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10 best meditation studios and retreats in Hong Kong

By Localiiz 31 May 2024

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Meditation has been a hip topic in the city in recent years—and we’re all about it. Studies have shown that regular meditation can lower stress, activate brain waves, and improve concentration. Don’t worry if sitting still isn’t your forte; there are different types of mindfulness practices available, such as drawing, colouring, and sound baths, to help yourself slowly ease into meditation. Read on to learn all about our favourite meditation studios and urban retreats to help declutter your mind and find balance in the midst of the hustle and bustle of life.

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Float Co.

Located on Caine Road, Float Co. has four treatment rooms. Each comes with a sensory deprivation chamber, nicknamed the “Dreampod.” Looking much larger in person than in photos, the Dreampods are filled with 25-centimetres-deep skin-temperature water that contains 550 kilogrammes of Epsom salt and magnesium, keeping guests afloat. You may even add the Gravity Free SpaceVR to get an out-of-this-world relaxing experience. Apart from it being super cool, floatation therapy is claimed to help with muscle pains, stress, and lowering blood pressure by offering a break from the overwhelming stimulation of the outside world.

Float Co., Basement, 89 Caine Road, Mid-Levels, Central | (+852) 2548 2844

Photo: Red Doors Studio

Red Doors Studio

Known for its impressive collection of meditation gongs originating from Germany, Red Doors Studio uses sound as a form of healing by producing rhythmic vibrations to synchronise brain waves and achieve relaxation. The studio regularly hosts special events such as power naps on Tuesdays, full-moon gong baths, and floating zen sessions on Sundays, where you can float in a hammock and drift away to the sound of gongs.

Red Doors Studio, Flat A, 21/F, Lee Fund Centre, 31 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang | (+852) 2110 0152

Photo: Samadhi Training Centre for the Soul (via Facebook)

Samadhi Training Centre for the Soul

If you’ve walked past Tai Ping Shan Street, it is likely you have spotted a shop with sparkly, colourful crystal bowls on display. Offering programmes for both children and adults, crystal-bowl-based sound-healing meditation, and weekly meditation classes, Samadhi Training Centre for the Soul is perfect for parents who are thinking of introducing meditation into their kids’ daily routine.

Samadhi Training Centre for the Soul, 2 Tai Ping Shan Street, Sheung Wan | (+852) 9311 2915

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Ikigai

Named after the Japanese term for “reason for being,” this serene studio aims to empower and guide individuals to find their own purpose. Ikigai offers a variety of yoga, meditation, and movement classes at the uniquely designed, artful studios in Central and Causeway Bay. Both locations also provide showers, toiletries, and refreshments. Check out the website for more information about class schedules and studios.

Ikigai, locations across Hong Kong

Photo: Balance Health

Balance Health

Balance Health is an urban wellness sanctuary located in the heart of Central. In addition to individual consultations and healing, it features mindfulness classes such as meditation, free healing sessions, energy healing, and two-day wellness retreats in Shui Hau village on Lantau Island. For those who want to burn off some energy, Balance Health also offers a series of movement classes such as yoga relaxation and healing qigong.

Balance Health, Unit 2705, 27/F, Universal Trade Centre, 3–5 Arbuthnot Road, Central | (+852) 2530 3315

Photo: Hong Kong Insight Meditation Society

Hong Kong Insight Meditation Society

Formed with the objective of studying Buddha’s teachings through the practice of observation-based Vipassana meditation, Hong Kong Insight Meditation Society organises group practices and retreats regularly. While some retreats are one-day, self-led practices that are more suited for advanced practitioners, it occasionally offers teacher-led classes as well. Be sure to check the website for updates.

Hong Kong Insight Meditation Society, Fa Hong Monastery, Lantau Island | (+852) 6219 1998

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Photo: Kadampa Meditation Centre

Kadampa Meditation Centre

Aiming to provide a relaxing environment for Hong Kong people, Kadampa Meditation Centre offers year-round, drop-in meditation programmes for people with all levels of experience. Classes usually begin with a breathing exercise, followed by a talk on a chosen topic and a complementary meditation practice. It is simply impossible to remain tense when immersed in the calming atmosphere and beautiful meditation room at Kadampa.

Kadampa Meditation Centre, 1/F, Harbour Commercial Building, 122–124 Connaught Road Central, Sheung Wan | (+852) 2507 2237

Thousand People Meditation Retreat in 2019. Photo: Su Bong Zen Monastery

Su Bong Zen Monastery

Su Bong Zen Monastery’s Gak Su Retreat on Lantau Island is open to participants seasonally. Although most courses anticipate participants to have prior experience with the monastery, you can register for an introductory course that’s suitable for beginners in the Causeway Bay centre, which allows newcomers to become familiarised with the process and become precept students, who are then eligible for other programmes. The monastery also has programmes for public registration, and temple retreats for precept students.

Su Bong Zen Monastery, 5/F, Starlight House, 32 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay | (+852) 2891 9315

Photo: Plum Village

Plum Village Hong Kong

Plum Village Hong Kong, a Buddhist retreat on Lantau Island, holds mindfulness sessions on Sundays for families, Hong Kong professionals, students, and youth leaders of any religion are welcome to join, free of charge. You can expect various mindfulness practice activities throughout the day, finding ways to remain more in the present, and pay attention to daily life. The “Sunday Day of Mindfulness” programme includes walking meditation, Dharma talks, and relaxing sessions. Retreats are led in English and full schedules are available on the website.

Plum Village, Lotus Pond Temple, Ngong Ping Village, Lantau Island | (+852) 2985 5033

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Vipassana Meditation Centre

Organised and led by past students, Vipassana Meditation Centre offers 10-day silent retreats completely free of charge, with vegetarian meals and dormitory-style accommodation included. The Vipassana meditation centre in Tung Wan is secluded from loud cars and traffic, making it the ideal environment for meditation.

Vipassana, Lot 146 in D.D. 319, Tung Wan, Shek Pik, Lantau | (+852) 2671 7031

First published on 4 July 2019. Written by Doris Lam. Last updated by Lily Valette.

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