Western Maine is full of opportunities to engage and experience the wealth of the land. Tourmaline Center is centrally located to dozens of hiking trails (including the Appalachian Trail!), gorgeous waterfalls and lush forests. We believe that connecting with the natural world offers the opportunity to relax and release the stresses of daily life simultaneously renewing your life force energy.
Connecting with nature is fundamental to our well being. When we are in nature, it is easier to be present. Fresh air and running water give off negative ions which produce serotonin in the brain and make us feel better. The earth contains microbes that interact with our skin to give us more positive feelings. Climbing a mountain gives us strength in our hearts, bodies and souls.
Tourmaline Center is located on a 40 acre plot of land in an area between Blueberry Mountain and Pope Mountain at about 1400' elevation. We are a half a mile from the paved road and electrical lines. The center is a rustic cottage with no electricity, no running water and composting toilets. There are also lake & river cottages, inns and campgrounds in the vicinity available for lodging. Check Airbnb or indicate your preference on your registration form and we will do our best to guide you.
The property includes an open area near the main cottage for fire circles, al fresco dining, yoga and other activities. At the edge of the field there are two large boulders used as a meditation/contemplation area or a place for offerings. There is a small brook about 3/4 of a mile from the cottage. It is a great place to find peace. There are a few wilderness trails to wander on the property. Song birds, snowshoe hares, beaver and moose are common here.
We have sugar maples (sap house next year?), birches, pine, spruce and oak trees. There are dozens of medicinal herbs that are indigenous to the land. There are sunchokes that have naturalized here. There are also wild blackberries, strawberries and raspberries.
The sun sets over a ridge in the near distance. At night, the sky is big and full of stars (when clear) with the absence of light pollution. We see a lot of shooting stars during the season also. There is a fire pit that we gather around in the evening, sometimes sharing stories, or music or quiet peacefulness for the day's end.
The main cottage has a large screen porch, a gathering space, a basic, rustic kitchen and two sleeping lofts. One of the lofts is available to guests who don't mind climbing a ladder, the other is for the retreat host. Both lofts have privacy screens.
We have a couple of tent platforms and a few rustic shelters. These sites are a short walk from the cottage. We have some camping supplies for use on a first come first serve basis. Please specify if you are interested in using our equipment during your stay when you register.
We have no running water but we have a few solar shower bags available for your use. We will be swimming in clean water frequently and if the need arises, you can make a trip to the state park to use their showers facilities. As soon as we raise the money, we will be drilling a well and installing hot showers...hopefully before the season ends!