Many who try to meditate at home find they are often interrupted or distracted by family members, neighborhood noises or even their own thoughts about what else they could and should be doing. To get the most out of their practice, many have to get away to someplace where professionals can guide them to a meditative state.  Others can do so on their own by immersing themselves in the beauty of nature, or at a posh retreat, where they can meditate undisturbed and freed from distractions.  Here are just five of the top spots to meditate in Connecticut.

52 National Drive
Glastonbury, CT 06033
(860) 266-6041

Meditation does not come easily or naturally to most people. Even those raised in the practice often find they need help to get the most out of their meditative experience. The Odiyana Center in Glastonbury is one of several such places in Connecticut where those new to the practice can learn its methods and where those who have made meditation a part of their daily routine can receive guidance on how to enhance and deepen their practice. The guides at Odiyana are Buddhists and help students who take their classes and workshops, join in their retreats or who just want to drop in to see if meditation is right for them. For both the curious and the committed, the Odiyana Center is a great resource.

New Haven Shambhala Center
85 Willow Street
Building B
New Haven, CT06511
(203) 503-0173

Finding a quiet place to gather one’s thoughts is not an easy task, especially for those who live and work in a bustling city like New Haven.  Fortunately, the Shambhala Meditation Center on Willow Street offers just such a haven for those seeking a calming, quiet and peaceful enclave in which to gather their thoughts and soothe their mind and body. The teachers there offer students many paths to tread, whether they seek the path of the brave warrior or merely want to learn how to listen to the music in water.

Lamentation Mountain State Park
230 Plymouth Road
Berlin, CT 06791
(860) 485-0226

For those who are not in need of guidance or who want to meditate on their own, rather than as part of a class or participants in a retreat, there are many quiet places in Connecticut where they can go to immerse themselves in the peace and beauty of Mother Nature. There are dozens of parks and nature preserves in Connecticut to choose from, but for those who want someplace a bit more off the beaten path, Lamentation Mountain State Park in Berlin is a solid choice. Famed for its rolling fields of wildflowers, Lamentation Mountain is a place of unspoiled beauty whose sights and scents relax and inspire those who seek a little touch of paradise to help them ease into their meditation.

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Kouros Gallery and Sculpture Garden
150 Mopos Bridge Road
Ridgefield, CT 06877
(203) 438-7636

While museums and art galleries are quiet, they are often so much so that even the quiet footsteps of another art lover are enough to break the stream of mediation. For those who find solace and inspiration for their practice in art and nature, the Kouros Gallery and Sculpture Garden in Ridgefield offers a unique opportunity to combine them.  With more than 75 unique sculptures, many set aside on their own in little private areas guarded from prying eyes by bushes, shrubs and trees, the garden offers a number of good spots for those who wish to meditate to relax.

155 Alain White Road
Morris, CT 06763
(860) 567-9600

For the fortunate few who have the means to escape to a quiet retreat where they can meditate in luxury, Winvian spa and resort on BantamLake is a magnificent getaway for those who like to be pampered in between their meditations. Winvian is situated in an idyllic and quiet setting where guests can sit under trees, wander along nature walks or float or row about on the lake in kayaks and canoes. There are cottages for those who want even more quiet and privacy, and an attentive staff that are eager to indulge their guests.


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