About this listing
Our premier eco~cabin; green, simple living with all the comforts of home.
A pioneer is one who ventures into unknown or unclaimed territory to settle, one who opens up new areas of thought. This cabin was the first dwelling to be built at Nurture Through Nature Eco-Retreat Center and served the founders as the primary residence and living experiment with pioneering a new, simpler way of life off the grid. The Pioneer Cabin is now being made available for both short and long term retreat rentals. The Pioneer Cabin is our premier, most private, spacious eco-cabin; offering a woodsy blend of beauty and luxury; green living at its finest, still with a conscious carbon footprint. Its located on an elevated, sunny knoll at the very center of the retreat land where you will be enveloped in nature and sky. Open, passive solar design complete with solar hot water, wi-fi, full bath, outdoor composting toilet, full, spacious kitchen, wood stove heating, propane burner stove for cooking, a loft, slate, cork, mahogany, pine and tile flooring.
Please note, with advanced notice and based on availability, you can book additional services such as a private appointment in our traditional Finnish Wood~Fired Sauna Steam Bath, massage therapy, guided meditation, private yoga, Maine Guide services with guided hiking, snowshoeing and day canoe tours of local waterway gems, and holistic life coaching facilitations.
Privacy, southern exposure, maximized natural lighting.
Sleeps up to 6 guests: Private bedroom with: ‘Twin over double’ bunk beds, loft with full sized real bed, and sleeper couch (queen)
Open living and dining area
Space for yoga and meditation
Solar hot water for showers, dish washing
Outdoor composting toilet and marine flush toilet inside cabin
Wireless internet by request
Heated by glass front wood stove and beautiful Amish wood cook stove with oven and cook top
Has two burner propane stove for back up and summer cooking
Runs on solar powered electricity
Full kitchen amenities; fridge, dishes, pots and pans, utensils, pot holders, clothe napkins, hand towels
French press, coffee bean grinder, and electric drip coffee maker, tea pot
Organic coffee and tea
Dish soap, sponges, toilet paper
Fire wood (for indoor fires only), newspaper, kindling, matches
Pure drinking water from amazing well on site
Private hiking and snowshoeing trails out your cabin door
Camp chairs, picnic table and fire ring
Local maps and hiking guide books available
Located near the top of our gravel access road.
Please bring your own linens, sleeping bag, and pillows.
ALSO, this cabin is currently owner~occupied and available on occasion for a 3 night minimum stay. It is requested that personal items, including pantry food storage, be left as is with respect for owner.
Private hiking trails, spring fed mountain brook, community Healing Arts classes by donation, added services such as massage or private sauna steam bath.
Interaction with Guests
We respect people's privacy. Once we meet and orient guest's, we are available if something comes up.
Rural countryside located along a quiet, well~maintained, unpaved road. Lots of trees, wildlife, and sky.
Public transportation to and from Naples and Portland, Maine. Naples is about 20 miles east of Nurture Through Nature Retreat Center. Also, Concord Trailways bus line has a stop in Conway, NH, 20 miles west. We can pick you for our gas and a little for our time with advanced request.
Other Things to Note
Most guests ask if the cabins and yurts are private. All of our retreats are carefully located for the utmost privacy and respect for the natural lay of the land, tucked in natural openings within the forest.
We have just 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.
We invite quiet, mindful, thoughtful people who appreciate nature and the cabin retreat created.
This cabin is part of an eco- retreat center, Nurture Through Nature. For more information about this cabin, the center and services available during your stay with advanced reservations, please visit (website hidden).
There are 2 additional cabins, a yurt, wood-fired sauna, yoga~meditation studio all on 33 acres of retreat land complete with private hiking trails and our spring fed mountain brook.
We only want people that will respect what has been created. This is for non-smokers, and non-partying types.
A wonderful retreat for the family, hosted by some amazing folks. We had a blast. A must visit for anyone thinking about living off grid. Jen has created something amazing in the Maine woods, and the whole family was inspired.
Had an awesome time staying in Pioneer Cabin for the month of November. The cabin and property provided the perfect space, atmosphere, and amenities (solar electric, wood heat, water, compost toilet) for the type of solitude, quiet and peace I was seeking. Jen responded quickly to all inquiries and questions and Brittany provided good clues for hiking, grocery shopping, and bakeries in the area.
I have absolutely no complaints about the experience and would highly recommend the cabins (I've been in all of them) to anyone looking to get away for a weekend or an extended period of time! 2014 will be an exciting year (15th anniversary) for NTN, with some new additions and updates to the retreat. Enjoy! It's a wonderful time!
We had a wonderful time staying in the Pioneer Cabin! It was clear that Jen put a lot of time and thought into every detail of the place, and we really appreciated it.
Highlights of the trip:
- A guided canoe paddle down the Old Saco river. We saw some amazing foliage, great views of the whites, and even a bald eagle!
- Private hiking trails that started just a few feet outside of our cabin. They brought us up and around a gorgeous brook with pools and flumes, then up a stint into a rocky area filled with wild blueberries, then right back down to the cabin door.
- Cooking our meals on a wood cook stove, warming up the rest of the cabin in the process.
If you're on the fence, this place is absolutely worth it. We will probably return; I'd love to see it in the winter!
Jen was a great host - we loved Nurture through Nature and the cabin. The cabin was set in such a lovely spot, we felt peaceful and relaxed and the big highlight of the weekend was a steam sauna and dip in the brook. Not to be missed! Can't wait to go back again.
We had a wonderful time at Nurture Through Nature. Jen was a gracious, kind, and generous host; always there for anything we needed or to answer any questions.
The hiking trail along the mountain brook, complete with dips in the pool, was stunning and invigorating; so secluded and tranquil. We enjoyed the spaciousness of the Pioneer and the ability to cook most of our meals there. The weather was just cool enough to justify a fire every morning and every evening, which was also a delight especially given that Jen generously provided the firewood. The half day paddle with Jen was really the highlight of our trip- canoeing up a tributary to a lily-pad filled pond surrounded entirely by undeveloped mountains and forest, the leaves just changing, and a bald eagle soaring overhead! Incredible. Jen spotted a wild apple tree on our way there and just the taste of those freshly picked apples were life-changing..
The solar power worked like a dream for all our electrical needs except for the shower. We couldn't seem to get enough hot water to even muster a warm shower. This turned out fine for us, we found creative solutions and in some ways it added to our experience as we conserved much more water with a quick cold shower or a heated pot from over the fire.
We took a few outings to the coast and into the small towns nearby, there was just enough near enough to fill our days. The Westons's farmstand nearby in Fryeburg is incredible and provided nearly everything we needed.
When you go, don't forget to bring your own sheets and linens! Pack plenty of layers. You will find a whole new sense of time and priorities in this place. May the days pass as lovely and peacefully for you, as they did for us.
Thank you Jen, for providing the space and care to have such a wonderful experience. We left feeling rejuvenated and inspired.
The eco-cabin was beautiful, quiet and very private. It was obvious that a lot of care and attention was put into the Pioneer cabin as well as the whole retreat center. Jen, our host, was very quick to reply to all inquiries and arranged our sauna appointment even though she had to be away during our stay. She also took care to be sure that we had everything we would need. I can't wait to book another stay here!
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About the Host, Jen
I am from Maine and have created an earth~friendly retreat center, Nurture Through Nature. I love nature and learning what the natural world has to teach. I also love sharing the land and our eco-cabins and yurts with people interested in exploring simple living, green living and an alternative energy lifestyle. I also appreciate the healing arts, such as yoga, meditation, massage therapy and dance; and offer those services here through an amazing group of local healing arts practitioners.
My favorite things are really good coffee, dark chocolate, music, photography, exploring in nature, quiet places, canoeing, hiking, biking and my cat, Molly.