The benefits of meditation are tenfold, but its greatest benefit is promoting mindfulness in those who practice it.
It can help you feel aware and calm when your thoughts are in disarray, and provide you with a sense of relief and control. Meditation can help you achieve inner balance and contribute to your overall well-being. While many meditate at home, it has become quite popular for individuals to seek out meditation retreats.
There are many reasons for this. While meditation is beneficial, there is no one-size-fits-all to meditating. There are countless techniques to learn about, and it also goes hand-in-hand with the environment you put yourself in, the activities you take part in, and the food you eat.
This is why meditation retreats are so popular. Usually set in scenic and serene locations, retreats offer comfort and guidance to guests, along with unique and rejuvenating activities to help you find your centre with ease.
Well Traveller’s recommendations on the following three meditation retreats are guaranteed to make your journey towards finding inner peace easier.
"While meditation is beneficial, there is no one-size-fits-all to meditating."
Optimum Wellbeing Retreat
Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat, Gold Coast, Queensland
An offering by the award-winning Gwinganna health retreat, the Optimum Wellbeing Retreat package is an all-in-one sensory treat. Nestled amidst beautiful, lush, sloping hills, guests are sure to find themselves at complete ease from the moment they step in.
Over a period of 5 days, you will be pampered and nourished to your heart’s content, as you learn meditation techniques like Qi Gong, methods of stress relief, improved nutrition, better health and sleep, and most importantly, improving mindfulness.
You can opt to partake in wellness seminars, enjoy a luxurious spa treatment, watch the sunrise as its paints the ocean in vivid hues, or even simply choose to relax and have a rest. Qualified teachers are present to help guide you on the effects of stress on the body and how to recover from it, while you are offered wholesome meals that further promote healthful living.
By the end of your stay, you will feel more alive and inspired.
Yidaki (Didgeridoo) led Meditation and Healing
Living Culture, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria
Some say the mind has a mind of its own, and appeasing two minds is no easy task. A lack of awareness can cause incongruence, which in turn, harms your wellbeing. For those seeking to find their balance, heal and overcome, the Yidaki (Didgeridoo)-led Meditation and Healing retreat by Living Culture is an easy choice.
Indulge in the therapeutic benefits of sound. Led by Lionel Lauch, a Gunditjamara Bundjalung man, who is a skilled Aboriginal healer, guests get to experience the rhythmic music of one of the world’s oldest musical instruments — the Yidaki and the sounds of which are said to heal and ground you, helping you connect with the present and every vibration in and around your body. This is a session for deeply spiritual and powerful healing.
At Living Culture, the preservation of cultural practices takes precedence and is a respectful way for guests to learn about First Nations culture, customs, people and practices. This is a unique opportunity to connect with a community, learn, heal and enhance your mind.
"Guests are treated to a range of insights into how they can benefit most from meditating."
Billabong Retreat, Sydney, New South Wales
Mediation has many forms and offers many paths to attaining a higher level of mindfulness. At the Meditation Essentials by Billabong Retreat, guests are treated to a range of insights into how they can benefit most from meditating.
The tranquil and pleasant location sets the mind at ease as you delve into a meditation session, led by experienced teachers who will guide you through the process of reducing stress and being more in control of your mind.
Combined with yoga sessions twice a day, meals from organically cultivated produce, and varied themed workshops every day, this retreat promises to help steer you towards a healthier, more fulfilling way of life. With a variety of accommodation types to choose from, guests can take their pick based on their preferences to ensure maximum comfort during their stay.
With its comprehensive offerings, you are provided with all the tools and knowledge you’ll need to keep walking the path of mindful thinking and living, long after you depart the retreat.