Twin over Full size bed Bunk bed, Twin bed and Queen pull out futon couch.Wood stove in Yurt for your heating.
Yurt Off-The-Grid Mountain Retreat

Entire home/apt

6 guests

Studio

4 beds
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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.

The space

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.

Amenities include:
deck
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 :)
warm showers
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.

Guest access

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.


The space
Bathrooms: 0
Bedrooms: Studio
Beds: 4
Check In: Anytime after 2PM
Check Out: 11AM
Room type: Entire home/apt

Amenities
Kitchen
Heating
Free parking on premises
Family/kid friendly

Prices
Extra people $15 / night after 2 guests
Cleaning Fee $32
Weekly Discount: 25%
Weekend Price $132 / night
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Sleeping arrangements
Common spaces
1 queen bed, 1 single bed, 1 bunk bed

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check in is anytime after 2PM

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)


Cancellations

Safety features
Smoke detector
Fire extinguisher

Availability
2 nights minimum stay

21 Reviews

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Suzy User Profile
September 2017
Nestled next to a roaring brook, this beautiful yurt was a small, peaceful oasis for my friends and I. Although there were several of us, we had plenty of space to each do our own things on the rainy day we spent there. The instructions and descriptions of the location are 100% accurate and prepared us perfectly for our stay. Our only regret is that the weather kept us from exploring more of the trails in the area. Already planning our next trip!

Georgia User Profile
July 2017
The private location is peaceful and relaxing. It is very damp and moist from the brook and minimal sun (you are surrounded by trees with no real clearing.) The mosquitos are very intense.
Jen User ProfileJen is a superhost.
Response from Jen:
Hello Georgia, Thank you for the great feedback. Last summer we had a guy I call "Sky Walker" limb some of the overhead Hemlock and White Pine. We can have him come back to let more light in. We always try to stay in the balance of privacy, honoring nature, having some shade and some sun so folks are comfortable in a variety of conditions. I am happy to report the mosquito season has lifted. I did some yoga down by the brook today and was left alone. It was heavenly. Our typical mosquito season is between Mothers Day and Father's Day and the rest of the year is incidental and quite lovely. Sorry it was intense during your stay. This spring has been that way and it has passed.
July 2017

Spencer User Profile
May 2017
Great! A+

Bryan User Profile
December 2016
This was our second trip to Nurture Through Nature, and it most certainly will not be our last. Jen is a wonderful host and was more than accommodating and flexible to our needs as they arose in the frozen tundra. She was very responsive and helpful making our stay completely enjoyable and restorative. We stayed ended up staying in the Robin's Nest cabin, which is a lovely space with super positive energy. It was immaculately clean when we arrived, with plenty of kindling and wood to keep the rustic wood stove going as the temperatures took a nosedive every night. Having experience NTN now in both winter and summer I can give it the highest recommendation with the fullest confidence if you're looking for a restorative get away to mediate in the wilderness and find yourself (or each other if you go as a couple). Thank you so much for everything Jen, we will most certainly be returning!
Jen User ProfileJen is a superhost.
Response from Jen:
You both are the best! Thank you for your generous and thoughtful review. Spring and fall are remarkable on the mountain giving you the year round vibe for eco retreating. Thank you fo being such great guests.
December 2016

Pauline User Profile
October 2016
Jen's yurt is very nice and really well equipped! I would definitely call this Glamping. It's great to be in the woods but with a bit more comfort than in a traditional tent ;) Especially in fall, when you can warm up inside the yurt! The surroundings are stunning and loads of little personal touches and words of wisdom will make your stay feel special. We left very relaxed.

Emma User Profile
October 2016
Yurt Off-The-Grid Mountainbrook shifts your energy as soon as you step out of the car. The rolling hills are serene with delicate written reminders to be present nestled throughout the landscape. The entry requires some pluck to get your gear through the tidy terrain in wheelbarrows, but that effort pays off once you land in your own corner of woodland heaven. This is my second trip and I was happy to introduce friends to the place. The yurt blends in with the land and the interior continues that look. Rustic and simple, the space works really well for cooking, sitting by the wood stove, meditating, and sleeping comfortably. This yurt is one of the more remote ones, so there is a trek involved. Other yurts are closer if you are planning to be in and out frequently. You only really need to bring sleeping bags or bedding and food as EVERYTHING else is provided. The yurt is so well stocked with firewood, mini stove, and pots and pans and utensils that I would deem it nearly glamping. The area has an outdoor fire pit, benches, delicious water for cooking and brushing teeth, sauna and a plunge stream nearby. The VORTEX is the name of the composting toilet nearby which is just one of the ways that the place does not take itself too seriously. The hiking trails run in all directions from the yurt, so you can trek about instantly. Jen was very responsive leading up to the trip arranging to bunk and sauna all six of us. Once there, I found clear written information on EVERYTHING that you would need to know and I knew where to find Jen should there be any questions. I could have arranged to meet Jen at arrival, but I enjoy "the minimal interaction, I trust you approach" and it felt great to be able to walk in and get going without check-in fuss. The first morning we spent there, we chatted with Jen on the way to a hike. As city folk from all over the country it felt great to hear her say: " Enjoy this, it is special. It really is." Agreed, this was the perfect spot to focus on being together. You could easily spend all your time walking around the property, going to the sauna, dipping in the cold stream, cooking, listening to nature, staring at nature, checking out how a self-sustainable and environmentally friendly place works and dreaming of your own yurt. But you could also drive to any of the surrounding gorgeous hikes. There is a town nearby for food but we packed everything. I would recommend this spot for a quiet get away and or reset trip. Pack light and enjoy the simplicity. It is a special place.

Jess User Profile
September 2016
Jen was very communicative, warm and friendly and was very accommodating to us. The campground is pristine clean was very relaxing. The description was accurate to the experience! Looking forward to coming back!

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Jen User ProfileJen is a superhost.

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.

Follow us on Instagram @NTNretreats or on at Nurture Through Nature.

Languages: English
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

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