Gifting

We are experimenting with fifth dimensional living by operating on the basis of gifting rather than actual ‘rates.’ We offer to you the gift of a few days away from the hustle and bustle of life ‘out there,’ trusting that we can continue paying our mortgage, insurance, utilities and upkeep with the generosity of your gifts. This is also in keeping with the ancient monastic tradition of hospitality that trusts both the generosity of our guests and our faith in Divine Presence to keep the Sanctuary open.

However, we recognize that this is unusual and that many of our guests are more comfortable when they have an idea of the average donation we receive for each accommodation, so this we are willing to share if you need a rule of thumb.

For the the ZenTao, Oconaluftee, Enchantment, Rivendell, the Balihouse and the Gypsy Wagon, we receive an average of $40 for one person and $20 for each additional person per night based on the guest bringing their own bedding and towel. For the Banana Patch beds and Merlinwood we receive on an average of $20 per person per night based on guests bringing their own bedding and towel. For the Hermitage, the Treehouse and Narnia we receive an average of $80 per night for one or two guests, or one guest and a pet, and $20 for each additional person based on guests bringing their own bedding towel. For Frodo's, Amitaba & GardenView we receive an average of $60 per night for one or two guests based on guests brining their own bedding and towel.

For rooms in the Lodge we receive an average of $60 per night for one person and $20 per night for each additional person with linen and towels provided. The average donation for tent space is $20 per night for one person per tent and $10 for each additional person, with guests having full use of the Sanctuary, including the kitchen and toilets. The average donat.ion per person for day use only is $15 per day. The pet surcharge is $15 per day per pet. Pets are not permitted inside the Lodge and we request that they stay leashed while on the property.

We believe that no one should ever be turned away because of money.  At the same time we honor the law of balance in giving and receiving. For this reason we offer a work/exchange program for those who do not have money. This includes short-term stays in our Banana Patch Village on a work/trade basis of three hours of work for each nights lodging - Sunday through Thursday - with a minimum of two and a maximum of five nights. Since most of the work is garden and landscape related such as weeding, raking, mowing, transplanting, or clearing land, guests should be in good physical condition. We can normally accommodate up to two work/trade guests at a time. Longer work/trade stays may be available for returning guests and in certain other situations. 

We work on an honor system and do not normally require a deposit from individual guests. We do ask that you give us as much advanced notice as possible if you need to cancel so that we can make the accommodation available to other guests. We do not accept future reservations from guests who have not canceled and simply don't show up.

We accept cash, personal checks & travelers checks but are not set up for credit cards. We also welcome designated gifts and bequests for our building projects or expanding our land base.