Wanna get away?

By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 15, 2011

They've got yoga, massage, outdoor gear, and rustic accommodations (including an outdoor shower!), but there's no particular focus at this off-the-grid eco-getaway, which has been certified as an Environmental Leader by the state of Maine and an EPA Green Power Partner — other than getting in touch with yourself, and the natural world. Choose between organized retreats and workshops ($427-1395) — like the seven-day "holistic canoe trip" for women, or the three-day "Got Fear?" silent retreat, designed to bring up, explore, and confront personal fears — or cabin retreats for individuals and couples ($95-770) that don't include meals, but can include extras like yoga sessions or "holistic coaching." The cabins, located in the Western Maine woods, don't have running water, but they do feature solar power and a wood stove; a yurt on the premise offers a wood stove and olive-oil lamps. There's also a wood-fired sauna. Because what's a retreat without a sauna?

Nurture Through Nature | Denmark | 207.452.2929 | ntnretreats.com

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Shed the duds

Speaking of which, the Richmond Sauna has a kind-of cult clientele, who love the establishment's "clothing-optional" philosophy. What's that mean, exactly? According to the website: "It means simply that it's your choice to wear clothes...or not. Both are acceptable and the choice depends on your own comfort level with social nudity. Visitors at our place feel pretty comfortable with themselves and with their bodies." Sauna builder and owner Richard Jarvi grew up in rural Vermont with Finnish grandparents who built a sauna on their property. Come for an evening in one of six wood-fired private sauna rooms (each with private dressing room) or the co-ed communal sauna room, using the sauna to increase circulation and sweat-production and detoxify the body, or do some nude sunbathing on the grounds during the summer. Overnight guests can stay in the bed and breakfast, swim in the enclosed pool, or soak in the outdoor hot tub, all for $70-105 per night. Find out why people have been making the pilgrimage to this midcoast Mecca since 1976.

Richmond Sauna B&B | Richmond | 207.737.4752 or 800.400.5751 | richmondsauna.com

Find a happy medium

The Temple Heights Spiritualist Camp, a lodge and spiritual education center on Penobscot Bay that's celebrating its 129th season this year, isn't your typical look-inward type sanctuary. No, here, you're looking out, or up, or into the great beyond, or however you'd like to frame it. Founded in 1882 by Dr. Benjamin Colson and several families of Spiritualists — those who believe in God, as well as in spirits who rise from the dead and communicate with the living — Temple Heights offers workshops, message circles, private readings, and a "late-night phenomena" program ($10-40); private group message circles or "table-tipping" sessions are about $150 for 6-12 people. Rooms are available at the simply appointed Nickawa Lodge for $35 per night, and if you're interested in delving deeper, you can opt to take the 12-week medium-development course for $180. There are potluck dinners, and for those concerned with connecting to more earthly spirits, rest assured that there's Wi-Fi access on the premises.

Temple Heights Spiritualist Camp | Northport | 207.338.3029 | templeheights2.bizland.com


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