sauna 2A pioneer is one who ventures into unknown or unclaimed territory to settle, one who opens up new areas of thought. This cabin was the first dwelling to be built at Nurture Through Nature and served the founders as the primary residence and living experiment with pioneering a new, simpler way of life off the grid. The Pioneer Cabin is now being made available for both short and long term retreat rentals. The Pioneer Cabin is our premier, most private, spacious eco-cabin; offering  a woodsy blend of beauty and luxury; green living at its finest, still with a conscious carbon footprint. Its located on an elevated, sunny knoll at the very center of the retreat land where you will be enveloped in nature and sky.  

Package includes:

  • Privacy, southern exposure, maximized natural lighting
  • One bedroom, loft, open living and dining area
  • Space for yoga and meditation
  • Slate, cork, mahogany, Norway pine and tile flooring throughout
  • Sleeps 1-8 guests
  • Solar hot water for showers, dishes
  • Composting toilet (for poo) and flush toilet (for pee) inside cabin
  • Full bath with washing machine
  • Clothes rack and clothes line for drying
  • Wireless internet
  • Heated by glass front wood stove and beautiful Amish wood cook stove with oven and cook top
  • Has two burner propane stove for back up and summer cooking
  • Runs on solar powered electricity
  • Full kitchen amenities; fridge, dishes, pots and pans, utensils, pot holders
  • French press, coffee bean grinder, and electric drip coffee maker, tea pot
  • Organic coffee and tea
  • Dish soap, sponges, toilet paper
  • Fire wood (for indoor fires only), newspaper, kindling, matches
  • Pure drinking water from amazing well on site
  • Private hiking and snowshoeing trails out your cabin door
  • Hammock, camp chairs, picnic table and fire ring
  • Located near the top of our gravel access road. Please note when staying here in the winter, it is foot access only. (800' with a climb). Please plan/pack accordingly, sled with harness is available.

Our forest land abuts 1,300+ acres of Nature Conservancy land forever protected from development.


Design Your Own Holistic Eco-Retreat:
Add any of the following services to your stay for an enriching holiday.  All services based on availability and we recommend early booking to insure availability.

private11/4 Hour Private Yoga Session:
Private instruction by a certified yoga instructor in Nurture Through Nature's earth~friendly yoga studio. The class will be fully adapted to your desire. Choosing a more meditative class, active flow class, posture clinic, or to simply highlight a specific area to heal and open. Enjoy this opportunity in a  safe space to enhance your current practice or learn a new practice to take with you. $75 per session

Guided Meditation Session:
We are here  to guide you back to your heart through your still and open mind. Experience a gentle style that will meet you where you are at and help you to find your own way home. Try seated or walking meditation. This service is by donation.
Jen has created a Guided Meditation CD available to assist you along your way, available to sample and in our store.

temple bellTraditional Finnish Wood-Fired Sauna Steam Bath
Experience our temple in the woods,  a circular, cedar-lined, wood fired sauna near our spring fed mountain brook. Relax, release and detoxify. Redefine your past sauna experiences and enter our spacious, clean and inviting sauna, complete with 3 windows overlooking the surrounding  forest. Once the sauna room reaches between 150- 200ºF, the bather is invited to settle into the soothing heat in the clean, natural environment offered here. Fresh mountain spring water is then ladled over the hot lava rocks, creating a circulating steam that envelopes the bather. Our sauna offers an inventive air circulating system so you never feel like its hard to breathe. Allow the deep detoxification and relaxation to begin. Throughout the sweat, fully experience the sauna bath in the customary way by pouring pure water over your body, rinsing off toxins, and scrubbing down with natural soap, and gently cooling down.  Private appointments are $25 per person per hour. See sauna page for group rates.

Holistic Life Coaching Session with Certified Facilitator, Jen Deraspe:
 Allow Jen to share her expertise through  a compliment of tools for bringing in balance, wellness  and lasting peace in your day to day,  customized to your wants and needs. First session is free!  FMI, visit her coaching page.

Swedish Massage Therapy or Reflexology Foot Massage from our staff of certified professionals. 

Both Reflexology and Massage Therapy may be as effective for promoting good health and for preventing illness as it may be for relieving symptoms of stress, injury, and illness.  The term "Swedish Massage" refers to a variety of techniques specifically designed to relax muscles by applying pressure to them against deeper muscles and bones, and rubbing in the same direction as the flow of blood returning to the heart. Reflexology is a therapeutic method of relieving pain by stimulating predefined pressure points on the feet. This controlled pressure alleviates the source of the discomfort.  Cost: $85 per hour.

Ayurvedic Massage:
This special massage technique uses an application of traditional body work and warmed, herb-infused oils that melt you while balancing the dosha's. The central concept of Ayurvedic medicine is the theory that health exists when there is a balance between three fundamental bodily doshas; Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Your Ayurvedic massage session will stimulate the subtle and physical energy channels, promote a deep sense of restorative relaxation and balance the physical processes of the body. Truly an extraordinary experience! Cost: $115 per hour.

canoeSnow Shoeing Excursion:
If you can walk, you can snowshoe! Experience an invigorating, peaceful, guided excursion in the lakes region and Saco River valley, geared to meet your physical fitness and experience level. Explore a hiking trail or walk through unmarked, snow covered woods, fields and along waterways. Help calm the mind and open eyes to all the beauty winter holds in this magical landscape. You may be able to see the tracks left behind by all the critters scurrying around the woods, often missed during the rest of the year when their travels are not so apparent. Once you settle into a comfortable pace, your own pace, cold noses and toes soon fade. Explore off the beaten path or even a moonlit hike. In a guided snow shoe adventure, we will discuss appropriate winter clothing options and layering systems, simple techniques to snowshoeing, and how to safely explore the woods of Maine. Bring your own hearty snacks, water, and hiking poles if you have them.

Cost:  $95 ~includes snow shoes and warm apple cider. If you prefer a self-guided snow shoe tour, snow shoe rentals are available for $10 per day per person.

Guided Canoe Excursion Half Day or Full Day: Experience the sights and sounds of nature on a gently paced paddling tour with veteran Maine Guide, Jen Deraspe, founder of Nurture Through Nature or her lovely niece, Christa Deraspe, naturalist, birder, park ranger, and guide.   Explore the quiet waterways of western Maine weaving through the habitat of our local residents including deer, moose, bald eagle, osprey, hawk, river otter, beaver, muskrat, turtles, and nesting waterfowl. Come experience a taste of wilderness off the beaten path, offering quiet time in nature for reflection and exploration. Novice and experienced paddlers are welcome.

guided hikeIncludes:
• Customized tour, based on your paddling experience and interest
• Canoe, life jacket, paddle and transportation (unless shuttle is warranted)
• Basic paddling stroke lesson & safety instruction
• Professional services of a Registered Maine Guide

Cost:  For 1-2 people:

½ day:  $125
Full day: • $185 (full day includes lunch).
Add $25 per person more than 2. Children under 12 are free. 

Guided Day Hike:
Traverse forest trails, ridge lines and mountain tops through rugged Western Maine or the White Mountain National Forest with a Registered Maine Guide. Restore and recharge on a granite mountain top offering stunning views, enveloped with the natural world.  The guided hike will be customized to your current experience and fitness level. Learn about Maine's native trees, birds, wildflowers, and critters. Bring your own hearty snacks/lunch/water. 

Cost for 1-3 people, $95, includes transportation. Add $10 per additional person, transportation not included.
Bring your own lunch and snacks.

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