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Spiritual Retreat Center Directory
What is a spiritual retreat? Generally speaking, it is a time that is spent apart from the ordinary workings of society — a time of rest and reflection. Even a busy parent or executive needs a period to relax and return to an awareness of the spiritual life.
In the following directory we have been able to list only a small percentage of the many spiritual retreat centers in the United States. However, we have tried to cover some of the most popular spots. These include Zen and Yoga centers, residential spiritual communities, health spas (with a spiritual focus), desert ranches and more.
If you do plan a trip to any of these centers, we would ask you to please call them before visiting, as many are open to visitors only part of the year.
Our directory is listed alphabetically by state:
Benedictine Spirituality and Conference Center
"The Benedictine Spirituality and Conference Center is a ministry of Sacred Heart Monastery. The Center responds to the needs of the local church and all the people of God by providing space and services for a variety of retreats and diocesan programs. It also develops and implements special programs in prayer, spirituality, and human development, all of which encourage people to deepen their relationship with God."
"Retreatants have private rooms with adjoining bath. The Retreat House is a modern 40 bedroom facility, air-conditioned throughout. It is situated on 1200 acres of woodlands, which provide ample space for solitude to commune with nature along wooded paths, bordering the Chattahoochee River. Home-cooked meals are served cafeteria-style. An outdoor swimming pool is available in season. A new Hermitage is available for those desiring greater solitude."
Holy Spirit Center
"Holy Spirit Center is the Archdiocesan Center for Ignatian Spirituality, developed in cooperation with the Archdiocese of Anchorage and the Jesuits. It includes a retreat house, conference facility, and programs for parish service, spiritual development and ministry formation. Guests are welcomed into a unique environment nestled in the foothills of the Chugach mountains on several acres of beautiful hills, and meadowland."
"Miraval literally means ‘view of the valley,' a metaphor for an experience that will provide guests with greater perspective in their everyday lives. Each guest has the opportunity to develop a schedule of stress management, self-discovery and recreational choices to ensure a uniquely enjoyable and life enhancing experience. Each activity at Miraval provides an opportunity to bring your life more fully into balance by opening a ‘door into the room of self-awareness and self-acceptance.'"
"The Merritt Retreat Center is dedicated to adult education in renewal and empowerment. Retreat programs are held in a charming rustic lodge tucked away in the rural community of Payson Arizona, endowed with a rugged inheritance of mountains and trees (elevation 5,000 feet): healthy home-cooked meals, hiking, hammocks, hot tub, and clean mountain air. T'ai Chi and meditation are specialties of the lodge."
"Western Spirit Enrichment Center is located just outside of beautiful Sedona, Arizona. The spiritual home is nestled on the side of majestic Mingus Mountain, sacred to the local Yavapai Indians, on five acres of spectacular mountain and red rock views, and is surrounded by thousands of acres of national forest land. It comprises an approximately 3,000 sq. ft. territorial-style home with large bedrooms available for guests. An open living room accommodates workshop gatherings and a spacious dining room welcomes our guests for meals."
"The Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center is an innovative eco-retreat center committed to the integration of all healing life forces for complete body, mind and spiritual renewal. We offer the art of physical rejuvenation, combined with psychological and spiritual development. We serve to inspire participants to fully experience the natural joy of sacred living. This beautiful mesa in the Patagonia mountains occupies 166 acres south of Tucson, Arizona."
"We offer 23 acres of a lush desert oasis set at the base of Camelback Mountain in the heart of the Scottsdale/ Paradise Valley resort district. For the spiritual reflection of our guests, the Chapel and Meditation Chapel are open daily with scheduled masses. If you would like to join us for one of our many weekend retreats, a private retreat, our classes and workshops or for a conference, please call us for further information and reservations. All are welcome at the Casa!"
"Spirit in the Desert Lutheran Retreat Center has an ecumenical focus, offering a unique setting for ministry that includes retreats, conferences and seminars....or a place to just be still in God's presence. Our world of rest, relaxation and renewal is waiting for you. We look forward to welcoming you soon at Spirit in the Desert."
"For over forty years, the Redemptorist Renewal Center has been an enlivening presence in Southern Arizona dedicated to contemplative prayer, study, and practice. Welcoming people of all faiths and backgrounds to its nourishing desert spirit, the Redemptorist Community and staff have ministered to the spiritual needs of people from Arizona and around the world. From our humble beginnings offering private and group retreats, we have grown into a visionary community that administers a wide variety of pastoral and spiritual education programs."
The Chopra Center for Well Being
"The mission of our center is to heal, to love, to transform and to serve. As you travel along your unique life path, guided by questions and answers you encounter along the way, it is my deepest desire that we can help your envision your own limitless possibilities. The Chopra Center for Well Being offers a variety of resources. Each is devoted to helping you better understand the power of your body, mind and spirit connection to both your inner and outer universe."
"Of 377 acres of Japanese gardens and mountain trails. Delight in a perfect climate. Enjoy service by a staff (four to each guest) that quietly, wondrously anticipates every need. Share triumphs with 39 like-minded companions. Our expert staff guides you through a week of our renowned mind/body fitness program -- the perfect blending of physical and mental challenges with restorative and healing therapies."
"Harbin Hot Springs is a non-profit retreat and workshop center located in the wine region north of San Francisco. We welcome guests from around the world who travel here to soak in our natural spring pools, bask on our clothing-optional sun decks, receive massages from our certified therapists, attend workshops, hike our 1160 acres, or otherwise simply relax."
"Dedicated to exploring work in the humanities and sciences that furthers the full realization of the human potential, Esalen offers public workshops, residential work-study programs, invitational conferences, and independent projects that support our mission. As a center designed to foster personal and social transformation, we offer those who join us the chance to explore more deeply the world and themselves."
"The Center is inspired by Baba Hari Dass and is sponsored by the Hanuman Fellowship, a group whose talents and interests are unified by the common practice of Yoga. We are a community designed to nurture the creative arts and the health sciences within a context of personal and spiritual growth. We are an education and retreat center located on 355 acres of mountain-top redwood forest and grassland overlooking all of Monterey Bay."
"Green Gulch Farm Zen Center, also known as Green Dragon Temple (Soryu-ji), is a Buddhist practice center in the Japanese Soto Zen tradition offering training in Zen Meditation and ordinary work. It is one of three centers that make up the San Francisco Zen Center which was founded by Shunryu Suzuki-roshi. Green Gulch Farm is located in Marin County, just north of San Francisco, in a valley that opens out onto the Pacific Ocean. In addition to the temple program of meditation and study, it includes an organic farm and garden, as well as a guest and conference center."
"Tassajara, Zen Mind Temple (Zenshin-ji), is a Zen Buddhist community which was established by the San Francisco Zen Center in 1966. Its hot springs were used by Esselen Indians, and it has been a hot springs resort from the 1860s. From May through August, Tassajara offers guest practice and work-study programs, workshops and retreats as well as individual accommodations for vacationing guests. For the rest of the year, September through April, the monastery is closed to the public so that students of Zen Buddhism can engage in traditional monastic training periods. Reservations are absolutely required, even for day guests."
"A self-service conference and retreat center with simple, comfortable accommodations, modestly priced. On 80 acres of Redwood forest, 2 hours south of San Francisco, 20 minutes outside of Santa Cruz. A sacred place for friends to gather, offering: group rentals, personal retreats, our own schedule of Quaker Center Programs focused on Quakerism, spiritual growth, and social justice."
"Since its beginning as a retreat and seminar center more than forty years ago, Four Springs has been a natural setting
dedicated to spiritual and psychological exploration. Our own seminars invite personal exploration of wisdom texts,
supported by others on the journey and in freedom to discern
"Heartwood Institute offers an environment of total immersion in learning and healing. The retreat-like country setting, the nurturing organic food, the healing community environment, the sacredness of our land and our commitment to excellence in vocational training create what our students report is the most meaningful experience of their lives."
"San Damiano is a place of restorative powers, nestled among 55 acres of wooded hills. We offer guests of all faiths and backgrounds a serene environment of great natural beauty, a place where the spirit may seek clarity and renewal without distraction. At San Damiano Retreat Center, we offer Private Retreats to individuals seeking to step away for awhile from their everyday cares. A private retreat has no set program. It is up to the individual to use this time for prayer, quiet, rest or whatever is needed to retreat and renew."
"The Yoga Farm is located in the foothills of California's Sierra Mountains, situated in the heart of California's Mother Lode Country. It is surrounded by rolling hills, forests of oak and pine, and clear streams. Here are 70 acres of secluded peace and solitude, where the sounds of nature soothe the mind and body - ideal for yoga retreats and meditation. In spring and summer yoga classes are held on the outdoor deck shaded by a grove of oak trees. You can take a meditative walk in our Peace Miracle Labyrinth; casual, contemplative walks around the beautiful 40 acres, and the adjacent 30 acres or hike the 108 steps to Siva hill."
"In the quiet serene atmosphere of Spirit Mountain Retreat you begin to relax, come home to the natural world and your place in it, and deepen awareness and consciousness of the Divine Presence within all. Through practices such as meditation, dreamwork, music, art, and journaling you may come to greater appreciation of your soul's journey, honoring it with compassion and gentleness. Meeting for spiritual guidance can be helpful as you listen to your heart and its desire to soften, dissolve barriers and reconnect with who you really are. Schedule a retreat for an overnight, during the week/weekend and for longer periods of time."
"The Ojai Retreat is a haven of beauty and tranquility nestled on a five-acre hilltop. The Ojai Retreat offers a main house and cottages with twelve completely renovated guest rooms; a delicious healthy Breakfast is offered seven days a week. Our mission statement is to provide a haven of natural beauty and tranquility in which individuals of all backgrounds may find relaxation, inner peace, spiritual and cultural enrichment. The Ojai Retreat is a non-profit, non-denominational organization operating since 1993. Everyone welcomed."
Shoshoni Yoga Retreat
"Become new all through in a weekend of Yoga, Meditation, and Relaxation. Shoshoni is an ideal Retreat for those in need of rest and replenishment. Shoshoni enables you to find the love and happiness within yourself. Teaching you to open your heart is one of our goals. Shoshoni is a residential Ashram (hermitage of yogis) and a Yoga & Spiritual retreat, in the mountains above Boulder, Colorado. Our primary purpose is to assist people in the understanding and experience of their true nature."
"The town of Crestone is located in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Range, at an elevation of 7,800 ft. above one of the largest alpine valleys in the world, the San Luis Valley." Crestone is a unique spiritual community that includes representatives from many of the world's religions. For details, please visit the individual centers' sites: Nada Hermitage (Carmelite Catholic), Haidakhandi Universal Ashram (Hindu tradition), Crestone Mountain Zen Center (Zen Buddhism).
"Shambhala Mountain Center is both an introductory and in-depth training center for students of the Buddhist teachings. The Center is also a non-sectarian facility where the insights of Buddhism can mix with other traditions of human transformation and be applied to educational, cultural, artistic and business disciplines. Shambhala Mountain Center is available for use by third party groups for their own retreats and conferences and by individuals interested in their own personal growth."
"Sophia Peace Center hosts retreats, reunions and weddings in a beautiful sanctuary. Located on the mesa above Colorado's Dolores River, the Center is surrounded by the San Juan and Mesa Verde mountain ranges. Spacious overnight accommodations, healthy cuisine, meeting and meditation rooms are provided. Walk the labyrinth and Peace Path or enjoy 30 areas of wildflower meadows. New cottages are available, for individuals or small groups, close to some of the best hiking, mountain biking and cross-country skiing. The Center also raises money to give non-profits free retreats to help contribute to peace and positive change in the world."
"On 54 acres of meadows, woods, and brooks off a quiet country road in the beautiful Northwest Hills of Connecticut, Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center offers indoor and outdoor sanctuaries for meditation, prayer, creative thinking and spiritual development for individuals, groups, corporations, professional associations, or other organizations. This former center of spiritual development for the community of Catholic sisters, the Daughters of Wisdom, is now an interfaith center for women and men who value seeking and learning in a contemplative environment."
"Nestled on four acres of land in a peaceful rural setting, the Oratory is an eight bed retreat house, with a chapel, where guests may come for an hour, a day, overnight, or longer. The Oratory is ecumenical, welcoming people from all denominations. Guests will find God's healing love and grace as they become close to God through prayer and rest. It is a place where those ill or injured in mind, body or spirit -- the walking wounded and the spiritually dying -- may come to seek healing and rest."
"Mercy Center at Madison, is a conference and retreat center for human development. We offer a hospitality that reveres the value and uniqueness of each person and host and develop programs that enhance the quality of life in a changing world. Mercy Center At Madison, situated on forty acres of graceful lawns, and woodlands, overlooks 1110 feet of private beach on Long Island Sound, a setting of rare coastal beauty and tranquility."
"Incarnation Center is a ministry of the Episcopal Church in the northeast region of the United States and the longest running church affiliated camp and conference center in the world! We are located on 700 beautiful and restful wooded acres. We would be pleased to host your next conference, meeting or private retreat. Whatever your needs, the professional staff at Incarnation Center (Episcopal Camp and Conference Center) await to provide you with a marvelous and memorable opportunity for individual growth, discovery of life and renewal of faith."
"Since 1951, Holy Family's retreat teams have extended their special Passionist hospitality to people of all faiths and backgrounds. We offer our guests the opportunity to rest, reflect and discover the peace of God. At Holy Family, you'll find a warm welcome, inspiring liturgies, conferences and workshops, delicious, healthy, home-cooked meals, beautiful, wooded grounds, and music that will make your heart sing. You'll also find yoga, reiki and massage therapy. At Holy Family, you've entered another dimension, one that encourages you to relax, breathe deeply, and be renewed by God."
"Our Lady of Calvary Retreat Center is a retreat house for women. The Sisters of the Cross and Passion (Passionist Sisters) and lay people who share in the Passionist charism staff the retreat house and aim to be 'people for people,' providing for others a place where life and growth are shared, fostered, and celebrated. Our Lady of Calvary offers a spiritual oasis for people of all faiths and ages. The retreat house is a welcoming space where tranquility and peace abound. We invite you to experience the Passionist charism of the staff as you draw closer to God."
"The aim of Guest House is to provide a nurturing, supportive environment that will allow individuals to focus on their work and use their collective energy to develop their human potential, strengthen their organizations, and bring their individual work into the world. Guest House was founded with a three-fold purpose: To serve as a home for East Coast Diamond Approach groups. To provide a supportive environment to other teachers and organizations with compatible aims working in the areas of psychology, spiritual work, health and wellness, leadership and teamwork, scientific exploration, or ecological, social and environmental responsibility. To deepen and expand the Diamond Approach by creating programs that generate dialogue between the Diamond Approach and other teachings and disciplines."
Center for New Beginnings
"Cradled on a wooded and serene setting near the Chattahoochee National Forest, 90 min. north of Atlanta Int'l Airport. Comfortable and homelike accommodations, private and semi-private for groups of 8 to 65. Two hot tubs, a pond, reflecting pool, and tremendous nature trails. Features nutritious and tasty meals."
"Enota is a spiritual, charitable, educational Trust. Enota's purpose is to work for the Highest Good of All, dedicated to the awakening of the consciousness of humanity; to be a sustainable, spiritual, educational sanctuary and community. Offering full service retreat facilities, we can accommodate well over 100 people. Providing meals, meeting rooms, linens, everything your group needs. Pristine and scenic location, with endless hiking and areas for meditation. Perfect place to experience the Divine through nature."
Kalani Oceanside Eco-Resort
"Kalani is great for year-round personal getaways or group retreats (up to 100)! Hawaii's Eco-Resort, Kalani is the only coastal lodging facility within the Aloha State's largest conservation area. Kalani treats you to delicious, wholesome cuisine, comfortable, affordable accommodation options, Olympic pool/spa, massage therapies, traditional culture and a rainbow of seminars. Kalani sponsored seminars usually are 6 night, 7 days, beginning with dinner, ending with lunch."
"Nechung Dorje Drayang Ling is a Buddhist temple and retreat located on 25 acres in Wood Valley, the Ka'u District of the Island of Hawai'i. His Holiness the Dalai Lama has visited and taught here twice. Many other well known Tibetan lamas of all lineages are invited yearly to teach programs open to the public. Wood Valley Temple, as it is known locally, has a Guest House with 9 rooms. It accommodates 15 people or a small group comfortably. Established in 1973 by the Venerable Nechung Rinpoche, Nechung Dorje Drayang Ling is a center for the dissemination of the Buddhist teachings, a place for great masters to teach and for students to receive and actualize these instructions through contemplation and meditation."
The Sabbath Center
"We are a retreat and Conference Center adjacent to Lake Carroll, Illinois approximately 100 miles west of Chicago. We all need time for rest, relaxation, and recreation. We need time to remember the God who created us, who continues to care for us, who calls us into relationships. In other words we need 'Sabbath Time.' It is our mission to provide such sabbath time and space at the Sabbath Center. We facilitate retreats for individuals and small groups seeking renewed relationships with God and each other."
"The rich tradition of Carmelite spirituality and hospitality provides a setting for a variety of programs for men and women seeking a deeper experience of God and of themselves. Our facility offers 30 comfortable rooms with private baths. Delicious home-cooked meals and hospitality of our staff are hallmarks of our Center. Our complex is also home to the beautiful Shrine, Museum and Chapel devoted to Thérèse of Lisieux, the Little Flower. The lovely Chapel and Museum, open to the public everyday, have been enlarged and renovated and provide a prayerful space for your private reflection."
"The Orbis Farm is 75 acres of woodland crisscrossed with walking trails. The garden is the very center of our hearts. Beds of vegetables, splashes of vibrant flowers interspersed with over 75 scented herbs provide much of the food for our vegetarian table. The Yoga Pavilion which is our retreat house offers all the urban comforts including air conditioning. There is dormitory sleeping, and we supply beds and linens. We have a hot tub on the back porch and an above ground pool next to the Pavilion! Bring your suits and soak away your aches, pains and cares."
"Rainbow Farm, an International Emissary Community, is the setting for Oakwood Retreat Center, located in East Central Indiana just east of Muncie. As a host facility for retreats and group events we provide fully equipped meeting spaces, dining facilities, and guest rooms with accommodations available for up to 50 people. Open meadows, springs, woodlands, and organically farmed fields surround the dwellings and meetings spaces with sacred presence. Gardens invite guests to wander or rest in the midst of the beauty of every season. Trails and roads provide access to more than 300 acres of field and forest. Indoor spaces reflect the outer majesty creating an atmosphere conducive to contemplation, reflection, and discovery."
"Founded on March 21, 1854, Saint Meinrad Archabbey is a thriving community of 120 monks who make new the Benedictine tradition in the 21st century. Daily, they commit their lives to prayer and work, faithfully following vows of obedience, stability of place, and conversion of life. Saint Meinrad offers a quiet, contemplative setting for your retreat. The beautiful surroundings, with lakes, trees and lovely vistas, provide space for your prayer and reflection. Those attending retreats at the Guest House will stay in one of 25 rooms with twin beds and private bath. Meals and conferences will be held on the lower level of the Guest House."
"The Benedict Inn Retreat and Conference Center, opened in 1981, was founded on the 5th century teachings of Benedict of Norcia, Italy. In The Rule of Benedict, St. Benedict provided a guideline for those seeking happiness and spiritual fulfillment through a search for God in the ordinary aspects of daily life. From these values of moderation, hospitality and diversity sprouted our mission. In this way, we reach out to the community with our hospitality and encourage the growth of our guests through opportunities for spiritual, emotional, intellectual and social interaction. From a peaceful environment set on 40 landscaped acres, we offer you many unique amenities, including gazebo flower gardens, benches & wild bird habitats."
New Melleray Abbey
"In an effort to meet the needs of people in our day, New Melleray makes its Guest House available to people who would like to make quiet, personal retreats. Because of the nature of the retreat setting, we ask that you do not bring radios, or other audio devices, and that you honor the quiet of the place. We encourage guests to follow the monastic practice of silence and separation from the outside world. The Guest House at New Melleray has 18 rooms available for guests. On the second floor, there is a small library containing a select collection of books on contemplation and monastic spirituality. We also have a cafeteria that serves three meals a day, as well as a Guest Chapel, conference and meeting rooms, a coffee room, and a Gift Shop."
The Light Center
"Thirty four acres nestled in the woods, angel gardens and walking paths, a meandering creek and wooded hills to get lost in all help to create the peaceful setting of The Light Center. For years, The Light Center has been developing into a sacred space where people are welcomed to come away from the ordinary world of everyday life. Immersing ourselves in nature provides an inner quiet that allows the deeper work of developing into all we can be. This subtle form of healing needs a quiet place that enfolds us in a sense of safety."
"Tallgrass Spiritual Retreat Center offers a variety of meaningful retreats for women. Tallgrass is located on 4 acres of a larger working cattle ranch. It consists of two buildings, the Main House and the Bunkhouse. The Bunkhouse can accommodate 12. While the Main House can sleep up to nine, it is used mainly for overflow accommodations or for individual retreats. It is also the home of the Center's Director. Both buildings are large 2-story houses. There is a meditation path among the cedar trees and a natural grass labyrinth mowed into the grass."
The Ark Retreat Center
"The Ark is an ecumenical retreat center in a woodland setting overlooking the mountains, providing peaceful seclusion for rest, renewal, and re-centering; a welcoming environment of hospitality and companionship for persons desiring to grow in their relationship with God and in their response to God's calling for their lives; guided retreats incorporating periods of silence for prayer and reflection, journaling, and meditative use of the arts; quiet days and silent retreats for individuals and groups."
Northern Pines Health Resort
"Come to a place where the tall pines, clean water, and clean air bring you serenity and relaxation--Northern pines, located in Raymond, Maine, on the shores of Crescent Lake. Northern Pines Health Resort offers individuals and couples a place apart to let go of stress, to enjoy nurturing, to move through transitions, to improve in health in body, mind, and spirit. With our natural whole foods vegetarian diet, exercise to meet your needs, daily yoga and meditation, you relax, learn healthier ways of living and connect with the deeper you."
"Greenfire is a retreat house in Tenants Harbor, Maine for women. A Center for all women who are in need of Rest, Renewal, Discernment, Healing, Inspiration, Spiritual Growth. This is a quiet, sacred place for contemplation, meditation and prayer. We offer hospitality and calm in the midst of a fast-paced world. All women are welcome from any faith tradition or none."
Dayspring Retreat Center
"Set in the rolling hills, forests, and fields of the Maryland countryside, the silent retreat center is holy ground that offers space for solitude, silence, reflection and prayer. Dayspring's two hundred acres are available for walks by the streams and through the woods and meadows, while two ponds and a lake await those who are drawn to quiet waters."
"Am Kolel is a spiritual retreat center in Western Montgomery County, Maryland, less than an hour's drive from downtown Washington, DC. It is a place of peace, simplicity, and serenity in which to renew, foster creativity, and celebrate the bounties of creation. Stay in one of our comfortable rooms, sit in the chapel or walk the acres of fields and woods, and enjoy the sounds of the country. Sanctuary also hosts the Am-Kolel - Kehila Library, a primarily Judaic Library of Jewish philosophy, spirituality, Kabbalah, history and literature."
Rowe Camp and Conference Center
"Unitarian Universalist Rowe Camp and Conference Center is a spiritual and educational organization offering opportunities for the presentation and exchange of a wide variety of ideas and beliefs consistent with Unitarian Universalist principles and values. Our purpose is to help people make better sense of their lives and help them make their world a better place in which to live. Our mission is to provide opportunities for people to explore diverse, far-reaching subjects in order to learn about themselves, each other, our cultures and the earth, and go forth with new knowledge, insight, and courage."
"Kripalu is the largest center for yoga and holistic health in the US, serving people of all backgrounds for more than 20 years. We offer a large number of experiential yoga, self-discovery, holistic health, and spiritual programs that present ancient yogic principles in a contemporary, accessible, yet profound way. Our educational programs are designed to provide participants with tools they can apply in their daily lives to foster their long-term growth and development."
"The Insight Meditation Society was founded in 1975 as a nonprofit organization to provide a place for the intensive practice of insight meditation. IMS operates a retreat center set on 80 wooded acres in the quiet country of central Massachusetts. It provides a secluded environment for intensive meditation practice. Complete silence is maintained during retreats at all times except during teacher interviews. Vipassana Retreats are designed for both beginning and experienced meditators. Daily instruction in meditation and nightly Dharma talks are given, and individual or group interviews are arranged with the teachers at regular intervals."
"Shantigar Village, a not-for-profit foundation, is dedicated to where artistic and spiritual practices meet. It is a farm on a spectacularly beautiful mountainside in Western Massachusetts. Shantigar Village workshops in performance and other arts are conducted by professional artists-teachers who share a commitment to an approach that is at once creative, healing and spiritual. Shantigar Village workshops are open to people at any level of experience."
"Adjoining the monastery is a small Retreat House with eleven private rooms each with a private bath. Retreats for clergy and laypeople are offered mid-week, Monday afternoon to Friday morning, and on weekends, from Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon. The retreat house closely conforms to the atmosphere of the monastery. The celebration of Mass and the Liturgy of the Hours frame the structure for each day with a generous amount of time also set aside for private prayer, reading and contemplative quiet. The Abbey Retreat House is usually filled six months in advance. Reservations are accepted only for six months ahead."
"The Abbey of Our Lady of Glastonbury was founded on September 14, 1954, by the Abbey of Saint Benedict, Benet Lake, Wisconsin. It became an independent priory on August 25, 1962. The monastery was raised to the status of an Abbey on January 8, 1973 by the Holy See. The Glastonbury Chapel is open to the public daily, except during of the last week of August when the monks are on their annual retreat. In addition to the daily prayer schedule listed below, Glastonbury also offers retreats, religious education classes for adults, and an interfaith lecture series to enrich our understanding of faith and prayer."
"Rolling Ridge is a retreat and conference center open to people of all faiths, and to a wide variety of groups who seek a time of rest and reflection, who desire new resources for living, who long for space to listen or to plan and create. Private rooms for personal retreats are also available. The 38 acres of woods, rolling hills and lakefront and the 40 room Georgian estate provide the setting and accommodations for you or your group. Rolling Ridge is a ministry of the New England Conference, United Methodist Church. The Director, Rev. Larry J. Peacock, and the staff look forward to meeting you."
Colombiere Conference Center
"Colombiere opened as a Jesuit Seminary in 1959. It is named after Claude de la Colombiere, a Jesuit teacher, orator and spiritual director, who lived in France from 1641 to 1682 and was canonized May 31, 1992. Currently we serve as a conference and retreat center with accommodations for day or overnight guests including appealing buffet style meals, 15 spacious meeting rooms, outdoor pool, auditorium, gymnasium, chapel and other amenities. Although the facilities reflect the Jesuit influence, they are not limited to those of the Catholic faith."
"A retreat is a time to slow down, to be still, to reflect, to restore your spirit -- a time that allows you to encounter your deepest needs, feelings, values, and impulses away from the voices and needs of others. The type of retreat you choose will depend on the time you have and the amount of structure you want. You can select a directed, private, or program retreat. Our property includes beautiful hiking trails through woods and marshland. Chapel, private prayer rooms, library, gazebo and courtyard are available."
"Clare's Well Spirituality Farm and Retreat Center is a 40-acre farm with a large farmhouse, hermitages, garden, lake and woods. The peaceful and natural surroundings help you rediscover your own spirituality through a new kind of relatedness with the life-giving energy of mother earth. You are invited to Clare's Well where you can enjoy: personal reflection, integration, study and healing, dreaming and sharing, communal prayer and ritual, receiving the healing touch of massage, sauna and hot tub, labyrinth and walking paths. Both women and men are welcome."
"Inspired by Gospel and Franciscan values that welcome all persons, Assisi Community Center offers a holistic spiritual environment and resources that affirm, nurture, and educate. Assisi Community Center (ACC), located at Assisi Heights (Rochester MN), is a non-profit retreat and conference center serving more than 40,000 people yearly. ACC provides conference space, overnight accommodations, holistic spiritual resources, and quiet and supportive environments for individuals and groups seeking holistic renewal."
"McCabe Renewal center offers space and opportunities to nurture the whole person through private and group retreats, workshops and a variety of programs. As a ministry of the Benedictine Sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery, the Center is committed to journey with others as they seek wholeness and inner peace. We welcome members of all faith traditions or anyone seeking spritual renewal. We can accommodate up to 25 day guests and 18 overnight guests."
The Dwelling Place
"The Dwelling Place was established in 1987 as a non-profit, Catholic house of hospitality and prayer. The Dwelling Place is a place of quiet for those who wish to get away, be still, and reflect... a retreat for all who seek peace, joy, and healing. Visitors to The Dwelling Place come from differing backgrounds and religious traditions. Through their visits, individuals find themselves blessed with reconciliations, renewals of faith, and deeper spiritual lives."
Unity Village Retreats
"Unity Village retreats are open to all religious faiths, bringing together people of different backgrounds from around the world. Retreats are designed to provide you with an opportunity for renewal... renewal of energy, faith, and friendship. Each Unity retreat develops a different topic in depth. A variety of speakers, uplifting music, spirit-filled prayer groups, quiet times, and sacred ceremonies will help you discover new avenues to God and truth about yourself. Located on 1400 acres of lush green landscape, Unity Village provides two heavenly lakes, a beautiful refreshing pool, a chance to enjoy golf and tennis, and most important, an atmosphere that is sacred and tranquil enough to allow you to feel the presence of God."
"The mission of Lake Doniphan Conference & Retreat Center is to provide a peaceful, safe environment of natural and sacred beauty where persons from all walks of life come to seek refuge and reconciliation, find renewal and inner peace of mind and spirit, explore virtues and enrich the quality of life's activities, and to deepen personal relationships with their Creator and with those with whom they share this journey through life."
Feathered Pipe Ranch
"Since 1975 we have offered personal growth seminars at the Feathered Pipe Ranch in yoga, holistic health, psychology, astrology, shamanism, the arts, and bodywork. We also sponsor tours throughout the world to foster personal growth, study ancient tribal traditions and experience the transformative energies of places of pilgrimage. We sponsor national conferences on alternative health care issues and tribal spirituality.
Saint Benedict Center
"St. Benedict Center is built on 160 acres of farmland across the road from Christ the King Priory in Schuyler. We offer a retreat center for seekers of God, for people who are tired of living in a noisy world and want to be alone in order to listen to the Lord. We invite individuals for private or directed retreats. We offer retreat programs that help to get in touch with the mystery of God within us and in all reality and that give guidance toward a healthy and more authentic spirituality, but also toward better self-knowledge and toward coping with difficult human situations."
Aryaloka Buddhist Retreat Center
"Aryaloka is a place dedicated to the pursuit of the Buddhist spiritual path. We offer a full schedule of classes, workshops, and residential retreats for people at all experience levels. The center is also a gathering place for a thriving community of practicing Buddhists throughout New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts. We are located in Newmarket NH, 70 miles north of Boston MA. Situated on 14 acres of woodland along the Piscassic River, Aryaloka offers freedom from the complexity and 'busyness' of everyday life."
The Mandala Center
"The Mandala Center (TMC) is a peaceful and appealing place for people to refresh the mind, renew the spirit, and heal the body. TMC encourages people to study how better to know themselves, their motivations, and their exceptional capacity to become what they dream they can become. TMC is an interdenominational, multi-racial, multi-cultural resource center providing programs in these special areas of interest: Leadership Development, Spiritual Process, and Health and Wholeness."
"Nestled in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains lies the double monastery of Our Lady of Guadalupe Abbey and Mother of Mercy and Peace Monastery, ocated twenty-five miles east of Santa Fe, New Mexico. From its very inception, the monastery has served as a center for retreats and church renewal. The first Cursillo in the US was held here. From the beginning, the community has been active in Marriage Encounter and Family Retreats."
"Ghost Ranch is a year-round education and retreat center located in Northern New Mexico amongst the beautiful hills and red mesas made famous by the paintings of Georgia O'Keeffe. On 21,000 acres in the center of inspirational scenery, Ghost Ranch offers more than 300 classes a year on topics ranging from plein air painting to yoga, archaeology to pin-hole photography. Guests may also book private retreats or small group gatherings in a self-contained spiritual retreat space called Casa del Sol. Ghost Ranch, owned by the Presbyterian Church, welcomes all people of diverse faiths and cultural backgrounds to use our B&B, retreat facilities and attend seminars."
"The Ocamora Foundation is a non-profit educational retreat center dedicated to serving individuals and groups wishing to pursue the path of retreat as a means of coming into peace. It is located two hours northeast of Santa Fe at an elevation of 7500 feet in a remote and beautiful valley within the complex of a one-hundred-fifty year old ranch. The setting is both vast and intimate, offering a unique experience of nature unspoiled and tranquil."
"Upaya, Sanskrit for 'skillful means' or 'the craft of compassion,' is a Buddhist study center nestled in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, just minutes from the plaza of Santa Fe. We offer courses and retreats on engaged spirituality and on contemplative care of the dying. We also offer Zen training, meditation retreats and international retreats. Groups and individuals may use our facility for retreats."
"For 22 years, through our workshops and retreats, Omega has been a pioneer in exploring, teaching, and embracing new ideas. We have also had another mission: to create a peaceful oasis in a hurried world. To this end, we have made our campus a healing center, a place where you can relax, rejuvenate, and feel at home in the midst of nature's bounty and a community of warm, caring people. The beauty of our gardens, lake, and rolling hills, the friendly staff, the wonderful food, and the facilities at our Wellness Center all support what people come to Omega to learn."
"Ananda Ashram provides a common ground where East and West, classical and contemporary may come together to form a vital, peaceful whole. To this end, individuals of all faiths, origins and cultural backgrounds are welcome. All our programs offer a way to deepen our understanding of the Self and the spiritual unity behind all beings, philosophies, traditions, arts and sciences. We invite you to take part in our daily meditation programs and ongoing classes in Hatha Yoga, Sanskrit language and classical Indian dance, as well as weekend workshops, special courses and retreats, traditional celebrations and cultural performances."
"Karma Triyana Dharmachakra is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery beautifully situated in the heart of the Catskill Mountains above Woodstock, New York. It is the North American monastic seat of His Holiness the Gyalwa Karmapa, the spiritual head of the Kagyu Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. Karma Triyana Dharmachakra was built through the blessings and inspiration of His Holiness in response to the sincere supplication of students in the West who yearned for an authentic place for study and practice. Here, the teachings and practices of the ‘whispered lineage' are preserved in their purity and made available to Western students who wish to learn about and practice Tibetan Buddhism."
"At Elat Chayyim we pride ourselves on being an inclusive Jewish community. Whether an advanced Kabbalah student or one who wishes to learn the Alef-Bet (the Hebrew ABCs) our programs are designed for you. Elat Chayyim is a trans-denominational center where people connected to all of the movements and the unaffiliated learn together. We have found incredible richness in a community that encompasses the largest diversity. Elat Chayyim welcomes Jews by choice, lesbians, gays and bisexuals, Jews of color, non-Jews, Jews in recovery and those from all economic backgrounds to all of our programming. The Center is especially committed to incorporating women's experience and spiritual wisdom into all aspects of our study, worship and community."
"In the midst of change, it is often a challenge to stay centered and focused. Not only do I find myself affected by the physical changes that are happening at the Spa, but also by the internal changes that are an on-going part of the growth and development of the Spa. With all of this change, our vision remains consistent: To create an environment where staff and guests are empowered to feel free and at ease to explore and to challenge themselves in the areas of health, fitness, nutrition and spiritual growth, in a playful, safe and loving atmosphere."
"Zen Mountain Monastery is an American Zen Buddhist monastery and training center for monastics and lay practitioners. Each month an introductory weekend of Zen training is offered, as well as a week-long silent intensive meditation retreat (sesshin.) Throughout the year, the regular daily schedule is supplemented with retreats in the Zen arts, martial arts, Buddhist studies, and other areas thought to be relevant and supportive to practitioners. Students can train in either full-time or part-time residency or as nonresidents whose practice at home is fueled by periodic visits to the Monastery."
"The Abode is a spiritual community and retreat center located in the beautiful Berkshire Mountains on over 300 acres of woods, fields, gardens and organic farm. The Abode offers a wide variety of programs, and is also available for rent. Rental groups receive full support, lodging, meals and a variety of gathering spaces. Swimming pond, massage therapists, great food and peaceful settings. A sacred power spot by the American Indians, a former Shaker community and now home of Sufi Order International, Seven Pillars House of Wisdom, and Flying Deer Nature Center, as well as The Abode Retreat Center and community. In the 1970s the Sufi teacher Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan and his followers purchased The Abode with the blessings of the remaining Shakers and created Abode of the Message based on the principle of honoring the truth and wisdom of all religious traditions. The Sufi Order offers individual guided retreats, group retreats, music events and a two year study session. The Abode offers work study opportunities, internships, and rental housing for those interested in living in community, as well as guest housing, so there are many ways to explore the richness that is The Abode."
"Mount St. Alphonsus Retreat Center, located on the banks of the Hudson River in New York State, is one of the largest retreat centers in the northeast, but don't let that fool you. Located on over 400 acres of beautiful Hudson Valley land, you are sure to find the serenity and peace you need to bring you closer to God. We hope you'll take a few moments to learn more about us. We'd love for you to visit your friends at beautiful Mount St. Alphonsus someday."
"Wainwright House is unique place where all people from all walks of life get together for learning, for relaxation and transformation -- for sharing in the joy and wonder of being alive. Wainwright House is not affiliated with any church, religion, or any particular spiritual or philosophical path. It is a sanctuary where all these ideas and cultural traditions can be remembered, re-experienced and re-discovered. We also offer personal retreats -- relax and reconnect in our Meditation Room, labyrinth, sculpture gardens or by the lawn overlooking the water. Stay from one night to a week or more."
"Light on the Hill is a retreat center on a 236 acre property with distant views into Pennsylvania. The Center's mission is to provide a place where individuals and groups can find solace from their everyday pursuilts and space for reflection. While Light on the Hill is considered a place of spiritual refuge, it is not affiliated with any single religious organization. It is a place where people of all persuasions can come to be in nature, reduce stress, cope with life transitions, search for answers, engage in core-level healing or develop spiritual awareness."
"The Menla Mountain Retreat is set in the heart of the historic Catskill Mountains of New York State. Surrounded by a national forest preserve, the retreat center offers complete privacy in a tranquil setting. Its modern and comfortable facilities on 320 acres are an ideal setting for retreats, conferences and workshops. For over a century this secluded valley at the foot of Pantherkill Mountain has been a source of renewal and inspiration"
"Chapel House, a sanctuary and individual retreat center atop the rolling hills of Colgate University in central New York, welcomes guests from all religious traditions, or none. With a substantial library of religious books, art, and music, Chapel House offers an environment conducive to the meditative and devotional disciplines recommended by great religious teachers. Guest accommodations include a private bedroom/bath equipped with a bed, desk, chair, and lamp. Each room overlooks the surrounding woods. Guests stay a minimum of two nights and observe silence except during the three daily vegetarian meals. They are welcome to take advantage of the natural beauty of the area with solitary walks along the extensive hiking trails nearby."
"Need to get away but can't spend a lot of time getting there? Come to our center where your physical and spiritual needs will be taken care of, and you can have fun at the same time! Whether planning a retreat or conference, our guest house is the place to be. The Oaks estate is a place of healing and renewal that offers access to a beautiful setting with a distinct country warmth. At any time, guests may take advantage of healing activities that include: sweat lodges, healing circles, yoga classes, guided meditation, tai-chi, and much more."
Southern Dharma Retreat Center
"Southern Dharma Retreat Center is a nonprofit educational facility, welcoming a variety of spiritual paths, whose purpose is to offer meditation retreats. Our goal is to provide a comfortable gathering place, removed from the everyday distractions of life, and to create an atmosphere of quiet reflection where one can nurture a sense of peace and uncover the truths within the heart. Our retreats are led by qualified teachers from many paths, all of whom use silent sitting meditation as a central practice for looking within. We offer a supportive retreat environment and keep costs to participants affordable."
"Spirit Haven exists to celebrate and honor the Spirit which flows through all beings, and to help people meet that Spirit within themselves. Spirit Haven is a place where positive, loving, healing energies converge, and can be used for personal or global healing. The residents of Spirit Haven exist in harmony with life, and align with the forces of God and Nature to help bring balance into our region. Order and Beauty are encouraged."
"Bend of Ivy Lodge is a beautiful retreat and conference center 20 minutes north of Asheville, North Carolina, nestled on 63 acres of land that slopes gently down to the Ivy River. Bend of Ivy Lodge is a serene and peaceful outdoor space with hiking trails, and enough space for outdoor events or weddings. Bend of Ivy Lodge exists to provide a peaceful and inspiring place for retreats (yoga, meditation, and business/corporate groups are welcome), as well as workshops, organizational meetings, and special events (family reunions, weddings)."
Sisters of Charity Spirituality Center
"The Spirituality Center is an organization that provides opportunities for spiritual enrichment to the community through a wide variety of programs. We offer weekend retreats, single day programs, evening series programs, massage therapy, and provide individual spiritual direction. Our goal is to help others grow in their relationships with God and to help them experience God's presence in their daily lives. Stemming from a belief that all life is sacred, our purpose is to unite faith with life experience in a holistic approach."
"Individual retreats, day-long conferences, and overnight and weekend retreats are warmly accommodated. Secular as well as religious groups are very welcome, as are any who seek and honor peace. The Sisters, Oblates and Associates of the Community of the Transfiguration are available to provide as much or as little engagement and assistance as guests personally desire. For those seeking solitude and self-sufficiency, residence in one of the apartment units in Grace Cottage or The Lodge will be ideal."
Breitenbush Hot Springs
"Breitenbush Hot Springs is a retreat and conference center overlooking a glacial river that thunders through majestic ancient forests from the slopes of a snowy volcano. The deep hot springs provide steaming mineral water for hot tubs, suana and natural pools, as well as heating the lodge (with dining and conference facilities for over a hundred), the kitchen (which prepares three delicious vegetarian buffets daily), the Healing Arts Center (which offers a variety of bodywork), and forty cozy cabins."
"Still Meadow is a sanctuary and setting for contemplation, group events and restorative experience combining the beauty of our rich old growth forest with leading edge experiential learning. We are dedicated to the evolution in consciousness and have been for over forty years with reverence for the earth and the sacredness of spirit in expression. Set on 60 acres of forest and meadow, with a year-round running creek, hiking trails and sauna, our lush setting provides a nurturing environment that inspires a deepening of experience."
"At Pendle Hill, education is envisioned as the transforming of people and society. Our programs offer the resources and time for integrated spiritual, intellectual and personal learning. Pendle Hill was founded in 1930 by members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) and is open to people of all faiths. We invite you to come and deepen the spiritual basis of your life and work--to discover new sources of inward guidance, peace and power. Our unique curriculum of work, worship and study provides the means for personal exploration. This in turn will help you discern and prepare for the service to which you feel you may be called."
"Founded in 1971 by Sri Swami Rama of the Himalayas, the Himalayan International Institute of Yoga Science and Philosophy of the U.S.A. (Himalayan Institute) is situated in a serene, wooded setting on a 400-acre campus near Honesdale in the beautiful Pocono Mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania. The Institute's quiet surroundings and natural environment provide a wonderfully peaceful and healthy setting. The Institute's atmosphere fosters growth, increased inner awareness, and calm, with its vegetable and flower gardens, orchard, vegetarian kitchen, printing press, magazine office, bookstore, gift shop, or children's school."
"Kirkridge Retreat Center offers you rest and renewal, a haven from the whirling world. Everything looks different from up here. From our land on the ridge called Kittatinny, or ‘Endless Hills', the view is extraordinary: trees and lakes stretch out below, steep gradients become gentle undulations reaching far into the distance. Give yourself some time to see beyond life's crowded moments; for a fresh sense of scale, for quiet contemplation, come to our mountain. Let our woods speak to the nature within you, help you find a renewed connection with our Earth Mother, enjoy our flair with healthy foods: delicious meals of grains, vegetables, fish, and fowl."
"The Country Place Retreat and Conference Center is a peaceful and private facility nestled within 450 acres of natural woodlands in the heart of the Pocono Mountains. Once a farm established in 1850, the original farmhouse has been periodically renovated to accommodate the growing demands of contemporary times. Located within a two-hour drive of major metropolitan areas of New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia, The Country Place provides inspiring harmony for workshops and extended programs."
"Villa Maria Retreat Center (VMRC), a ministry of the Sisters of the Humility of Mary, is located on the beautiful rural campus of Villa Maria Community Center. VMRC provides a wide variety of retreats, workshops, educational programs, ongoing spiritual direction, and hosting services for diverse groups of adults who come to our home. Celebrated presenters offer conference and guided retreats in a group setting, and spiritual directors provide opportunities for one-on-one retreats. We encourage retreatants to feel at home and use our facilities which include; Magnificat Chapel where daily Eucharist is available, Begel Hall Chapel, our library, the Art House with its potter's wheel, clay, paints, and other artistic media, and the outdoor Labyrinth."
Providence Zen Center
"Retreats are held every month and last from one to ninety days. During multi-day Yong Maeng Jong Jin retreats the schedule each day consists of ten hours of Zen practice, work and rest periods, formal vegetarian meals and private interviews with the retreat leader. These retreats are an excellent opportunity to clear the mind of habitual thinking and generate energy to practice in everyday life. Participants should register at least 48 hours in advance, and bring loose clothing and toilet articles. Beginners are very welcome. Please contact the Zen Center for more information."
"Nature's Spirit is a community learning how to live in harmony with nature and spirit. Fundamental to the community and deeply held by its members is a quest for spiritual growth. Community members find support and encouragement to undertake a regular spiritual practice. The acts of everyday living become an expression of this practice. Life at Nature's Spirit is active and rigorous with time for contemplation and meditation. The Peace and Harmony Center, the community's single largest structure, lies physically and symbolically at the heart of the community."
"In the Dominican and Franciscan traditions we choose to live simply, to create beauty, to respect Earth and all beings and to share the learned wisdom as co-creators with the Divine for a sustainable future. The Springbank staff are in harmony with an integrated approach to life, centered in the Word, conscious of spiritual, mental and physical health, and the extraordinary power of creative energy. We hold a deep respect for all life and accept the responsibility to care for Earth and to foster freedom and well-being in ourselves as well as in others. We invite you to come spend some uninterrupted time on 80 acres of wooded trails and natural beauty ... a place for prayer, recollection and rest."
"The activities of Borderlands, grounded in common values of Lakota and Celtic heritage and spirituality, are dedicated to the work of personal, cultural and environmental reconciliation. Through educational and spiritual events, programs and retreats, Borderlands Center offers to seekers, travelers, pilgrims and casual visitors an environment that promotes the healing of ourselves, our relationships and our Earth. Interfaith, intercultural and intergenerational, Borderlands offers programs and experiences of worship that honor and are inspired by the created order and its many faith traditions."
"Scarritt-Bennett is a non-profit education, retreat and conference center, located in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee, on ten tree-filled acres. The ten buildings, constructed of crab orchard stone in collegiate gothic architectural style, give the grounds a peaceful, nurturing atmosphere. The compact setting means that it's a short walk to well-equipped meeting rooms, delicious meals, and restful sleeping rooms. The Center has strong commitment to promoting racial equality, cross-cultural understanding, the empowerment of women and spiritual renewal. Your support helps us to offer programs that continue this mission."
"A personal retreat provides an opportunity for you to enjoy your own natural rhythms in an extraordinary setting. Stay for as long as you like. All retreats include lodging and meals, access to amenities, and the freedom to design your days. A retreat is a great way to accompany a friend or partner enrolled in a workshop or to take some time out just for yourself. During your stay, nourish yourself with a spa treatment or wellness consultation, enjoy the spa amenities, walk the nature trails, sit quietly at the sanctuary, participate in one or more optional wellness classes, browse the bookstore and Crossings Life Store, visit the café, and delight in evening entertainment (when offered)."
Karme Choling Buddhist Meditation Center
"Located in Vermont's beautiful Northeast Kingdom, Karme Choling is one of North America's oldest buddhist retreat centers. Karme Choling is a place where people can practice and study the vajrayana tradition of buddhist meditation, the secular tradition of Shambhala Training, the contemplative arts and related disciplines. Karme Choling is a unique blend of New England, Tibetan, and Japanese design. It has six shrine rooms, a meditation hall that seats 200 people, and an azuchi or outdoor target range and shrine for Kyudo (Zen archery)."
"Sky Meadow Retreat is located on a 150 year old homestead at the end of the road in the town of Stannard, in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom. The 120 acres of land includes open fields, forests with trails, ponds for swimming, and a hilltop with magnificent views of the Green Mountains. The retreat center is in a newly renovated century old barn and includes a large open hardwood floor surrounded by windows, a dining area, couch area, and woodstove. Our intention is to provide space for individuals to be alone in a quiet and protected natural setting for contemplative, creative, or healing work."
"We are a community of Benedictine monks, founded in 1953 by our brother, the late Abbot Leo Rudloff, of Dormition Abbey in Jerusalem, Israel. The monastery is situated four miles north of the village of Weston, Vermont, at the edge of the Green Mountain National Forest. All are welcome to visit our home, and to join us in our celebrations of common prayer each day. Our chapel, visitors' center, and grounds afford an atmosphere in which quiet reflection and prayer are accessible to all. Men and women wishing to spend several days at the priory, in the atmosphere of our monastic life, are most welcome."
"Satchidananda Ashram/Yogaville is a spiritual center where people of diverse faiths come together to practice the principles of Integral Yoga ® as taught by Sri Swami Satchidananda. We are situated on 1000 acres of woodland along the James River at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Buckingham, Virginia. We conduct seminars, workshops and retreats in various aspects of yoga, as well as teacher training certification courses. We also have a school for young children from ages 6 to 12. A summer Indian Dance camp, room for private retreats, special women's retreats, Cardiac Yoga Teacher Training and much more."
St. Placid Priory
"The Priory Spirituality Center is a ministry of St. Placid Priory and reflects the Benedictine values of peace, hospitality, community, learning and prayerful discernment. We offer a peaceful and contemplative setting for personal reflection. We encourage and challenge people to know the presence of God in their lives through classes, workshops, retreats and individual spiritual direction. Donations for individual retreats and services are on a sliding scale."
"Cloud Mountain is a rural Spiritual Retreat Center located in SW Washington, approximately 2.5 hrs south of Seattle and 1.5 hours north of Portland. Cloud Mountain was conceived and built with the goal of providing groups and individuals with an environment conducive to meditation and quiet contemplation or study. In operation since 1984, Cloud Mountain offers facilities and accompanying support to all spiritual traditions. Situated on five wooded acres, Cloud Mountain is a complex of several buildings surrounded by trees and connected by rock-lined paths. There are two meditation halls, a teacher's cottage, and a lodge that holds the kitchen, dining area, sitting room, staff quarters, office and library."
"The Yoga Lodge on Whidbey Island is situated on ten secluded acres at the end of a private lane not far from the village of Greenbank. The peaceful surroundings provide habitat for wildlife: deer, rabbit, heron, owl, pileated woodpecker, eagle, coyote, and a chorus of songbirds. The visitor is struck by serenity and simplicity, an atmosphere conducive to deep contemplative yoga practice or just spending quite time midst the wonders of nature. Guests at The Yoga Lodge will enjoy two small orchards, an organic vegetable and flower garden, a small pond, woodland walks and a wood-fire sauna nestled in the trees."
"Plan your spiritual getaway at the Earth Sanctuary Retreat House. This retreat house is a place of reflection and renewal. Although Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism most often utilizes the house, the house is available to members of all faiths needing a spiritual getaway to meditate or pray or just relax in a very peaceful setting. Located adjacent to the 72 acre Earth Sanctuary meditation parkland and nature reserve, your stay includes access to the trails and megalithic monuments and labyrinth located in this beautiful natural setting."
"The center is located on 20 acres of beautiful tree covered hillside on San Juan Island Island, Washington. The serene, natural setting with a view of Mt. Baker offers a place of refuge and support for Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike year 'round. At present, the facilities at Sakya Kachod Choling are designed to offer very affordable space for private, individual retreat and small group retreats. It is an ideal place to step back from our hectic, fast paced lives. to reflect and look inward. Retreats ranging from those doing strict, Vajrayana practices to quiet, meditative time alone either in the retreat rooms or walking the mile to the water's edge are all possible here."
"Unique among the retreat and conference centers in Western Washington for its beauty, history and ministry, the Palisades is a place of personal and spiritual growth within the Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle. We have 3 beautiful meeting rooms with the largest having a max capacity of 120 for day meetings. The retreat center has 55 guest rooms. The Palisades was completely renovated in 2002 with larger rooms, a bath in each guest room and all new furnishings throughout."
Friends Wilderness Meditation Center
"A remarkable and unique Quaker-affiliated wilderness preserve and spiritual sanctuary and retreat center within a 1400 acre preserve 20 minutes south of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia or 1.5 hours west of Washington, DC. The land stretches from Appalachian Trail ridge to Shenandoah River valley. We welcome all. We offer: self-directed personal retreats; camping on basic campsites or in rainproof wooden yurt or large treehouse; hiking and wildlife watching; lodging at our homey Niles Cabin bed and breakfast (having two guest bedrooms, shared bath); monthly presentations or discussions led by guest speakers on Quaker and other beliefs and perspectives, spirituality, nature, and creative expression."
"Jens Jensen founded The Clearing in 1935 as a place where city people could come to renew their contact with the soil as a basis for life values. Today many people come to The Clearing for this same sense of renewal -- to be able to better manage the stresses and strains of their everyday life in our complex and fast-paced world. Jensen believed that environments have a profound effect on people, and that an understanding of the soil is fundamental to all clear thinking. These precepts continue to guide the program at The Clearing -- classes involving direct experience with nature, creative expression, thoughtful study and contemplation."
"All of us need time away from our busy lives. A retreat at Holy Wisdom Monastery (whether by yourself or with a group) helps you experience renewal. You set your schedule. You determine what you are going to do. Whether you choose to walk nature trails, find a spot near the lake, sleep, browse the library or join community prayer, you open yourself to the inner journey. For those seeking a more solitary experience, we offer private hermitages. These small houses include a kitchenette, sitting area, bath and an outdoor deck overlooking the wooded landscape. Whether working on a personal project or seeking a deeper connection with God, a hermitage surrounds you in a silence and deep calm that encourages renewal."
"The Christine Center is a Spirituality Center firmly rooted in the Catholic mystical tradition. Grounded in Franciscan Spirituality, it is deeply respectful of all spiritual paths and encouraging of all those who seek to know God. The Christine Center offers an exquisite hilltop facility overlooking a meadow of wildflowers, a still pond, and a tranquil forest setting of 120 secluded acres. Nestled in the quiet woods, you'll be reminded to slow down, to know the limitless opportunities of life, to simply be. Here you can leave behind your usual routines, refresh your senses and allow the luxury of silence to renew your body, mind, heart and spirit."
Ring Lake Ranch
"Ring Lake Ranch, a non-profit retreat center, was founded in 1966 for the renewal of mind, body, and spirit, all experienced in sharing the wonders of our unique Rocky Mountain environment. The Ranch provides opportunities for spiritual growth, community, intellectual stimulation, horseback riding, hiking, and a variety of outdoor experiences."
"For over 16 years we've offered our guests the highest quality workshop and retreat experiences. Our programs are designed to help people gain the skills and inspiration to live meaningful, engaged lives in today's complex world. The Retreat Centre encompasses 48 acres of beach, orchard, garden, and forest land. Trails weave through the grounds, and the sandy beach invites you to the ocean. Buildings, carefully sited to blend with the landscape, include the lodge with its sweeping views of Georgia Strait and the Coastal Range, a hand-crafted healing arts studio tucked in the woods, circular meeting spaces designed according to the principles of sacred architecture, and an Orchard Sanctuary built with all natural materials."
"Unity on the Mountain Retreat Centre is open year round offering a selection of workshops and retreats. The attractive surroundings and congenial atmosphere provide an ideal setting for groups, associations and organizations wishing to conduct a programme, whether presented by their own or the Centre's personnel. The Centre seeks to provide an atmosphere conducive to the development of the individual mind, body and spirit. It is the aim of our staff to assist you in the fullest possible utilization of our facilities."