona while you’re there.
A visit to Hue Pagoda and meditation over a hot pot of tea served by monks could be one of your most exceptional experiences.
The city Huế (Hue) with its 19th-century Citadel which is surrounded by a moat and thick stone walls, is a must see in Vietnam. With its palaces and shrines, the Forbidden Purple City (Tử cấm thành) was once the emperor’s home. Today it is no longer the vibrant beauty of yesteryear, but what remains is rather just a remembrance of its glory days. However if you are into the history of Vietnam, you will enjoy this destination, which is still popular with tourists as well. You can book a Private Tea and Meditation Tour / Thành phố Huế in Vietnam with Viator. Another beautiful spot in Vietnam is Ha long Bay.
Cape Town offers beautiful and tranquil meditations pots as well as a beautiful coastline with awesome views. Certainly one of the most famous spots is Camps bay beach. This is also the venue where the popular New Moon Peace Beach Meditation sessions are held. More than 1000 people often attend this free event. Cape Town also now offers its own ‘Camino’ on which you can find peace. In my opinion visiting a beach early morning at sunrise or late afternoon at sunset, is the best time of the day. From Camps Bay you’ll have a perfect view of the Twelve Apostles.
Combine a Meditation and self-healing journey with a unique culinary experience that only Tuscany can offer. From Luca to Siena and Florence; Italy has many fantastic destinations. In my opinion the ‘Mindful Cooking and Wellness 5 Day Vacation in the Apennines with a Private Chef’ is one of the best combination packages you can book online. (The Apennines is a mountain range in Italy.)
I think a trip of self-discovering or self-healing, to Spain is synonymous with walking the Camino. Combining the Camino with meditation is easy, as you follow the mindful-journey of the Camino. You will also find excellent retreats and yoga sunrise experiences in Spain.
Surrounded by nature you will find some of the best “quiet spaces” in the world. Known for its royal palaces, beautiful beaches, temples with Buddha figures and ancient ruins, Thailand is certainly one of the best known travel destinations as well. Therefore you will find some of the best meditation centers and retreats all over Thailand focusing on mindfulness and purifying the mind. In my opinion Thailand certainly is one of the Best Meditation Destinations in the world.
If you’ve ever wondered about the origin of the word “Namaste”, you can read more about it in Wikipedia’s explanation.
“In the contemporary era, namaḥ means ‘bow’, ‘obeisance’, ‘reverential salutation’ or ‘adoration’ and te means ‘to you’ (singular dative case of ‘tvam’). Therefore, namaste literally means “bowing to you”. In Hinduism, it also has a spiritual import reflecting the belief that “the divine and self (atman, soul) is same in you and me”, and connotes “I bow to the divine in you”. According to sociologist Holly Oxhandler, it is a Hindu term which means “the sacred in me recognizes the sacred in you”. – Wikipedia