How do I register?
Please read all of these details: To register for a retreat for an individual, couple or group of three friends, first email us with your desired dates and we will see if we have those dates available. You can also call, but because we devote quite a bit of time to supporting the many guests who come here, we are not always available to talk on the phone the same day you call. Our numbers are 330-473-0402 and 330-814-9797. Before contacting us, it is helpful if you first get familiar with our Overnight Retreats so you can see what the different options are. To register for a group retreat, follow the directions and links on that particular group retreat page. You can find a page linking to all of our currently scheduled group retreats by clicking here.
How often do you offer these retreats?
Our retreats our available year-round, and the only limitation is whether we have availability during your desired dates.
Will there be other overnight retreat guests there during my retreat? Can I have solitude?
Yes, you absolutely can have solitude and peace. There may be just one or two other guests lodging on the property, but more often our guests have the place to themselves. If there are going to be others here is completely up to you how much contact you have with them. Be sure to let us know if you wish to have solitude, and we will help to create those conditions. The majority of our retreats are for individuals and couples. We do not schedule group retreats to coincide with retreats for individuals and couples.
How many people can stay overnight?
Four to six people can stay in the house, up to three in our cabin beside the pond and multiple people can camp. (The cabin is available from late April to late September because it has no heat source and no electric.)
What are the accommodations like?
There is one bedroom with a queen-sized bed in the house. One person, a couple or a couple of close friends (or sisters, for example) typically stay in this room. To read a full description of this room, click here. There are two other bedrooms available too. We also have a beautiful, small and simple off-grid cabin, which has a bunk bed with twin beds in one room, and a queen bed in the main room. Click here to read more about the cabin by the pond. Please note that the cabin is only open from spring to fall. There is no electricity or heat in that building.
Can I bring a group?
Yes, please do. We can customize a group day retreat or overnight retreat. With groups larger than 6, we often refer guests to nearby B&Bs, cabins or inns. Just give us a call or email for details.
How much notice is needed to schedule my retreat?
We tend to book up weekends pretty far in advance - sometimes as long as two to three months in advance. Weekdays, especially Mondays through Wednesdays, are usually more readily available. Even so, please don’t hesitate to request retreat dates that suit you - even if they are last-minute. It doesn’t hurt to ask, and sometimes we can fulfill those last-minute requests.
I’ve never gone on a retreat before. What should I expect?
While it’s impossible to predict what each person’s retreat will be like, we do know that the blend of quiet meditation with yoga, Self-Breema, bodywork treatments and time spent in nature can be profoundly therapeutic and fun. Sometimes old emotions get stirred up. Sometimes you experience a sacred quiet that reconnects you to a deeper stream running through your life. In our experience, these retreats are always beneficial, sometimes cathartic, sometimes cleansing and often clarifying direction in the lives of those who visit. Whatever your experience, we are here to help you. We’ve been on a lot of retreats ourselves, and we’ve led a lot of retreats too.
What is the food like?
Guests tell us that they’d come to True Nature for the meals alone. Cooking and creating meals are a meditative art for Alana, and she loves using local, seasonal and mostly organic ingredients for our all-vegetarian fare.
I see that Silent Retreats are an option. Why would I want to do that?
Intentionally observing silence throughout a retreat has the tendency to take one deeper into oneself. So much of the talking we do day-to-day does just the opposite. There is magic in the quiet.
What kind of exercise is there?
We suggest taking a walk on the small country roads surrounding us, or wandering up in the back meadow or hillside. Bikes are also available. If you are interested in adding a guided/meditative walk outside, please let us know.
Can True Nature be reserved for weddings?
If you are interested in having a wedding with holistic support from us, we would be glad to talk about the possibilities with you. We don't rent the space only, but are interested in providing the space for those who wish to have a wedding that includes elements of what we do - meditation, yoga and Breema. Click here to inquire.
What do I need to bring?
We suggest you bring comfortable shoes if you plan on taking walks and boots if the weather is wet or snowy. Comfortable clothes that are easy to move in are necessary for yoga and Breema, and you should bring socks regardless of the season. Linens and towels are included, but we ask that you please bring your own toiletries.
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