This book contains helpful information about institutions and centers around the world that offer oases for the spirit in the noisy modern world. The author, a London-based psychotherapist and director of Open Gate Journeys, discusses silence, mindfulness, meditation, the retreat community, and its leader. He then goes on to describe Buddhist, Shamanistic, Christian, Sufi, and Tibetan retreats. Also included in this guidebook are descriptions of a walking journey in the Sahara Desert, an art retreat led by Frederick Franck, a free form movement retreat in Java, and much more.