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Where Do You Want To Be Right Now?

THAT’S THE QUESTION that came to mind as I sat down to plan this year’s retreat guide. Every place represents a different kind of yearning. The sea, for example, beckons in a different way than the mountains do. Right now, I’m actually thinking about Wales, and I trip I took years back. The reason that calls to me is that I love the solitude of the cliffs and craggy moors and breathing in the brisk sea air. I was pleased to discover that 2018 has been deemed “The Year of the Sea” by Visit Wales. You can read more about that in our roundup of seaside retreats on page 18.

There are lots of possibilities to explore in this third annual Journey to Renewal, from volunteer vacations to transformational travel to wellness getaways. And to encourage more responsible travel—things you may not have thought of—Martha Honey, executive director of the Center for Responsible Travel (CREST), shares expert advice on what to do before you depart, while you’re at your destination, and when you return. Turn to “Transform the Way You Travel,” on page 4.

As you sit with this issue, close your eyes and take a journey in your mind— ask yourself, “What is calling to me right now—and what do I need now?”

Enjoy the journey, 
Mary Bemis
Editor in Chief 

Where Do You Want to Be Now?

1AHAM Meditation Retreat and Training Centers USA and India

Specializing in experiential meditation training, primarily Ramana Maharshi’s pure self-inquiry process. Offering various retreats/programs.

4368 NC Highway 134
Asheboro, NC 27205

[email protected]
(336) 381-3988

2Aleph Kallah

An inclusive, week-long festival of contemporary Jewish spiritual wisdom for heart, mind, body, and soul.

July 2-8
Being held in Amherst, MA

[email protected]
(215) 247-9700 Ext. 30

3Art of Living Retreat Center

Vibrant programs, beautiful mountain views, and nurturing silence make this retreat like a second home.

639 Whispering Hills Road
Boone, NC 28607

[email protected]
(800) 385-5166

4Blazing Mountain Retreat Center

Ideal for longer retreats or workshops supporting deep inner work in a pristine environment and sustainable menu. Holds 40-100 comfortably.

2541 Carefree Way
Crestone, CO 81131

[email protected]
(303) 955-2574

5Breitenbush Hot Springs Retreat and Conference Center

Come enjoy natural hot springs nestled deep within the old growth rainforests of the Cascade Mountains.

PO Box 578
Detroit, OR 97342

[email protected]
(503) 854-3320

6C-DEEP: Center for Devotional Energy and Ecstatic Practice

Transform the mind, heal the spirit, and deepen love. Weeklong immersions in ecstatic, contemplative practice. Rooted in Jewish wisdom, open to all faiths.

Retreats with Rabbi Shefa Gold
Ecstatic Meditation
June 4-10
Jemez Springs, NM

7C-DEEP: Center for Devotional Energy and Ecstatic Practice

Transform the mind, heal the spirit, and deepen love. Weeklong immersions in ecstatic, contemplative practice. Rooted in Jewish wisdom, open to all faiths.

Retreats with Rabbi Shefa Gold
August 13-19
Santa Fe, NM​

8Center for Interfaith Relations

Nationally acclaimed multifaith celebration with spiritual leaders, teachers. 2018 explores insight rooted in feminine wisdom.

2018 Festival of Faiths – Sacred Insight, Feminine Wisdom
April 24-28
The Kentucky Center for the Arts
501 West Main Street
Louisville, KY

[email protected]
(502) 583-3100

9Copper Beech Institute

Copper Beech is an idyllic mindfulness and contemplative practice retreat center in West Hartford, Connecticut.

303 Tunxis Road
West Hartford, CT 06107

[email protected]
(860) 760-9750

10Fox Institute for Creation Spirituality

Education that enlivens your mind, body, and spirit, and nourishes your work in the world.

1120½ Pine Street
Boulder, CO  80302

[email protected]
(720) 880-3427

11Franciscan Spiritual Center

An interfaith center that offers spiritual direction, workshops, programs and retreats. Spiritual bookstore online.

2512 SE Monroe Street 
Milwaukie, OR 97222

[email protected]
(503) 794-8542

12Garrison Institute

Timeless wisdom, timely action. Meditation retreats and contemplative workshops in the Hudson River Valley.

14 Mary’s Way, Route 9D
Garrison, NY 10524

[email protected]
(845) 424-4800

13Gathering the Soul in The Wilderness

Meditation, dreamwork, journaling and journeying. Inner/outer wilderness, and horses! Non-riders welcome.

A Retreat for Women
August 11-17, 2019
Blacktail Ranch
Wolf Creek, MT 59648

[email protected]
(406) 582-7450

14Heart Path Journeys Maui and Kauai

Sacred retreats with Spirituality & Health's blogger, Eve Hogan. Relationships, wellness, spirituality, creativity and labyrinth. Private and small groups welcome.

470 Kaluanui Road
Makawao, Maui, HI 96768

[email protected]
(808) 243-7284

15Integrative Restoration Institute

Offering professional trainings in iRest Meditation, retreats and workshops under the direction of Richard Miller, PhD.

900 5th Avenue, Suite 204
San Rafael, CA 94901

[email protected]
(415) 456-3909

16Isha Institute

The Isha Institute of Inner-sciences is established as the infrastructure for raising human consciousness and is unique in its offering of all four paths of yoga concurrently.

951 Isha Lane 
McMinnville, TN 37110

[email protected]
(931) 668-1900

17Julius Intensive Weekends

You can choose from three subjects—Manifestation, Creative Flow, and Aligning with your Soul. Two-day retreats.

48 South 300 East
Central, UT  84722

[email protected]
(435) 668-8894


Kalani is Hawaii’s largest non-profit educational retreat center, serving the global community for 40 years.

12-6860 Kalapana-Kapoho Road
Pahoa, HI 96778

[email protected]
(808) 965-7828

19Karmê Chöling

Offering meditation retreats and contemplative programs to inspire wisdom and compassion in our everyday lives.

369 Patneaude Lane
Barnet, VT 05821

[email protected]
(802) 633-2384

20La Casa de Maria Retreat & Conference Center

A 26-acre center offering accommodations and meeting rooms from 10 up to 150 guests.

800 El Bosque Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93108

[email protected]
(805) 969-5031

22The Mandala Center

Refresh the mind, renew the spirit, and heal the body. Offering facility rentals, workshops, and individual retreats.

96 Mandala Road
Des Moines, NM 88418

[email protected]
(575) 278-3002

23The Mariandale Center

Offering programs in contemplation, personal development, and spirituality at its beautiful 61-acre Hudson Valley center.

299 North Highland Avenue
Ossining, NY 10562

[email protected]
(914) 941-4455

24Mercy Center Burlingame

Quiet beauty and great hospitality for your group meeting or transformative personal retreat.

2300 Adeline Drive 
Burlingame, CA 94010 

[email protected]
(650) 340-7474

25The Omega Institute for Holistic Studies

Awakening the best in human spirit for more than 40 years. Programs are in- person and online.

150 Lake Drive
Rhinebeck, NY 12572

[email protected]
(877) 944-1001


Three-day healing workshop. You may choose the healing program or become a certified practitioner.

Workshops with Brad and Kasey Wallis
48 South 300 East
Central, UT  84722

[email protected]
(435) 668-8894

27Scarritt Bennett Center

Serene historic campus in Nashville with single rooms, retreat house and social justice programming.

1008 19th Avenue 
South Nashville, TN 37212

[email protected]
(615) 340-7500

29Singing Journey Retreats with Virginia Schenck Airborne Ecstasy

Listen, explore, and sing yourself in spiritual, mystical, music-filled parts of our world.

Airborne Ecstasy
P.O. Box 8835
Atlanta, GA 31106

[email protected]
(404) 281-2697

30Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas

Expand your horizons–Immersion in a yogic lifestyle through teaching training, courses and yoga vacations.

Paradise Island
Nassau, Bahamas

[email protected]
(866) 559-5167

33The Sun Valley Wellness Festival

Features speakers, movement classes, and experience hall.

June 26 - 29, 2020
Sun Valley, ID 83340

[email protected]
(208) 720-4535

31Sunrise Ranch

Renew your mind, body, and spirit at our 350-acre ranch. Retreats, workshops, conferences, and concerts.

100 Sunrise Ranch Road
Loveland, CO  85038

[email protected]
(970) 679-4200

32Sunrise Springs Spa Resort

Santa Fe’s award-winning tranquil oasis. Unplug. Recharge. Reconnect. Experiences here are uniquely your own.

242 Los Pinos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87507

[email protected]
(877) 977-8212

34Wilbur Hot Springs

A nature retreat with naturally occurring, high mineral content hot springs in Northern California.

A Sanctuary for the Self
3375 Wilbur Springs Road
Williams, CA 95987

[email protected]
(530) 473-2306

35Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center

Interfaith center specializing in spirituality, ecology, education, and the arts.

229 E Litch eld Road
Litch eld, CT 06759

[email protected]
(860) 567-3163

Online Training and Travel

Dance of the Deer Foundation

Center for Shamanic Studies
P.O. Box 699
Soquel, CA 95073
(831) 475-9560
[email protected]

Discover shamanic retreats, workshops, and seminars worldwide with renowned shaman and healer Brant Secunda.

The Four Winds Society

Become an Energy Medicine Practitioner and Health Coach
P.O. Box 330397
Miami, FL 33233
(877) 892-9247
[email protected]

The Light Body School, taught by Dr. Alberto Villoldo, prepares wise and ethical energy medicine practitioners.

Illuminated Journeys

8273 E. Davies Avenue
Centennial, CO 80112
(720) 489-8073, (877) 489-8500
[email protected]

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