North America is home to some of the most organized and frequent spiritual retreats. Leaders in every spiritual field make their way here to give workshops and lectures in major cities and at posh desert spas and beach resorts. You’ll find everything from the Dalai Lama holding a lecture in Central Park in the middle of New York City to little known Indian shaman or indigenous healers in Mexico leading short sessions.

  1. Maya Spa Wellness Center, Mexico

    Temezcal sweat lodges and yoga retreats are lead by Indian shamans and world class instructors at this posh Caribbean resort.

  2. COMO Shambhala Retreat, Turks and Caicos

    Located at beautiful Parrot Cay, this posh yoga and health retreat is all you need to completely get away from the daily grind. There’s an emphasis on a pristine environment, luxury, healing, and skin treatments.

  3. Esalen Institute, California

    Big Sur’s Esalen has been a new age retreat for decades that attracts thousands of wealthy visitors who come to learn about yoga, meditation, tantric sex, growing organic food, dance, and nearly any granola type activity you could imagine.

  4. Desert Hot Springs, California

    Weekend yoga classes and retreats, spa treatments, breathing exercises, colon cleansing and much more to cleanse your body and promote good health.

  5. Kootenay Lake, British Columbia

    The Yasodhara Ashram was founded in 1963 by Swami Sivananda Radha and continues to be one of the leaders in spiritual retreats on the west coast and offers numerous types of yoga classes as well as an involved community feel.

  6. Shoshoni Yoga Retreat, Colorado

    Boulder’s Shoshoni Yoga center has a funky natural vibe that relies heavily on the prime mountain setting. Hatha Yoga and Meditation sessions, vegetarian cooking, spiritual consultation, and much more.

  7. Green Gulch Farm Zen Center, California

    San Francisco’s Green Dragon Temple is a Buddhist center and farm with daily Zen meditation classes, weekend workshops, and week long retreats.

  8. Kalani Oceanside Retreat, Hawaii

    One of the premier destinations in the Pacific for a yoga escape, as well as host to the occasional eruption party and spiritual workshop.

  9. South Beach, Florida

    While TV crews are shooting yoga DVD’s on this funky beach on a daily basis, the best yoga and health treatments are over at the Standard Hotel where daily group yoga and Tibetan meditation classes are legendary for locals and travelers.

  10. New York, New York

    Not only do numerous spiritual and religious organizations have offices or headquarters in New York, but the extremely diverse population often organizes retreats and attracts the most important spiritual figures anywhere that come to give lectures, teach classes, and hold workshops.