The Sanctuary - Vegan Community and Health Retreats

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.

Instructors 7

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.

Alejandra Hideroa Llamas

Alejandra specializes in therapeutic massage and specifically aligning the ligaments of the neck, spine, and hips. She has 25 years of experience in massage and 21 years as a licensed acupuncturist. She has trained in a wide range of healing systems including Chinese and Japanese energy work, acupuncture, and Reiki. She is a true energy worker. Her heartfelt presence and healing hands will leave you feeling refreshed, balanced, and nourished.

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.

Juan Ricardo Asbury

Juan has spent the last 24 years living in an all-Indian community in the high Sierra Mazateca in a rural part of Oaxaca, practicing acupuncture and cultivating medicinal mushrooms. He has trained in acupuncture with several master teachers from China.

Alejandro Villanueva

Alejandro is a therapist of primary feelings and childhood deconditioning in different centers of Osho Afroz Greece, Osho Miasto Italy, Osho Oaxaca, and Osho Mexico D.F. He has also graduated in the diploma on grief therapy and the advanced counseling seminar on grief therapy by the Center of Studies on Human Development, which is certified by the regional university of the southeast. He is currently the co-creator of the project Temazcalli Meditative Space, in Puerto Escondido.

Patricia Heuze

Patricia teaches courses in Vipassana meditation in Centro de Meditación Vipassana México and also techniques of transomatic dialogue in the Center of Osho Oaxaca. She has also been trained as a therapist in primary feelings and childhood deconditioning in different centers of Osho Afroz Greece, Osho Miasto Italy, Osho Oaxaca, and Osho Mexico D.F. Currently, she is the co-creator of the project, Temazcalli Meditative Space, in Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca.

Ma Prem Neelam

Ma Prem Neelam is the owner of a small hotel in Puerto Escondido. She offers Osho No Mind therapy at The Sanctuary. For the last eight years, she has been training in the field of psycho-emotional therapy by Swami Devageet, one of the closest disciples of the enlightened master Osho.

Reviews 9

Mercedes Fernandez Castello

from Mexico, August 2018

"Yo venia sin ninguna expectativa así que todas se cumplieron"

El tipo de retiro basado en la metodología de Osho fue fantástico, demandante, muy completo y muy bien dirigido!

La atención y cariño de los organizadores Marìa y Jonathan fue extraordinaria, llenos de pequeños detalles y siempre con una sonrisa.

Lo variados y deliciosos restaurants a los que me llevaron así como las idas a la playa y al mercado nocturno!!

Miriam Malek

from Great Britain, January 2018

"Not professional and extremely expensive, no trained yogis"

The palapa where the yoga and meditation takes place is very pretty with great views. The downstairs bit is also nice and I also liked the fact that they offered a silent day. The best activity was where we went to a beach to watch a film, but I think the staff should have a very strong think about how to improve their activities because listening to an audiobook is not sufficient at this price

I also was lucky to meet incredible people on this trip who I ended up travelling around Mexico with. This made my retreat so much better, but I am still rating it as one-star because the retreat itself was very disappointing, I was just very lucky to meet these people there

Anonymous

from United States, January 2018

"The AirBnB of Yoga Retreats"

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.

Kathleen Beveridge

from United States, January 2018

"🙏"

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

Amy Stirling

from Mexico, October 2017

"A Retreat center evolving into something purely magical"

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.

Evonne Bellefleur

from United States, September 2017

"A peaceful spot in a tiny surf town "

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.

Jimena Mayorga

from Spain, January 2018

"Casa preciosa. Servicio amable. Yoga y meditación muy básico"

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

Xavier Carayon

from Colombia, July 2017

"Un endroit à part"

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 3

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.

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