In addition to being the northernmost state, Maine is also known for its stunning natural beauty, rocky coastline and maritime history. It has a relatively small population and ample opportunity to retreat and unwind in seclusion. All of the above makes it an ideal place to seek out and experience a meditation retreat!
Maine has several different meditation retreats to choose from, like structured programs or those with completely optional offerings. They generally include guided meditation sessions, several types of yoga classes and healthy, nourishing meals. We’ve compared the various retreats and highlighted 3 of the best meditation retreats in Maine below.
Hosted at the historic Sewall House, this 7-day, 6-night retreat in Island Falls is an intimate, customizable experience. Guests can participate in the daily meditation and yoga classes of their choosing, including Ashtanga, Hatha and Kundalini practices. The historic property has both shared and private rooms, as well as a sauna and jacuzzi bath. Meals are included and are prepared on site using produce sourced from local Amish farms. Optional excursions include hiking in Baxter Park, a round of golf at the 18-hole course and kayaking on nearby lakes. Spa services are available for an additional fee.
This 4-day yoga, meditation and wellness holiday at Santosha offers a rustic, summer camp-esque experience. Daily activities include guided meditation sessions, pranayama lessons and two yoga classes, all of which are optional. Classes are accessible to practitioners of all experience levels. Lodging is available in bunk or private rooms, and all are decorated to celebrate Maine’s natural beauty. Excursions are weather dependent and include a Nordic polar plunge, snowshoeing or visiting local antique shops. Meals are provided and served family style, with an emphasis on seasonal, local ingredients from nearby farms.
Sewall House’s 5-day relaxing meditation and yoga retreat is like a “Choose Your Own Adventure” book. Guests can pack their day with meditation sessions, yoga classes and excursions in the great outdoors. Or, they can relax all day before joining the afternoon Kundalini yoga and meditation session, which is followed by live guitar and chanting. The Sewall House is located in a rural town just 30 miles from the United States-Canada border, allowing guests to truly retreat from their daily lives. Private or shared accommodations are available. Three daily vegetarian meals are provided, made with local ingredients.