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The Gainesville Retreat Center (GRC) Is Now Open!

  • 1200 square foot zendo/yoga space

  • Full vegetarian kitchen

  • Housing for up to thirty, plus camping and RV hookups

  • 108 acre wildlife refuge with miles of hiking trails

  • Top teachers and programs in meditation, yoga, devotional music, and more.

  • Facility available for private use/personal retreat time when no other retreats are in session.

Click here to see currently scheduled retreats.

All are welcome, but please make reservations in advance by calling 352-213-2221 or emailing GainesvilleRetreat@gmail.com. Guided hikes and meditation instruction available upon request.

The GRC has miles of hiking trails and a large swimming pool.

Camping and full-service RV sites are available.

The Gainesville Retreat Center is managed by a non-profit corporation which also manages the property as a wildlife refuge.  All donations will go to the non-profit corporation. 

If possible, please register as soon as you can before the space is filled! Weekend retreats can be attended for the entire weekend or on specific days, as your schedule permits. We currently have the ability to house up to 30 residents for those wishing to stay the night, and hotels are nearby. We are a community retreat center. Rates are posted here. We also use the dana basket system to allow for our retreat participants to practice the paramita of giving, or generosity, by donating any additional funds they can, as the GRC relies on your donations to keep rates low and thus truly serve the kindred community. We also encourage participants to feel at home and contribute to the basic cleanliness and neatness of the center and living spaces during their stay.
 
Wildlife abounds on over 100 acres of protected land

birds

Florida rat snake

 
 
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