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Spiritual life involves salt water pools, body paint, volleyball, and lots of quiet time



A change in the seasons sometimes signals the need for a change in self. And in Texas there are tons of centers for reflection, rest, and spiritual awakening. This is by no means a complete list — Texas is full of places to go believe stuff. Turn down a dirt road and you'll see what we mean.

The Center for Well Being
This Austin-based center deals in self-realization, alleviating anxiety and "self-limiting beliefs." There's a special retreat for couples to work out their issues (you know, before the attorneys get involved).

Dhammabucha Rocksprings Buddhist Retreat
The Noble Silence is a requirement at this donation-supported meditation retreat in the Hill Country 75 miles west of San Antonio. Here the focus is on the present, so leave the past and the future at home. The setting is Texas at its best, so be mindful. Also, killing, sex, and perfume are forbidden.

Namaste Retreat Center
A few miles outside Boerne, this retreat center sits on Cibolo Creek and offers a salt water pool, Zen garden, and labyrinth. But unlike those retreats where you just have to sit back and believe whatever the teacher teaches, Namaste does customized retreats, where the focus can be spiritual, artistic or, yes, a "Girls' Getaway." Also good for yoga and alternative medicine.

Moye Retreat Center
Sisters of Divine Providence supports this Castroville retreat, open to individuals, couples, and large groups seeking spiritual communion in the high old Catholic style. An added bonus is the location: here Alsatian food reaches its own spiritual zenith.

Radha Madhav Dham
As if you've never thought about living la vida ashram. This Austin-based pilgrimage site sits on 200 acres and offers up overnights, prayer, meditation, and lots of festivals and events, including Holi, where everyone paints everyone else. Plus the ashram is an otherworldly addition to the Texas landscape.

Southwest Vipassana Meditation Center
One of 10 sites in North America teaching this ancient Indian-style meditation, the Vipassana experience is 10 days of silent meditation and instruction. There is no cost, not even for food or lodging at this center southeast of Dallas. Donations by those who have successfully completed the (at times difficult) marathon of focus and quiet sustain it.

St. Antony The Great Coptic Orthodox Church
The retreat center north of San Antonio offers Christian reflection in the Coptic tradition, along with a library of religious literature and, more secularly, volleyball

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