We’ll happily entertain the idea of climbing mountains, month-long detoxes, and even committing to a week with the in-laws but there’s just something about the idea of a 10-day silent retreat that strikes fear in our hearts. During the course, participants are immersed in Vipassana, a centuries old meditation style from India. It’s a technique of self-observation that aims to increase awareness, clarity, and peace. Prepare yourself for sleep, simple meals, and lots of alone time. Think you can do it? There are centers across the world, including nine in the United States (you can see all location at

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