Your guide to upcoming Washington Meditation Retreats
So, you’re ready to dive into some silence? Whether you’re an experienced meditator or relatively new to practising meditation – seeking a retreat with a specific teacher or needing a self guided experience – here we’re sharing Washington’s most renowned places to go on a meditation retreat.
The Northwest Vipassana Center is arguably one of the world’s most established silent meditation retreat organizations, offering 10-day retreats in the Vipassana style. You can find a Vipassana Center in most states and provinces around the world. They welcome meditators with all levels of experience; however, you must apply to attend and be ready to commit to their daily schedule, which includes absolute silence and meditating several times per day, starting in the early hours. We love their commitment to providing an accessible experience: these retreats are typically by-donation.
Trout Lake Abbey is a Zen Buddhist Center, an organic farm, and a bed & breakfast, offering retreat-goers a peaceful and nourishing setting for quiet refuge, whether you opt to stay for a personal meditation retreat or to join one of the group retreats that visit the Abbey. Open to all faiths, the Abbey encourages guests to do their own spiritual practice and to explore the nearby Mt. Adams recreation area. To book a self guided meditation retreat learn more here.
Ananda Washington, located in Bothen Washington, “provides a refuge to help people achieve Self-realization, a state of consciousness that comes through shedding all outward self-definitions.” Based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda, but open to people from all faiths and religions, you’ll find many meditation and spiritually-focused yoga workshops and community gatherings on offer at Ananda. They offer several silent retreats annually, like this upcoming silent retreat offered at Islandwood Retreat Center.
Located deep in the forests of Southwest Washington, between Seattle and Oregon, Cloud Mountain is a Buddhist retreat center open to spiritual seekers of any (or no) particular faith background. Cloud Mountain describes their retreats as “an extraordinary opportunity to disengage from the rhythms and habits of our daily lives and bring ourselves wholeheartedly to meditative practice”. By engaging in periods of sitting and walking meditation, daily meals and Dharma instruction, retreat-goers have an opportunity to deeply observe and explore their own inner landscapes. Their upcoming retreat schedule can be explored here.
Tushita Kadampa Meditation Center in Olympia, Washington, offers meditation classes and courses that are meant to be very accessible and easy to integrate into modern life. Tushita is a great place to discover community and join others in weekly meditation practice. They offer one-day retreats as well as the occasional weekend retreat which are referred to as courses on their website. Check their calendar to see what’s coming up.
Kadampa Meditation in Seattle is offering this upcoming Lamrim Meditation Retreat, an opportunity to listen to Lamrim teachings and meditate deeply on their meaning. This retreat is led by Gen Kelsang Khedrub, a Western Buddhist monk, and the Resident Teacher at Kadampa Meditation Center Washington in Seattle.
Harmony Hill located in Union Washington, part way between Seattle and Oregon along the Pacific Coast, became known for offering a healing refuge for those facing cancer, but today this facility has expanded to offer many wellness and meditation retreats, like this upcoming retreat with one of our fav teachers, Mark Nepo. While meditation is definitely built into their retreats, the focus is on overall wellness and personal exploration. Retreat goers can choose from a pretty large variety of lodging options – from private rooms to tenting platforms – located near a beautiful network of hiking trails.
Holman Health Connections, run by husband and wife, Liz and Roy Holman, offers a variety of meditation retreats around the Washington area, like this upcoming Meditation Hiking Retreat. Meditation is a central element of their retreats but you can expect personal growth, movement, and community in each of these experiences. Roy Holman employs a mindfulness based meditation style with a focus on Pranayama breathing. You can expect compassionate, humourous, non dogmatic teachings. These retreats tend to popular with the 40+ crowd, though all ages and levels of experience are welcome.
Mindfulness Northwest offers many workshops, community gatherings, and great resources. This organization focuses on providing mindfulness-based stress reduction training throughout the pacific northwest, defining mindfulness as ‘the simple yet powerful ability of the mind to attend more fully to the present moment’s experience’. If you’re seeking to learn greater mindfulness and self compassion, be sure to explore their retreat schedule here.
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Looking for more retreat options? You can see a full list of all of the upcoming Washington Meditation retreats here.
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