The Sanctuary

What is The Sanctuary?

The Sanctuary is intended to be a space to learn, to share, to dance, to sing, to explore our inner self, to feel joy and to help us to heal ourselves from any dis-ease.  

You may read more about me (Pete), the rest of The Healing Team and about our purpose and the values we do our best to maintain here in Puerto Escondido on our About Us page.

Why visit Us?

Learn more from Bex by reading her blog post Luxury or Community - which do you really need?

Guest Comment:

"I'm very thankful and happy that Pete hosted me and made me part of his awesome project, even though I only stayed for 2 days and 1 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 was very helpful for me as I saw my reflex in him. Blessings and all the best for you and The Sanctuary." - Gabriela Tobias

Maybe you yearn for something beyond the mundane, you feel that there must be something else to life and wish to find some direction, some passion and purpose for your life and wish to explore and develop a spiritual practice. Maybe you would like learn about meditation and yoga to establish a daily habit so you can practice when you return home.

Perhaps you have a particular health challenge which you would like to heal with natural health remedies, or you have addictions you would like to overcome. You may like to come to do a seven day cleanse with MMS or with water/juice fasting, or a parasite cleanse or a liver/gallbladder cleanse.

Or it could be that you simply would like a break away from the hustle and bustle of daily life to relax and recuperate, and even learn to surf while you are here!

There are many such possibilities here, and more.

Community Living

" ....... The environment determined the fate of the cells, not the genetic pattern. So if cells are in a healthy environment, they are healthy. If they’re in an unhealthy environment, they get sick.” - Source

Perhaps you want to learn about and experience living in Community, to learn or help others learn how to grow organic healing food and to relate in more loving ways.  As our community and our garden grows we will be able to share more about perma-culture & sustainable living.

Living in a caring community is a key component of a complete holistic healing protocol to help restore health and happiness. 

"If you’re seeking a social and emotional expansion, living in a community may be just the thing to change your life.’s been a fantastic experience with little to no drama and only one or two cold showers every couple of months, their faces continue to stay stuck in a frozen grimace. "I don’t believe you. That is too many people in one house."

In all honesty – it’s not. Especially when everyone takes care of their dishes and has specific household duties (taking out the trash, sweeping, cleaning the bathroom, etc).

That’s probably the best part about living in a community – always having a loving, listening ear. When I lived alone, I could go for hours just stewing in my own emotional hell; over-thinking until I nauseated myself, or trying to stuff my feelings down with TLC marathons and chocolate covered pretzels. But these days, there’s always someone who asks me if I’m alright, if I need to talk, or to politely suggest that I put the peanut butter and the spoon down. We are each other’s therapists, sisters, mother figures…supporting one another when life is good and rallying together when it sucks.Source

Spiritual Practice

I (pete) have learned about spirituality from many different sources. The mainstay of my practice now is meditation to help keep my awareness in the present moment while remembering that all is one. From this perspective (sometimes known as Advaita Vedanta) everything is a reflection of, or a projection of consciousness. Everything is therefore completely my responsibility, there never being anyone or anything to blame, as all is from within.

To help to understand this philosophy and to bring and maintain this awareness, we hold regular morning and sometimes evening group meditations and frequently listen to readings from spiritual masters such as Ramana Maharshi and contemporary mystics like Ekhart Tolle and Paul Lowe. We also often join global sadhanas organised by Spirit Voyage Music.

In November 2013 we became a Homa Community. Homa Therapy & Homa Farming comes from the ancient Vedic scriptures from India. At the heart of the practice is a puja called Agnihotra which involves burning cow dung and ghee while offering a food sacrifice to the fire and chanting a mantra. Our aim (although not always possible) is to practice Agnihotra at both sunrise and sunset as it is an alchemical process attracting very beneficial energies for human, animal and plant health.

Read about our Agnihotra Practice Here

Also, check this link to see many pictures of our beautiful house and gardens: Pictures of The Sanctuary

Delicious, Nutritious and Beautiful Healing Food

At The Sanctuary we serve only vegan food so as to be as supportive to healing the physical body as possible. We either grow our own or purchase organic food (when possible) from the best sources we can. This does not mean that all the food we serve is organic as this is not always possible, but we do our best. As of 25th October 2014 we have very little organic food being grown or available to purchase, but we plan to continue to improve the amount which is organic. 

We prepare our food with care and do our best to amplify healing energies through awareness and by repeating mantras during preparation. While we aim for a high percentage of raw foods in our meals, as these are generally considered best for bringing and maintaining good health, we also offer a delicious variety of cooked foods to maintain a balance.

A Place to Visit or to Stay

You may stay at The Sanctuary as a Guest or as a Seva Guest (with a part work exchange). If you are a local resident, or are visiting the area and staying elsewhere, you may visit for a yoga class, for a massage, or for one of the many Workshops & Retreats offered by our staff and visiting teachers.

Our standard offer of accommodation is a bed in a shared room. This enables our overhead costs to be shared between more people (up to 20 inclusive of staff) and therefore to make the cost of staying at The Sanctuary affordable to most people. Subject to availability, we are sometimes able to offer an option to upgrade to a private room at an additional cost.

To encourage living and learning together in community, our prices include all necessary food along with a program of yoga, education and a baseline healing protocol. Visit our Guest Page for more information about our daily schedule and prices.


In addition to always offering a space for personal retreat incorporating our baseline healing protocol, we frequently organise retreats for particular purposes such as Yoga Teacher Training, Conscious Communication, Sound Healing with Tibetan Singing Bowls, Parasite Cleansing, Raw Food Preparation and Juice Cleansing. The subjects and availability of these themed retreats, will always depend upon the availability of facilitators. Sometimes led by our volunteer staff and sometimes by visiting or invited guest teachers, prices vary dependent upon different factors. Take a look at our Healing Retreats page here.

Where is The Sanctuary?

The Sanctuary is located in the surfers paradise of Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, Mexico. Approximately 500 metres from the sea in La Punta area, The Sanctuary is located in a very nice colonial style five bedroom house set within a walled garden in a relatively peaceful neighborhood. As you step into the lush gardens surrounding the house, you may well feel cradled by peaceful vibrations.  

For a map, directions and how to contact us, visit our Healing Headquarters page.

Check this link to see many pictures of our beautiful house and gardens: Pictures of our Home

What happens each day and What is the Cost?

Meditation, Yoga, Community Sharing Sessions, Healthy Eating and much more. To view our schedule and find out what it costs to stay at The Sanctuary:

continue from The Sanctuary Home page to our Schedule & Guest Prices Page

Are you a Guest at The Sanctuary?

If you are currently a Guest, Seva Guest or Work Exchange Guest at The Sanctuary, this is the place for you to blog to share your experience, and perhaps to answer questions from others.

You can also use this space if you have previously stayed at The Sanctuary and would like to leave a reference for possible future guests.

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What our Guests are saying...

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October 21st, The Sanctuary's second Birthday 
Hi ! I am Noa, volunteering at the Sanctuary since 2 weeks...and wanting to share about the celebration we held on the 21st of October for the Sanctuary's …

Luxury or Community – Which Do You Really Need? 
I have listened enviously to friends tell me about their retreats at health centres. They stayed in luxurious accommodations where all their needs were …

In Puerto Escondido... 
Puerto Escondido. Located in southwest Mexico along Oaxaca’s coastline, this colorful, eclectic city of 45,000 people is a surfer’s paradise and is …

The Sanctuary - El Santuario 
The Sanctuary is a healing place in Puerto Escondido - Mexico. It´s a place, like its name says, where people share different ways to try to achieve a …

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The Sanctuary, Quintana Roo, Brisas de Zicatela, Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, Mexico, 70934, 71980
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Healing Haven and The Sanctuary are a budding Healing, Education and Yoga Community in La Punta, Puerto Escondido Mexico. Operating with work exchange volunteer staff and no shareholders, any surplus income is used for the highest good.  The Sanctuary specializes especially in supporting people with difficult health challenges and inspiring its community to live more creatively and authentically. We probably offer all you would expect and more. If you are inspired to do so, please share this page with everyone you care about. Whilst every effort is made to keep the information on this site up to date, sometimes events, prices, offers etc. change and cannot always be updated immediately.