10 Best Meditation Retreats In Massachusetts, USA

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The hub of New England region, Massachusetts was one of the original 13 colonies, a fact well reflected in its history and character. Its capital Boston is renowned as a historical, cultural and educational centre offering plenty of attractions such as the Freedom Trail and Fenway Park. Visitors to the state can enjoy a plethora of experiences - beautiful natural wonders like fall foliage, whale-watching, winery tours and gorgeous beaches towns like Martha’s Vineyard are just some examples. If you are looking to spend some time in recharging yourself then take a look at this curated list of the best meditation retreats in Massachusetts, USA, for some superb options.

1. Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center

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Insight Meditation Society offers a range of retreats that are based on two kinds of Buddhist meditation practices - vipassana and metta. The center has an all-year schedule of meditation courses - shorter courses (weekend to three months) are offered at the Retreat Center while Forest Center is geared towards longer-term retreats (minimum a week up to a year). Participants can also choose to offer volunteer service as a part of their retreats where they work for five hours observing silent work-as-practice. All programs offer sliding scale pricing with three options.

Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center

Address:1230 Pleasant Street, Barre MA

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2. Genesis Spiritual Life Center

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At Genesis Spiritual Life Center, participants can choose from different types of retreats such as guided retreats, silent retreats, silent BioSpiritual Focusing retreats and Retreat in Everyday Life. Retreats offer prayer sessions, one-on-one guidance with spiritual leaders as well as outdoor exercises, depending on the type of retreat. The centre also offers the option of solo and private retreats. A variety of therapies such as yoga, massage therapy and Reiki are also available.

Genesis Spiritual Life Center

Address: 53 Mill Street, Westfield MA

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3. Nine Mountain Retreats

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Nine Mountain Retreats is a community-led retreat center located in midst of woods that hosts workshops and retreats on a wide range of themes including spirituality, creative workshops, healing practices and social change-related activities. The center also offers its space to groups wishing to hold their own retreats and provides necessary support to them.

Nine Mountain Retreats

Address: 9 Mountain St., Plainfield MA

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4. Spirit Fire Retreat Center

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Set amidst private forest land, Spirit Fire Retreat Center offers a serene environment that’s perfect for spending quiet days to rejuvenate. There are three options available - you can join the various centre-organised retreats offered at regular intervals, host your own group event there or opt for a personal retreat. The retreat’s meditation programs are based on various reflective themes such as silence. It also offers retreats that are based on its own meditation program called the Practice of Living Awareness. The retreat center makes available several amenities for those seeking to hold group events here including catering, accommodation and meeting rooms/workspaces. The personal retreat option includes access to a private bedroom with ensuite bathroom and daily meals for a per-night charge.

Spirit Fire Retreat Center

Address: 407 W. Leyden Road, Leyden MA

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5. Vipassana Meditation Centre

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This retreat offers a residential course that is based on the Buddhist meditation technique of vipassana. The method taught here is based on the teachings of S.N. Goenka and is completely non-sectarian. The course is a rigorous one, lasting for ten full days and requires adhering to a code of discipline which requires among other things complete silence and abstinence from stimulants like alcohol. The course is free, with the option to donate if so desired at the end of the course.

Vipassana Meditation Centre

Address: 386 Colrain Shelburne Road, Shelburne MA

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6. Brahma Kumaris Meditation Center - A Learning Center For Peace

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Operated by the Brahma Kumaris, the BK Learning Center for Peace is a large venue that teaches the group’s meditation practice called Raja Yoga meditation. A fresh course starts on the first Monday of every month for free. Weekend courses also offered covering the same course. For regular practitioners, daily practise session are held in the mornings/evenings. Additional workshops, courses and seminars are also offered by the group on subjects such as overcoming anger, managing stress and positive thinking. Residential courses on meditation are as well offered at regular intervals.

Brahma Kumaris Meditation Center - A Learning Center For Peace

Address: 75 Common St, Watertown MA

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7. Boundless Way Temple/Worcester Zen Center

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This Buddhist temple located in Worcester provides a welcoming space to learn and practice traditional Zen techniques such as breath awareness, mindfulness and koan. Daily sessions are held morning and evening for an hour. In addition to these mediation sessions, the temple teachers also offer special events, workshops and seminars.

Boundless Way Temple/Worcester Zen Center

Address: 1030 Pleasant St., Worcester, MA

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8. Cambridge Insight Meditation Center

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The Cambridge Insight Meditation Center offers classes, sessions and workshops based on the Buddhist practice of Insight Meditation (vipassana). The center hosts classes for beginners as well as practice sessions for more advanced practitioners with guidance from teachers. Workshops and seminars are offered on various themes such as deepening meditation practice, gratitude and awareness. Weekly dharma talks by the center’s teachers are also available.

Cambridge Insight Meditation Center

Address: 331 Broadway, Cambridge MA

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9. Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health

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Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health offers a bevvy of courses across yoga, meditation, self-help and Ayurveda. Based on the teachings of its founder Swami Kripalu, the center has a mix of online and residential courses. In case of retreats, participants can create their own program which could comprise a mix of yoga, outdoor activities, reflective workshops, meditation and movement classes. Pricing varies depending on whether it’s a mid-week retreat, a weekend one, or a one-day session.

Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health

Address: PO Box 309, 57 Interlaken Road, Stockbridge MA

Rate: Starts from 85 USD

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10. Advaita Meditation Center

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This center offers meditation classes and retreats based on the principles of Advaita Vedanta and the practice of mantra meditation. An introductory one-day workshop is held periodically for beginners. For more advanced practitioners regular sessions are held to enable better understanding of Advaita Vedanta and meditation. The weekly open meditation classes offer a less formal setting where anyone can drop in. Advaita Meditation Center’s weekend courses are geared towards practitioners working with teachers to understand and deepen their spiritual practice. The center also offers Sanskrit classes.

Advaita Meditation Center

Address: 28 Worcester Lane Waltham MA

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Take some time out for yourself

A stressful and hectic lifestyle can drain you out and that’s where such healing courses step in. Switch off from the outer world and enjoy some quiet solitude which allows you to rest, heal and self-reflect. Our list of the best meditation retreats in Massachusetts, USA, cover great centres that provide a wonderful mix of scenic grounds, healthy living and calming healing practices. You can pick from group sessions to personal retreats depending on your needs. So go ahead and check out these fantastic options.

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