▼What is a gratitude retreat?

A gratitude retreat at the Sanctuary provides an opportunity to practice being of the heart and mindful in everyday life, participate in and contribute to a plant-based spiritual themed living, and develop self-love and honour. Learning you reality is full of reflectionary wisdom which will illuminate to you your true emotional state of being so you can feel the emotions that will be holding in you in certain behavioral, belief and experience patterns. Once you see these patterns you will be able to respond accordingly to create a new harmonic state of being for yourself. The primary aims of this retreat is for you to make a whole new level of self commitment, by learning the true essence of gratitude and love. This will illuminate aspects of your ego / persona / character you are ready to let go of and that are ready to let go of you - This will support you in arriving at an entirely new perception and state of being and you will be able to make conscious based decisions on how to construct and manifest a new life and direction for yourself.

Included in our gratitude retreat packages are:

  • a comfortable bed in a shared room ( private rooms are available for an additional fee)
  • delicious plant-based meals
  • daily meditation and yoga (except Sunday)
  • group self enquiry sharing circles
  • group healing, group healings and jouneys, conscious communication, dance, creativitiy and joy based contributions and activities etc...
  • some guidance in and use of a variety of healing modalities may also be availble.

Your service as a Gratitude Retreat participant is an essential aspect of the smooth functioning of The Sanctuary and The Pharm. We do our best to accommodate your desire to work on certain tasks, but flexibility in accepting work assignments, whether it be in the administrative, marketing, maintenance, kitchen, gardening or housekeeping departments, is important. This also serves directly our benevolent projects thats benifet the causes we support.

Long-term staff (Core Team) positions and Nurturing Team residencies are considered on a case-by-case basis, usually after you have worked a few weeks or a month as Karma Staff.


New gratitude retreat periods start on the first Monday of each month. We have a limited number of work retreat opportunities available which sometimes fill up several months ahead, so we it may be useful to book early.

▼What You'll Gain from this Experience

A completely new level of emotional awareness, understanding of yourself, and how your reality shapes itself in complete alignment with your frequency and vibration. This will give you a perfect platform to recognise and rise in to your awakened life's purpose.

▼How many hours of gratitude exchange are there?

We have four levels of gratitude exchange available:

  • Gratitude Guest
    10 hours/week (2 hours/day, 5 days/week)
  • Appreciation Apprentice
    15 hours/week (3 hours/day, 5 days/week)
  • Thankfulness Technician
    20 hours/week (4 hours/day, 5 days/week
  • All the above are only available if undertaking our Warrior of the Heart Program
    + 15 hours self study/enquiry per week in addition to chosen option above.
  • ▼Requirements

    Before Arrival:

  • Read the first chapter of Radical Forgiveness
  • Read up to the end of the Aligning Intent in Part I in The Presence Process
  • Complete the question about the above two items on the application form below
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  • Read our Healing Protocol page including During Your Stay:
  • Choose and practice a spiritual discipline (the Presence Process Procedure is recommended for most)
  • Attend at least 4 morning meditation sessions per week
  • Attend at least 3 yoga classes per week
  • Attend the daily morning check-in (except on your days off)
  • Our gratitude retreat participants agree to partake and in some cases facilitate in some community work as part of the energy exchange for their stay. This is beneficial both for the gratitude retreat participant (learning to work and live as part of conscious group), and for The Sanctuary (passing our savings onto guests).

    To be able to receive the full energetical benefits of staying at The Sanctuary, it is important that our work retreat participants willingly and gratefully complete gratitude tasks assigned dailly.

    If we find a work retreat participants actions are not aligned with his or her initial committment, they may be asked to leave early without refund. There are no circumatances in which a refund is available for this program or your donation.

    ▼Length of Stay

    Work retreats are scheduled in 3 week blocks, starting on the first Monday of the month. Positions are available for 2 x 3 week periods in consecutive months within a calendar year. If you wish to stay longer, please discuss with The Sanctuary staff during your first month here.

    Sometimes, subject to current requirements, we may offer gratitude retreats of less than a month. If it is not possible to come for a full month or to start on the first of the month, please ask.

    Once you have committed to a gratitude retreat, we count on your participation. We do not offer any refund under any circumstance if you cancel or leave early.


    See our Schedule page for details. The schedule is subject to small adjustments based on the needs of The Sanctuary. Depending on your assigned tasks, you may have the morning and/or afternoon off. We aim to offer 2 days off per week provided you have worked your contracted hours.

    ▼Program Donation

  • Gratitude Guest: $850 USD per 3 weeks (10 hours work per week).
  • Gratitude Yogi: $650 USD per 3 weeks (15 hours work per week).
  • Karma Staff: $450 USD per 3 weeks (20 hours work per week).
  • Warrior of The Heart Program - previously called Spiritual Warrior Program: (Much of the information contained on this link is out of date as it is from our first website from a few years ago and our program is now more refined and profoundly transformative. You will receive your program following registration.) + $222 USD per 3 weeks (on top of above rates + PayPal fees) totaling $712 USD this is incredible value for what you will learn about yourself and how to transform yourlife and of course, your accomodation, food and expeience. On top of the regualr program you will partake in a minimum of 3 weekly group or one to one focused sessions with our senior teachers where you will be guided deeper into yourself beyond the ego and begin a journey that will help you remember who you truly are and your infinite potential. This is a profoundly accelerated and healing journey our teachers are entirely committed to holding an high vibrational egoless state of being that will support you greatly. Whilst our teachers will not necessarily be your friends the will always be supporting you with universal love and giving you want is required to support you on your journey which will not necessarily be in alignment with what you or your ego 'thinks' you require. You will learn to practise self responsibility, self observation, emotional awareness and transmutation, self realization, self actualisation, reality creation and self mastery. Depending on the routes you take to navigate these you will arrive at at least the emotional awareness and transmutation stage and it is possible to go further the less you resist and the more you surrender to the process. The willing 'student' will always thrive beyond the student who wishes to prove they are correct. You are required to read the first chapters of The Power of Now and A New Earth before your arrival so you can flow into the process with less resistance.
  • Core Team: Usually requiring successful completion of first month Warrior of The Heart Program previously known as Spiritual Warrior Program, before competitive selection for a 4 month Core Team position - (5 month total commitment). See Core Team page for cost of this option.
  • NOTE: Peak Season Surcharge for Christmas / New Year & Easter

    An additional charge of $10 USD per night is added to all retreats for Christmas & New Year weeks; Easter (Semana Santa) (9th - 22nd April 2017 inclusive) and Christmas (23rd December 2017 to 7th January 2018 inclusive)

    For Karma Staff we require full payment upon approved application to secure your placement there is a PAYPAL fee already added. For other options we require a 60% deposit as per our terms and condition.

    Early Departure: Your donation is non-reundable so please be certain in your heart that you want to make this commitment to yourself and supporting our vaules and purpose. There are no exceptions to this. Please therefore be sure that you wish to stay for the full period you book before accepting these terms.

    ▼Application Process

    Please submit your application using the form below after you have read ALL the information on this page, as well as our Terms and Conditions and our FAQ's

    After reviewing your application, we will write to you to discuss further.


    Apply Using the Form below

    To avoid possible loss of data when submitting this form, We recommend that you create another document to prepare your answers to the questions below. You can copy your answers into the form below when you are ready to apply.

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