Define your goals:
Sit down and try to define your goals in terms of what you want to accomplish by attending a Buddhist meditation retreat. Remember your goals are personal and they can be different from others. Carefully define your goals so that you will know what to look for when choosing a Buddhist meditation retreat.
Talk to others:
Talk to other people that are interested in Buddhist meditation and find out if they can provide you with some valuable information. It is especially helpful if you talk to someone who has actually attended a Buddhist meditation retreat as they can provide you will all the detailed information that you can use to make a decision. Be sure to ask plenty of questions regarding the expenses, duration, location and instructors.
Watch your budget:
Make sure that you fix an appropriate budget before choosing a Buddhist meditation retreat as they can cost quite a bit depending on the location and travel expenses that you will have to pay. Try to stick to your budget as this will help you choose the right Buddhist meditation retreat.
Get on the internet and do as much research as possible on the different Buddhist meditation retreats that are available. Try to find some that might be close to where you live just in case if you do not enjoy yourself then you can come home easily. Try to make a list of all the different Buddhist meditation retreats that interest you. There are a lot of different websites that deal with Buddhist meditation retreats and some may even have their own webpage that you can go over to help you decide.
Once you decided on a couple of different Buddhist meditation retreats then contact them and ask as many questions as possible. Ask about the different instructors and their qualifications to help you get more information before making a decision on which Buddhist meditation retreat you want to attend.