Top California Meditation Retreats

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If self discovery is your intention, you’ll find a wealth of programmed retreats at Esalen in Big Sur, with a broad mix of teachers and healing modalities.

Looking for Virtual Events or Virtual Workshops?

If you’re looking for virtual meditation events, or upcoming meditation gatherings, explore our site. And we highly recommend the workshops and events offered by each of the meditation teachers in our vetted and curated wellness directory.

Need more retreat options?

Desire a few more options? Explore these California Yoga Retreats and upcoming Plant Medicine Retreats in California.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner fade_animation_offset=”45px” el_class=”column-right” width=”1/2″][vc_column_text responsive_text=”” italic=””]

Natalie Backman

Natalie Backman is a beloved yoga teacher who offers retreats and workshops that include a combination of meditation, yoga, and mindfulness. We highly recommend her workshops and retreats.

1440 Multiversity

In Scotts Valley, be sure to explore the 1440 Multiversity campus, which offers a range of beautiful programs with great teachers across spiritual and wellness traditions, from Adyashanti to Janet Stone.

Spirit Rock

In Woodacre California, you’ll discover Spirit Rock a revered Buddhist center offering guided retreats and programs with teachers like Jack Kornfield and Trudy Goodman.

New Camaldoli Hermitage

Seeking a holy atmosphere? Two religious centers that have opened their doors to all include the popular New Camaldoli Hermitage run by Roman Catholic Monks and La Casa De Maria in Santa Barbara.

Our list isn’t complete without mentioning Ratna Ling, Ananda, The Expanding Light, Peppertree Retreat Center, San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara, the Tassajara Zen Mountaim Retreat and Green Gulch Farm.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_column_text responsive_text=”” italic=”” css=”.vc_custom_1569452166349{padding-top: 40px !important;}” el_class=”event-browse”]

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