8 Best Meditation Retreats in Europe

Meditation, has many benefits such as anxiety control, stress reduction, memory improvement, improved self-awareness, among so many others. With this is mind it is easy to see why any meditation lover would enjoy any opportunity to enjoy a deep, undisturbed meditation experience.

If a peaceful, quality meditation experience is in your plans now or in the future, then you’re just in the right place. In this article, we’ve put together some of the best meditation retreats in Europe.  We’ll discuss some of the features of each retreat to help you pick any that is most suitable for you.

6 Day Yogi Adventure and Meditation in Sintra, Portugal

Want to fully unwind and enjoy some of the best nature has to offer? Then a week in the area of the “moon hill” Sintra might be exactly what you need. On this retreat, you will get a chance to renew your yoga and meditation practice and deepen and discover the healing benefits of these practices. This is made possible through the daily Vinyasa flow, Hatha classes, and guided meditations led by some of the most experienced tutors in the field.

You also get the opportunity to improve your lifestyle and nourish your body, mind, and soul through these lessons.

If you have been craving a fantastic and rejuvenating body and mind experience, waking up to the sounds of the ocean and breathing fresh, pure air on this retreat is one opportunity you do not want to pass you by.  You will be reminded of the simplicity, beauty, and abundance of life.

In this retreat, you’ll also be treated to healthy and tasty vegetarian meals alongside the daily practices intended to harmonize your mind and your entire being.

Included in this retreat

  • 5-night accommodation
  • Tasty and healthy buffet-style breakfasts, lunches, and dinner
  • Daily guided meditation sessions
  • Yoga classes
  • Springwater and teas Way to go! Most of the retreats on our list are open year-round so it’s never too late to make your bookings.

5 Day Mindfulness Meditation Retreat With Horses, South of France

If you’re seeking a chance to reconnect with yourself and reduce stress in the process, this meditation retreat is for you. Located in the serene Gascony region, an area known for its people’s long and healthy lives, the meditation retreat is modeled after the region in a lot of ways. So famous are they for their lifestyle, several scholars have over the years studied them to unravel the secret of their healthy and happy lives.  

In The Connect with Horses 5-Day Retreat, you are introduced to equine-assisted mindfulness training, guided meditation, and breathing exercises (pranayama) with horses to enhance your relaxation and help you recharge.

Just like the people of Gascony, you’ll experience a confidence boost and an increase in your self-compassion level through the life-enriching, transformational and compelling connection with horses.

On this retreat, you are finally presented with a chance to get away and relax for one week. You also get the opportunity to truly connect with nature and disconnect yourself from the usual stress of city life.  

The meals on the retreat are simple, tasty, and nourishing. The meals are prepared with various fresh produce sourced from the retreat’s farm and those from the weekly fresh food markets. This is done so your digestive system, just like other parts of your body, gets its well-deserved rest and your mind also fed in the process.

Also, if you’ve always been fascinated by horses and wanted to connect with them on a deeper level but have been unable to truly connect because of their size; this is an opportunity to enjoy that connection and gain so much from the horses’ wisdom and intuition like never before.

Included in this retreat

  • Equine-assisted mindfulness training sessions to improve the quality of your life
  • Comfortable accommodation for four nights
  • Health brunches and delicious dinners
  • Pranayama breathing sessions with the horses to help you let go of crippling fear and communicate better
  • Daily pranayama classes
  • Walking meditation sessions with horses through the woods and vineyards
  • Daily meditation classes
  • Water, coffee, and tea available throughout Way to go! Most of the retreats on our list are open year-round so it’s never too late to make your bookings.

6 Day Yoga Immersion and Detox in Transylvania Romania

Held in Akasha, a beautiful space with stunning mountain views in the Transylvania countryside of Romania, the retreat promises you an opportunity to unplug from the usual bustle of city life. Intended to take you as close to nature as possible, clean eating, spirituality, and deep relaxation is part of what you’ll enjoy on this 6-Day Yoga Immersion and Detox Retreat.

While on this retreat, you will be provided with an opportunity to immerse yourself in an amazing location way above the boisterous city life and enjoy a rare chance to practice a philosophy inspired by simple living, relaxation, clean eating, spirituality, and a healthy and balanced mind and body.

The 6-Day Yoga Immersion and Detox is also an opportunity to connect with and return to a greater, more powerful, and more mentally strong version of you. The complete abandonment of the old ways and the resulting peace will leave you more refreshed and stronger than you have probably ever been.

During booking, you will be asked about your meal preferences. On meals, you’ll be served simple organic and vegetarian meals. This is so special cases such as those gluten or lactose intolerant are catered for accordingly.

Included in this retreat

  • Accommodation for five nights
  • Yoga classes
  • Tasty and healthy buffet breakfast, lunches, and dinners
  • Guided meditation sessions
  • Springwater and tea available throughout

4 Days Urban Yoga Retreat in Barcelona City, Spain

The retreat organized right in the heart of the city provides you with an opportunity to enjoy a modern yogi lifestyle. On this retreat, you are presented with the opportunity to experience healthy and balanced yoga that you allows you to easily introduce yoga into your busy lifestyle.

The retreat provides you with some of the best international teachers, accommodation at a modernistic house, vegetarian/vegan meals, and several other activities and treatments intended to make your stay genuinely refreshing.

The retreat’s center itself is located in a nice quiet neighborhood and just a 10 minute walk to the beach of Barcelona.  You have access to the airy yoga space with beautiful old features with some modern touches in the house.

Included in this retreat

  • Experienced teachers
  • Accommodation for three nights
  • Vegetarian brunch
  • Yoga classes daily
  • Rooftop evening yoga classes
  • A scenic environment located in the center of the city

3 Day Yoga and Mindfulness Retreat, Ireland

Want to experience true transformation, healing, wellness, and rejuvenation? Then the 3-Day Yoga and Mindfulness Retreat in Ireland is one place you can experience all of it. On this retreat, you will be provided with an opportunity to manage your weight, strengthen your core, improve your mental health and gain deeper mental clarity, among several other benefits.

On this retreat, you and other participants will be introduced to the five Tibetan rites; a yoga practice focused on five simple Asanas that will revolutionize both your physical and energetic self.  If you have been trying to add some mindfulness into your life and enjoy more insight and relaxation, this retreat is undoubtedly for you.

At The 3-Day Yoga and Mindfulness Retreat, you will be treated to meals prepared to improve your vitality, health, and overall wellness from the inside out, thanks to the Food Is Medicine Program created by the chef. Your body’s ability to heal from diseases will also be restored. The fresh meals made with love by the chef are usually a blend of healing spices, herbs, and vegetables sourced from the organic garden.

Included in this retreat

  • 2-night accommodation
  • Nutritious and delicious breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • Daily meditation classes
  • Daily yoga classes
  • Free Wi-Fi connection

4 Day Private and Luxury Retreat with Spa Wellness, Tuscany Italy

This retreat offers you an exclusive private luxury experience with its combination of spa wellness and thermal hot springs for a truly transformative experience. 

On this retreat, you can finally let go of the old and welcome in a new beginning.  Through the deeply transformative program, you will discover your deeper strength, power, and peace. The retreat caters to your overall well-being, from the hot springs and spa wellness to the unique spiritual experience. 

For the next level, fuller, more self-aware, and happier you, this is one retreat you should be in. You will enjoy your introduction to Eastern and Western spiritual traditions with some of the best masters in the field.  

You will be treated to healthy Italian food and wine with a rich breakfast buffet and four-course dinner and lunches on food.

This retreat is certainly for you if you are looking to enjoy a completely private and spiritual experience in a magical and luxurious environment.

Included in this retreat:

  • A welcome drink
  • Water, tea, and coffee available throughout the day
  • Daily yoga classes
  • 1-hour treatment
  • Daily meditation classes
  • Comfortable accommodation
  • Pre and post-retreat support from the organizers
  • Wi-Fi connection

4 Day Personalized Yoga and Meditation Retreat in Spain

The program holds at Ellas Retreat; Paleros is a small village at the Ionian Sea near the Island Of Lefkada and is surrounded by sandy beaches. Thankfully, even though the retreat is located in a picturesque environment, it is not the main tourist attraction, making it even more fascinating.

This personalized retreat is organized to help you truly rejuvenate your body, mind, and soul. On this retreat, you’ll focus on your inner transformation, reconnection, and healing. In the mornings, you will spend lots of time relaxing in a peaceful and healing environment safe from the worries and stress of noisy city life and designed to suit your needs. You will also enjoy rejuvenating yoga sessions and evening meditations to calm your mind before bed.

If you would like to partake, healing treatments are provided to leave you deeply relaxed and rejuvenated.

You will enjoy the simple, nutritious and amazing vegetarian meals mindfully prepared with fresh and quality ingredients. You get breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and these are made from locally sourced produce. You are also encouraged to notify the retreat of any special dietary requirement you may have so your meals are made accordingly.

Included in the retreat

  • 3-night accommodation
  • Nutritious vegetarian meals
  • Morning yoga classes for improved flexibility and strength
  • Qi gong to better engage your inner power
  • Enriching activities of your choice
  • Mind-calming meditation sessions

8 Day Vipassana Meditation by the Sea of Palairos, Greece

On this retreat, you will undergo a 5-day Mindful Meditation (Vipassana), after which you will have some days to relax and enjoy the beach and the rest of the environment before the end of the retreat.

This meditation type (vipassana) is based on the foundations of mindfulness and trains the mind to stay aware of the present moment at all times to enable it to overcome everyday challenges.

Throughout your stay, you will enjoy the personalized guidance of an experienced and dedicated yoga and meditation instructor known for his unique and life-changing teachings.

To maintain the practice’s purity, participants at the retreat are encouraged to donate 20 euros per day though you are more than welcome to offer more. This helps cover some of the living expenses such as transportation, food, and housing of the teacher.

The meals are simple, nutritious, delicious and mindfully prepared, and served like everything on the retreat.

Included in this retreat

  • The beauty and serenity of Greece
  • 7-night accommodation
  • Nutritious vegan/vegetarian meals
  • Personal teachings during this retreat
  • A deeper understanding of mindfulness from the teachings and your practice
  • Journey into self

Final Words

Meditation offers so many benefits benefits and with the increasing stress due to our fast-paced lifestyle, the importance of a meditation retreat cannot be overstated.

Aside from an improved meditation practice that helps you become more connected to yourself, a meditation retreat is also an opportunity to get as much healthy fun as possible without the cares and worries of city life.

Most of the retreats on the list are open almost throughout the entire year.  So, no matter how busy you get at a particular time of the year, you can almost always be confident that at least one of them is open when you finally get to create the chance.

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