Sunset Yurt tucked in Nature
Sunset Yurt Off-The-Grid Retreat


Entire home/flat

3 guests

studio

2 beds

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Sunset Yurt is privately located up a short rise slope side, offering sweet & forested beauty with westerly views through the tree tops. Sit on the circular deck and take a time out to retreat, rest, renew. "Unplug" from your day to day & connect.

The space

Retreat in our magical Sunset yurt, for a private and unique getaway. Come to write, read, create, connect or find calm. 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 yurt door. Ideal for a solo travelers or a couples retreat. We are family friendly and kids thrive here! "Unplug" from life's crazy!

We have a "self-check in" system. We suggest if you are new to Nurture Through Nature, 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 and a laminated map to take with you. Please see website for directions. Currently, (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) Maps will bring you exactly one driveway south, about 50 years south of our parking area.

The sleeping arrangement options are as follows:
1 queen pull out futon couch bed
1 pull out chair/single bed

You have the opportunity to create your own special retreat by adding services such as a private sauna steam bath, a massage therapy 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 added 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 Mountain. Nurture Through Nature Eco-Retreat Center offers 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 is part of Maine's first green certified retreat center.

There is a composting toilet is a short walk away (downhill about 50 yards, an outdoor fire circle, picnic table, and hammock.

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 5 minute hike up to the Pioneer Shower Room. There is a seasonal air temp outdoor shower just below you in the back of the Mt Pleasant Lodge.

Amenities include:
private yurt stay
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 and along our beautiful spring fed mountain brook
picnic table, camp chairs and camp fire ring

***Please note, you need to provide your own linens and pillow and we recommend 20 degree F. rated mummy sleeping bags especially in fall, winter and early spring.

Guest access

Private hiking trails, spring fed mountain brook. You have the opportunity to create your own special retreat by adding services such as a private sauna steam bath, a massage therapy 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 added services you wish to add to enrich your stay.

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 minutes from Nurture Through Nature) or Portland, Maine (one hour from Nurture Through Nature), 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
Accommodates: 3
Bathrooms: 0
Bedrooms: Studio
Bed: 2
Check In: Anytime after 2PM
Check Out: 11AM
Room type: Entire home/flat

Amenities

Prices
Extra people: 12 / night after 2 guests
Cleaning Fee: 25
Weekly Discount: 25%
Weekend Price: 98 / night
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Sleeping arrangements
Common spaces
1 queen bed, 1 sofa 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

Strict

Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund. Cancel within 7 days of your trip and the reservation is non-refundable.


Safety features
Smoke detector
Fire extinguisher

Availability
2 nights minimum stay

17 Reviews


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Brandon User Profile
July 2017
Best place ever! We loved everything about it. Clean, beautiful, and serene!

Mara User Profile
March 2017
All travelers: The Wi-Fi that can be picked up at the foot of the hill is spotty at best. The location is difficult to find due to lack of street signs and business signs. There are small signs tacked to the trees that say things like "yoga" and "sauna". There Will be no cell phone reception as you travel along these back roads in your car, so be prepared to get lost. Winter travelers: Be aware that the hills are very steep (45- 65° in places), and some of the footpaths are neither well marked nor shoveled or walked upon. The paths to the toilets may or may not be walked upon and there is a very Good chance that they Will be either slippery or steep or both. Also, although it states that there is yoga, this is only April-October. Finally, the sauna is only on Saturday afternoons for 2 hours with the following conditions: there are no lights, it costs $15 each, you may be asked to leave promptly at 6pm by someone Who may or may not introduce themselves to you as being an employee or representative of Nurture by Nature. Private sauna sessions are over $30 each. There is no hot water in the sinks where the showers are, neither are there toilets. The suggested limit on a hot shower is 3 minutes. There is a very Good chance that you Will not see anyone while you are staying there.
Jen User ProfileJen is a superhost.
Response from Jen:
Hello Mara, Thank you for your feedback. I am sorry to hear of your challenges while on your winter retreat. I would like to address your points for accuracy and fair representation. 1. We offer wi fi only in Harmony Cabin. You did not stay in Harmony and we make no claims of wi fi anywhere else. 2. Our retreat is in a very rural location in western Maine. Our website offers very specific directions in case cell phone reception drops if using (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) maps and there is a map in our parking lot to find your yurt. There are signs directing you on the land. We urge everyone to arrive before dark as our lighting is minimal. We are an off the grid retreat center and do not light the trails. This is clearly stated and we ask you to have you flash light handy. You arrived after 8pm. 3. Yes, in rural Maine cell phone reception is spotty and we make no claims that your cell will work in Denmark or on the land. 4. We inform all guests that it is a mountain retreat with sloped access especially in winter when access is by foot. 5. We do our best to keep the paths cleared and we have gotten dumped on with multiple back to back storms. I am very sorry if your foot travel was challenging at times. We will work on being more thorough on this! 6. We offer boot traction devices aka Yak Trax for sale on site and it is on your provided suggested packing list to bring snow shoes, rent ours or use traction devices as conditions vary from day to day in Maine in the woods and otherwise. 7. All of our information clearly states that our regular community yoga classes on site run from April-early Dec. If you can tell me exactly where you read that there would be winter classes, I would like to be sure to make that explicitly clear. To the best of my knowledge, we are very clear about when our yoga classes run and have not had winter classes for years. Guests are invited to schedule a private yoga class in advance. 8. You were informed that booking a private sauna was an option and the cost is $25 per person (not over $30 each). There was a slot for you Saturday 6:30pm and you didn't want it. We offer private appointments Thurs-Saturday based on availability. Our community sauna does run for 4-6 on Saturday and I am sorry if you experienced staff as unwelcoming. 9. During your stay we unfortunately had our shower room pipes freeze which is being repaired. One of our guests left that door open and the pipes froze, hence the sink not working. We had a plumber repair this as soon as able. Sorry you did not have hot water in the sink. 10. Our guests are all informed in all of our information that we have composting toilets and not indoor toilets. 11. We offer our guests privacy and respect during their stay, hence the self-check in, welcome notebook, maps, and contact info as needed. We never received a call or text from you asking for support in any way and we would have been there for you. It sounds like you had cell reception albeit spotty. We have found that stopping in to see guests has been intrusive so we have shied away from that. If I am missing anything or you feel I am not understanding your concerns, please private message me and I will do what I can to make it right with you, for example, give you a significant discount to come try us again in different season and when yoga classes are happening again. Thank you
March 2017

Eva User Profile
January 2017
Had such a great stay, the location is beautiful and I highly recommend trying out the sauna!

Nick User Profile
January 2017
Awesome off grid experience! Ideal for those looking to try the off grid life or those just looking for a camp style get away. Highly recommend!

Karen User Profile
October 2016
My husband and I had a fantastic time weekend staying in the sunset yurt. The yurt had everything you could possibly need and was spotlessly clean. The host, Jen had left a lovely welcome card and provided us with some basic essentials, water, coffee and wood for the burner! Spending time in the yurt was so peaceful and the views of the forest around are just magical. The site itself is beautiful - especially in fall when the leaves are so colourful. I was a little worried about the compost toilet but it was super clean! If you are looking for some downtime and a place to relax this is absolutely perfect. We also did a few hikes whilst we were there, it is very close to Mount Pleasant which has great views!

Brooke User Profile
August 2016
Very nice stay at the sunset yurt. The road getting there was very tough on my car but there was really nothing you could do about that. The trails were also very hard to follow since they were marked the same color as the trees. Overall though it was relaxing and nice to get away from the everyday hustle and bustle.

Jeff User Profile
July 2016
Jen was an awesome host and the Sunset Yurt was a perfect little paradise away from home. I highly recommend a sauna session during your stay at Nurture Through Nature, it was exquisite to say the least. This place had everything you could need and Jen was very helpful. She helped us find an amazing place to launch our kayak and it made our stay unforgettable. I would definitely come back to this wonderful place. Thanks Jen!

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Denmark, Maine, United StatesJoined in August 2012
Jen User ProfileJen is a superhost.

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.

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