America is so vast and has such a stunning variety of scenery from the Arctic wastelands of Alaska through the deserts of Arizona and Colorado to the rural beauty of Virginia through to the marine grandeur of the East Coast. So you can almost choose what type of experience you want to experience when choosing a meditation retreat. They are all beautiful in their own right. America has always lead the world in terms of meditation retreats and there has been a steady influx of great Eastern gurus who have emigrated to the USA to bring the wisdom of the East to the Icon of the Western Capitalist world.
Buddhism first came to America in the 19th Century when there was a large influx of immigrants from East Asia. Large numbers of Chinese immigrants arrived on the back of the Californian gold rush in 1849. The first Buddhist temple was built in 1853 in San Francisco. Since America is so multi-ethnic and multi-cultural, every type of religion, philosophy and discipline has established a base there. Many a time has America has been the safe haven of those persecuted for their religion and beliefs. The current Dalai Lama's brother Thubten Norbu fled to America, Thich Nhat Hanh fled from Vietnam to America before settling in France.
There are some essential meditation retreats which ought to be included on any spiritual seeker's bucket list including a Sedona Vortex retreat, a Spirit Rock Meditation Centre retreat and an Adyashanti retreat but there are literally thousands to choose from and we have not been able to cover all of them but would be delighted to hear from any retreats who would like a mention. Please also share your experiences of meditation retreats by adding your comments below.
Have you been to a retreat which you think is amazing, wonderful and that other people will love? Then share it with us here and I will write it up and include it in the list of retreats around the world.