You'll find at Nurture Through Nature our intention is to create a back woods experience without having to go too far back and to give our guests a very private, peaceful retreat tucked in the woods surrounded by nature's beauty.Retreat in our magical mountain brook yurt, a private and unique getaway. Come to write, read, create, connect or find stillness and silence with the our spring-fed mountain brook and the forest as your mesmerizing backdrop. Enjoy this quiet respite, under a canopy of trees, and nestle into your private getaway on the slopes of Pleasant Mountain. Make this your base for outdoor recreation and adventure, with hiking or (snowshoeing) trails right out side your door.Our yurt sits on 33 wooded and sloped acres at the base of Pleasant Mountain. Nurture Through Nature Eco-Retreat Center offers private hiking trails, a crystal clear brook with dipping pools and granite sleuths right near by. We are surrounded by Nature Conservancy and Loon Echo Land Trust lands, forever protected from development.The yurt is part of Maine's first green certified retreat center. Amenities include all that you need for simple cooking and meals on your own, a pull out Queen futon and two single beds.There is a new composting toilet nearby, olive oil lanterns, an outdoor fire pit, hammock and outdoor seating. We also have a traditional Finish style wood~fired sauna available for private appointments, based on availability and with advanced reservations. The cost is $25 per person for 2 people.Please note there is no running water or electricity in the yurt. We provide excellent drinking water. A seasonal outdoor shower is available as is the sauna for traditional sauna style bathing. We now have a warm shower for our guests, a hybrid system with solar, wood and propane on demand for limited, mindful usage, located a 5 minute walk away Also, our guests can schedule additional services such as private yoga, Maine Guide services (guided day canoe trips, guided snowshoeing, guided hiking excursions) and more. These services are based on availability and usually need to be reserved in advance. Inquire about options and availability of added services if interested. We have started a Healing Arts Collective where local practitioners come here to share their skills and practices by offering classes and workshops in our on site yoga studio. Most offerings are by donation. Feel free to enhance your experience here by enjoying yoga and other classes here. Retreat Package includes:*private yurt stay*organic teas and coffee*french press and tea pot*two burner propane stove for simple and basic cooking and meal planning*kitchen amenities; dishes, pots and pans, utensils, pot holders*dish soap, sponge, hand sanitizer, TP*ice chest for food storage (no ice on site)*fire wood (for indoor fires only), newspaper, kindling, matches*wood stove for warming and cooking*olive olive lamps and lanterns (the yurt has no electricity)*mountain pure drinking water from our drilled well (tastes like candy!)*nearby swanky composting toilet AKA "The Vortex"*maps for private walking/hiking trails on 33 acres along our beautiful spring fed mountain brook and views of the nearby White Mountain National Forest*camp chairs and camp fire ring(We do not provide linens. Please bring your own sleeping bag, pillow or linens.)PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN OUTDOOR CAMPFIRE WOOD or gather it for free in the forest surrounding your yurt.It's a self~check in system. We recommend coming before dark as there is minimal outdoor lighting and the yurt is tucked in the woods along a trail. We provide a map in the parking area with a lit sign. Access: is by foot or at your own risk with high clearance/AWD/4WD vehicles only. We provide garden carts or sleds for your convenience.The yurt has a notebook/manual explaining how to live comfortably in the yurt.TripAdvisor property ID 3024159...Read more
The Mountain Brook Yurt Retreat is one of our available retreat locations as part of Nurture Through Nature eco~retreat center. Our intention is to hold a space for conscious, simple, green living; offering holistic retreats, expansive workshops, sacred spaces, meditation, yoga, coaching and eco-getaways. Come hear the silence resting behind the sounds of nature and beneath the busy mind.
Maine’s First Green-Certified Retreat Center
Our retreat land lies on the lower slopes of Pleasant Mountain, a local landmark and treasured gem. We offer a diverse and private 33 acres of forest and trails for your exploring, be it along our magical mountain brook, picking wild blueberries on the granite outcrops in summer or hiking up to our Medicine Wheel and sitting at its center on a boulder gazing into long views of the White Mountain National Forest. Surrounding our land is extensive woodlands and Nature Conservancy land, providing a true sanctuary into the natural world.
Nurture Through Nature Retreat Center was recently certified as an Environmental Leader by the State of Maine because of its commitment to sustainable practices, including solar power, composting, renewable heat sources, and non-toxic cleaning products.
In addition, Nurture Through Nature is an EPA Green Power Partner. “The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would like to thank Nurture through Nature for making a significant green power purchase. Your commitment, along with those of other Green Power Partners, helps to reduce the risks associated with climate change by supporting technologies that are more sustainable for businesses and communities.”
All of our facilities are off the grid relying on solar power for electricity. We use renewable heating sources from local firewood—no oil/gas/nonrenewable heating sources are used for our 4-season facilities.
We use composting toilet systems and compost everything from kitchen scraps to “humanure” from guests and residents, alike.
We rely on local farmers and organic produce for food sources, whenever possible. We use only earth-friendly cleaning products.
We recycle everything possible through local recycling resources.
We support the local economy by utilizing local practitioners and material resources for on-site projects and services needed.
We even use a solar-powered trimmer for landscaping needs.
Celebrating Leading Earth~Friendly Retreats since 1999!
Maine is the northern part of the Appalachian Mountain Chain where the Wabanaki peoples roamed the Land of the Dawn. Receiving the first light of the new day, the land reaches northeast towards the sunrise over the Atlantic.
Our home base is in Denmark, Maine, a sleepy northern New England hamlet and four-season destination nestled in the heart of western Maine’s lakes and mountains. If you are looking for a relaxing and quiet nature retreat, this is the place to come, easily accessible, yet off the beaten path enough to find deep quiet surrounded by a beautiful, natural setting. Our green retreat facilities are located on 33 wooded and mountainside acres at the base of Pleasant Mountain, a treasured hiking destination by locals.
The private hiking trails on the retreat land offers long and expansive views west to the nearby White Mountains, where the Appalachian Trail traverses over nearby hiking along the Maine/New Hampshire border. Much of the land on and around Pleasant Mountain is protected from future development through conservation easements gratefully overseen by local environmental organizations including the Loon Echo Land Trust, the Upper Saco Valley Land Trust and the Nature Conservancy.
The state of Maine has identified Denmark as a focus area for conservation as it holds the largest tract of contiguous, undeveloped forest land in southwestern Maine.
Denmark and its surrounding towns are part of the Saco River floodplain, the largest intact floodplain in New England. Spring rains bring the river water over its banks, where it scours the landscape, making room for rare plants and animals.The water then percolates slowly through the fine glacial soils of the floodplain and returns to streams and springs naturally filtered and purified — giving the Saco some of the cleanest water in Maine.
The Saco River floodplain includes some of the world’s only remaining river-wash barren ecosystems — open sandy or rocky habitats that are home to rare plants, dragonflies and turtles. The upland forests of the watershed contain wide-ranging mammals such as fisher and bobcat. This region is also host to larger wildlife including Eastern coyote, black bear, and moose.
We invite you to this eco-tourism mecca for outdoor exploration, paddling, hiking, biking, skiing and snowshoeing. Our location feels remote, being surrounded by forest land, waterways and quietude, yet we are a within driving distance from major metropolitan areas, with available shuttles to bus lines, Amtrak and airports.
We are part of Maine’s Greater Bridgton Lakes Region and the Mount Washington Valley in nearby Conway, New Hampshire, offering a high quality of life, with endless possibilities as a recreational haven. The air is clean, the water pure, the woods inspiring, the sights breathtaking and the night sky bright with millions of stars.
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Lake nearby, Mountain nearby, Rural retreats
Nearest ferry port: Casco Bay Lines, 45 miles Nearest train station: Amtrak Portland, 47 miles Nearest airport: Portland Jetport, 45 miles Car is recommended
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