15+ Top California Meditation Retreats 2020

California is home to some of the world’s most sought after retreat centers.

In fact, it’s argued that Esalen could be credited with starting the concept of the modern day ‘meditation retreat’ as most people conceive it in the West, offering raw beauty, mineral baths, and co-ed nudity today as it did when it opened in 1960.

Whether you’re after a spiritual reset, or an immersion into your favorite meditation practice, below is a list of upcoming retreats, and here are a few of our personal recommendations.

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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.

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.

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Yoga and Meditation Yosemite Retreat

October 30 @ 3:00 pm - November 2 @ 3:00 pm PDT
Deepen your yoga and meditation practices and visit the infamous Yosemite Valley! Enjoy delicious me...