Find Inner Peace at These Amazing Silent Retreats
The modern world is noisy. Not just from actual noise pollution, but also with the noise of the constant barrage of information we receive. Sometimes, the best way to love yourself is to shut it all down.
Silent retreats have become more popular. People realize how beneficial they are to mental health. These retreats allow you to avoid all distractions and force you to look inward. They're basically a very intimate getaway with yourself.
These are the most amazing silent retreats to go on, ordered from least to most expensive. Trust us, you'll be thanking yourself.
15. Online Silent Retreat
Length: 2 days
The Experience: Online Silent Retreat
There are many reasons why an in-person retreat may not be feasible for some people: money, time, health issues.
This is why we love Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville's online silent retreat, which gives you access to recorded sessions from their in-person silent retreat in Virginia as well as access to live yoga classes.
Of course, it's not ideal to have to connect in order to disconnect, but it's an accessible option for those who simply can't make it in person.
Center yourself at Yogaville's online silent retreat.
14. Mentored Personal Retreat in California
Location: Nevada City
Length: 4 days
The Experience: Mentored Personal Retreat in California
The point of a silent retreat is to avoid talking to other people, but sometimes you do need a little guidance.
Ananda Meditation Retreat Center in the Sierra Foothills provides both with its mentored personal seclusion retreats. You'll be able to spend most of the day alone in contemplation, but will also have the space to talk to a mentor and to do guided meditation. This way, you won't feel alone.
The price is for the retreat only and doesn't include accommodations.
Center yourself at Ananda Meditation Retreat Center.
13. Apple Blossom Silent Retreat in New York
Location: Mount Tremper
Length: 7 days
Meals: Contact center
The Experience: Apple Blossom Silent Retreat in New York
Held in the beautiful and peaceful Zen Mountain Monastery, this sesshin, or silent retreat, is meant to coincide with the blooming of apple blossoms. In this way, you'll be awakening at the same time as nature, a sort of spring of the soul.
The retreat is led by Zen monks, who'll hold private talks with participants in order to further their spiritual practice.
Get Centered at Zen Mountain Monastery.
12. Complete Silence Retreat in Costa Rica
Location: San Juanillo
Length: 7 days
Meals: Some meals included
The Experience: Complete Silence Retreat in Costa Rica
Most silent retreats still hold a limited space for conversation with the retreat leaders. And while this is certainly productive and positive, sometimes it's also important to be in complete silence for a long time.
Not for the faint of heart, this week-long retreat at Pacha Mama asks participants to completely refrain from speaking during the entire program, right up until the last activity, which is a closing circle.
During the week, you'll do meditation and yoga sessions and can spend time in the sweat lodge.
Get Centered at Pacha Mama.
11. Lake Titicaca Silent Retreat in Peru
Location: Amantani Island
Length: 5 nights
The Experience: Lake Titicaca Silent Retreat in Peru
Lake Titicaca was one of the most important sites for the Incas and was a center for spiritual devotion.
This mindful tour hosted by Meditation Retreat Peru will take you to Amantani Island, which floats in the lake.
Besides meditation, breathing exercises and time for contemplation, you will visit the island's two temples, and partake in spiritual activities in them.
Get Centered with Meditation Retreat Peru.
10. Weekend Silent Retreat in New York
Length: 2 nights
The Experience: Weekend Silent Retreat in New York
The first thing you'll do when you start this silent retreat at Dharmakaya Center is relinquish your cellphone. This way, you won't be distracted by the outside noise that is so easy to access with technology.
Over the course of the weekend, you'll participate in group guided meditations and will have ample time for solitude and seclusion. If you want to participate, there are also daily group or individual talks with one of the center's teachers.
Center yourself at Dharmakaya Center.
9. B&B Silent Retreat in Washington
Length: 3 days
Meals: Not included
The Experience: B&B Silent Retreat in Washington
This unusual retreat isn't based at a meditation center, but at a bed and breakfast. Guests of Cottage Lake Bed & Breakfast can opt into the accommodation's spiritual retreat for an added fee.
At its base, the retreat includes three one-hour meditation sessions every day using three different techniques: instructor-guided meditation, Japanese Zen Buddhist music meditation and solo meditation. Additionally, guests can pay extra for yoga classes, life coaching sessions and more.
But what's really worth it is the option to make this into a silent retreat for no additional cost. You can choose the length of time you want to be silent to accommodate your needs. If you feel three days isn't enough, there are longer options.
Center yourself at Cottage Lake Bed & Breakfast.
8. Six-Day Residential Retreat in California
Length: 6 days
The Experience: Six-Day Residential Retreat in California
California has no shortage of retreat spaces, but Spirit Rock is a great option for anyone seeking to do an affordable six-day silent retreat.
Prices vary on a sliding scale depending on what each person can pay, and there are scholarships available for those who simply can't afford the program.
The program centers around contemplative silence, complemented by meditation, walking in nature and learning Buddhist teachings.
Center yourself at Spirit Rock Meditation Center.
7. Five-Day Silent Retreat in Colorado
Length: 5 days
The Experience: Five-Day Silent Retreat
The Molina Center focuses on sustainability, wellness and mindfulness. All of its retreats seek to enhance these principles, particularly the silent retreat.
During this five-day experience, you'll have gentle yoga and meditation. During your free time, you'll be encouraged to work in the center's garden, which provides the same organic food that will feed you throughout the retreat.
Center yourself at the Molina Center.
6. Week-Long Silent Retreat in Germany
Length: 7 days
Meals: Some meals and ingredients for preparation included
The Experience: Week-Long Silent Retreat in Germany
If you feel that retreats are often too restraining, you'll probably love the flexibility this eight-day retreat in Hamburg, Germany, affords.
The experience is organized by Little Paradise Retreat Center so that you can choose exactly how much or how little you want to participate in. Even the silent part is flexible so that you can tailor it to what you want or are able to handle. This makes it a perfect place to dip your feet into silent retreats, since it gives you the ability to start slow and adjust.
If a week is for amateurs, there are also options for retreats of up to 40 days.
Center yourself at Little Paradise Retreat Center.
5. Silent Meditation Retreat in Mexico
Length: 3 days
Meals: Meal plans available
The Experience: Silent Meditation Retreat
Come to Hridaya Yoga center in the Mexican state of Oaxaca to dip your feet into the world of meditation retreats. Lasting only three days, the retreat is a good way to ease into the practice in one of the most beautiful places in the world.
And if you are already in love with silent retreats, there are also 10- and 17-day ones. For those who are worried about cost, the center offers scholarships to make sure anyone can participate.
Center yourself at Hridaya Yoga.
4 Group Silent Retreat in Italy
Length: 7 days
The Experience: Group Silent Retreat in Italy
Assisi is famed for being the birthplace of Saint Francis of Assisi and has long been thought to be a center of spirituality.
You can enjoy the special energy of this medieval town by staying at the Silent Retreat Center, which offers weeklong group retreats throughout the summer. Groups of up to five people will enjoy the Italian hills as well as shared silence — a unique experience that actually builds connection despite the lack of verbal communication.
If you don't want to go with a group, the center also offers individual retreats throughout the year that can range from three to seven nights.
Center yourself at the Silent Retreat Center.
3. Stepping Into Silence Retreat in North Carolina
Length: 4 days
The Experience: Stepping Into Silence Retreat in North Carolina
The philosophy of the Art of Living Retreat Center is that you should not be left to your own devices. Rather, the program gives structure and guidance to participants, which includes the usual meditation and yoga sessions complemented with tools and techniques for digging deep within.
If having too much freedom in a silent retreat scares you, this might be a good option for you.
Center yourself at the Art of Living Retreat Center.
2. 16-Day Silent Retreat in India
Location: Nadavayal, Kerala
Length: 16 days
Meals: Contact center
The Experience: 16-Day Silent Retreat in India
Rome's Wellness Waynroots is a female-led meditation and spiritual center in the Indian state of Kerala.
This silent meditation retreat is not done randomly, but on the sixth month of the Hindu calendar. Practicing Hindus are encouraged on this month to participate un mauna-vrathra, or silence, in order to achieve more harmony within oneself.
Sixteen days is intense, but if you want to follow a millenary spiritual tradition, it is worth the trip to India.
Center yourself at Rome's Wellness Waynroots.
1. Eight-Day Retreat in India
Location: Nelamangala, Bangalore
Length: 8 days
The Experience: Eight-Day Retreat in India
The first step in this Shreyas retreat is a one-on-one consultation regarding health, goals and routines, so you're guaranteed to be intentional during your time of silent reflection.
While the price is undeniably steep, the retreat includes personalized sessions like candle meditation and Pranayama sessions. You'll also do several personalized deep relaxation yoga sessions and will get a massage.
You will also be given a notebook so that you can engage in journaling during the experience.
Center yourself at Shreyas Retreat.