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VIPASSANA MEDITATION CENTER DHAMMA DHARĀ - Shelburne, Mass.
Dhamma Dharā is one of about 100 centers worldwide offering courses in Vipassana Meditation, taught by S.N.Goenka and his assistant teachers in the tradition of Sayagyi U Ba Khin.
ZEN MOUNTAIN MONASTERY - Mount Tremper, NY
Zen Mountain Monastery (ZMM), the main house of the Mountains and Rivers Order (MRO), is one of the West’s most respected Zen Buddhist monasteries and training centers. Nestled in New York’s beautiful Catskill Mountains, the Monastery draws its strength from the ancient tradition of Buddhist monasticism. Since 1980, ZMM has offered spiritual practitioners traditional and innovative ways to engage the dharma through a wide range of retreats and residential programs that unfold within the context of authentic, full-time Zen monastic training.
SHASTA ABBEY BUDDHIST MONASTERY – Mt. Shasta, CA
Shasta Abbey is a Buddhist monastery in the Serene Reflection Meditation (Soto Zen) Tradition. The monastery, located near the town of Mount Shasta in northern California, offers retreats, ceremonies, teaching and spiritual counseling, as well as the opportunity to train within a monastic schedule.
530-926-4208 Extension 305
GREEN GULCH FARM AND ZEN CENTER – Muir Beach, CA
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. Our effort at Green Gulch is to awaken in ourselves and the many people who come here the bodhisattva spirit, the spirit of kindness and realistic helpfulness. This is how we offer our understanding of Buddha's Way.
LAND OF MEDICINE BUDDHA RETREAT CENTER - Soquel, CA 95073
A green certified non-profit retreat center located in Santa Cruz County offering Buddhist classes and retreats, space for personal retreats, as well as rental facilities for private groups to hold their own spiritual workshops, conferences, and trainings.
CALIFORNIA TENDAI BUDDHIST MONASTERY - Cobb, CA 95426
In Japan the Tendai Sect goes back 1200 years, while here in America we are now pioneering a site chosen for its proximity to a mountain where the ascetic walking meditation (kaihogyo) can be practiced, where a special temple could be built specifically for fire offering (goma), where waterfall purification is possible, and where meditation can be done in seclusion.
PALOLO ZEN CENTER - Honolulu, HI
The Palolo Zen Center sits on 13 acres of conservation land located near the end of the long winding Waimao valley. The Center shares the stream-carved valley with a few human neighbors, wild pigs, two cats, and thousands of birds. The Center now offers two options for residential training: Visitors receive a full but relatively brief experience of temple life, with ample free time to explore Honolulu's other attractions. Residents make their home at the temple for the long term, engaging in all its activities as best they can while spending most of their waking hours elsewhere at jobs or school.
JESUIT CENTER - Wernersville, PA
Situated on 240 acres in Wernersville, PA, the Center is a place of natural beauty, welcoming quiet and spiritual sustenance. We offer a variety of retreats and programs all based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. In addition to the retreats and programs offered by the Spiritual Growth staff, we also welcome Roman Catholic and other ecumenical groups who seek a beautiful setting to conduct their own group meetings.
ST. JOHN’S ABBEY - Collegeville, MN
The monks are eager to welcome men and women of all faiths as individuals and as groups to share our hospitality for a time of spiritual renewal. Saint John's offers two kinds of individual retreats throughout the year: private or directed. You choose the dates, the length, and the kind you want. Private retreats provide solitude for rest, reading, reflection and prayer. If you wish, you may join the monks for prayer. Meals are served in the Abbey Guesthouse dining room. Directed retreats provide the private retreat experience plus regular one-to-one conversation with a spiritual director.
HOLDEN VILLAGE – Chelan, WA
A Lutheran Retreat Center in the North Cascade Mountains. Experience the wilderness and still enjoy the comforts of three nourishing meals a day, a warm bed, and a hot shower. The Village welcomes people of all ages, races, faiths and backgrounds. Worship forms the core of the Village’s daily rhythms, which also include time to explore the adjacent Glacier Peak Wilderness, participate in teaching sessions and crafts, experience “Holden hilarity” or unwind in creative solitude.
SINSINAWA MOUND CENTER – Sinsinawa, WI 5382
Sinsinawa Mound is committed to study, education, spirituality, and the arts. Through our programs and retreats, persons from many spiritual traditions are invited to experiences of intellectual, spiritual, and aesthetic awakening. In the Sinsinawa Dominican tradition of hospitality, guests are refreshed and renewed by the time spent in the midst of our natural surroundings.
CARMELITES SPIRITUAL CENTER – Darien, IL
Sometimes we need to get away or slow down to listen to our life – to the voice of God. The belief that God speaks through and embraces every experience of our life underlies all the programs we offer here at the Carmelite Spiritual Center. 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. We welcome groups who facilitate their own meetings, retreats, or workshops.
EASTERN POINT RETREAT HOUSE – Gloucester, MA
This place of rare spiritual beauty, is devoted to practicing the Spiritual Exercises as St. Ignatius designed them. Eastern Point offers the purist and most complete versions of the 8- and 30-day directed retreats in the United States. Eastern Point retreats allow participants to step away from busy lives and enter into a quiet and safe place where they can shed spiritually troubling matters. In this very special place, with warm and caring professional direction, we become more consistently able to love others and ourselves the way God loves us.
THE ABBEY OF GETHSEMANI – Trappist, Kentucky
Hospitality maintains a prominence in the living monastic tradition. The Abbey of Gethsemani has received guests from the first days of its foundation in 1848. People from all over the world are welcomed by the monks. Communing with the Lord requires a measure of solitude, a stillness and an emptiness, a waiting on and attending to the Spirit. Silence fosters and preserves the climate of prayer and is thus a fundamental part of the Gethsemani retreat experience.
ST. LEO BENEDICTINE ABBEY – St. Leo, FL
Our monastic community serves the people of God through our Benedictine hospitality, “We welcome all as Christ”. We invite people to pray with us and experience the ancient monastic duty of praising God, Opus Dei. Our Retreat Centers offer space for adults and teenagers alike and our guesthouse is ready to accommodate your quiet, spiritual needs. We believe in offering the people of God an oasis in the middle of their hectic lives.
(352) 588 8184
ANANDA MEDITATION CENTER - TUCSON, AZ 85719
Ananda of Arizona is a spiritual sanctuary and resource center in Tuscon, Arizona. Founded in 1996 we are one of many Ananda Centers dedicated to practicing and sharing the precepts of Self-Realization as taught by Paramhansa Yogananda.
KAUAI'S HINDU MONASTERY – Wailua, HI
Kauai Aadheenam, also known as Kauai's Hindu Monastery, is a traditional South-Indian style monastery-temple complex on the tropical Garden Island of Kauai in the Hawaiian chain. The head of the monastery, called the Guru Mahasannidhanam, is Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami. The core of the monastery is the renowned Kadavul Temple in which Lord Siva Nataraja is enshrined. Visitors are welcome from 9am to noon every day.
MOUNT MADONNA CENTER - Watsonville, CA
A conference and retreat center that is located on 355 acres of mountain-top redwood forest and grassland overlooking Monterey Bay, between Santa Cruz and Monterey, in Northern California. We are a community designed to nurture the creative arts and the health sciences within a context of personal and spiritual growth, inspired by Baba Hari Dass and sponsored by the Hanuman Fellowship, a group whose talents and interests are unified by the common practice of Yoga.
THE EXPANDING LIGHT - Nevada City, California
Ananda’s Spiritual Retreat for meditation, yoga and health - In the tradition of Paramhansa Yogananda
KRIPALU CENTER FOR YOGA AND HEALTH – Lennox, MA
Programs at Kripalu are led by many of the world’s most accomplished teachers in yoga, self-discovery, and holistic health and are designed to provide people with tools they can apply in their daily lives. Program topics include wellness, Ayurveda, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, relationships, meditation, spiritual practice, professional training, and much more. Yoga programs are offered for people at all levels, feature all yoga traditions and styles, and include therapeutic yoga, yogic anatomy, and trainings for teachers.
YOGAVILLE – Buckingham, VA
Welcome! Yogaville is more than an ashram, Yoga Teacher Training facility or Yoga Retreat Center: it is a vibrant spiritual community built on the precepts of Intergral Yoga as taught by Sri Swami Satchidananda. Blending the power of the various branches of Yoga into one complete practice, Integral Yoga’s holistic and gentle approach brings benefit to many aspects of one’s life.
DAR AL ISLAM - Abiquiu, NM 87510
Dar al Islam is a non-profit organization dedicated to cultivating greater understanding of Islam among Americans of all faiths in order to establish our commonalities and build stronger relationships. We are committed, via our Mission, our Vision and our Approach, to an integrated, appreciative America. Our unique campus in breath-taking Abiquiu, New Mexico supports these activities by providing a place for contemplation and spiritual renewal/
THE ABODE RETREAT CENTER - New Lebanon, NY 12125
The Abode of the Message is the central residential community and learning center of the Sufi Order International, founded by Pir Vilayat Khan. It is the intention of the Abode of the Message as a community, to collectively embody spiritual awakening. Essential to this is clarity in our mutual commitment to practicing, in all situations, the Sufi teachings.
Golden Generation Worship and Retreat Center - Saylorsburg, PA 18353
GGWRC was founded by Turkish American Muslims living in Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey area. To provide a center for regularly stated religious worship for the followers of Islam and those seeking to understand the foundations of Islam; to allow Muslim individuals or other individuals of diverse denominations to worship through adoration, prayer, and meditation; to provide for the spiritual advancement of individuals, without regard to their race, creed, or condition of life, in an atmosphere designed for their leisure of prayer and reflection; to provide Masjid (a mosque or prayer house) wherein study, prayer, and education are conducted by those learned in Islam through activities providing for group and individual prayer, lectures, reading, and meditation.
THE ELAT CHAYYIM CENTER FOR JEWISH SPIRITUALITY - Falls Village, CT 06031
Year-round programs promote practices that draw on the wisdom of Jewish tradition and reflect the values and consciousness of our evolving society. Experiential approaches to Jewish learning, ritual and prayer are designed to help us all on our search to cultivate awareness of the Divine presence in all aspects of life.
PEARLSTONE CENTER - Reisterstown, MD 21136
The Center is a farm, education and retreat center. We hope to reconnect people with their food and with the earth, inspiring social and ecological responsibility in the Jewish community, greater Baltimore, and beyond. We welcome over 4,500 people a year for our volunteer opportunities, festival celebrations, educational field-trips, team building, workshops, an intensive summer service-learning program, Chesapeake Watershed Pilgrimage-Alternative Spring Break program, Inter-faith farm school, our annual national conference on agriculture and Judaism, and annual Early Childhood Educators Conference. We offer Jewish and non-sectarian programs.
OR TZAFON RETREAT COMMUNITY - Suttons Bay MI 49682
Or Tzafon is now the home for Rabbi Chava's classes and retreats. Our mission is to create a welcoming Jewish retreat center, in a quiet, natural setting, where we celebrate and create contemporary Jewish practice through shared learning. Our programs emphasize spiritual practice grounded in Kabbalah, tikkun olam (repair of the world) and creative self-expression by engaging Jewish tradition with today's finest rabbis, artists and leaders. We are committed to a path of joyous learning and inclusive open-heartedness for all persons.
THREE TREES RETREAT - Watsonville, CA 95075
The gift of Native American spirituality is the understanding that we are all One--with the Earth Mother, with the Universe, and with each other. Participating in ancient Native American ceremonies pulls us out of our separateness toward the beauty of connectedness and community. Even if you weren't raised as part of a Native tribe, participating in these ceremonies from a young age, you are welcome to join in these celebrations now. Join us in reverent celebration, at Three Trees Retreat.
ARCHE INTERNATIONAL – Oak Park, IL & Gill, MA
Arche International was founded by Dr. Rosita Rodriguez in 1967 as a non-profit organization, devoted to helping individuals raise the quality of their lives through self-awareness. Our Seminars and classes are designed to help each individual restore a sense of total health and well-being, attain their goals, and reach their own highest potential.
TEMENOS - Shutesbury, MA 01072
Temenos is a small rustic retreat and conference center, located on 78 acres on a small mountain in Massachusetts, 25 minutes from Amherst. Here, we remember the sacredness of our natural world, rekindling our connections to the earth, water, and all the creatures and growing things inhabiting this temenos.
EARTHRISE AT IONS - Petaluma, CA 94952
EarthRise at IONS is a conscious living center that provides a gathering place to explore ancient wisdom traditions, supports experiential learning, and engages in modern scientific inquiry. EarthRise at IONS has become a place where psychologists, educators, leaders, philosophers, frontier scientists, and spiritual masters conduct their work. We support intrapersonal and interpersonal consciousness work in a gorgeous natural setting.
THREE SISTERS SANCTUARY – Goshen, MA 01032
A unique outdoor venue for a special events or just a daytime visit. Named one of the Top 5 places of beauty in the pioneer Valley. The Sanctuary is equipped to handle the full spectrum of events, from workshops, to concerts, to plays, to business conferences.
VALLECITOS MOUNTAIN RANCH - Taos, NM 87571
A Wilderness Learning & Retreat Center. Nationally renowned teachers lead retreats and trainings at Vallecitos in meditation, mindfulness practice, personal growth, professional development, continuing education, and yoga. The ranch is available for private retreats, conferences and special events.
THE GARRISON INSTITUTE – Garrison, NY 10524
The Garrison Institute is situated on the beautiful 95-acre Glenclyffe property, formerly the estate of Hamilton Fish, Governor of New York and later Secretary of State under President Grant. The Institute applies the transformative power of contemplation to today's pressing social and environmental concerns, helping build a more compassionate, resilient future. The Institute currently offers accommodations for 165 overnight guests, in single, double and dorm style rooms.
OMEGA INSTITUTE – Rhinebeck, NY 12572
Omega was founded on the holistic worldview that the well-being of each of us is deeply connected to the well-being of all living things. Omega is a place to explore the extraordinary potential that exists in all of us as individuals and together as a human family. Each year, more than 23,000 people attend workshops and educational programs delivered by hundreds of teachers, artists, healers, and thinkers on the leading edge of their disciplines.
GHOST RANCH EDUCATION & RETREAT CENTER – Albiquiu, NM
Ghost Ranch is an interfaith education and retreat center of the Presbyterian Church (U. S. A.), located in a northern New Mexico landscape many deem sacred. Our MISSION is to enrich lives. Our VISION is that all might experience God through discovery and transformation.
PRAIRIE WOODS FRANCISCAN SPIRITUALITY CENTER – Hiawatha, Iowa
Prairiewoods is a retreat and conference center focused on ecology and spirituality (or, as we call it, ecospirituality). It is nestled in a natural setting of 70 acres of prairie and woodland in Hiawatha, Iowa. Prairiewoods is sponsored by a catholic organization, but it is open to people of all faiths and cultures.
BREITENBUSH HOT SPRINGS RETREAT & CONFERENCE CTR – Detroit, OR
Breitenbush a worker-owned cooperative and intentional community on 154 acres of wildlife sanctuary in the Willamette National Forest of the Oregon Cascades. Our Mission is to provide a safe and potent environment
where people can renew and evolve in ways they never imagined. We offer over 150 workshops, celebrations, and conferences annually.
HOPE SPRINGS INSTITUTE - Peebles, OH 45660
Hope Springs is a Retreat Center in Ohio's Southern Appalachian foothills providing intentional space for mindful, creative and healthy private group retreats. Hope Springs also sponsors profoundly transformational workshops on topics which include women's issues, empowered leadership, and personal growth.
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