* PLEASE READ THIS NOTE FIRST:
To remain as safe as possible, we have made changes in how we offer our retreats. The best page on our site to answer current retreat FAQs is our . Some of the details below pertain to our pre-pandemic way of operating (from 2009 to early 2020) which included holding classes inside the house and lodging guests and giving treatments inside the house. We hope to return to those offerings when it is completely safe for ourselves and guests. For any other questions, please us or call.
The following FAQ notes pertain to our normal operations before and after the pandemic.
How do I register?
Please go to our to see details on everything from individual to group retreats.
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?
You absolutely can have solitude and peace. There may be just one or two other guests lodging on the property, but it is possible to have the place mostly to yourself. If there are going to be others staying here, it 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 to eight 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 and no electric, so it is not used in colder months.) Our maximum onsite for overnight retreats is 12 people.
What are the accommodations like?
There are several bedrooms in the house. To read descriptions of bedrooms and see pictures, . We also have a beautiful, small and simple , which has a bunk bed with twin beds in one room, and a queen bed in the main room. 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. For larger groups, we often refer guests to nearby B&Bs, cabins or inns for extra lodging. 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.
Please note, Alcohol is NOT PERMITTED at True Nature
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.
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.
What forms of payment do you take?
For group retreats, please follow the details for registration on that particular retreat description.
For retreats on our page for individuals, couples and small groups of friends, we require a deposit of $100 upon making your reservation, and this is payable via our secure online store or by check if you prefer.
Please mail a check within one day of confirming the date of your reservation to hold your retreat dates. Checks should be made out to True Nature and mailed to 6721 Township Road 319, Millersburg, OH 44654. At the close of your retreat, you can pay your remaining balance witoh cash, check or credit card. Please note that we include a 2.75% processing fee for credit card payments and that your deposit is non-refundable.
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