Helpful Information for Your Stay

Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions

With a Personal Retreat, Sanctuary offers check-in Monday through Saturday (subject to availability). This allows you to stay when it is convenient and suits your schedule. We recommend you check our calendar. Since all retreat activities are open to guests, you may want to arrange your retreat around what’s on.
A Personal Retreat is not available during scheduled retreats. Please, check our calendar to ensure your planned dates are available.

Check-in is after 2:00 pm, and check-out is at 11:00 am daily. You are welcomed for lunch upon your arrival, get to experience Sanctuary and then check-in after 2:00 pm, and on check-out day, you can stay for lunch afterward.

We suggest casual, comfortable clothing. Sanctuary has all four seasons. Therefore we suggest you check the weather and temperatures during the time of your retreat. Our packing suggestions include the following:

  • T-shirts, jeans, slacks, and shorts
  • Warm sweater, jacket – cooler months
  • Warm jacket, winter coat, gloves – cold months
  • Hat/cap (appropriate to the season)
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Casual wear
  • Sneakers or light hiking shoes for gravel pathways
  • Slip-on shoes. In some spaces, we ask you to remove footwear.
  • Sunscreen (seasonal)
  • Insect repellent (seasonal)

At Sanctuary, we want you to escape the stresses of living by offering you a haven of peace. Smartphones are permitted however, to respect the tranquility of other guests, we ask that phones be switched off and not used in any public areas of the property. They may be used in your rooms or on the grounds. Laptops are also allowed, although we recommend you leave work at work, remember this is your time out. High-speed WiFi is available in all buildings. Due to our location set in the mountains, cell service is limited.

Many guests come alone, a good way to truly retreat and capture the essence of Sanctuary. Our team will make sure you are well looked after whether you choose a solitary retreat or the company of others. Sanctuary is a wonderful place to establish friendships, connect with others or simply sit back with time to nurture and contemplate.

Some therapies and specialty treatments are exclusive to certain therapists and have limited availability. For this reason, we highly recommend you book your wellness services and any additional activities in advance prior to your arrival. This will ensure time is allocated and you don’t miss out.

For the relaxation, enjoyment, and privacy of all our guests,  the use of smartphones and other electronics are not permitted in gathering areas.

We also ask that you speak quietly in the Lodge or Modular Cabins and observe an attitude of quiet after 9:00 PM so that all guests have the experience of a peaceful environment.

As we are a retreat center and value time out for you and others to get the most out of your stay, we welcome guests age 16 or older.

Since some guests are not comfortable with animals or have allergies please arrange a separate retreat for your pet while you visit Sanctuary.

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Contact Us

Your contact person for matters related to travel and arrival is Mona Kaufmann. You can reach her at:

info@sanctuaryrc.org;  434-207-4496 (phone);  434-872-3467 (cell)

The Sanctuary main line is 757-644-3400.

Emergency contact between the hours of 10pm and 8am is Mark Hayes 434-282-6365.

Please keep these numbers with you in case you have any problems or delays.

If you plan to arrive at a time when the reception desk is closed, let us know in advance so we can have someone available to greet you. 

Reception Hours: Monday – Friday, 9am – 4:30pm.  After hours, contact Mona Kaufmann or Mark Hayes.

Airports

The closest airport is Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport (CHO) (50 minutes by car); other possibilities include:

Lynchburg Regional Airport (LYH) – 50 minutes by car

Richmond International Airport (RIC) – 1 hour and 45 minutes by car 

Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) – 2.5 hours by car

Because of our rural location, we recommend using your own or a rental car.  If you need a ride from Charlottesville airport, train or bus station, there are several services available to choose from. We suggest you pre-book your ride, as the Sanctuary Retreat Center does not offer shuttle service.

Transportation to and from Charlottesville, VA

Local

Corporate Car Service of Virginia, Afton, VA (434) 825-8199

Tammy Morris (gamgamtam@gmail.com) (434) 277-8125

Charlottesville

Aberdare Transit Inc. (24-hour service) (434) 227-9933

Yellow Cab of Charlottesville (434) 295-4131

Charlottesville Transportation & Taxi (434) 466-8465

McCoy’s Taxi Service (434) 295-7433

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The Sanctuary Retreat Center
2610 Adial Rd, Faber, VA 22938

From Charlottesville:

Take 29 South from Charlottesville. After approx. 22 miles – look for the sign “Nelson County Wayside”. Shortly after this, exit right at Rte. 6 West. Turn right at the stop sign onto Rte. 6 (River Road). Follow Rte. 6 for about 2 miles. Turn left at Rte. 634 (Adial Road). Continue about 2.5 miles; pass the Acorn Inn on your right and enter the Sanctuary Retreat Center at the sign with the paved entrance (second entrance on your right). Use the parking areas that are both to the right and the left of the entrance road.

From Richmond:

Take Rte. 64 West towards Charlottesville. Passing Charlottesville take Exit #107 (Rte. 250 Crozet). Turn left at the exit ramp stop sign. Follow Rte. 250 for approximately 4 miles. Turn left at the stop light onto Rte. 151. Follow 151 for approximately 11 miles into Nellysford.  Just past Wells Fargo Bank on the right – turn left onto Rte. 634 (Adial Road). Drive approximately 2.5 miles. Once you see Lakeland Lane on your right, the Sanctuary Retreat Center is on your left just a few hundred feet further up the road. Turn left at the Sanctuary Retreat Center sign and use the parking areas that are both to the right and the left of the entrance road.

From Lynchburg:

Take Rte. 29 North towards Charlottesville. 6 miles north of Lovingston, turn left on Rte. 6 West. Follow Rte. 6 for about 2 miles. Turn left at Rte. 634 (Adial Rd). Continue about 2.5 miles; pass the Acorn Inn on your right and enter the Sanctuary Retreat Center at the sign with the paved entrance (second entrance on your right). Use the parking areas that are both to the right and the left of the entrance road.

From Nellysford, VA (Route 151):

From Nellysford, take Rte. 634 (Adial Road). Drive approximately 2.5 miles. Once you see Lakeland Lane on your right, the Sanctuary is on your left just a few hundred feet further up the road. Turn left at the Sanctuary Retreat Center sign and use the parking areas that are both to the right and the left of the entrance road.

1) Payment for retreats with one or more night’s stay:

  • 50% deposit due upon registration.
  • 50% final payment is due two weeks prior to arrival day.

In the event of cancellation:

  • If cancelled 72 hours prior to arrival day, the charge is $100.00.
  • If cancelled within 72 hours of arrival day, the charge is one night’s stay.
  • If cancelled on arrival day all payments are non-refundable. 

See exemptions below.

2) Payment for single day retreats, programs, or events:

  • Full payment at registration

In the event of cancellation:

  • A charge of 25% of the total cost.

3) Cancellation Policy Exemptions

Any retreat, event, or program: 

  • If, 48 hours prior to arrival day, you have symptoms of Covid-19, flu, or similar illness, you must cancel. You will receive a full refund. 
  • If, within 48 hours of arrival day, you have symptoms of Covid-19, flu, or similar illness, you must cancel. There is a $100.00 cancellation charge. 

We will look forward to welcoming you in the future.

  • Synchronicity Foundation, Inc. reserves the right to cancel any retreat, program, or event at any time. You will receive a full refund.

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