The more you practice meditation, the better you become at clearing the mind in any setting, but let’s face it; nobody would turn down a vacation to some place gorgeous and peaceful. Whether you’re planning for a relaxing getaway vacation or you’re just looking for a place to escape to in your mind, these 5 meditation spaces would certainly help you find the calm.
1. The Mii Amo Spa Resort – Sedona, AZ
I’m going to go ahead and guess that the photographer of this image was going for the “just meditated and am now feeling peaceful and joyous” look with his/her models. I can’t imagine feeling anything other than happy-calm in a warm space like this, especially if the robes are a part of the package. This space has been ranked time and time again as the world’s best destination spa by Travel + Leisure readers. The Mii Amo Spa Resort offers meditation consultation to teach guests basic principles like breathing, posture, and mental focus to help quiet the mind. As for the robes? They are most wonderfully included. Peace of mind, here we come!
2. The Bamboo Resort – Tibet
Ok, here is the ultimate meditation site for the people who don’t just want to get away, but want to go directly to the source. This Tibetan respite set on three acres of paddy field is what one might classify as “the real deal.” With its traditional Buddhist altar and glass windows looking out to the mountains, you will reach new heights in your meditative journey. After your meditation, why not try a regenerating herbal soak infused with lemongrass from the garden, or paint a traditional Tibetan mandala with a Thangka Master? Or simply continue gazing out at the snow-capped Himalayas and enjoy your new-found calm.
3. Aspira Spa in the Osthoff Resort – Elkhart Lake, WI
Lights, candles, action. Aspira means ‘infused with spirit,’ and that you will most certainly be after visiting this beautiful spa. Within its special meditation sanctuary, water flows gently over stones and you are enveloped in peacefulness. Mind, body, and spirit come together in a supreme harmony. You are one with the elements that surround you, whether it be wood, fire, earth, water, or metal. Or pillows, if you so desire. Infuse away!
4. Hidden Dragon, Les 4 Vallees – Switzerland
Oh holy mountain view! If you can find your way to this resort in Switzerland, you will find that the spectacular view from this minimalist meditation room is all you need to bring the world back into focus. With an emphasis on good living and the philosophy of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts, all your problems will pass into oblivion for the duration of your stay. Picture an alpine lodge, harmoniously fused with Ancient feng shui principles and a hint of Asia, celebrating organic materials in its design. Like what you see? To Switzerland you go!
5. Breitenbush Hot Springs – Cascade Mountains, Oregon
Hidden away in the beautiful Cascade Mountains are the Breitenbush Hot Springs, just waiting for you to discover their magical therapeutic powers. Soak in geothermal pools and enjoy the wonder of a natural hot tub. In addition to such a picturesque outdoor setting, this resort also offers places to retreat for meditation, including a Sanctuary, Buddha’s Playhouse, and a Labyrinth designed to guide you to your own center (oh there it is!). This seems like the perfect escape from the bustle of busy urban life.