The large, sunny bedroom with its view of the woods; the sauna house where you can sweat away what you no longer need to carry, then sit on the deck and view the breath-taking brook-- that and more and you're only 8 minutes from town, Brattleboro.
A sliding glass door and two windows in your spacious room provide views of the woods and let in plenty of light.
Bubbling brooks on the property give the land the gentle rustling sound that permeates the air. It's a pleasure to watch new arrivals listen, smile and sigh, allowing the ozone to work its magic on their spirits.
At various points along the two brooks, you can find a hammock swinging between two trees; a picnic area with table and benches; an outdoor shower; the sauna house where you can sweat and relax or, sitting on its deck, read of engage in the Sacred Doing of Nothing. The screened-in porch is another perfect place for doing Nothing (though it's also a great place to write).
For intervals of Something, enjoy miles of hiking trails through the woods. In winter, you can step outdoors and begin snow-shoeing or cross-country skiing without further ado. For downhill skiing, Stratton Mountain is a half-hour, 34-mile drive away, one straight shot on Route 30.
In summer, bicycle, dip in the brook, or swim the West River by the longest covered bridge in Vermont, just a few minutes from here.
If you love to dance, there's a contra Dawn Dance in Brattleboro, less than a 10-minute drive away, twice a year on U.S. holiday weekends of Memorial Day in May and Labor Day in September. Dancers come from far and wide and dance all night to band after band. The fiddling and foot-stomping are exuberant.
For those who want to drop deeper into healing, sabuhalla bodywork sessions (encompassing cranial-sacral therapy, Reiki, Quantum Touch and Focusing) are available for guests at a discounted rate of $65.
Guests have access to the sauna house, camp fire area, brook viewing platform, gazebo overlooking the point where the two brooks meet, house deck, porch, kitchen.
Interaction with Guests
I will be present to greet and orient guests and answer questions. I don't intrude when guests are wanting time to themselves here but am available when they seek me out. I am on the premises, sleeping and working in an adjoining small house.
There is really no public transportation here in the woods. There is Amtrak train service between nearby Brattleboro and New York City and Washington, D.C. But people would need to rent a car to get around here.
Please strip the bed when you leave. Bring a flashlight.
We enjoyed Gena's home very much. Beautiful location. Gena was very kind and welcoming, and we felt very relaxed and at home there.
Gena was extremely welcoming; sending us turn-by-turn directions and then making sure that we had everything we could possibly we needed once we arrived at her slice of heaven in the Vermont woods...if you're looking for a peaceful spot to recharge (the sound of the brook, rushing over the stones and the breeze brushing through the trees helped me to feel like I had a week off from work, not just the weekend) you should do yourself the favor of booking Gena's hide-away!
The bookstores, shops and cafes of Brattleboro are a short drive away, as are other local spots: the Creamery in Newfane (great place for coffee and breakfast/lunch) and the Eatery in Williamsville (locally-sourced pizza/salads/food/drinks, etc) - come to Vermont!
We had such a wonderful and peaceful stay at gena's place. All you hear all day is the sound of the brook and we'd gladly stay here again just for that. The house has a rustic charm and you pretty much have the whole place to yourself. Gena was very gracious host and helped us feel like at home. We were traveling with a 6 month old and foundnthe place to be pretty baby friendly. There are a lot of beautiful hikes around the property and some great eating options within driving distance.
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I love African dance and travel to Caro Diallo’s dance camp in Abene, Senegal in West Africa whenever I can, bringing my computer with me so I can write there.
I’ve written three books published by HarperCollins, and now have a new writing project I’m excited about.
As well as writing, I do hands-on healing that includes cranial-sacral therapy, Reiki and Quantum Touch. Caro Diallo’s mother, Ramatula, named the healing I do, “sabuhalla,” which means “through the grace of God.” Whenever I visit her in Ziguinchor, Senegal, she leads me around to any neighbors who are ailing and, while I do sabuhalla, she visits with the family.
For me, sabuhalla is a wonderful form of connection. In Abene, I’ve been working for years with the local doctor, doing sabuhalla for his patients.
Back in Vermont, I have a private practice guiding clients in Focusing, a practice of inner awareness. A Certifying Coordinator of the Focusing Institute in New York, I train Focusing teachers. For clients dealing with chronic and other illnesses, I often combine Focusing with sabuhalla.
Since 1998, as a volunteer, I’ve faciliated Focusing and other inner growth workshops for men serving long terms in a New England prison. This has deeply enriched my life.
Besides African dance, I love Continuum and tai chi. I’m a grateful student of the Long River Tai Chi School.
I love meeting the people who come to stay for a bit here at Nowhere. They too enrich my life. I'm happy to speak German with guests from abroad. I'm less fluent in Spanish and French but can read both easily and am working on the speaking part!