Recommended retreat centres

Australia

Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre

Medlow Bath, New South Wales (two hours west of Sydney)

Calendar highlights: annual one-month retreats with visiting teachers including Sayadaw U Vivekananda, Ariya Baumann and Patrick Kearney

Number of meditators: 20

http://bmimc.org.au/


New Zealand

Te Moata retreat centre

Tairua, Coromandel (three hours south-east of Auckland)

Calendar highlights: visiting and local teachers including Sharda Rogell, Viranani, Hugh Tennent, Jeremy Logan

Number of meditators: 30?

http://www.temoata.org


United Kingdom

Gaia House

Devon (two hours south-west of London)

Calendar highlights: visiting teachers including Rob Burbea, John Peacock, Christina Feldman, Stephen and Martine Batchelor

One-month solitary retreat in November every year

Number of meditators: 60?

http://gaiahouse.co.uk/



USA

Insight Meditation Society – Retreat Center

Barre, Massachusetts (two hours west of Boston)

Founding teachers: Joseph Goldstein, Jack Kornfield, Sharon Salzberg, Jaqueline Mandell

Calendar highlights: visiting teachers including Akincano, Guy Armstrong, James Baraz, Andrea Fella, Kamala Masters, Greg Scharf, Sharon Salzberg, Ajahn Sucitto, Carol Wilson

Three-month retreat late September – early December every year

Number of meditators: 96

http://www.dharma.org


Insight Meditation Society – Forest Refuge

Barre, Massachusetts (two hours west of Boston)

Calendar highlights: longer-term self-retreats throughout the year, supported by visiting teachers including Akincano, Bhikkhu Analayo, Guy Armstrong, Kamala Masters, Greg Scharf, Ajahn Sucitto, Sayadaw U Vivekananda, Carol Wilson

Number of meditators: 30

http://www.dharma.org/meditation-retreats/forest-refuge


Barre Center for Buddhist Studies

Barre, Massachusetts (two hours west of Boston)

Focusing on the integration of study and practice from various Buddhist traditions

Calendar highlights: visiting teachers including Akincano, Bhikkhu Analayo, Guy Armstrong, Shaila Catherine, Greg Kramer, Roshi Pat O’Hara, John Peacock, Ajahn Sucitto

Number of meditators: 36?

http://www.bcbsdharma.org/


Insight Meditation Center

Scotts Valley, California (1.5 hours south of San Francisco)

Founding teachers: Gil Fronsdal and Andrea Fella

Calendar highlights: visiting teachers including Bhikkhu Anaalayo, Andrea Fella, Gil Fronsdal, Kamala Masters, Ajahn Sucitto

Number of meditators: 36?

http://www.insightretreatcenter.org/


Spirit Rock Meditation Center

Woodacre, California (1.5 hours north of San Francisco)

Founding teacher: Jack Kornfield

Calendar highlights: visiting teachers including Bhikkhu Anaalayo, Guy Armstrong, James Baraz, Andrea Fella, Kamala Masters, Gil Fronsdal, Greg Scharf, Carol Wilson

Two-month retreat February-March every year

Number of meditators: 96?

http://www.spiritrock.org/