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“My experience at the retreat” 5 of 5 stars
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14616 NW 140th St, Alachua, FL 32616   |  
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Brandon, Florida
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“My experience at the retreat”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2011

I went to the retreat because I wanted to detox. I got so much more out of my 5 days there than I expected - an emotional detox. The experience caused to me go within and do some critical thinking and reflection. It left me feeling calmer, relaxed, revitalized, peaceful, and mindful. I arrived home with a deeper sense of clarity and new friends.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Englewood, FL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2011

When booking my "retreat" with my girlfriend, we knew we needed some down time to refresh and regroup but we were not 100% sure what to expect. Well our expectations were exceeded!! Everyone at the retreat was truly a joy to meet and work with and we were floating on air after our 5 days there. (Do 5 days if you can - it's the best.) The classes, sessions and every activity (and we did all of them pretty much) we took part in were well worth the time and very rewarding. Just can't say enough about how wonderful this experience is for one's self. We will be back - it is an annual event now on our calendars!

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2011

The retreat was as always wonderful. This was my third time here and I can't wait to come back soon. But next time I want to stay longer, maybe a whole week. I can say that Richard's retreat touches the heart and souls of people! It is a true gem.

  • Stayed October 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2011

What a lovely retreat center! I had let stress consume me, and I wanted to be healthy again. Just three days at this retreat center brought my body back into balance. The strength of this center is in the practitioners. For them, service is an act of love, and it shows. I felt instantly bathed in loving kindness from the moment I walked through the door and smelled the delicious blueberry muffins baking. All the workers at the center were gentle and kind, and anything I needed was provided. I developed a cold on the last day, and Richard gave me an Ayurvedic remedy to take home without charge.

Note that this is not a place to go if you want to be pampered in luxury. The rooms were simple and clean, the food is simple, delicious, and nourishing, and the center itself is rather small and in need of a bit of repair on the outside. That said, I'd take this over a fancy spa that focuses on providing merely physical comfort at the expense of real healing any day.

The health consultation provided the perfect start to my retreat, as Richard accurately diagnosed my mental and physical state. He provided simple, reasonable, and moderate guidelines to get me back on track, and his advice was full of gentleness. There's no tyrannical focus on one way of life. Though the Center is vegetarian, my prescription for health included meat options and chocolate!

The food was one of the highlights of my stay. It was simple and so very nourishing. I didn't miss the meat, and my body felt so light and clean after each meal. I can see how a longer stay would promote healthy weight loss for those of us prone to overindulgent or unhealthy eating habits. I especially loved the cooking class. I learned how to make palak paneer and ghee and the best rice ever (and I don't usually like Indian food).

The Royal Panchakarma treatments were deeply relaxing and healing. They seemed to help detoxify my body, and I felt wonderful afterwards. Yoga, in the same spirit of the center, was gentle and relaxing. This is not a boot camp, but a gentle invitation to a healthier way of living.

Other amenities include an inside sitting area with hot tea available all day and two outside sitting areas. If you bring a car, you can travel to nearby Gainesville or go visit the nearby nature areas (Devil's Millhopper, San Felasco Park). Some of the rooms have TVs with DVD players for evening entertainment. Also, the small town of Alachua has a picturesque Main Street that is only one block from the center. It makes for a nice stroll. Otherwise, there's not much to do, which is exactly what a retreat should be.

I've been at home one day so far, and my body still feels relaxed, centered, and happy. The chronic stress pattern was interrupted, and I'm starting to put the principles I learned into practice. I hope to come back for occasional tune ups and to take part in more cooking classes!

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Collingswood, New Jersey
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2011

Ayurveda Health Retreat is a family owned and operated center where guests are treated as part of the family. The staff could not have been kinder or more helpful. I will be back.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Florida
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2011

This is a HEALTH retreat for body, mind, and soul. The accommodations are not those of a luxury resort but the room was comfortable, clean and "homey". Flowers were waiting in my room when I arrived ... a simple touch ... but very much appreciated. The food was simply amazing. Fresh, wholesome, nutritious and absolutely delicious. The staff consisted of the most caring, beautiful, nurturing people I have ever met in my life. Everybody who works here has a smile on their face. The treatments are incredibly relaxing. Yoga was wonderful and the teachers were cognizant of my beginner status and helped me adjust while still keeping the lessons challenging for the more advanced participants. My transformational breathing session with Bhakti was truly transformational and I will always be grateful for the wonderful experience I had. I stayed for 5 nights. I arrived full of grief and feeling "broken". I left feeling alive and renewed. I don't understand the recent review that said the food was awful and out of a can and a box. All our food was fresh, organic and made from scratch. This retreat was simply a magical experience and I am definitely planning to come back for tune-ups!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2011

I was excited to go to this retreat. I knew the accommodations were not going to be anything special, but I thought the treatments and food would make up for it. Wrong....Yoga was not so great. Food was really awful. I don't mind simple, but out of a can and box, just didn't cut it for me. It is advertised as gourmet vegetarian, but doesn't even come close. I left early and very disappointed. Save your money and do something else. Don't even bother with the health consultation. It was very off in several areas. I will say that Richard and the staff were very nice and ready to please. It just didn't live up to what a health retreat should be or what the reviews lead you to believe...I don't know who wrote the reviews, but I can't believe they were from recent guests.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 14616 NW 140th St, Alachua, FL 32616
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Location: United States > Florida > Alachua
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Specialty Lodging in Alachua
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Ayurveda Health Retreat (AHR) is one of the premier retreat centers in Florida that offers traditional Ayurvedic medicine and Panchakarma treatments. The AHR was established by Richard Masla, ND, in 2001 and is located in the small historic town of Alachua, in north central Florida. The Retreat initially had only one treatment room and an office space. From these humble beginnings, it now encompasses three buildings: a beautiful yoga studio, a retreat center and a yoga ashram. Annually we serve hundreds of guests who visit us from all over the world. We are a group of dedicated health professionals who have created an authentic Ayurvedic retreat offering traditional Kerala Ayurvedic therapies. We have an Ayurvedic Practitioner, a Doctor of Naturopathy, psychologist, massage therapists, Reiki healers, and yoga & meditation teachers. Richard Masla, our Ayurvedic Practitioner, studied traditional Ayurveda under Dr. Vasant Lad, Dr. Pankaj Naram and Dr. Syama. Richard has mastered the ancient art of Kerala Ayurvedic Panchakarma and has trained all of our massage therapists. We're here to accommodate you, whether you need a weekend refresher or a full 21-day retreat. We look forward to being of service! ... more   less 
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