1551 SE 51st Street, Gainesville, Florida 32641, United States

(352) 213-2221

Finding Peace Through Meditation, Nature, and Spiritual Growth

Finding Peace Through Meditation, Nature, and Spiritual Growth

Finding Peace Through Meditation, Nature, and Spiritual GrowthFinding Peace Through Meditation, Nature, and Spiritual Growth

Teacher-led retreats, personal retreats, community satsang, meditation, yoga, kirtan, nature immersion in a forest refuge.




While the GRC is closed temporarily during the time of COVID-19, we invite you to join us in the ZOOM ZENDO at scheduled times for Zoom Zazen meditation, Zoom Zen yoga, and more! Setting intentions for the well being of all.  To join us, please click on the link below. See you in the Zendo!

About Us


Meditation, Yoga, Kirtan, More--for Everyone


We are located just ten minutes from the University of Florida, on over 100 acres of secluded forest conservation land.

  • 1200 square foot Dharma Room.
  • Top teachers and programs in meditation, yoga, and more.
  • Full vegetarian kitchen.
  • Miles of hiking trails.
  • Very reasonable rates.
  • Facility available for private use/personal retreat time.
  • Regular community satsang/kirtan/meditation/yoga.
  • Check-in after 4 pm. Check out 11am.


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 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 for teacher-led retreats as soon as you can before the space is filled!  

We are a community retreat center. 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. 


Contact Us

Get in touch!

Feel free to reach out with any questions or inquiries you might have. We look forward to welcoming you soon.

Gainesville Retreat Center


(352) 213-2221

By Appointment Only Please

Please call or email to set up an appointment.  

Send Message


Community Online Offerings for Your Well Being


Coming Together

 During this time of COVID-19, grounding and self-care are of prime importance, and will enable us to better serve others. This is also a time to connect with each other in mutual support to more deeply explore our practice, to come home to our natural states of compassion, equanimity, generosity, open-heartedness, and wisdom. Many friends are graciously providing free online yoga, meditation, and much more. Here is a list of some of these offerings from our local Gainesville, Florida community of teachers and practitioners, and beyond! Please contact gainesvilleretreat@gmail.com if you would like to be added to this list. We will send updates regularly, and keep everything posted on the bottom half of the home page at www.GainesvilleRetreatCenter.com. 

Zoom Zendo

Join the Gainesville Retreat Center for flow yoga (5:30pm) and Sanbo Zen meditation (6:30pm) Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursday s. Mindful Art Hour Fridays at 4pm. Chanting to the Open Heart Wednesday April 1 (no foolin') at 6:30pm!




Virtual Wellness Collective

 We invite you to connect with yourself through ecstatic dance, breathwork, meditation, yoga, stretching, self-massage, dreamwork, art, topic discussion, writing shares, and so much more free of charge.  https://www.facebook.com/groups/virtualwellnesscollective/ 

Wildflowers Yoga

 We are now offering daily Live Streaming classes via Zoom (sign up like you normally do) as well as short IGTV clips to access throughout the day.

Down Dog Yoga Gainesville

 Live-streamed yoga, Sunday’s at 6pm and recordings will be posted afterwards:



Two free yoga nidra/guided relaxation/meditation recordings, the links with instructions on how to do yoga nidra are on my website resource page here: https://chayaveda.com/resources 

My Yoga Connection

Two classes/week with more on the way! https://www.myyogaconnection.love/online-offerings 

Karuna Cottage

You are invited  every Monday at noon for a one hour class that begins with a 30 minute meditation. The first 15 minutes of the meditation will be guided. Everyone is welcome. New meditators and the well-practiced will join together to sit and clear our minds and open our hearts. The meditation will be followed by a discussion on "Staying Safe on the Inside."

Lighthouse Meditation

Friday Night Meditation at the Light House is coming to you! Join us Fridays at 6pm for an hour-long partially guided meditation with sharing from your living room via Zoom. You can come in late and feel free to leave early. You're welcome to share the link with friends and family: https://zoom.us/j/939959221. We'll be hosting online for the next few weeks with the same link. 

Qi Gong with Tia Ma

 I'd like to offer you my free (8 min, 42 sec) Qigong video,
"Qigong for times of uncertainty" https://youtu.be/ZB54s9VisEw 

Gainesville Shambhala Meditation Group

Regular online offerings by Gainesville Shambhala:  https://www.facebook.com/ShambhalaGainesvilleInc/ 


 Sunday Practice and Book Study at 10:30 am https://zoom.us/j/309174774

Tuesday Heart of Recovery at 5:45 pm beginning March 24 https://zoom.us/j/788539049

Tuesday Practice and Book Study at 7 pm https://zoom.us/j/899054764

Friday Queer and Trans Dharma at 7 pm https://zoom.us/j/649564655

If you would like individual meditation instruction, please email us at shambhalajms@gmail.com and a meditation instructor will contact you. 

So Many Wonderful Offerings!


Florida Community of Mindfulness

Tampa-based mindfulness community featuring a treasure trove of dharma talks, teachings, and online meditation with Fred Eppsteiner.  FCM is  offering online meditation for members and nonmembers weekdays M-F from 7-8 am and 7:30-9 pm . Link on our homepage: floridamindfulness.org

Maria Kannon Zen Center

Home of Ruben Habito Roshi of our Sanbo Zen lineage. Strong and welcoming sangha of Zen practitioners. Teishos (dharma talks) by Ruben Habito Roshi.

Online Zazen until further notice (note time zone is Central):

Mondays - 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

​Wednesdays - 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

​Saturdays - 8:30 am to 10:30 am 

Sense of Self e-Therapy, Yoga, and Meditation

 Wonderful page with lots of classes and resources:   https://www.facebook.com/etherapyhypnomeditation/  

UF Mindfulness

360 Degrees Mindfulness Practice Group: Mondays (5:30 to 6:30 pm): https://mindfulness.ufl.edu/index.php/training/. Zoom link: https://uflphi.zoom.us/j/778792560


Mind Zooms Special sessions “How to mindfully relate to the Corona virus public health crisis?”. Schedule: https://mindfulness.ufl.edu/index.php/mind-zoom-schedule/. Zoom link: https://uflphi.zoom.us/j/358216361.

Mountain Cloud Zen Cente

Sanbo Zen Centert in Santa Fe, New Mexico with a wealth of resources, dharma talks, online meditation, and more. www.mountaincloud.org