Our offering during this challenging time~
Dear Friends,
As the number of COVID-19 cases begins to decrease, the State of Maine is adopting a staged approach, supported by science, public health expertise and industry collaboration, to allow Maine businesses to safely open when the time is right.

Nurture Through Nature is officially in compliance with our industry-specific checklist identifying best practices for safely operating our business during COVID-19. We have received our badge for offering guided outdoor activities.

We are remaining steadfast, welcoming, open, and operational as a sanctuary and retreat especially for those seeking safe and peaceful shelter during these times. We are following all CDC protocol and offer a space guaranteed to provide social distancing throughout your visit.

Tentatively beginning June 1st, Stage 2 contemplates revising the limitation on gatherings from less than 10 people to less than 50 people. It maintains the 14 day quarantine for all people entering or returning to Maine. With appropriate safety precautions, Stage 2 would allow for some degree of opening with reservations, capacity limits, and other measures for: 

  • Restaurants
  • Fitness and exercise centers and nail technicians 
  • Retail stores for broader in-store shopping 
  • Lodging and campgrounds for Maine residents and those who have met the 14 day quarantine requirement 
  • Day camps for Maine children and those who have met the 14 day quarantine requirement 
  • Coastal State parks 

Tentatively beginning July 1st, Stage 3 contemplates maintaining the prohibition on gatherings of more than 50 people and other Stage 1 and Stage 2 restrictions, including the 14-day quarantine on people entering Maine. With appropriate safety precautions, Stage 3 would allow for some degree of opening for: 

  • Lodging, such as hotels, campgrounds, summer camps, or RV parks for Maine residents and visitors. The Administration is developing guidelines to assist them in safely reopening, and reservations should not be taken until those guidelines are issued.  
  • Outdoor recreation such as charter boats and boat excursions  
  • Bars
  • Personal services such as spas, tattoo and piercing parlors, and massage facilities, among others 

Now, more than ever, it is important to find peace and harmony within your thinking, emotions and sense of physical vitality. You and your loved ones can find rest and respite here; unplug and come back to your sense of peace and even wonder.

We have cabins and yurts available for you to create your own personal retreat, all located in such a way that social distancing and your personal privacy is a priority.

You can simply reserve your own cabin or yurt for R and R or you can add enrichment to your personal retreat through guided meditation, Qi Gong, guided Forest Therapy walks, a private sauna, hiking and beautiful, mountain-side land to explore and rest in. You also can reserve our sauna for a private therapeutic sauna session.

In addition, we have a full calendar of small group healing arts retreats for you to choose from throughout the upcoming year. Be assured we will implement all state and federal protocol for our guests and staff's health and safety.

Our wood-fired sauna is a very therapeutic space and is available for private sessions every Friday and Saturday, based on availability. The space is for symptom-free individuals and small groups that have been sheltering/quarantining together in place only at this time.
For the health and well-being of our community, we ask that if you are sick or have had any symptoms over the last 14 days that you abstain from scheduling a private sauna appointment or retreating in our cabins and yurts. If you are symptom-free, head in our direction and we will support your greater well-being to the best of our ability.

Respectfully yours,

Jen, Megan-Mack, Mer and Dawn
Your hosting and service team

A special note and additional thoughts from our
on site Forest Therapy Guide, Megan-Mack:

How do we stay positive and proactive?

  • COVID 19 doesn't like UV rays so being outside is a huge virus fighter. 
  • Time in nature also boots our immune system and therefore leaves us less susceptible to getting sick.
  • Spending time in nature also decreases stress and anxiety, and lower rates of stress and anxiety also boost our immune system.
  • COVID 19 doesn't like the heat. A privately booked wood-fired sauna, sterilized before and after, is also a great way to fend off the virus.

An environmentally-friendly note in regards to taking protective action against the Coronavirus:
Toxic Chemicals Unnecessary To Protect Against the Coronavirus CDC Advises Preventive Measures

While people are seeking answers, EPA's published list,  Registered Antimicrobial Products for Use Against Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, the Cause of COVID-19 , contains products containing toxic chemicals such as chlorine bleach, peroxyacetic acid, alkyl dimethyl benzyl ammonium chlorides, didecyl dimethyl ammonium chloride, and other “quats,” sodium dichloro-s-triazinetrione, and hydrochloric acid. In addition to their toxicity, some of these  can also trigger asthmatic attacks .

On the other hand,  CDC's website  makes it clear that such toxic chemicals are unnecessary.
The common sense, nontoxic advice should be heeded:
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Soap and water—or, if washing is not possible, using a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol—is as effective as stronger chemicals. For cleaning hard surfaces, 70% alcohol (common rubbing alcohol) is sufficient.