Retreat Finder is seeking a new Visionary Steward

After almost 19 years the owner of is seeking to hand off the site to a new visionary steward. If you are looking for a new home for your passion for retreats, this may be what you have been looking for.

The Creation of Retreat Finder

Here's what Ali, the founder, has to say about the birth of the website.

"It was 2001 when internet search engines and websites were still in their infancy. I was burned out from my job and needed to go on a retreat. It took me several months of internet searches to find the right retreat to meet my needs and budget. Once I was on retreat and was able to relax and begin recovering I realized that if I had such a difficult time finding a retreat to meet my needs then others were likely having the same difficulty. So in 2002 I paired up with my best friend who happened to be a website developer and together we created Retreat Finder to assist individuals to find spiritual and healing retreats that meet their unique needs."  

What is

Retreat Finder is a directory of retreats that spans the spectrum of spiritual and healing traditions. It's intention can be summarized by the site's slogan: "When you find inner peace, you move the world towards peace".

The focus of the site has always been to support retreatants and retreat centers based on inclusion of all people and paths, including religions, genders, sexuality and race. It was the first directory site to list gay and lesbian retreats, and to ask retreats of all religious traditions to indicate if they are gay friendly.

Along the way the site has received great publicity with mentions in Oprah's O Magazine, The Guardian, Travel Revue, AARP Magazine, and books like: Unstuck Your Guide to the Seven Stage Journey Out of Depression, and The Complete Idiots Guide to the Psychology of Happiness. And the site has received wonderful testimonials from retreat centers and site users .


The Possibility in Retreat Finder

While the current business model is an online directory with income from upgraded listings, display ads, and newsletter articles that utilizes minimal expenses, what the brand and site can become are only limited only by your imagination.

Retreat Finder has 18+ years of brand recognition, respect, and trust, as well as SEO, media mentions, and testimonials. It has an active advertiser list and a large consumer list (newsletter subscribers). As such, the brand and site are poised for quick growth in the Covid rebound.

The site and brand are also steeped in potential yet to be realized. For instance there are projects that have already been initiated such as sister sites for Australia and New Zealand, and the beginning of a site that would function as another way to support the income stream of retreat centers.

At the heart of this potential is the possibility for the new visionary steward to take the site to the next level in its current function, or completely overhaul it and take the brand in a whole new direction with a lightning fast launch sprung forth from the strength of the brand's recognition and SEO. What the site becomes will be molded by your vision of how you can support the retreat industry.

Why a New Steward

Here's what Ali says about why she is handing off Retreat Finder:

"After 18+ years I am again finding myself in a moment of transition and reinvention. I am anxious to 'get out from behind the keyboard', and return to my roots of love for spiritual and personal development. I am transitioning from supporting retreat centers and retreat leaders who foster personal growth for their participants, to offering personal development work directly to individuals via coaching. The decision to pass Retreat Finder on to a new steward has been a hard one, but it is time to once again follow my passion. "

Are You Retreat Finder's New Heart-felt Home?

If you are a visionary looking to make a difference in the retreat industry while maintaining a flexible work schedule, then this may be what you have been looking for.

While Retreat Finder has been run by one person, it can be expanded to team management. Some skills and experience that will ensure your success as the new owner: a passion for retreats; familiarity with website design and user interface; comfort working with data and information structures; enjoyment of sales, communications and customer service; basic bookkeeping and record keeping; and the ability to self-motivate and remain heart centered. Also of benefit, but could be hired out: basic graphic design, website development and coding skills.

With a business like Retreat Finder you can decide your level of commitment. The site can be maintained with just quarter time engagement, or it can be a more than full time passion. The site can become a fairly passive income stream, or it can be a full on platform for your vision as an industry leader and change maker that generates significant income. What Retreat Finder becomes is limited only by your vision.

Asking Price

Under $100k. Includes transfer of all assets, a signed non-compete agreement, and a period of support to assist with the transition. Current owner is open to contracted ongoing support and consultation.

Contact Ali

If this possibility ignites your heart, contact Ali to talk about how Retreat Finder may become your new passion. [email protected]


Browse the Directory

There are 2071 retreats in this directory of retreat centers.

View All Retreats
All Personal Retreat Accommodations (980)
All Retreat Centers for Rent for Group Retreats (996)
All Retreat Events (89)
All Retreats for Sale (6)
All Employment and Volunteer Opportunities (10)

Retreat Centers by Location
United States

by region: (view map)

Alaska (8) Midwest (352) Southeast (230)
Hawaii (33) Northeast (382) Southwest (174)
MidAtlantic (74) Northwest (85) West (203)

by state:

Alaska (8) Kentucky (27) New York (122)
Alabama (11) Louisiana (11) Ohio (43)
Arkansas (19) Massachusetts (76) Oklahoma (3)
Arizona (32) Maryland (28) Oregon (22)
California (203) Maine (17) Pennsylvania (93)
Colorado (40) Michigan (47) South Carolina (9)
Connecticut (25) Minnesota (59) South Dakota (9)
Washington DC (5) Missouri (31) Tennessee (16)
Delaware (1) Mississippi (4) Texas (60)
Florida (59) Montana (6) Utah (6)
Georgia (34) North Carolina (71) Virginia (28)
Hawaii (33) North Dakota (2) Vermont (15)
Iowa (16) Nebraska (6) Washington (37)
Idaho (11) New Hampshire (34) Wisconsin (59)
Illinois (24) New Jersey (33) West Virginia (12)
Indiana (32) New Mexico (36) Wyoming (4)
Kansas (21)

Around the World
by region:
Africa (11) Central America (56) North America (2212)
Asia (36) Europe (142) South America (9)
Caribbean (7) Middle East (1) South Pacific, Oceania (131)

by country:
Argentina (1) Guatemala (5) Peru (6)
Australia (74) Iceland (1) Philippines (2)
Austria (3) India (18) Portugal (8)
Bolivia (1) Indonesia (10) Puerto Rico (1)
Bulgaria (1) Ireland (16) Saint Lucia (3)
Cambodia (2) Italy (17) Slovenia (1)
Canada (61) Jamaica (2) South Africa (7)
Costa Rica (48) Mexico (24) Spain (14)
Croatia (2) Morocco (1) Sri Lanka (1)
Dominica (1) Namibia (2) Sweden (2)
Ecuador (1) Nepal (1) Switzerland (4)
Egypt (1) New Zealand (38) Thailand (12)
Finland (1) Nicaragua (2) Turkey (1)
France (18) Norway (1) United Kingdom (33)
Germany (2) Panama (1) United States (2089)
Greece (18)

Retreat Centers by Retreat Type (definitions)
Directed (310) Individual / Private / Solo (98) Preached (23)
General (no specific type) (110) Long-term (51) Sabbatical (43)
Guided / Programmed (408) Personal (753) Silent (132)

Retreat Centers by Faith
Buddhist (172)
Christian (1020)
First Peoples (8)
Hindu / Indian Traditions (98)
Interfaith (118)
Islam / Muslim (1)
Jewish (26)
Nature or Wicca (5)
Non Faith Based (481)
Open to All (1565)
Other Faith Retreats (18)
Sufi (7)
Taoist (4)

Retreat Centers by Feature
Art (112)
Counseling Psychotherapy (56)
Family (61)
Health / Wellness (255)
Learning (164)
Meditation (385)
Mens Retreats (27)
Movement Arts (48)
Nature / Wildlife (427)
Outdoor / Adventure (118)
Personal Development (211)
Relationship (52)
Spa Services (183)
Special Facility Features (419)
Special Topics (50)
Spiritual Direction (347)
Spiritual Studies (222)
Travel / Pilgrimage (28)
Virtual / Online (22)
Womens Retreats (70)
Yoga Asana (215)

Retreat Centers by Room Type
Bed & Breakfast (45) Dorm (73) Tent (40)
Cottage or Cabin (106) Hotel (87)

Retreat Centers by Environment
Desert (18) Prairie (17) Rustic (52)
Island (23) Rainforest (11) Tropical (14)
Lake / Pond (81) River (53) Urban (12)
Mountain (92) Rural (109) Woods (157)
Ocean / Beach (53)

Retreat Centers by Food
Kosher (20) Raw Food Options (30) Vegetarian or Vegan (155)
Organic / Locally Grown (74) Restricted Diet (97) Vegetarian or Vegan Only (26)

Retreat Centers by Meal Availability
All Provided (161) Available On Site (101) Shared Kitchen (54)
Available Nearby (44) Private Kitchen (54) Some Provided (38)

Retreat Centers by Special Need
Allergies (121) Visually Impaired (17) Wheelchair Access (213)
Sign Language (11)

Retreat Centers with Restrictions
No Alcohol (57) No Drugs (111) No Smoking (134)

Retreat Centers by Group Served
12 Step / Addiction / Recovery (64) Lesbian / Gay (58) Reunions (49)
Arts / Crafts (69) Meditation (73) Silent (68)
Business (63) Men (66) Weddings (42)
Church / Faith / Religious (74) Music (62) Womens (69)
Dance / Theater (57) Nature / Adventure (64) Writing (67)
Educational (67) Non-profit (73) Yoga (67)
Families (50) Peace / Justice (69) Youth (59)
Health / Healing (67) Personal Development (70)

View Child Friendly Retreats (78)

View Gay Friendly Retreats (350)

View Environmentally Sustainable Retreats (98)

View Donation Only Retreats (7)

View Work Exchange Retreats (25)

View Pet Friendly Retreats (39)