Rates

Gifting

We are experimenting with fifth dimensional living by operating on the basis of gifting rather than set ‘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 is listed below.

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 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.

Accommodations & Average Donations

We offer an eclectic variety of accommodations from standard indoor guest rooms in the Lodge to camping, with lots of options in between.  Electricity is available in the Lodge, the Hermitage, the Treehouse, Oconaluftee, Frodos, Amitaba and the Balihouse. In addition to the toilet & shower in the lodge, we have an outdoor composting toilet and shower. Each of the outdoor shelters include a portable potty for night use and beds with foam mattresses and pillows with guests bringing their own linen, blankets or sleeping bags.

Amitaba (electricity) – one of the many names for Buddha – is a Sanskrit word meaning “infinite light’ and represents discernment, pure perception and a deep awareness of the illusion of 3D phenomena. It is a 14×16 shelter is accessible via a short boardwalk from the Haiku Terrace. It is modeled after a Japanese Teahouse, featuring a full size canopied bed with stain glass windows and two glass walls offering beautiful forest views with an open air fourth wall overlooking a small seasonal stream flowing beneath the room. An additional folding cot available upon request. It has a small portable potty for night use.

Average Donation: $60 per night for one or two people – Bring your own bedding

Balihouse  (Electricity) This 10×12 shelter has three walls with the fourth side opening on to a large deck overlooking the river. It has a full size bed and an additional folding cot available upon request. It also has a small refrigerator, microwave and a small portable potty for night use.

Average Donation – $40 per night for one – $20 for each additional person – Bring your own bedding and towel

Banana Patch (No electricity – unheated) A little bit of the South Pacific in the Blue Ridge Mountains is the way one guest described the Banana Patch.  With steep tropical roofs and sitting on stilts, the five full size beds are named after the Pacific islands of  Bora Bora, Moorea, Kauai, Rarotonga & Samoa. Set in a semi-circle, each bed is curtained with burlap made from coffee sacks from around the world which provide both privacy and an exotic ambience.  With the nearby sound of the mountain creek it’s easy to imagine the ocean surf on a tropical island.

Average Donation  – $20 per night per person – Bring your own bedding

Enchantment (solar lights) – Located about 50 ft downstream from Narnia, Enchantment is a 12×14 shelter built along side the river with an exquisite view of the national forest. With three bamboo walls and the fourth side open to the river and forest, it is truly enchanting. It features a full size bed and comfortable chairs for the ultimate getaway. It is also has easy access to parking. It has a small portable potty for night use. It’s an excellent choice for those seeking alone time or privacy. An additional folding cot is available upon request. It is off the grid but does have solar lights.

Average Donation – $40 per night for one – $20 for each additional person – Bring your own bedding and towel

Frodo’s (Electricity & small fireplace) Frodo would feel very much at home in our underground stone cottage built beside the river.  Stone walls, slate floor, sod roof, small stone fireplace, gothic stained glass window – you get the picture.  Stepping into Frodo’s is like stepping back in time – about 1000 years.  There is electricity and a portable potty for night use. It is small, but there is enough room for a double bed, a night table and chair and large shutters which open up to an utterly magical view of the cascading river. It has everything but the round door which Frodo might prefer.

Average Donation  – $60 per night for one or two people – Bring your own bedding

GardenView (electricity) – This is a spacious 12 x 24 second floor room built directly above our Haiku Terrace. It has three walls with the fourth size open and overlooking our Japanese Garden. It features a queen size canopied bed and an antique twin bed along with two comfortable rocking chairs.

Average Donation  – $60 per night for one or two  – $20 for each additional person – Bring your own bedding

Gypsy Wagon (solar lights) Our small ‘Gypsy wagon” features a 3/4 size bed and a small pull out bed for a small child. Conveniently located about three hundred feet from the lodge and with it’s own fire pit, it is a great option for one adult, one adult and a child or two not-so-large adults who are wildly in love. It is off the grid but does have solar lights and a small portable potty for night use.

Average Donation – $40 per night for one – $20 for each additional person – Bring your own bedding and towel

Hermitage (Electricity – heated) The Hermitage is a very small two story cottage with a nice porch overlooking our cascading mountain stream. It also has a small outdoor kitchen area with coffee maker, small refrigerator and microwave.  It has electricity and jugs of fresh spring water and a small portable potty for night use. It features a full size bed downstairs and two twin beds in the open-air, unheated loft with additional space for a folding cot, plus a hammock on the porch.

Average Donation  – $80 per night for one or two people or one person & pet – $20 per night for each additional person. Bring your own bedding and towel

Merlinwood (no electricity – unheated) You can’t get any closer to nature than this.  Merlinwood is a full size canopied bed at the edge of the forest, about 100 feet from the Lodge.

Average Donation  – $20 per night per person -Bring your own bedding and towel

Narnia (solar lights) Located next to the river, Narnia is a 14 x 16 ft, two level shelter with three walls, the fourth open to the cascading mountain stream and the national forest. Sleeping up to five, it features a queen size bed on the first level, two twins which can be rolled together for a king size on the second level and a folding cot upon request. It is off the grid but has solar lights and a small portable potty for night use. It is perfect for a family or small group.

Average Donation  – $80 per night for one or two people or one person & pet – $20 per night for each additional person. Bring your own bedding and towel

Oconaluftee (electricity) The name, in Cherokee, means “beside the waters” – a most appropriate name for this rustic shelter built just a few feet above the creek.  It features a sleeping platform enclosed on three sides, with a full size bed and a small deck extending out over the water. Isolated and rustic, you can’t get any closer to the creek than this.  An additional folding cot is available upon request. It also has a small portable potty for night use.

Average Donation – $40 per night for one  – $20 for each additional person. Bring your own bedding and towel

Rivendell (solar lights) Named after the Elfin village in the Lord Of The Rings & Hobbit movies, Rivendell is 12 x 16 ft shelter and features three walls with two gothic stain glass windows and the fourth side open to the creek. It has a full size bed and a folding cot available for a third person. It also features a small covered platform overlooking the river which is perfect for meditation, writing or your morning coffee.  It is off the grid but does have solar lights and a small portable potty for night use. According to Wikipedia, “Despite its semi-isolation and seeming fixation on the past, Rivendell was never fully cut off from other peoples or their troubles. For outsiders it proved to be a refuge for the weary and the oppressed, and a treasury of good counsel and wise lore, and was visited by peoples of all races seeking sanctuary, healing, and wise counsel.”

Average Donation – $40 per night for one  – $20 for each addional person. Bring your own bedding and towel

Treehouse (electricity & heated) – Our Treehouse is the best of both worlds. Entered at ground level it features a comfortable 12×12 enclosed bedroom with electricity, heater, a full size four poster bed and a glass wall facing the covered deck built around three trees and extending out over the creek, 50 feet below. A ladder to the loft gives access to additional sleeping space with two twin size foam mattresses. A folding cot for sleeping on the covered deck is also available upon request. It includes a small refrigerator and microwave as well as a small portable potty for night use. It is the epitome of rustic elegance and the ultimate getaway place.

Average Donation – $80 per night for one or two people or one person & pet – $20 for each additional personBring your own bedding and towel

Zen Tao (no electricity) – The Zen Tao is a two story 8 x 10 shelter set in a bamboo grove over looking our flower garden. With a tropical South Pacific ambience it is easy to mistake the sound of our cascading mountain river for the sound of the ocean surf.  Each level has a twin size bed, a chair and three bamboo walls with a bamboo screen on the fourth side.  It is off the grid but includes a small portable potty for night use.

Average Donation – $40 per night for one  – $20 for each additional person – Bring your own bedding and towel

Elfhaven Lodge (electricity & heated). The Lodge has six guest bedrooms, three upstairs and three downstairs.  Linen & towels are included for all the lodge rooms.

  • Goldenrod (downstairs). A full size antique four poster bed. Located next to the bathroom.
  • Snapdragon (downstairs). A small bedroom with a twin bed tucked beneath the staircase leading upstairs and directly across the hall from the bathroom.
  • Bamboo (downstairs) This room is adjacent to the sun deck and the kitchen. It features a queen size canopied bed with two chairs and French doors that open on to the deck.
  • Wisteria (Upstairs) This is an upstairs veranda with three walls.  The fourth side directly overlooks the sundeck, garden and the stone circle.  It features a queen size four poster canopied bed and one built-in twin size bed.
  • Hummingbird (Upstairs) This room features a full size, antique bed with built-in closets and a window seat and is next to the bathroom.
  • Meadowlark (Upstairs) This room features a full size, antique bed, built-in closets and a window seat and is next to the bathroom.

Average Donation For Lodge Rooms, $60 per night for one person. $20 for each additional person. Linen and towel provided.

Camping: If you prefer the privacy of your own tent, you may camp at the Sanctuary.  All Sanctuary facilities are available to campers.

Average Donation: $20 per night for one person per tent. $10 for each additional person sharing the same tent.