Top 10 Meditation Retreats in Dharamsala

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Dharamshala, a panoramic Himalayan town nestled in Himachal Pradesh, boasts of thick deodar forests that are abound with rich flora and fauna, breath-taking views of the snow-covered Dhauladhar range, stunning lakes, rambling waterfalls, colourful monasteries and temples, Tibetan culture and spiritual practices.

Talking about spiritual meditation practices, meditation is a great one. In fact, many great yogis and Himalayan masters, including His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, have deepened their meditation practice sitting under the natural settings of Dharamshala. This alone explains the divine energy and high spiritual vibe of this town.

One can only experience the highly positive effects of practising yoga and meditation when he/she practices these spiritual arts amid the divine glory of nature. While the garden of our homes and nearby parks are a great option for our daily practice, meditating in the lap of the mighty Himalayas is a completely different experience.

For this very reason, the most experienced yoga schools organize various yoga and meditation retreats in the serene ambience of Dharamshala and most of them are sold out within a few days. Such is the magic of meditating in the tranquillity of Dharamshala, the beautiful hill station of Northern India.

Thus, as a spiritual seeker, yoga and meditation practitioner, it is highly recommended to give yourself the gift of these hand-picked meditation retreats organized in the natural settings of Dharamshala. The list of top 10 Meditation Retreat in Dharamsala below has been sorted in descending order of cost per day (highest to lowest).

For those that want to learn various styles of Mediation should definitely check no. 3

1. Z Meditation Kangra Meditation Retreat in Dharamsala

Set under the forested hills of Dharamsala in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. Zen Meditation Dharamsala centre is known for its effective 10+5 days silent programs where the mind is deconditioned and then reconditioned to live a life free from suffering and restlessness. The meditation retreats organized by Z Meditation are hosted amidst the scenic views of Himalayan foothills in Dharamsala. The attendees also have access to indulge in activities, such as hiking, zip-lining, camping, swimming in the natural streams of Dharamsala, star-gazing, etc.

Z Meditation was founded by Ajay Kapoor in 1996 to help people realize that meditation is a very simple technique to bring everyone close to happiness and love, which is the highest state of being. Ajay himself has dedicated his life to being very active about the significance of meditation in the life of every single person. He truly believes that all one needs to open the deep state of being is to practice meditation sincerely. The meditation retreats by Z Meditation select students on the basis of a simple awareness exercise, which if completed leads the students to join the teachers on the retreat and learn Deep Inquiry and Radiant Mantras that contribute in clearing of mind from useless thoughts. 

The meditation retreats organized by Z Meditation lead to enhance the quality of thoughts by diving deep into meditation practices and elevate the students to a state of love and calmness.

The 5 Days Meditation Retreat in Dharamsala Organized by Z Meditation Kangra, Dharamsala includes

  • Daily Meditation classes (Eating meditation, Creative meditation, Drinking Meditation)
  • Meditation philosophy classes
  • Storytelling sessions
  • Private Accommodation
  • 3 Meals Daily

Cost per day INR 7,500

2. Sarvaguna Yoga Meditation Retreat in Dharamsala McLeod Ganj

Tucked away in the calming aura of Himalayas, Sarvaguna Yoga sits pristine in the lushness of McLeodGanj, in Upper Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh. The entire centre of Sarvaguna Yoga possesses peaceful energy as it is enveloped with emerald green trees of Deodar and meandering streams from all sides. Practicing yoga and meditation overlooking the majestic Dhauladhar range is one reason why even international tourists are pulled towards Dharamsala. Activities, such as trekking to Triund and Bhagsunag waterfall and camping under the stars are also quite an attraction for the travellers. 

Sarvaguna Yoga, as the name suggests, is a holistic abode of yoga. The institution was set up with the purpose of staying true to the authentic yoga teaching and spreading ancient yogic wisdom around the world with an advanced mindset. The teachers at this institution are committed to pass on the original teachings of yoga and meditation to their students with compassion and kindness. The 10 day Yoga and Meditation Retreat in Dharamsala is based on the same blueprint. It aims to deepen the yoga and meditation practice of the participants and also provide deep healing to their mind, body and soul through asana alignment techniques, meditation, breathwork, clean vegetarian food, and other spiritual and Ayurvedic therapies. 

This meditation retreat in Dharamshala is for yoga and meditation practitioners of both beginner and advanced levels. The added advantage is the peaceful atmosphere and high spiritual energy that accelerates the healing abilities of the members by the end of the retreat.

The 10 Days Yoga Meditation & Wellness Retreat in Dharamsala Organized by Sarvaguna Yoga McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala includes

  • Daily meditation classes
  • Rejuvenating Hatha Yoga sessions and Relaxing Meditations
  • Private Accommodation
  • Healthy Vegan, Organic, Gluten free and Vegetarian Food
  • 3 daily delicious and nutritious meals per day
  • Course Manual
  • Yoga T-shirt, Stainless Steel Water Bottle and Yoga Bag
  • Airport Pick Up and Drop Off
  • A day trek to Himalayan Mountains
  • Group excursions/activities
  • Nature hikes with a trusted guide

Cost per day INR 6,024

3. Re Discover Thyself Meditation Retreat in Dharamsala McLeod Ganj

Re Discover Thyself is a yoga, meditation and healing centre located in the lush green town of McLeodGanj, Dharamsala, in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. Dharamsala is known for its spiritual energy, more because it is the home to the Great spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama. For this reason, it is also known as the Little Lhasa for the Tibetan culture that came and settled here with the Dalai Lama in 1959. The place also brims with colourful meadows, rambling waterfalls, meandering rivers, and breath-taking views of the Dhauladhar range of the Himalayas. No wonder it is a favourite vacation spot for travellers and yogis,

Ananta, the founder of Re Discover Thyself has been practicing yoga and meditation for more than 20 years. He is also a meditation facilitator, life and relationship coach as well as yoga therapist. He, along with the teachers and healers at Re Discover Thyself believe that each and every person is infinite in nature and that the body has the ability to self-heal. They only assist in awakening this ability by meditation, self-love and other healing techniques. The 4 days, 7 days, and 30 days Meditation Retreat in Dharamsala are powerful ways to heal one’s mind, body and soul on a deeper level and come out on the other side as a completely new person. The meditation retreats include healing through self-awareness sessions, more than 10 meditation techniques (chakra, laughter, self-inquiry, kundalini, etc), yoga kriyas, asana practice, breathwork, soulful meals, etc.

Re Discover Thyself centre is for all those who are ready to go inside their deeper selves and heal their entire being through intense energy work.

The 4 Days Self-Love Yoga & Meditation Retreat in Dharamsala Organized by Re Discover Thyself McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala includes

  • Daily meditation classes more than 10 meditation techniques (chakra, laughter, self-inquiry, kundalini, etc)
  • Daily yoga classes
  • 3 daily delicious and nutritious meals
  • Specialized workshops
  • Private Accommodation

 Cost per day INR 13,666

4. Shree NeelKantha Yoga Kendra Meditation Retreat in Dharamsala McLeod Ganj

Shree NeelKantha Yoga Kendra is situated amidst the ethereal beauty of Upper Bhagsu, McLeod Ganj, a little town in Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh that boasts splendorous views of the majestic Himalayan range of Dhauladhar.

The hill station is naturally abundant with nature – mountains, trees, meadows, waterfalls, streams, and rivers. McLeod Ganj is also the home of the Great Dalai Lama, the supreme spiritual leader. Thus, many people visit this place for meditation practices and by the time they leave McLeod Ganj, they feel absolutely refreshed.

Shree NeelKantha Yoga Kendra is the result of the vision and mission of its founder, Sri Shivam, who set on his spiritual journey quite early in life. He has been teaching yoga and meditation for more than 25 years now. This 10-day meditation retreat in Dharamsala is created to share the knowledge and wisdom of Sri Shivam in the form of daily spiritual practices, such as asanas under Ashtanga yoga, various meditations, theory lectures, and pranayamas. The Ayurvedic meals served all through the retreat helps people cleanse their bodies and become a strong vessel to manifest and carry the powerful energy of nature.

This yoga and meditation retreat is specially designed for practitioners of all levels, that is, beginners, intermediate, and advanced. The retreat is also for those who want to explore their spiritual side with the help of yoga and meditation.

The 10 Day Yoga & Meditation Retreat in Dharamsala Organized by Shree NeelKantha Yoga Kendra McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala includes

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Yoga philosophy and lifestyle classes
  • Relaxation and find your inner voice sessions
  • Delicious vegetarian meals
  • Accommodation

Cost per day INR 5,344