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Forest Retreat Sanctuary

· Gainesville, Florida
108 acres
15 sites
15 Lodging
Love meditation, yoga, music, and the deep woods? The Gainesville Retreat Center is located on 108 acres of gorgeous conservation land in the forests near Gainesville, Florida. Nestled in a cornucopia of habitats including hardwood and pine forests, palm scrub, and wetlands, we are also only ten minutes from the University of Florida. This land once belonged to the Timucuan Indians as a hub for canoe making. We are only one mile from boat and lake access as well as the Hawthorne bike trail that takes you through Payne's Prairie. Choose from tent/RV camping, cabins, or a room in the retreat center. Vegetarian kitchen access. Teacher-led and personal retreats available--request info on meditation, yoga, kirtan, more. Learn more about this land: ***NOTE: DUE TO COVID 19, WE CAN ONLY ACCEPT RESERVATIONS FOR A MINIMUM OF ONE MONTH, FOR CAMPERS WHO ARE OBSERVING QUARANTINE AND/OR SOCIAL DISTANCING.*** The Gainesville Retreat Center is a sanctuary for yogis, meditators, and nature lovers. The retreat center is situated on 120 acres of conservation property near Newnan's Lake, with miles of hiking trails. Many lodging options, from staying in the center itself to cabins to tent and RV camping. Meditation instruction, yoga, guided nature hikes, and more available upon request.
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Gainesville, Florida, United StatesTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Dan S.Joined in July 2017
Response rate: 80%Response time: Within 8 hours
4 ratings · 3 reviews
Alexander B.recommends
January 2, 2019
Forest Meditation Sanctuary
Private truck camping in the forest
We stayed for 2 nights to have our own quiet retreat away from other campers in a truck camper. Absolutely light years better than parking at a commercially advertised camping spot! The land and retreat sanctuary is beautiful! A lot of trails to explore very wild, undeveloped Florida. We enjoyed access to modern facilities a few minutes walk from our spot. Shana was incredible, responsive, offered much more than we expected, and invited us to join ongoing activities at the retreat center. We had so much fun! We connected with nature. We made new friends! We had the best truck camper spot we could dream of! We didn't want to leave! We plan to return again because this was truly a gem, and worth every penny spent, which also goes toward supporting a retreat center that is doing very important, deeply meaningful work. The energy of the retreat center carried over to our camping experience brilliantly! Thank you, Shana! Looking forward to our next visit!
Dara A.recommends
August 26, 2018
Forest Meditation Sanctuary
Shana was a wonderful host! We enjoyed our stay on her land and were grateful to be in such a beautiful place.
Ryan + Alex S.recommends
January 10, 2018
Forest Meditation Sanctuary
Forest Meditation Sanctuary is a full time yoga/meditation retreat. It is also a conservation property which sits on the edge of a forest and has many trails. The hosts were very friendly and eager to show us around the property. One of the biggest buildings is their yoga/meditation center which hosts all types of classes focused on wellness. They just built a brand new building that will be open soon! We highly recommend staying here, we had a great time. Also Gainesville is about 30 minutes away, which has plenty to do considering the University.
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