For those looking to unwind and reconnect, meditation retreats in California provide an ideal opportunity to do so. These retreats typically offer a schedule of meditation and yoga classes, as well as community discussion groups, with time set aside for self-reflection and journaling. Organic meals or detox juices are often on the menu and included in the retreat program.
California’s scenic, varied landscape creates a beautiful backdrop for these meditation retreats. Whether on the coast of the Pacific Ocean or nestled among the redwoods, the scenery helps elevate the retreats to the next level. Below, we’ve highlighted the five best meditation retreats in California.
Sagrada Wellness is located on California’s beautiful Central Coast, just 15 minutes north of San Luis Obispo. Sagrada offers an all-inclusive, 4-day meditation, yoga and pilates retreat in a serene sanctuary setting. Retreat participants have several opportunities to meditate throughout the day, including a guided morning meditation walk and an evening session. Daily yoga and pilates classes, as well as free time for journaling and hiking, are also built into the program. Meals are intended to offer a gentle detox, revitalize energy, and promote sound sleep. Spa treatments are available for an additional fee.
For five days, Rebirth San Diego retreat participants will unwind and reconnect with themselves through yoga, hiking and meditation. The retreat includes daily hiking in the Torrey Pines Reserve, followed by yoga classes on the beaches of La Jolla. Guided meditation and pranayama (breath work) are also on the agenda. Rebirth San Diego is held at the Hilton Torrey Pines, which is perched high on the cliffs of La Jolla. Breakfast and lunch are provided at the resort, and participants are encouraged to explore and dine out in the evening.
The Elevated Camp: Joshua Tree is a sacred weekend retreat full of yoga, meditation and workshops. The retreat is held at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center, which is known for its beautiful desert landscape and 18 vortices. Participants on this four-day retreat are guided through the ancient techniques of Kundalini yoga, meditation and breathwork to reset and recharge for the months and years ahead. Sample workshop topics include ‘astrology for alignment’ and ‘manifestation in the Aquarian age.’ Three organic vegan meals per day are included, as is access to the property’s pool and rose labyrinth.
The 3-Day Gratitude Retreat is held at the Land of Medicine Buddha, a gorgeous venue nestled amongst the redwoods and just minutes from the Pacific Ocean. Here, retreat-goers will enjoy daily yoga, meditation and workshops. The guided yoga and meditation sessions are intended to help students cultivate gratitude and reflect. Classes are for all levels of students, though some previous yoga experience is requested. During the allotted free time, attendees are invited to explore the property’s hiking trails, temples and statues, as well as the sauna and pool area. Vegetarian meals are prepared daily and included in the retreat cost.
Held near the historic town of Julian, Love is the Prize’s retreat is focused on balance, love, peace and joy. The weekend retreat has a full schedule of meditation, yoga, and opportunities for self reflection. Group walks are led on the property, which is full of rock outcroppings and varieties of native plants. Spiritual discussions are held with the group leader and cover a variety of topics. Day 2 culminates with a night of music and singing around the campfire, before the final day of yoga and silent meditation. Detox juices are provided in lieu of full meals, though guests have access to a kitchen and refrigerator to prepare their own.