Nurture Through Nature is a place where you can unplug, simplify and deeply connect with the natural world and your own true nature. Retreat in one of our off the grid cabin or yurts, add enriching healing arts services or day excursions to your stay.  Include a private unique fusion of Qi Gong and Hatha Yoga session with owner, Jen Deraspe or experience deep rest through guided meditation. Book a private therapeutic massage, add private sauna session or explore this beautiful part of Maine’s lakes and mountains region with a Registered Maine Guide.

Mindful Hatha Yoga and Qi Gong with Jen Deraspe
Private Qi Gong and Mindful Hatha Yoga
with Jen Deraspe, founder
Join seasoned instructor, Jen Deraspe through her unique blend of conscious movement through Qi Gong infused~Hatha yoga, mindfulness, free movement and inspiring music. Meet Yourself on your mat on a journey back home to wonderful you. The purpose behind Jen’s classes  is  to experience one’s essence, life force and vitality. Feel more relaxed, grounded, and alive. Jen has been leading retreats, life coaching and teaching Hatha yoga since 1999 and is available for private classes, custom group classes at Nurture Through Nature and in your space. Cost: $75 per session. Invite a friend or create a group and share the cost! Jen is also available to travel to your space for an additional travel cost.


  • Thank you Jen for all the thought and energy you put into your yoga classes. You have a way of taking my mind to a place that doesn't exist as much as it should in my daily life. I enjoy your yoga classes for the physical workout and mental break we all need from out busy lives. I love that every class you give is different and full of positive energy. I'm hoping that I'm able to continue yoga with you for many more years. Thank you Jen–Jean Weeman Simoneau

  • I look forward to yoga class with Jen Deraspe because she creates an atmosphere that transports me. Through widely varied movement, voice, music, silence, cadence and even occasinal inspirational words, she engages the body while freeing the mind. Jen inspires her students to feel confident at whatever level they are. Jen has developed into a confident guide in moving meditation. –Pat C

  • I am grateful for the awareness yoga continues to impart. The yoga studio at Nurture through Nature is so peaceful and quiet with only the bird songs a distraction...–~DLD

  • Yoga has helped calm me and focus my thoughts.  I am more aware and in control of my emotions and reactions and better able to navigate through the day.  I completely attribute this to the environment created by Jen Deraspe, the founder of Nuture Through Nature Retreat Center.  Jen, and all the people associated with her, have been warm, welcoming, kind, nonjudgmental, encouraging, supportive and have shared a generosity of spirit I have rarely encountered.  I deeply recommend for anyone to explore the benefits yoga can give them and more specifically find  your way to the amazing retreat in the woods created by a visionary woman. –~E.G. Roth

  • I had no idea how soothing it is to do yoga in a serene location with out distractions. The NTN practice space needs to be experienced; it is warm, inviting and calming, very much like the instructors. Every class I have attended has added a new insight into my yoga. There is no substitute for quality personal instruction. It is the perfect addition to my home training. It is so important to do the poses correctly to avoid injury and maximize its benefit. –~LL


Feedback from Maine Medical Center’s Oncology unit after Jen’s 1 hour Qi Gong class in their workplace.

Guided Meditation Session

yoga meditation qi gong eco travelWe are here to guide you back to your heart through your still and open mind. Experience gentle guidance that will meet you where you are at and help you to find your own way home. Try seated or walking meditation on our special meditation loop trail through the forest. This service is by donation, based on Jen’s availability. April-Nov we offer a guided meditation community class on site, Thursday evenings, at 6:30pm by donation.

Guided Forest Therapy Walks

A Forest Therapy walk is a guided meander through the forest to re-establish a truer sense of overall health and well-being. Through simple sensory invitations of awareness, participants strengthen their connection to the natural environment around them. This connection has been proven to create profound changes for both people’s

Megan-Mack Nicholson, your guide

mental and physical health. Research shows that prolonged moments in forests not only reduce stress, anxiety, depression and fatigue, but also subject us to inhaling Phytoncides which are known to create white blood cells. These white blood cells, know as NK killers, find and destroy cancer cells, as well as regulate autoimmune diseases. A gentle and kind opportunity to experience the magic and messages of nature. Perfect for individuals, companions, families, small groups and professional development teams.

Includes: guided 90 minute walk,  tea ceremony and specific invitations to connect with the natural world and your place in it.
Cost: $75 for 1-4 people.

Traditional Finnish Wood-Fired Sauna

Experience our regionally recognized sauna in the forest, 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. Fresh mountain spring water and essential oils are ladled over the hot lava rocks, creating a circulating, medicinal steam that envelopes the bather and fills the lungs. Our sauna offers an inventive air circulating system so breathing is easy and full. Allow the deep detoxification and relaxation to begin.  Private appointments cost varies, based on group size. See the sauna page for complete details.

Paddling River and Lake Eco-Adventure

canoe in western Maine's lakes and mountains regionExperience the sights and sounds of nature on a gently paced paddling tour with veteran Maine Guide, Jen Deraspe, founder of Nurture Through Nature. Explore the quiet, gorgeous waterways of western Maine’s Lakes and Mountains region,  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.


  • Customized tour, based on your paddling experience and interest
  • Canoe, life jacket and paddle
  • Professional services of a Registered Maine Guide
  • Picnic lunch (for full day)

Canoe excursion cost: 1-2 people, approx. 3 hours: $125;
Full day: $185 (full day includes lunch).
Weekend package savings: $429.75 for 1-2 guests, includes two night’s stay in your pick of cabin or yurt and day long paddle, based on availability.
Three-day mid week package savings:
$522.70 for 1-2 guests, includes three-night stay in your pick of cabin or yurt and day long paddle, based on availability.

Massage Therapy

Receive a therapeutic massage session right in your cabin or yurt or in our beautiful healing arts studio. We invite guests to schedule a session directly with our massage therapists. To better assure availability, schedule your private massage with as much notice as possible. Rates: $80/60min or  $120/90min. Checks are payable to the massage therapist directly.

Kelsey Liljedahl graduated from The New Hampshire Institute for Therapeutic Arts in 2017. She specializes in swedish, European neuromuscular technique, sports, deep tissue, trigger point, reflexology, aromatherapy, and lymphatic drainage. Every massage is customized to fit the specific needs of the client. She enjoys working in a healing environment and helping ease tension in people. During Kelsey’s free time, she loves swimming, hiking, yoga, and traveling with her friends, family, and her dog Luna. Contact Kelsey at or text 207.256.7236.


You may be interested in creating your own personal or group yoga and yoga meditation eco-retreat with Jen’s guidance or join one of her special retreats.

Yoga retreats led by Jen Deraspe

What we provide, what to bring and how to prepare for our classes

  • We provide blankets, floor seating, blocks, bolsters and yoga mats to borrow.
  • Dress in comfortable layers. The space is heated by wood stove and the temperature varies.
  • Bring your own yoga mat if you have one.
  • We have a nearby composting toilet aka “The Common Throne” .


Please note: For a guarantee of availability,  services are to be scheduled in advance of arrival.  To avoid charges, cancellation of services must be made a full 24 hours prior to scheduled appointments. There are no refunds for late arrivals or missed appointments within the 24 hour cancellation period.