NEW DUBLIN - It's about nature, tranquility, home comforts, a bit of outdoor whimsical glam and everything in between.

Environmentalist and retired teacher Shelley Gallagher has created a peaceful place. It's a versatile and accommodating outdoor meeting and event space. It's also a vacation getaway with a private, rentable indoor suite with all the comforts at her 18-acre Lamb's Pond Retreat.

"This is wellness through nature," says Shelley, who along with husband Mark Jenkins, has gradually developed a destination. Over the years they've created mixed forest trails, an outdoor amphitheatre and Zen garden, fire pit and meeting circles, waterfront docks, a café-like courtyard and so much more.

"This is my canvas and my family, friends and visitors continue to help me add colour to that canvas," Shelley says, adding the space off New Dublin Road has evolved naturally with more areas of interest added each year.

Most recently the couple updated a portion of their home with a separate entrance and it has become a highly-rated couple's getaway choice by Airbnb. Testimonials give it top marks for its privacy, spa-like indoor bathroom and lounging space. Guests can bring their own kayak or canoe and explore Lamb's Pond by boat, or enjoy an outdoor wood-fired sauna with adjacent hot outdoor shower.

A new screened in Gazebo is nearly complete providing a beautiful covered area to enjoy outdoor meals with a fantastic view of the lake. During the winter months, you can enjoy the property by snowshoeing, skating, or skiing.

Lamb's Pond Retreat was officially launched as a business in 2019. Prior to this, Shelley informally hosted women's retreats and began considering ways of having others enjoy the property. Various special events and festivals were held. The first wedding at the forest chapel was in 2016. Today groups, including Children's Mental Health and Victim Services of Leeds and Grenville, hold meetings there and nature camps for children are also popular.

"I like to align with groups where the retreat, event or workshop complements what they're doing while adding the grounding and wellness of being at one with nature," says Shelley. "Lamb's Pond gives a voice to nature and helps us to be ourselves."

Learn more about Lamb's Pond by visiting the website, follow them on Facebook and Instagram where there are many stunning images taken throughout the seasons. Lamb's Pond Retreat is located at 6436 New Dublin Road in Elizabethtown-Kitley Township.