Best Places to Find Your Zen!

by Mahogany WaldonJanuary 16, 2018

Ah, the sweet state of relaxation! Are you overworked and ready for a much-needed vacation? Or maybe you’ve been planning a girls trip and have been thinking, “what will be the perfect retreat?” You’re in luck! Nothing says “new year, new me” like finding your zen. We’ve compiled a list of some of the best meditation centers for aligning your body, mind, and soul. These wellness centers will be the yin to your yang!
A map of the best health and wellness centers in the US.

Shambhala Mountain Center, Boulder, Colorado

Nothing says “long-overdue retreat” like a wellness center nestled in the Colorado Rockies. You heard us correctly: this breath-of-fresh-air will give you the best of mind, body, and soul in the uncharted, majestic wilderness of Colorado’s finest. This center offers over 100 different programs annually including mindfulness, meditation, yoga, and self-guided retreats.

Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Woodacre, California

Welcome to paradise! For those committed to continuing their education in metaphysical wellness, this Woodacre center is perfect for you! Not only does this wellness center offer retreats, it also offers opportunities to become certified in dharma (Sanskrit for ‘purification’ the term is now used as a mindfulness concept), yoga, and retreat teacher training. If you’re not able to make it to this beautiful center surrounded by hills and streams, you can take online courses from home. Spirit Rock also offers volunteer opportunities and sitting group meditation sessions.

The Maharishi University of Management, Fairfield, Iowa

This university prides itself in its consciousness-based educational preparedness that it offers to each of its students. Those who attend this school learn from evidence-based research and self-exploration to further enhance personal growth. Degree programs include art, business, sustainable living, media and communications, as well as Vedic and Ayurveda medicine. There are opportunities to pursue undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate-level degrees. The university also offers fully organic meals, natural health programs for all students, all the students and faculty practice transcendental meditation (a technique founded by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi,) and the campus is committed to sustainability and is eco-friendly. With college being extremely stressful, who wouldn’t want to find their zen while studying?

Insight Meditation Society, Barre, Massachusetts

The Insight Meditation Society offers meditation retreats year-round. These retreats teach attendees Buddhist universal meditation practices, they offer vegetarian daily meals, and the retreats range from a week to three months. The center also offers group sitting meditations known as dharma talks. This wellness center is perfect for those that are looking to embrace meditation not only as a hobby but as a lifestyle.

Edgar Cayce Association for Research and Enlightenment, Virginia Beach, Virginia

This center attracts more than 100,000 visitors a year – from students to philosophers, this center has a lot to offer. Founded by one of the pioneers of the New Age Enlightenment Movement, Edgar Cayce, this center still utilizes his teachings in research and education to promote spiritual development. Those who visit this center can enjoy a cafe, bookstore, and sacred spaces for meditation. The grounds of this center also offers a historic hospital building where visitors can receive therapeutic services like massages, colonics, facials, and other natural spa services. The center’s Atlantic University is located on the same grounds as the spa. The university is a metaphysical school that has offerings from metaphysical majors like hypnosis and regression to parapsychology. The educational center also offers bodywork and holistic massage therapy coursework, and the center sponsors psychic fairs, wellness workshops and more. The A.R.E also offers a camp for children and adults of all ages where attendees can enjoy hiking, meditation sessions, and community service projects.

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Mahogany Waldon
Mahogany is a Content Marketing Coordinator for In her spare time, Mahogany enjoys reading, writing poetry, blogging, traveling, and loves a good southern idiom. Mahogany is also a certified Reiki practitioner and enjoys all things supernatural.