Participant Information

Health & Well Being

Lotus Garden Retreat Center, its teachers, staff and residents, want your stay here to be positive and safe. In order to support an environment of both spiritual and physical well-being, please note the following:

Medical Care and Release of Liability

When you register for a program you will be asked to complete our Medical Care and Release of Liability form. This information will be kept confidential and used only in an emergency.

Health & Well-Being Liaisons

In order to help keep up with issues that arise once you arrive and have settled into Lotus Garden, liaisons are assigned to the different housing or tenting areas. These individuals have your well-being at heart and will help you resolve needs or address concerns.


Please bring sufficient medications or supplements to last the duration of your stay. Pharmacies (Walmart, RiteAid, and CVS) are available in Luray (8 miles away) and in there is a local pharmacy in Stanley.


Heat, insects, and uneven walking surfaces can pose challenges during summer programs. For comfort during the heat, bring cool clothing, sun hats, sun screen, and an umbrella (also comes in handy when it rains). We suggest you bring a refillable water bottle to keep yourself hydrated. The water at Lotus Garden is very good.

Lotus Garden is a wooded place and of course, there are many insects. Please bring repellent and any necessary allergy medications.

Gravel roads and grassy paths can be irregular and uneven. One pair of practical footwear is recommended.

Dining and Food Allergies

Our kitchen staff strives to balance the challenge of cooking for many participants with an awareness of nutritional needs. Meals are predominantly, but not exclusively, vegetarian. At registration, you will be asked about food allergies.

First Aid Issues

To resolve first aid issues during the larger programs, we have individuals trained to respond when need arises. First aid kits are distributed in the various buildings on the land.

Area Hospitals

For needs beyond first aid, Page Memorial Hospital's urgent care facility and emergency room offers 24 hour service. Larger hospitals and medical centers are located 50-75 miles away in Winchester, Harrisonburg, and Charlottesville. Page County also operates a Free Clinic on Friday evenings for those without insurance.

Other Local Health Services

Dentists, massage services, and chiropractors are available in Luray (8 miles away). Please check with staff in the Lotus Garden office for recommendations, phone numbers, and directions.


Last update: 25 May 2010