Best Spiritual Retreats In India

India is known all over the world as the place for spiritual rejuvenation, a place where you can reconnect with your soul. There are various ways travellers can find their spiritual connection in India – through yoga, meditation, introspection, and working with the great masters while on the road to spirituality.

More and more people are turning towards spiritual healing centres, in a bid to move away from the stress of life. A well organised spiritual healing retreat can transform a stressed mind to a confident personality. In this blog, we will talk about the best spiritual retreats in our country

Facts about Spiritual Retreats, India

Yoga and Ayurveda were born in India and now their benefits are enjoyed the world over. A visit to the spiritual retreats in India is a life-changing experience, with holistic detoxification of mind and spirit through yoga and meditation. The anti-stress programmes offered by the healing retreats in India attract tourists from each country of the world.

Best Spiritual Retreats, India

  • Tushita Meditation Centre, Himachal Pradesh
  • Ananda in the Himalayas
  • Blue Mango Retreat
  • Shreyas Retreat, Bengaluru
  • Isha Foundation’s Ashrama and Yoga Centre, Coimbatore

1. Tushita Meditation Centre, Himachal Pradesh

This is a centre for Buddhist learning (Mahayana Buddhism). The Tushita Meditation centre aims at providing a friendly environment to all, irrespective of backgrounds or religion, amid nature.

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How to Reach

Take a direct flight from Delhi to Dharmshala. From there drive to Tushita in about an hour.

By train, you can reach Pathankot or Chakki Bank station, from where you can travel to McLeod Ganj towards Tushita Meditation Centre

Programme/Courses

  • Personal Retreat

Currently, Tushita’s Personal Retreat facility being limited is only available for experienced meditators.

  • Puja

This is combined of meditations, visualisation and prayers

  • Review Session

The review session is of His Holiness is held after Shri Dalai Lama teaches at his temple

Inclusions

  • Accommodation (only for group retreats, participants of residential courses and experienced meditator on strict solo retreats)
  • Large Meditation Halls
  • An extensive library with over 4000 books given as a loan. Items for sale from the library include books, DVD’s, CD’S, thankas, prayer beads, posters, cards and transcripts
  • Laundry Service
  • Movie screening sessions or documentary featuring sessions for 60 to 90 minutes, Monday to Friday at 2 PM
  • Shops for purchasing daily essentials like toiletries, books, incense sticks, candles, snacks etc
  • 3 healthy vegetarian meals each day

(For those willing to accept Mahayana Buddhism, they can safely consume the food at Tushita, since they are free from egg, meat, fish, garlic, onion and radish)

Price:

Available on request

2. Ananda in the Himalayas

Ananda lies in Uttarakhand, surrounded by abundant natural peace and positivity.

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How to Reach

You have to take a flight to Dehradun from any airport in India. From there it almost a 45 minutes drive to Ananda in the Himalayas.

Programmes/Courses

The popular healing programmes offered by Ananda are as follows:

  • Body and Mind Detox
  • Stress Management
  • Spiritual Growth

Body and Mind Detox

Body and mind detox programmes are ‘Master Cleanse Programme’ aiming at healing through uncluttering of your mind and spirit. The three courses under this program include Yogic Detox, Panchakarma and Holistic detox.

  • Yogic Detox

This 7 and 21 nights programme makes use of Yoga (Asanas)and Yogic breathing (Pranayama) for holistic healing of mind and body.

  • Panchakarma

This is a 14 and 21 nights programme to completely heal mind and spirit through Ayurvedic treatment.

  • Holistic Detox

5, 7, 14 and 21 nights programme, this is Ananda’s signature detoxification treatment. This includes the benefit of Ayurvedic therapy, diet, Yoga and meditation.

Stress Management

These programmes help to cleanse your mind and spirit through meditation, Yogasanas and Ayurveda Panchakarma treatment. Ananda has a special stress management program for those seeking holistic healing measures.

Stress Management Programme

This is a 5-14 nights programme, important for providing a positive and stress-free lifestyle to all.

Spiritual Growth

The benefits of spiritual healing include stress reduction, holistic healing and attaining a higher level of consciousness in life through Dhyana meditation and Yoga.

  • Dhyana Meditation

This is a 7-21 nights programme to harmonize and reach higher levels of consciousness through meditation.

  • Yoga

This is a 5-14 nights programme for complete self-healing through Yogasanas.

Inclusions

  • Accommodation
  • Yoga
  • Pranayama
  • Vedanta Talks
  • Meditation
  • Daily Hydrotherapy sessions
  • Individual fitness and wellness consultation
  • Weekly Trek
  • Ananda Rejuvenation Spa Cuisine Meals
  • Airport transfer

Price

Room rates start from INR 32,000/night

3. Blue Mango Retreat, Spiti Valley

The beautiful Blue Mango Retreat, in the heart of Tibet, is possibly the highest altitude retreat in India. With peaceful vibes surrounding the retreat, the planned spiritual programmes allow for perfect mental rejuvenation.

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How to Reach

Take the flight from Chandigarh to Kullu. From Kullu airport at Bhuntar, it is a 5-hour drive, through Leh Highway.

Programmes/Courses

Blue Mango offers a six-day spiritual and meditation retreat programme for rejuvenation and mental calmness.

  • Sound Healing Therapy

This helps in coordinating body movements with music for enhancing mental peace and overall joviality.

  • Soul Therapy

Soul therapy helps in healing regression in the present life by connecting with the person’s past life

  • Moon Therapy

This programme taps the positive energy of the moon to enhance one’s spiritual side.

  • Yog Therapy

This therapy uses the benefit of Yogic postures for therapeutic healing.

  • Green Therapy

Green therapy aims at becoming one with nature through meditating outdoors.

  • Tibetan Om Meditation Therapy

Through the chanting of powerful Om mantra, along with Tibetan meditation music, the aim of the program is attaining complete self-healing.

Inclusions:

  • Accommodation
  • Fresh vegetarian meals
  • Daily meditation
  • Every day Yoga sessions
  • Nature Walks
  • Airport transfers

Price

Available on request

4. Shreyas Retreat, Karnataka

Shreyas thrives on the Vedic attribute of Atithi Devo Bhava and hence they treat all clients with unparalleled care and concern. All those who come here, have gained success in detoxifying their lives from issues that arise in the materialistic world.

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How to Reach

Shreyas Retreat is a 1-hour drive from the airport at the Garden City, Bengaluru.

Programme/Courses

  • Yoga Retreat

Based on the traditional Hatha yoga and the Ashtanga Yoga, the Yoga Retreat programs aims at integrating

our mind, body and soul. Yoga sessions are held twice daily for all clients by incorporating beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. The package is for 3, 5, 7 and 14 nights.

  • Ayurvedic Rejuvenation

Ayurveda was the most well-known ancient way to cure physical ailments. Shreyas uses the miracle of Ayurvedic packages to promote good health, healing and rejuvenation. The Ayurveda packages are for 5, 7, 10 and nights.

  • Panchakarma

Panchakarma in Ayurveda referred to the vitals like Pitta, Kapha and Vatta. Based on the three stages-Purva Karma, Pradhana Karma and Paschat Karma to purify the human soul and restore physical vitality, at the Anaha Spa of Shreyas Retreat. The Panchakarma packages are for 14, 21and 28 nights.

  • Silent Retreat

Also called a ‘Mouna Retreat’, this is a 7 nights package specially aims to calm and cleanse the soul from within’.

  • Wellness for the Soul

This is a 3, 5, 7 and 14 nights package which well combines activities like yoga, pranayama, meditation, therapeutic spa, cooking, community exercises and bonding with nature.

  • Detox Packages

Using Sattvic food to cleanse our system from the toxins that enter within, the 7 and 14 nights Detox packages are an enriching culinary retreat.

Inclusions

  • Accommodation
  • Yoga and Meditation rooms
  • Organic food
  • Group Sessions
  • Wellness Spa
  • Airport/station transfers available (at additional cost)

Price

Package prices are available on request

5. Isha Foundation’s Ashram and Yoga Centre, Coimbatore

Located among the Vellagiri mountains in Coimbatore, Isha Foundation is a well-known centre to develop one’s inner self. With a firm belief in the 4 major paths of Yoga, Isha Foundation has found the place of pride throughout the world.

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How to Reach

Take a cab from the prepaid counter at the airport to reach the Isha Foundation centre.

Programme/Course

  • Inner Engineering Retreat

This is an effective programme to develop extensive inner growth. The programme aims at channelling one’s inner self through the medium of yoga.

  • Hata Yoga

Not merely a set of yoga postures, Hata Yoga cleanses out the physical and mental imbalances, thereby aligning the human body with the cosmic. The 5 specific yoga practices of the 21 days Hata Yoga Package are Angamardana, Suryakriya, BhutaSuddhi and Yogasanas

  • Samyama

An 8-day residential programme for spending in complete silence, Samyama is a channel to connect with one’s innermost self.

Inclusions

  • Aum Meditation
  • Yoga Programmes
  • Isha Crafts Stall
  • Accommodation
  • Food
  • Library
  • Internet Facilities
  • AyurYoga Ashram

Price

All Package Prices are available on request

Checklist for Visiting Healing retreats in India

  • Warm clothing which can double up as a shawl (for hilly retreats)
  • A torch or flashlight ( for power cuts)
  • A non-ticking digital clock
  • Loose comfortable clothing which is not revealing
  • Own bath towel
  • Simple shoes
  • Basic Medicines

FAQ on Spiritual Retreats in India

1. What is the purpose of a spiritual retreat?

The spiritual exercises take place in a sacred spot, closer to nature, allowing us to leave any distractions behind and calm down the mind and body.

2. What is the difference between guided and personal retreat?

A personal retreat is for someone who wants to spend some quiet time in solitude through prayer or contemplation.

A guided retreat is when someone seeks a spiritual guide to lead them on the path towards salvation.

3. What are the spiritual activities to follow in a retreat?

  • Your spiritual activities may include the following:
  • Chanting & meditation
  • Yoga
  • Breathing exercises
  • Sattvic food

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