The Arts

Stone Mountain Art Center, Brownfield, Maine
Stone Mountain Arts Center a unique timber frame venue for the performing arts in Brownfield, Maine. Come to watch your favorite performer up close and personal white retreating in your own private eco-cabin at Nurture Through Nature, only 7 miles away. SMAC is our favorite venue!

Fryeburg Academy ~ Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center, Fryeburg, Maine
Located just 6 miles from Nurture Through Nature Retreat Center, offering live music, film, theater of international caliber.

The Rufus Porter Museum and Cultural Heritage Center, Bridgton, Maine
Strives to preserve and enhance western Maine and New England heritage for current and future generations and to provide a continued educational experience of the traditional arts.

Gallery 302, Maine Artists, Bridgton Maine
Gallery 302, an artists’ cooperative, features the work of artists and artisans working in a wide variety of media.

Denmark Art Center
Our local art center for theater, music and live performances. A real gem.

Good Food and Drink

J Decor Wine and furniture, Bridgton, Maine
Combining years of home design experience, love of historic spaces and an appreciation of great wine, we’ve assembled a collection like no other.


Beth’s Kitchen Café, Bridgton, Maine
in Bridgton, Maine is a local cafe where you can be surrounded by good food and friends. Great baked goods, sandwiches, quiches, soups.

Depot St Tap House, Bridgton, Maine
New pub in town. Sweet owner and space. Service is warm. A nice addition to Bridgton.

302 West Smokehouse and Tavern, Fryeburg, Maine
Family owned and operated, serving all natural, local ingredients. Fun atmosphere, great service.


D’s Pizza, Fryeburg, Maine
Family owned. Excellent flavor, relaxed atmosphere. Delish.


Ebenezer’s Restaurant and Pub, Lovell, Maine
Best Beer Bar in America”It’s all about passion for us. Passion for great beer, great food, great service.” This makes Ebenezer’s a national, regional and local destination.

Oxford House Gourmet Restaurant and Pub, Fryeburg, Maine
A dining destination featuring a 50 seat gourmet dinner restaurant and granite-walled pub. Amazing food in an elegant and quaint atmosphere. Reservations highly recommended.

Krista’s Restaurant, Cornish, Maine
Our most favorite place for brunch. Lunch and dinner also super. Can’t go wrong at Krista’s! Located about 25 minutes from Nurture Through Nature.

White Mountain Cider Co. Restaurant, Bartlett, NH,
If you are out and about hiking or shopping in nearby North Conway, this is an excellent place to end your day. Highly recommended staff pick for dining-out past the outlets.

Spice and Grain Natural Foods, Fryeburg, Maine
Our closest health food store with local produce, baked goods, great coffee, free wi~fi and a sweet atmosphere for locals and visitors, alike.

Weston’s Farm, Fryeburg, Maine
Sustainable agriculture since 1799! Our favorite 3 season farm stand with organic, fresh produce, baked goods, maple syrup, locals cheeses, meats, wine, gifts, and more. We love Weston’s! Only 6 miles from Nurture Through Nature.

And Also…

Reny’s Department Store, Bridgton, Maine
A Maine Adventure, Bridgton, Maine, offering a unique shopping experience for quality items at discount pricing.

Bridgton Books
Bridgton Books is a lovely home town book store with something for everyone at affordable prices.

Magic Lantern Movie Theater, Bridgton, Maine
Locally owned, elegant, state of the art movie theater. A local hub.

Shawnee Peak Ski Resort, Bridgton, Maine
Located only 4 miles from Nurture Through Nature on our shared Pleasant Mountain, Shawnee Peak is a leader in Green Initiatives in the ski industry.

Loon Echo Land Trust
Loon Echo Land Trust conserves over 5,000 acres of land in the mountains and lakes region of Western Maine for the benefit of the public. They have made Pleasant Mountain a focal area of conservation, the same mountain our retreat land rests on.

Resources / Favorites

The Work of Byron Katie is a deeply transformative process of inquiry that is helping people around the world approach their problems from a perspective of clarity and inner peace.

Marine Media specializes in photography, editorial/advertising copy and graphic design, especially for (and not limited to) the marine industry. John & Ginny created our video clip. They are thorough, personal, and conscientious. We highly recommend them for small business promotions!

Lynn Deeves: Singer~Song Writer and Massage Therapist, extraordinarily talented, supportive and soulful woman in alliance with NTN as support staff and comrade.

Sun Rise Guide: Your guide to living green in southern Maine! Check out Nurture Through Nature’s eco-cabin rental and custom retreat coupons available in the Sunrise Guide-The Coupon Book for Healthy and Sustainable Living. Published annually, look for the 2008 edition of the SunriseGuide at natural food stores, bookstores and other retail outlets.

Northern Forest Canoe Trail: The Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) links the waterways of New York, Vermont, Québec, New Hampshire and Maine.

Maine Wilderness Guides Organization advocating for the preservation of remote woods and waters.

The Saco River Corridor Commission is committed to protect public health, safety and the quality of life for the State of Maine through the regulation of land and water uses, protection and conservation of the region’s unique and exceptional natural resources and through the prevention of impacts caused by incompatible development.
For three years Jen was a commissioner for the SRCC representing Denmark, one of the 20 towns that runs along the Saco’s course.

Joanna Macy: Eco-philosopher Joanna Macy, Ph.D., is a scholar of Buddhism, general systems theory, and deep ecology. She is also a leading voice in movements for peace, justice, and a safe environment. A moving influence in spirit and presence for Jen’s teaching and learning

For information on biodiesel and alternative fuels

Carbon Footprint: Is your carbon footprint in shape? Estimate your household carbon dioxide emissions and see how different lifestyle choices can affect the size of your carbon footprint at Beyond Petroleum:


US EPA green vehicle guide:
US EPA site to see how to buy your electricity to power your home or business that is sourced from renewables, aka green power. NTN has been selected to be an EPA Green Power Partner!

The Maine Green Power Connection helps you understand and buy green power in Maine.

Kids with Cameras is a non-profit organization that teaches the art of photography to marginalized children in communities around the world. See the incredible documentary Born Into Brothels.

Maine’s fall foliage information website

Alice Paul: Few individuals have had as much impact on American history as has Alice Paul. Her life symbolizes the long struggle for justice in the United States and around the world. Her vision was the ordinary notion that women and men should be equal partners in society.
See the HBO movie to get a glimpse of Alice’s incredible courage:

Earth Charter Action is the product of a unique, decade-long process of global consensus building, widely endorsed by people and organizations throughout the world as a statement of common vision, values, and ethical principles for creating a sustainable future.

Women Unlimited improves the economic well-being of Maine women, minorities, and displaced workers by providing access to and support in trade, technical, and transportation careers. FMI:

Master teacher and Guide, a mentor of Jen’s, Ray Reitze

Leave No Trace: outdoor ethics to preserve wild places

Appalachian Mountain Club:

Thich Nhat Hanh: Vietnamese Buddhist monk, poet, scholar, & peace activist

Don Miguel Ruiz, author of The Four Agreements, A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom

Sandra Steingraber, Author of Living Downstream, A Scientist’s Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment,

Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, sponsor of Common Ground Country Fair working to make effective citizen participation by building electronic advocacy groups.

Americans Who Tell the Truth~an artist’s representation of great Americans who spoke the truth by combining their images with their words.

The Weston A. Price Foundation ~for Wise Traditions in Food, Farming and Healing Arts

Eat Wild features comprehensive, up-to-date information about the benefits of choosing meat, eggs, and dairy products from pastured animals,

GRACE (Global Resource Action Center for the Environment) works to end the destructive and dangerous practices of factory farming and to promote sustainable agriculture. Reform of the farming industry would mean significant gains for: health, food safety, economic justice, workers’ rights, environmental integrity and animal rights.

Dr. Joseph Mercola, DO, information clearinghouse focused on treating and preventing underlying causes of ill health.

Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance’s overarching goal is to protect Utah’s remaining nine million acres of wild desert lands – lands owned by the American public and administered on our behalf by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

Coastal Studies for Girls: The Mission of Coastal Studies for Girls is to provide high school sophomores with an opportunity to excel in science and technology in a community defined by academic, experiential and inspirational learning through a semester long program. Coastal Studies for Girls

Lakes Environmental Association, a non-profit organization, protects the lakes of Western Maine in many ways, including providing comprehensive water testing for 37 lakes; leading the battle against milfoil; teaching children and adults about the importance of protecting watersheds, and offering technical assistance to landowners, contractors and municipalities.

Lake Living
Southern Maine’s Leisure Lifestyle Magazine. One of our favorite local publications that gives the reader a real sense of place and happenings here in Southwestern Maine.

Maine Centers for Women
Work, and Community is committed to improving the economic lives of Maine women and their families. This organization is a favorite for business training and support in new ventures.

Link Exchange

Stress Reduction Basics: The Most Complete Stress Reduction Guide Available Online.
Yoga Video: BEST Life Media: Find Yoga Books, Yoga Audio and DVD for & Self-Improvement. A simple and effective yoga workout for people in multiple sclerosis.

EcoBusinessLinks – Green Directory: The largest hand-picked green directory on the net: Find organic food, cheap solar energy (free daily updated solar panel price survey), sustainable architecture, organic cotton, a vegetarian date, sustainable investments, an organic farm, a sustainable community and much more…

Maps: Online maps of general interest. Maps of the world.

Vacation rentals, bed and breakfast and self catering accommodation book direct with owner.

Inspiration House ~ Workshops, classes and retreats in Boston area. Deepen your everyday spiritual practices, expand your creative spirit, learn about classic spiritual teachings, and connect with a community of fellow explorers in this season of program offerings from Inspiration House.

Natural eyesight improvement

Womens resources and information on a variety of topics pertaining primarily to women. Information on womens rights, parenting, domestic abuse, feminism and more.

Directory of woman business information and resources~

Alternative Holistic & Chinese Therapies & Resources, Fitness and Anti aging – everything for your Body, Mind, and Spirit

Jack Mountain Bushcraft teaches primitive and traditional skills and facilitates authentic outdoor experiences to help people reconnect with their ancestors and the Earth.

Maine Primitive Skills School provides and preserve ancient skills that promote awareness and sufficiency with an emphasis on individuals, communities, and environments in today’s world. The best place to visit for Holistic health and healing retreats, cruises, travel destination vacations and more! Featuring outdoor adventure travel destinations in the US and around the world including retreats, camping, hiking, national parks, and other outdoor adventure vacation destinations. Cheap airline tickets, hotels, car rentals, cruises and vacations.

Gordons Guide Adventure & active travel vacations worldwide! Offering dude ranches, whitewater rafting, houseboat rentals, bicycle tours, mountain biking, fly fishing guides, fishing lodges, vacation rentals, resorts, and over 30 other adventure & active travel categories.

International Yoga Directory Yoga directory listings sorted by Country. Your Guide to Yoga Centers, classes, teachers, certificates, programs, retreats, and Yoga Associations.

List of yoga studios and teachers around the country. Site also offers information on ashtanga and other styles of yoga practice.

The Women’s Calendar is the largest listing of women’s events covering every possible venue, topic or issue important to women. Women’s Calendar is a superb networking tool for women.

British Columbia Camping~Direct contacts, descriptions, photos and maps for campisites, RV parks and camping in British Columbia, Canada.

Travel Junkies – Travel Guide to the World:

Solo/Single Travel: Website packed with insight and information on how to increase your comfort and options as a solo/single traveler.

Alternative Medicine Directory~alternative medicine, health and healing

A travel guide containing unique specialty interest tour packages and anything associated with specialty travel.

Menopause: Doctor recommended herbal alternatives provides top-quality natural herbal alternatives to prescription medication as well as some vitamin supplements.

Dahn Yoga: Dahn Yoga recognizes that conventional western medicine often cannot provide satisfactory relief from many modern physical, mental/emotional and spiritual conditions. : Vacation rentals, bed and breakfast and self catering accommodation book direct with owner

Forest Circles is committed to helping people find their way back to their spiritual hearts. They provide programs which offer individuals an opportunity to reconnect with their bodies, their spiritual hearts, community and the Earth.

Yoga Finder

Yoga Class Hub

International Yoga Centers Directory

Health and Yoga

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  • Do Guests usually come on retreats alone?

    Most join retreats listed on the calendar page without knowing anyone else — some bring a friend, travel companion, or family member along. Others design their own personalized retreat with their own circle of friends, family or co-workers. More and more individuals are retreating here on a solo meditation retreat to unplug and gain perspective away from their busy lives.

  • How do we create our own custom group getaway?

    We have a page dedicated to this question. Many groups are now renting out our space to lead their own retreat, workshops or special gathering/celebration. This is an excellent choice for an off the grid, conscious space to celebrate a life event such as a wedding, anniversary or special reunion.

  • Do you offer scholarships?

    We have developed a Fair Work Exchange program with a variety of options for a fee reduction. You lend a hand in exchange for fee reduction prior to your retreat participation. Please contact us for the application.

  • Can I cook in my cabin?

    Each cabin offers a 2 burner propane stove, pots, pans, utensils, plates, cups, bowls, coffee maker/tea pot and other items to meet your basic kitchen cooking needs.

  • Do you provide meals for cabin renters?

    Thank you for asking and no. We do, however, on some scheduled retreats, offer meals as listed.

  • Is there running water in the cabins? Do you provide drinking water?

    There is no running water in the cabins or yurts, however, there is an ample supply available in glass containers in your cabin. You have access to refill the water jugs on your own as needed. The water provided is pure mountain well water from a drilled well on the property sourced through the granite subsurface 80’ down. “It’s so good, it tastes like candy”,  a  biased and truthful quote from the owner. Please note, we are a Plastic Water Bottle Free Campus. Please do not bring cases of bottled drinking water to our retreat center. We provide amazing water from the same acquire Nestle Waters International taps from. Ours is free.

  • Do you have hot showers?

    We have a hybrid hot water system for  year round hot showers. Depending upon the season the water is heated through a solar hot water system, wood stove and/or propane hot water heater. YAY! It’s a specially designed shower room in the Pioneer shower room, a short walk/hike from your cabin or yurt. Check out our outdoor hot shower open April-Oct. We also have a lovely outdoor shower at air temperature water (ambient air temp). It is pressured from gravity. The outdoor showers are closed during winter.  Our spring fed~mountain brook offers many massaging whirlpools, dipping pools and granite sleuths to rinse in. YAY!

  • Are you near any grocery stores or farmer’s markets?

    We are 11 miles from a major grocery store, Hannaford’s, in Bridgton. We are 6 miles from a smaller grocery store in Fryeburg, natural foods store: Spice and Grain, and 2 farmer’s markets, Weston’s and Sherman’s, offering local, in season produce and all natural meats, cheeses, butters, maple syrup and butter directly from the farmer. See our “Good Eats” info on this page. YAY!

  • Are you open in the winter?

    Yes, we are a 4 season eco-retreat center.

  • Can I bring my cute doggie? He’s such a good boy…

    Animals are great, especially yours. Unfortunately, we recently experienced a leashed dog attacking an innocent guest so we have decided to no longer accommodate dogs at our retreat. Local boarding is available at Paws-A-While Kennels 207-583-2612 in Waterford and Bridgton Veterinary Hospital 207-647-8804.

  • Do you accept credit cards?

    Although we prefer checks, money orders, or cash, we do provide secure online credit card payment options through PAYPAL. We kindly request an additional 3% service charge if you opt to use your credit card.



Nurture Through Nature, LLC, hosts many healing arts practitioners who offer their services in retreat, workshop or class formats. Hosting independent practitioners or consultants does not imply our endorsement or any affiliation with any particular individual or organization. Nurture Through Nature does not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of any links posted on it’s website affiliated with any individual or organization. Further, the inclusion of links to particular items is not intended to reflect their importance, nor is it intended to endorse any views expressed, products or services offered on these outside sites, or the organizations or individuals sponsoring them.
Disclaimer of Liability
Participants and guests hosted by Nurture Through Nature, LLC assume all risks associated with participating in any on~site programming. Nurture Through Nature shall not, in any event, be liable for any actions taken on the part of the participant, guest or facilitator during the programming, retreat, workshop or service hosted by Nurture Through Nature. Each individual participant, guest and facilitator is fully responsible for all interactions that take place between the two parties. Nurture Through Nature is not responsible for, nor does it endorse, any interaction between the two parties and assumes no liability for or related to those interactions.