Attending spiritual retreats can prove itself quite of a healing experience. Besides being appropriate locations for contemplation and prayers, churches and monasteries have unexpected powers on people’s souls. For many, similar establishments are an escape for their daily lives, but also an affordable accommodation option that allows them to enjoy the unexpected beauties of the neighbouring areas. People today sometimes feel lost and spiritually uncertain and thinking of the divine is a frightening experience for many. However, several days spent in a spiritual retreat can prove miraculous healers for them. Below is a record of some of the most recognised establishments of this type around the world you will certainly like.
Ampleforth, Yorkshire is a Benedictine monastery with a long history in schooling and as a spiritual retreat. From the monastery’s retreat schedule, you will be able to enjoy breach prayers and relaxing walks. The goal of the abbey is helping visitors find their way back to their spiritual priorities and disconnecting from their mundane lives. The retreat also prides itself on offering the attendants the possibility to choose the way in which they want to rediscover God: through prayers or through an enclosure with nature. The abbey offers visitors the option to remain overnight on the premises. It also features a programme for young people. The location is stunning and an increasing number of young people come to enjoy the views, but also to rediscover the Lord.
An entertaining and unexpected way to study the Bible on the abbey’s premises is the In Vino Veritas Program, which mixes Bible Studies with wine tastings. Those choosing to stay here through their journey will be able to enjoy full-meal courses, cooked by the monks and nuns here, which are all vegetarian.
Each part of the abbey has custom church signs at the entrance. You can always find out more information about the establishment’s past by reading those.
St Anthony’s Guest House, Assisi
The house is run by several New-York Franciscan nuns and is one of the most notorious spiritual retreats in Italy. The settlement has exclusively 5-star reviews on Trip Advisor, but more importantly, it offers visitors the opportunity to find their way to holier matters. The Guest House is located in the breath-taking city of Assisi and offers visitors the opportunity to reconnect with the Lord through nature and prayers. For those in need of more tranquillity, you must know that the premises of the Guest House are incredibly quiet and offer visitors the opportunity of introspection. The nuns here speak perfect English, making it easier for all foreign visitors to communicate with them. The facility offers full meals and most of the rooms have terraces with breath-taking views.
Villa Palazzola, near Rome
The premises of this Villa are described as one of Rome’s best-kept secrets. The former palace now hosts a Catholic English college. The villa also hosted in the past a Franciscan church, so it has all the premises of offering visitors an incredibly tranquil experience. The villa is beautifully located on the lake Albano, conveniently placed at the bottom of the Alban Hills, 18 miles from the centre of Rome. The Villa organises retreats throughout the year, offering people the opportunity to discover the Bible in an incredibly beautiful settlement. The accommodation prices that you will find here are very reasonable and the retreats offer plenty of relaxation and introspection opportunities. A pool is also available for all visitors that want to escape the summer heat of Rome. The protected forests and walking trails surrounding the villa are the perfect occasions to forget your daily worries and focus on religion and rediscovering God.
Mount Athos, Greece
Although only men can enjoy the beauty and silence of the Mount, the four days which you can usually spend here will offer you more spiritual benefits than you anticipate. Nobody can spend more than four days on one of the 20 monasteries on Mount Athos, and the stay is usually spent in complete silence. Also, the available meals are only two per day. However, you can wash down your two daily meals with some impressively prepared wine from the monastery. This isn’t as comfortable as other suggestions on the list, but staying here for four days will allow you to rediscover the Lord in its many shapes and forms, by bonding more meaningful relationships with your fellows and nature.
Cavtat Monastery, near Dubrovnik, Croatia
The captivating Dubrovnik is notorious for the Cavtat Monastery. The 14th century Franciscan monastery hosts today an authentic spiritual retreat. Visitors can stay in one of the rooms available. The church is built in the Gothic-Renaissance architecture and has a turbulent history. During the 17th century, the monastery was destroyed and rebuilt from the ground, just to see itself robbed by the Russian armies in 1806. The retreat now hosts an impressive number of works of art in the main altar and the establishment itself is listed as one of Croatia’s most important monuments. All guests are welcome to enjoy monk’s services. Throughout the year, visitors can rediscover what religion and a deeper connection with God mean on the grounds of this Monastery. Some travel agencies feature attractive packages for those who want to visit the Monastery and enjoy several days in the retreat. The packages usually start at $ 450 and include accommodation, flights and transfers.
Hotel Jeneralka, Prague
The Jeneralka Hotel in Prague is run by the Baptist Church. Since the 18th century, in the hotel runs an International Theological Centre and a hotel, ready to host those interested in spending several nights in this beautiful retreat. You can stay in one of the 60 rooms available, some of those being apartments suitable for families. These apartments are beautifully equipped with kitchens, for a more comfortable stay.
These are some of the best spiritual retreats from around the world. Regardless of your religious beliefs, you will find your inner peace regardless of your go-to option. Book in advance and enjoy several days in a deeper connection with yourself and nature.