Experience your own earth-friendly R & R nature retreat in our magical mountain brook yurt tucked under the tree canopy where you can see & hear our gorgeous spring~fed mountain brook. Unplug from life's busy pace and enjoy being off the grid on a unique and very private getaway! This yurt is on the base of Pleasant Mountain, accessible by foot path after about a 5 minute hike up hill. We provide garden carts and sleds in winter to bring your gear into the yurt.
This yurt is for the nature lover looking for quiet getaway. Come to write, read, create, connect or find stillness with 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 yurt 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 yurt door.
This yurt is family friendly, too. Kids thrive here! Kids 8 and under are free and please let us know how many are in your group so we can set up the space accordingly.
We have a "self-check in" system. We suggest if you have never been here before, please arrive before dark. If you cannot, have a flashlight/headlamp handy upon arrival. Outdoor lighting is minimal or nonexistent, depending on conditions. You will find a map board on a tree in the parking area.
The sleeping arrangement options are as follows:
1 Queen pull out futon couch bed
"Twin over Full" bunk bed
1 real twin bed
The Mt Brook Yurt is part of a green retreat center, Nurture Through Nature, which also offers group retreats on occasion. Based on availabity and advanced booking, you may have the opportunity to add services to your getaway, such as a private wood-fired sauna session, a private customized yoga~meditation session, or a guided canoe trip, a guided hike~snow shoe excursion from the resident Maine Guide and founder, Jen Deraspe. All services are based on availability and advanced bookings are encouraged. You may pay on site for any confirmed services you wish to add to enrich your stay.
About the land:
Our retreat sits on 33 wooded, hillside acres at the base of Pleasant Mt with private hiking trails, a crystal clear brook with dipping pools and granite sleuths and soaking pools right near by. We have a medicine wheel for a spectacular place to sit with long views of Mount Washington and the White Mountains National Forest. We border Nature Conservancy and Loon Echo Land Trust lands, forever protected from development.
Our off the grid mountain Yurt has been recognized by the State of Maine to be the first green-certified lodging facility.
There is a composting toilet is a short walk away, an outdoor fire circle, table, and hammock allow guests to rest above the brook with its healing sound.
Please note there is no running water at the yurt. We have a warm shower for our guests created from a hybrid system with solar, wood and propane on demand for limited, mindful usage, located a 3 minute walk to the Pioneer Shower Room.
locally roasted organic coffee beans and tea
french press, coffee bean grinder, tea pot
two burner propane stove for simple and basic cooking
kitchen amenities; dishes, pots and pans, utensils, pot holders
hand sanitizer, dish soap, sponges
ice chest for food storage (no ice on site)
wood stove for heating and cooking
fire wood (for indoor fires only), newspaper, kindling, matches
mountain pure drinking water jugs from our drilled well
nearby swanky composting toilet (we use the composted poo to grow flowers, plants and trees :)
maps for private walking/hiking trails on 33 acres offering views of the nearby White Mountain National Forest
table, camp chairs and camp fire ring
IMPORTANT NOTES: You need to provide your own linens and pillow and we recommend a 20 degree F. rated mummy sleeping bags in fall, winter and early spring.
Mosquitoe and black fly conditions vary. Peak exposure is between Mother's Day and Father's Day. Dress in light colored and loose clothing and bring your own favorite repellant.
Our neighbor is creating a permaculture garden with fruit and nut trees and organic vegetable gardens. Because of that, some of forest has been cleared on his land, which is now in eye site of the yurt. This is a work in progress and we look forward to its completion and appreciate his efforts in creating local food sources in an ecological way.
Private hiking trails.
Interaction with guests
We respect our guests' privacy through our self~check in system. There are occasions where the hosts may not be present during your stay, and just a cell phone call away. And during your stay, we may check in with a text or call to be sure you are all set. Our phone number will be in your cabin for you if there is a need.
Other things to note
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 the milky way and shooting stars lighting the way.
If you are a winter traveling, do note, we are 4 miles from Shawnee Peak ski area, which is family friendly and has night skiing as well. Shawnee Peak is actually on Pleasant Mountain, just on the other side of the same mountain where we are located. Also, the snowmobile trail system which is a mile from here makes for great cross country skiing, as does the Brownfield Bog. We are near some pretty amazing ski touring places if you want that experience as well.
If you like mountain biking or paddling, we can point you in the right direction for some great excursions.
Basically, if you want to get outside and move your bones, we have it here for you, year round, any season and just about any sport.
If shopping and dining is your thing, we are near excellent dining, antiquing, and outlet shopping opportunities in nearby North Conway, New Hampshire, and Bridgton, Maine. Add culture and enrichment as you are inspired with many options at this destination retreat. Love music and the arts? Check out the Denmark Arts Center; a year round center for the arts right in our little rural village, Stone Mountain Arts Center has national music acts only 15 minutes away in Brownfield, Maine. The Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center at Fryeburg Academy is only 10 minutes away.
We are 1 hour From Portland, ME
1 1/2 hours from Augusta ME
1 hour from Gray, ME
40 minutes from Gorham, ME.
From Conway, NH: 25 minutes/17 mile
From Boston or Portsmouth, NH: 2+ hrs from Portsmouth, 3+ hrs from Boston
Air travel access:
~1 hour from Portland International Jetport
~Logan International Airport. (URL HIDDEN)
Take Concord Trailways bus to Conway, NH (30 minute drive) or Portland, Maine (one hour drive), hire shuttle or rent car. (3 hours total ground travel time)
~Manchester Regional Airport (NH)
Ground Transportation Systems for our closest bus stops: Portland, ME, Conway, NH and Bridgton, ME
NEW! There is a bus now from Portland to Bridgton! Affordable, green travel now available! Take the bus!
Some culture in the surrounding area:
~Stone Mountain Art Center, Brownfield, Maine
Stone Mountain Arts Center a unique timber frame venue for the performing arts in Brownfield, Maine. Come to watch your favorite performer up close and personal white retreating in your own private eco-cabin at Nurture Through Nature, only 7 miles away. SMAC is our favorite venue!
~Denmark Art Center
Our local art center for theater, music and live performances. A real gem.
~Beth's Kitchen Café, Bridgton, Maine
in Bridgton, Maine is a local cafe where you can be surrounded by good food and friends. Great baked goods, sandwiches, quiches, soups.
~302 West Smokehouse and Tavern, Fryeburg, Maine
Family owned and operated, serving all natural, local ingredients. Fun atmosphere, great service.
~Loon Echo Land Trust conserves over 5,000 acres of land in the mountains and lakes region of Western Maine for the benefit of the public. They have made Pleasant Mountain a focal area of conservation, the same mountain our retreat land rests on.
We welcome people interested in a quiet getaway and reconnecting with nature and their own true nature. Please take good care of yourself here, the cabin and the land, so you and others that follow you receive the same pristine experience. Enjoy this opportunity to unplug in nature's beauty!
We do not provide campfire wood. Please bring your own camp fire wood or gather it from the retreat land forest floor.
We practice a Leave No Trace philosophy~Carry in, Carry out. Take only pictures. Leave only footprints.
Thank you for choosing Nurture Through Nature!
Jen and Mer (the Deraspe sisters)
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I am from Maine and have created an earth~friendly retreat, Nurture Through Nature, Maine's first green-certified lodging facility (since 2003). I thrive in the natural world and by learning what it has to teach. I also love sharing the land and our eco-cabins and yurts with people interested in simplifying through an off the grid lifestyle.
I also appreciate the healing arts, such as yoga, meditation, and qi gong. Periodically, we have workshops and retreats led by me or other healing arts practitioners on site. You may want to schedule your stay during one of these events. Otherwise, our spaces are available to personal getaways and you can create your own eco-retreat.
Things I love are really good coffee and conversation, dark chocolate, acoustic music, photography, red wine, exploring in nature, quiet places, canoeing, hiking, biking and my cool calico cat, Pearl.
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