Escape the hectic everyday life of the big city and seek contemplation is in. Here we show you 6 short meditation journeys that will help you to experience silence and contemplation.
Sitting still, calm and contemplation. What was an ordeal at school is becoming an increasingly desirable ideal for the stressed out city dweller. The feeling of having to be available around the clock via smartphone & Co. leads to more and more people consciously going offline or following their inner yoga guru to India and following in the footsteps of Eat, Pray, Love. The meditation goals do not always have to be so exotic, because inner contemplation can also be found on your own doorstep.
Below are 6 meditation trips in Germany offer something for every taste and are perfect for a nature lover, a beginner or a Zen master.
1. St. Franziskus Meditation House, Dietfurt
The Dietfurt meditation house is an integral part of the local Franciscan monastery, but is open to all denominations.
Meditation is also a Zen practice here and is taught to beginners and advanced learners. In addition to these seminars, the meditation house offers so-called sesshins. Sesshins, translated as “heart-mind contact”, are intensive meditation phases in which you can expect at least 13 times of 25 minutes of meditation each day.
These seminars for advanced Zen practitioners offer collective silence and meditation for self-discovery.
For whom? People of all religions who are looking for themselves.
Arrival: Dietfurt can be reached quickly by train from Munich, Nuremberg and Regensburg. Website and course program here.
2. Arenberg Monastery, Koblenz
If you can’t spare more than a day for your time-out, we recommend a time-out day in the Arenberg Monastery, because in addition to various meditation seminars, day stays to switch off and recharge your batteries are offered here.
The monastery offers you six meditation courses and so-called spiritual impulses per week. In addition, there are quiet rooms, a library, a meditation and prayer room and a swimming pool. For those who want to recharge their batteries with green energy, the monastery park and herb garden are a relaxing retreat.
For friends of worldly pleasures, Arenberg offers a sumptuous culinary offer.
For whom? For all those who want to take a taster day or are under time pressure to refuel.
Getting there: You can drive directly to Koblenz by car or train or come from Cologne-Bonn Airport. The website and information about the monastery can be found here .
3. Waldhaus am Laacher See, Maria Laach
For nature lovers, the Waldhaus on the beautiful Laacher See is a good choice. The Waldhaus is located on the edge of the Eifel in a nature reserve and is operated by the Association for Buddhism in the West.
Interesting: International guests also get their money’s worth, because the association offers its Buddhist retreats and meditation courses in both German and English.
Food plays an important role in the Waldhaus and the vegetarian wholefood cuisine works mainly with organic products from the region. Vegans and allergy sufferers are not neglected either – just specify when booking!
Guests sleep in single or double rooms as well as in accommodations in the area. Those who like it closer to nature sleep in their own tent.
For whom? Those interested in Buddhism, for whom the culinary and nature exploration should not be neglected.
Arrival: The nearest airport is Cologne-Bonn. From there by car or train to Nickenich-Maria Laach. Website and course program here.
4. StrandGut Resort, St.Peter-Ording
Inner contemplation and a fresh sea breeze around your nose? This is possible at the StrandGut Resort in St. Peter-Ording. The North Frisian resort is equally suitable for design fans, nature lovers, active people and of course those looking for relaxation. The StrandGut is about 10 minutes’ walk from the beach.
Regular yoga and meditation seminars as well as fasting weeks and wellness packages are offered. The program is extensive and goes beyond pure meditation courses. Seekers of meaning who also want to do sports can, for example, book a combined yoga and athletics course.
If you are looking for a little more contemplation before the hectic Christmas season, register for the Advent program.
There’s even more relaxation in the neighboring Dünen Therme. 5 different saunas, a hammam, massage treatments, a wave pool and much more await you on 6500 square meters.
In culinary terms, St. Peter-Ording is also less monastic than in the other destinations. In the casual, young Deichkind restaurant, you can have breakfast with a view of the sea and in the evening you can even sip one or two cocktails, while the Samova Lounge is known for its diverse tea creations.
For whom? Sea air lovers and active people who want a more comprehensive range of leisure activities in addition to mediation.
Getting there: Hamburgers need about 2 hours by car to St. Peter-Ording, everyone else can easily take the train. Hotel website and program for the retreats here.
5. Daishin Zen Monastery, Buchenberg
In the Daishin Zen monastery in the Allgäu, old Buddhist tradition meets modern elements and monastic solitude meets secular seminar rooms.
The seminars include an introduction to Zen, traditional sesshins and Zen leadership courses for leaders and those who want to become one. All seminars are under the direction of the Zen master Hinnerk Syobu Polenski, who is known from radio and television.
In addition to the seminars, massages, individual training or psychological coaching can be booked.
The Allgäu Lake District invites you to linger in nature: In summer you can swim in the surrounding lakes, while the wintry Allgäu is a popular ski area.
For whom? Daishin is a Buddhist monastery for advanced followers of Zen meditation and those who would like to become one.
Arrival: The monastery can be reached either by car or in 20 minutes from Memmingen Airport. Website and rules for monastery life here.
6. Forest Meditation, Luckenwalde
Saskia John’s retreats are one of the most “natural” meditation journeys in Germany. 50 kilometers south of Berlin, in Luckenwalde, the therapist offers individual meditation stays in the forest.
Surrounded by the forces of nature and accompanied by the chirping of birds, you can meditate better and even those who are usually surrounded by traffic noise will find peace here.
Worldly comforts such as smartphones, laptops, cigarettes and alcohol are deliberately avoided and the sleeping options are a little more rustic than with our other tips: You sleep in your own tent or in simple huts on fresh straw.
Saskia designs your stay in the forest according to your personal wishes and requirements. There are appointments by arrangement and the intensity of the retreat is also tailored to your experiences and needs.