We all need to get away from the hustle and bustle of our daily life of work, family and other commitments sometimes. If you are gay or bi-sexual you may find you have an increased need for peace and understanding if you have experienced discrimination in your life. So where are the best places to go for gay retreats and what can you expect when you get there?
There are a variety of different types of gay retreats you can experience. There are many organized retreats that you can go on that feature seminars, yoga, meditation and many other activities. If you would prefer to be a little more independent then there are a number of travel companies that organize vacations away to various gay friendly locations.
One of these organized retreats is in Dorset, England is the only gay run and gay owned retreat in Europe. It is called Hamilton Hall and runs informative and interactive seminars, discussion groups, lectures and workshops. For those who prefer a more energy filled atmosphere they offer party weekends. They really do have something for everyone.
Noosa Cove on the North Queensland coast is a beautiful small town that is a gay friendly paradise. The area boats a national park that is filled with bushland, forests and lakes and you are guaranteed to see animals including koalas if you are lucky. The beaches that are so plentiful in the area are not only clean and warm but are also ideally suited for surfing and swimming if you like your sports.
Whether you like your luxury or prefer your surroundings a little more simple and rustic there will be an organized retreat to suit you. There are retreats that run any number of sorts of programmes from erotic exploration to philosophical discussion. There are retreats with such facilities as saunas, jacuzzis, spas and beauty treatments. These facilities also offer fine dining as well as other extras. On the other hand there are places that are run along more simple lines.
If you are looking for a place to go for your break that will fulfill a number of aspects then you can't go far wrong with Costa Rica. This beautiful holiday destination offers restaurants, shops and disco's for those who seek evening entertainment. For the nature enthusiasts Costa Rica is paradise. The rainforests, volcano's and endless beaches promote a feeling of peace and beauty.If surfing is your pleasure then there are endless opportunities to indulge.
For something a bit different you might want to try the Dhanakosa retreat. The retreat is situated in the stunning Scottish highlands and is run by Buddhist monks. The retreat is based on the idea that irrelevant of race, gender or sexual orientation everyone can find spiritual fulfillment. Weekends specifically for gay men are run. These are based on the Buddhist path of ethics, meditation and wisdom.
If you are in the process of 'coming out' or indeed if things are just a little hectic at work you will probably be in need of a little bit of peace and maybe some spiritual centering. Maybe you need to get back in touch with who you are? However you like to do this, whether it's through partying or finding a peaceful place to rest there will be gay retreats to suit you.
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