For those seeking solitude and spiritual direction, healing retreats and spiritual vacations can take you out of the chaotic world and bring you back to living in the moment. Summer offers opportunities that aren’t always available at other times of the year, but the season doesn’t always have to be spent riding waves and scaling heights; sometimes trips and vacations can be taken with the intention of healing and connecting to our true inner nature. Spiritual vacations don’t have to be elaborate or expensive, and you could even find direction in the most basic trips. We bring you our top 5 suggestions to help you tune into your senses this summer and completely relax in the process. 1.Camping Trip Camping may not be the first thing that springs to mind when you’re thinking about a spiritual vacation, but the untainted setting and the silence of nature can be the perfect backdrop for meditation and quiet contemplation. 2. Hiking Trip It is believed that spending time in light physical activity can help you to enter a higher state of awareness. Hiking can help you to ‘go within’ for reflection and contemplation while connecting to the natural world and energies around you. Hiking trips can last from a day up to a month depending on how much you’re prepared to take on. 3. Spa Retreats Spa retreats allow you to escape the stresses and strains of day-to-day life. Nourish the mind, body and soul with some well-deserved relaxation in the setting of a spa retreat. 4. Meditation/Yoga Weekend Meditation retreats are ideal for beginners looking to learn the basics of meditation in a short space of time, but can also be great for those looking to refresh their techniques. If you are seeking relaxation and gentle guidance these retreats can be peaceful, enriching and extremely restorative. It was reported last year that Russell Brand had invited A-List actress Demi Moore to accompany him to a spiritual retreat in the Himalayas in order to help her move on from her split from Ashton Kutcher. Russell Brand has spoken openly in the past about how he successfully made it through his divorce with Katy Perry by utilising the healing powers of yoga and meditation. 5. Sacred Journey Depending on your budget you can participate in spiritual tours and sacred journeys anywhere in the world. India, Sri Lanka, and Brazil are all popular destinations, and offer revitalising, healing and spiritual tours where you can connect with some of the most sacred energy centres of the earth. Spiritual vacations are ideal for anyone who seeks to spend some time in spiritual retreat and they are often enjoyed by the likes of celebrities such as Ben Affleck, Cameron Diaz, and supermodel Gisele Bundchen. Spiritual vacations don’t have to be taken at A-List retreats to be extremely effective and healing. Truth is you don’t have to go very far at all to take some time off from the world. Should you need advice and guidance along the way this summer then get in touch with one of our readers. Our psychics are gifted in many areas from relationships to work troubles and family problems, so get in touch with a member of our truly spiritual team today.