The Sanctuary - Vegan Community and Health Retreats

Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, Mexico, Mexico

The Sanctuary is a conscious intentional community and retreat center with a focus on health, spirituality, and a plant-based diet set in Puerto Escondido, Mexico.

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Based on 7 reviews

Speaks English

from US$3,300

Good 7/10

Based on 7 reviews
from US$3,300
Price for:

8 days / 7 nights

Good 7/10

Based on 7 reviews

Good 7/10

Based on 7 reviews
from US$790
Price for:

7 days / 6 nights

Good 7/10

Based on 7 reviews

Instructors 2

Peter Adams

Pete, the founder of The Sanctuary, began his spiritual journey with a yoga teacher training in Thailand in 2008. Since then, he has participated in many silent meditation courses and yoga intensives. He has trained with experienced teachers in several healing therapies over the past seven years and continues to learn and grow so he can serve with love and wisdom.

Ma Prem Neelam

Ma Prem Neelam currently offers Tui Na massage, an oriental bodywork therapy which has been used in China for over 2,000 years. It is the oldest massage used in traditional Chinese medicine. Tui Na literaly means "push and grab". This technique stimulates acupuncture points by using pressure. It balances the flow of "chi" in the body and harmonizes its natural energy flow.

Reviews 7

  • Jimena Mayorga Spanish State

    January 2018, BookSurfCamps

    La casa es preciosa. Muy buena la ubicación. Las huéspedes muy amables y divertidas. El reiki de Jonathan!

    El sitio lo lleva gente muy joven e inexperta, aunque con potencial de crecimiento. Recibí el mail de bienvenida muy tarde y allí me enteré que solo aceptaban cash. Me obligaron a pagar todo ni bien llegué a través de paypal con un recargo del 12% más un extra fee de 70usd que no aparecía en eñ balance de book yoga retreats. El equipo no está certificado en yoga y es muy joven aún. La ducha no tiene presión y hay demasiado ruido en la calle durante la noche.

  • Anonymous

    January 2018, BookSurfCamps

    The room and house were very nice. The rooftop was a highlight with views of the ocean, ocean breezes and hammocks for relaxing. The food was fresh vegan and plentiful. The house is only a 5 minute walk from the beach and surf village where there are restaurants and shops. The point is beautiful with hiking trails and surfing.

    This was more of an Air BnB that offered several yoga and meditation classes a day - some of which were on video, and meals. The people managing it were not focused on customer service. The people working there had no idea what was going on or how to contact management. The neighbor's guard dogs bark most of the time - day and night. So it was not as peaceful as one would expect from a place called The Sanctuary.

  • Kathleen Beveridge United States

    January 2018, BookSurfCamps

    Lovely building with gorgeous rooftop space. Very calm, quiet contemplative, respectful environment, very clean and safe, managers Jonathan and Maria lovely souls, very close to beach, market, outside activities, restaurants

    No structure to “retreat” “yoga” stay - provision of laptop guided meditation was unique? No certified or qualified yoga/meditation staff work or volunteer there so there is no instruction program although the Santuary was in “transition” during my stay. Very expensive for a room to stay - 97.00 to 125.00 USD way too much money for a non-existent “yoga retreat”. Meals and smoothies were pretty awful - there is no trained vegan chef and no menu planning - food is prepared/served according to what is in the kitchen - which is usually an unappetizing “surprise” each meal. No laundry so if you travel light ie backpack, you are hand washing your stinkies daily. There are pages of rules ? I’m not sure how that all works. And per Escondido style - it is very noisy with dogs barking and roosters crowing all night - combine that with a local favourite activity, the firecracker - sleep deprivation is an issue. It’s not a bad place - it just isn’t what it’s advertised or promoted as. As a place to hang out, it’s great - as a yoga retreat, it is abysmal.

  • Amy Stirling United Mexican States

    October 2017, BookSurfCamps

    Really loved the openness and loving support of the current team. They welcomed me in and gave me a beautiful space to let go and heal in. Jonathan is an amazing teacher and intuitive healer who facilitated some of the biggest transitions in my personal journey to date.

    Being in an outer suburb of Puerto it's away from the tourists and nightlife, but still a bit noisy from local village life, like barking dogs, roosters and the like. The location is so close to the main town, and beach, it's totally worth it.

  • Evonne Bellefleur United States

    September 2017, BookSurfCamps

    I had such a relaxing time at The Sanctuary! The rooftop was perfect for yoga,meditation and hammock naps. There was lots of free time to do what you wanted during the day and the schedule was very flexible. The people were kind and accommodating. The food was always plentiful and wholesome, I left meals feeling full but not weighed down! It's such a short walk to the beach and I felt very safe as a solo lady traveller heading out in my own. Some other beautiful spots around which you can can to.

    I would say this is more of a spiritual healing centre as opposed to a yoga retreat. Although we did yoga a few times the focus seemed more on meditation specifically kundalini yoga and chanting. Not nec bad but good for people to know going in. Sometimes the schedule would change without you knowing but we were warned of that.

  • Xavier Carayon Colombia

    July 2017, BookSurfCamps

    C'est en fait un lieu communautaire ou les gens sont sympas. Il y a une jolie atmosphère.

    Un soir nous sommes allés au cinéma et en fait le responsable (Johnathan) a offert le ciné à tout le monde !

    C'est plutôt rare, non ?

    L'endroit, le yoga, la nourriture (vegan), les gens, tout m'a beaucoup plu.

    Par contre, ce n'est pas une retraite de Yoga de type "branchouille", c'est vraiment un esprit communautaire, sans jugement. Ils ont aussi une petite ferme où ils sont en train de développer des choses pour les enfants (cours d'anglais, etc.)

    L'esprit c'est vraiment prendre le temps, sourire, participer aux activités, faire une démarche personnelle, un peu curative.

    Pour info, tout est en anglais. Certaines personnes parlent espagnol : la dame qui fait la cuisine, les profs de yoga.

    A 5-10mn à pieds, il y a une petite rue avec des petits cafés assez branchés, un peu façon surfeur Bali. C'est pas mal du tout.

    On est loin du yoga business !


    Testimonials 20

    • Tiffany Kleppe

      BookYoga Retreats website

      The Sanctuary - Vegan Community and Health RetreatsThe Sanctuary was a great experience for me, I went on a solo mission and opted for the shared accommodation. The people that I met at The Sanctuary will forever live In my heart. The days are structured to allow a lot of time to explore and enjoy your time in the beautiful Puerto Escondido. The sunsets, the beaches, the little hippie surf spots, the scenery. It's amazing. There are a lot of dogs that like to bark at night but it's something that you just become used to. The food is absolutely amazing, Connie is very talented, it didn't even feel like I was eating "vegan," the one thing I would do is go back and help in the kitchen to learn her amazing recipes. The practitioners that are offered are by far the best I've had in years. Thank you Peter and everyone who touched my soul for the lovely experience.

    • Anna Carless

      BookYoga Retreats website

      Great experience! Good food and people.This is a good place to be creative in your healing and restoration as it does not follow any one meditation, yoga approach, or healing methodology. It is not upscale so don't expect fancy, instead expect good vegan food and a chance for self-reflection. Happy to be here, Anna.

    • Melissa G.

      BookYoga Retreats website

      What Pete and his team have created here is truly wonderful. The Sanctuary is a deeply loving, spiritual and supportive environment in which to discover many healing modalities and practice the art of self-loving and healing. The sense of community here is strong and authentic, the people I have met feel like family and I will be back for sure. With deep gratitude and love.

    • Jonathan Fletcher Mexico

      TripAdvisor website

      This place is about process, healing, finding yourself, and eating super healthy and tasty food. Just walking distance of three minutes from the ocean and really clean house, with great people, and amazing space to practice yoga on the roof. I give the sanctuary five stars!

    • Chi

      The Sanctuary - Vegan Community and Health Retreats website

      Beautiful environment, wonderful people, amazing vegan food. What more could a human being ask for? Anybody who wants to take a spiritual health retreat by the beach will find a home here.

    • Koca

      The Sanctuary - Vegan Community and Health Retreats website

      Volunteering at The Sanctuary has changed my life! I’m so happy to be living here and contributing to a wonderful community. I feel like a part of something much greater than myself.

    • Mel

      The Sanctuary - Vegan Community and Health Retreats website

      This place is marvelous. The people here are very knowledgeable and loving. Juice, fasting, meditation, yoga, Tibetan singing bowls, you name it. Thank you all Luna, Kyle, Pete, Claudia, Lawrence, Fran!

    • Charly

      The Sanctuary - Vegan Community and Health Retreats website

      Beautiful place, friendly people from all over the world, meditation, yoga, Tibetan singing bowls (my favorite), raw vegan food, pretty gardens, close to the beach, and silence in the home for much of the time. Pete, the host, is a wonderful person.

    • Ricardo

      The Sanctuary - Vegan Community and Health Retreats website

      I feel so loved at The Sanctuary. I appreciate how accepting and welcoming everybody is towards me. It’s the best place to start my healing process. Plus, the beaches are amazing!

    • Skye

      The Sanctuary - Vegan Community and Health Retreats website

      I feel so refreshed and peaceful after a week at the Sanctuary. This has been the best way to recharge my batteries after a tough year. Everyone I’ve met here will always have a special place in my heart :)

    • Alberto

      The Sanctuary - Vegan Community and Health Retreats website

      Going through a major trauma and healing process in my life, I’m glad I found the Sanctuary. The staff, Pete, and the other guests showed me so much love and support. I would recommend The Sanctuary without hesitation. I’ll be back.

    • Christian and Bek

      The Sanctuary - Vegan Community and Health Retreats website

      The aspect of The Sanctuary we enjoyed the most were the people - the volunteers, SEVA guests, and the guests themselves.We had a great experience, we learn a lot about ourselves as individuals and as a couple, and would recommend the Sanctuary to others.

    • Claudia

      The Sanctuary - Vegan Community and Health Retreats website

      Love is the one constant at the Sanctuary. I come here to heal mentally and physically, go inward, and empty the mind. At the Sanctuary, I’m able to remember myself as a soul of love and light.

    • Monica

      The Sanctuary - Vegan Community and Health Retreats website

      One of the best experiences of my life! A dreamy environment surrounded by special humans. Thank you for everything, thanks Pete, thank you Cori, thank you Ruth, thank you Mar, you are unique beings!

    • Carmen and Manuel

      The Sanctuary - Vegan Community and Health Retreats website

      We love everything about the Sanctuary - the people, the food, the home, the neighborhood. It’s the best place to rejuvenate our spirits when we feel stressed. We’ll be coming back again and again.

    • a traveler

      TripAdvisor website

      I stayed at Sanctuary for five weeks. What a wonderful experience. Eating Vegan for that time was a real treat. My objective was three fold: lower blood sugar (cut carbs and walking), loose weight (vegetables), and improve flexibility (yoga). I'm please to report that I was very successful in all three. I was amazed to discover how varied and tasty a vegan diet can be. The chef prepares the meals each day with the help of contributing guests.

      Peter (owner) and all the myriad of guest made my stay so very pleasant. Anyone looking to recharge and renew must include a stay at Sanctuary. Plan to stay awhile, you'll be glad you did. The pricing options which allow you to contribute your time to reduce your cost are exceptional. I can go on and on about what a wonderful experience it is to stay here.

      The long beautiful beach is a short walk away and features surf and awesome sunsets. The climate is just right. Also, as you may expect, the photos exactly represent the property as I found it. Do yourself a favor, plan to visit Sanctuary. I know I'll be back again.

    • a traveler Los Angeles. USA

      TripAdvisor website

      Staying at The Sanctuary changed my life. I thought I was only in for some health juices and learning a little yoga and meditation on the beach, but instead I had the chance to become a part of a community working together in learning and teaching. I've never felt so good physically as I did during my two week stay at The Sanctuary, thanks to the breathing work, the yoga, and the healthy diet. I thought I would never survive without meat or cheese, but instead it was actually really easy! Everyone that was staying there was very supportive, and I couldn't have had such a great experience without the staff and crew. Thank you so much!

    • Joel Costa

      The Sanctuary - Vegan Community and Health Retreats Facebook page

      Wow! an amazing atmosphere! Beautiful place can't wait to lock in a month here!

    • Gabriela Tobias Mexico

      The Sanctuary website

      I'm very thankful and happy that Pete hosted me and made me part of his awesome project, even though I only stayed for two days and one night, I enjoyed myself there. Being part of the morning meditation was very special and the couple of times that I got to talk to Pete were very helpful for me as I saw my reflex in him. Blessings and all the best to you and The Sanctuary.

    • a traveler Mexico

      The Sanctuary website

      The Sanctuary is a healing place in Puerto Escondido, Mexico. It is a place where people share different ways to try to achieve a harmony between body, mind and spirit. Lots of things happened since I arrived: challenges, laughter, tears, thousands of emotions, incredible food, amazing workshops, beautiful people, thousands of learnings and of course, the beauty of mother nature. Each second is a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with ourselves, the others and the Oneness. Here, we try to do our best to build a healing community and share with the people interested. You have meditation, yoga, dance, chanting, retreats, rituals, fasting, and so many others possibilities. Everything and everyone is really interconnected, so if you feel the calling in your heart, please take the time to come to this beautiful place surrounded by incredible beaches and to try to heal yourself while you heal the world at the same time.

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