Tourmaline center, maine

The forest is calling you…

Come to the Maine woods this summer, rewild yourself, learn new skills + healing modalities, connect with the plants + animals, build new community, camp under the stars, share stories + ceremony around the fire, swim in waterfalls, and elevate your wellness practices…all here at Tourmaline Center.

 
 
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summer in maine

Tourmaline Center Retreat Experience

This year at Tourmaline Center we are exploring our relationship with the land and how we can work with the land to heal ourselves and build a more intimate relationship with our environment. We will be foraging in the forest, practicing awareness (forest bathing!), harvesting from Enya’s organic garden, cooking amazing seasonal, local, plant based foods, swimming in waterfalls, practicing yoga, hiking mountains and preparing healing herbal concoctions.  Each retreat is designed to heal, instruct and integrate daily through experiences in nature. All retreats take place at our humble off-grid center and conventional production kitchen in the western mountains of Maine.

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Thank you for your generosity- and for creating such a sacred, magical space to explore, rejuvenate & heal within. The retreat was pure magic...its hard to convey the depth of awesomeness that unfolded...People NEED this!!
— -Julie, Plant Medicines of Maine retreat guest
 
 
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Schedule of Events

2019 retreats

The forest is calling you...

We are seeking adventurous souls that are eager to engage in the healing power of nature. Our retreats are the perfect remedy to the overwhelm of everyday life. Each retreat is carefully curated to illuminate your true self…

Our popular Plant Medicines of Maine retreat returns along with more Shamanic Healing + Waterfalls day retreats. Creating your own wild remedies while Wildcrafting in the Woods. Exploring pine’s history as a plant ally and connecting energetically to it’s divine power in The Secrets of the Pine. Making a clear connection between the heart, body + soul while practicing Yoga, Hiking + Forest Bathing. Embracing you inner weekend-warrior with Trailblazing + Shelter Building. Balancing collaboration and intention with us + Julie Dokas from BiolumenEssence to elevate Your Luminous Nature by building a foundation for energetic plant healing. Eating for your heart and soul with Nutritionist, Alison DeLancey during Healing your Relationship with Food.

 
June 20~21, 2019

June 20~21, 2019

Multiple dates

Multiple dates

August 7~10, 2019

August 7~10, 2019

August 24~30, 2019

August 24~30, 2019

Multiple dates

Multiple dates

September 5~7, 2019

September 5~7, 2019

Multiple dates

Multiple dates

July 12~18,2019

July 12~18,2019

August 11~16, 2019

August 11~16, 2019

August 2~5, 2019

August 2~5, 2019

Multiple dates

Multiple dates

Multiple dates TBA

Multiple dates TBA

 
I recommend to anyone who wants to enjoy Western Maine’s nature spots (swim at some great spots, explore hidden waterfall treasures) and learn more about ancient healing practices that leverage the elements and the natural space around...You’ll truly disconnect from the rigamarole of the life back home and reconnect to something foundational.
— Varun, Shamanic Healing & Waterfall Swimming retreat guest
 
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Location

Tourmaline Center

 

On-site accommodations include a semi-private loft in the main cottage of the center, two rustic huts with a platform bed and memory foam bed roll, a tent with three cots, and a tent with two cots. We can accommodate another tent or two on the property for guests who would like to pitch their own. Keep in mind that Tourmaline Center is off-grid, so there is no running water or electricity. Don’t worry, you will be able to keep clean. We have solar shower bags available and we will swim in local waterfalls on most retreats. We also have solar lights/chargers but we can’t control the sun!

Some retreat packages include a room and a bed in a shared cabin on the river a few miles from the center. This cabin has all the amenities necessary for a comfortable experience. You can also rent a room at the Kawanhee Inn eight miles down the road. Mt. Blue State Park has camping with amenities ten minutes away from the Tourmaline Center.  

There are 40 acres of designated tree growth to wander in your free time. There is also a small brook with a number of excellent natural contemplation areas.

Retreat attendance is limited to ensure that our guests receive the level of attention they deserve.

 
 
 
 

Cuisine

 

We serve three seasonal plant based meals a day with as much local and foraged produce as possible.

Our breakfasts are simple, yet amazing, with mix your own muesli with (dried + fresh) fruits, nuts, bee pollen, foraged berries (when in season), toasted dandelion root, chaga powder, edible + medicinal flowers, alternative milks and fresh local eggs. We often share a farewell breakfast feast of Maine buckwheat pancakes, local maple syrup and fresh fruit.

Brianne McDonald of Minnehonk Made caters our lunches. They are a steady combination of creative, hearty salads that include fresh vegetables, grains and legumes.

Enya cooks dinner using produce from hers + other local gardens along with foraged delicacies from the areas we visit during our daily outings. You will also learn and participate in foraging. Enya worked in the restaurant industries of San Francisco CA, New Orleans LA, New York City + Europe. She has cooked on her own since she was a child and has developed a simple, yet creatively sophisticated taste. This was one of the aspects of starting the center that her friends and family were most excited about.

Our drinks are amazing. Live (tested) mountain spring water (flat & bubbles), regionally specific herbal teas (chaga among them) and a selection of locally wildcrafted herbal remedies will have you feeling like you are one with the forest after a your first day.

 
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