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Please register as soon as possible to ensure your space.


For personal retreats, the cost is $40 per night, which includes a room/bathroom, linens, and use of full kitchen including condiments, coffee, tea, and light snacks, as well as use of the dharma room, hiking trails, swimming pool, and meditation paths. Bring your own easy-to-prepare meals. To spend a day here without lodging, the cost is $25.

In Alachua County, all overnight lodging is subject to an 11% sales and tourist tax.

Build your own retreat! Guided nature hikes, yoga classes, kirtan, vision boarding, and meditation instruction and practice are available for additional cost. Customize your personal retreat for yourself or your group. Email to build your retreat.

For most of the teacher-led retreats that are registered through us directly, requested donation is below. This amount does NOT include compensation to the teacher. Teacher fees are either collected via dana (donation) basket during the retreat, or are an additional charge which will be specified during registration. Some retreats are registered through the teacher or organization, and may have a different rate structure, which will also be specified.

  • All rooms are $55 single occupancy.
  • Double rooms $35/person/night.
  • Day attendees $20 per day.
Please make checks to “Santa Fe Land Trust” (the non-profit that manages the GRC and adjoining wildlife refuge) and mail to: Gainesville Retreat Center, 1551 SE 51st Street, Gainesville, Florida 32641 . To register for a retreat and pay by credit card, click on the "Donate" button here:


Wildlife abounds on over 100 acres of protected land



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