When we first arrived at Nature’s Harmony Ecolodge in the Spring of 2022, I had no idea what to expect.

Prior to COVID I had been there many times and for 3 years in a row, I hosted an annual Women’s Retreat in the Fall. For the last two years, I had it on hold. With all of the uncertainty and revolving restrictions, I was worried that we wouldn’t be able to carry forward.

On March 2, I reached out to the owners to see if there was a date this Spring that we could set for me to host for the first time, a Spring Retreat. The dates were set for When we first arrived at Nature’s Harmony Ecolodge in the Spring of 2022, I had no idea what to expect.

Prior to COVID I had been there many times and for 3 years in a row, I hosted an annual Women’s Retreat in the Fall. For the last two years, I had it on hold. With all of the uncertainty and revolving restrictions, I was worried that we wouldn’t be able to carry forward.

On March 2, I reached out to the owners to see if there was a date this Spring that we could set for me to host for the first time, a Spring Retreat. The dates were set for April 21-25. I was excited and apparently so were others.

Each year, we gather at the Ma’ayan Chalet which is set in its own secluded surroundings and is perfect for our getaway. Where we can enjoy a warm cozy atmosphere curled up by the fireplace or relax in the large walk-out gazebo.April 21-25. I was excited and apparently so were others.

This cabin is completely self-sufficient; complete with two solar panels to provide basic electricity, a fully equipped kitchen with a propane fridge and stove, and an indoor composting toilet.

At this time, there is no running water in the cabin; however, jugs of water are provided from their natural spring for drinking, washing, etc.

The ‘Ma’ayan’ Chalet can comfortably accommodate 2 to 14 people. There is a large bedroom on the main floor which I use mainly to store things out of our way and an open concept loft that is arranged to meet requirements.

The beauty of Nature’s Harmony Ecolodge is that in the morning, you can wake up to the sun rising over the Laurentian Mountains. At night, we can let ourselves be mesmerized by a campfire. On a clear night, the stars will take your breath away. Don’t forget to make a wish on a shooting star. And if it’s near a full moon, the forest looks as though it is catching fire as the moon rises over the mountain range.

It’s rustic and in an absolutely incredible location. When you come into the turn-off of Snake Creek Road, there is no cell service. Your phone is only used for pictures (or a paperweight). We become completely disconnected from the world.

When we experience grey days, that means we have less power over the Chalet and may run out of lights. Lots of candles and battery-operated lights are essential.

Typically, I arrive on Thursday alone before the guests arrive on Friday at 4:00 pm. This year, I had my friend join me. As we arrive, we are greeted by the owners, but this year, we are greeted by incredibly helpful staff.

Upon my arrival, Jessie informs me that they need to shuttle us to the Chalet. Jen, the owner, had informed me, however, I skimmed through the email and only responded to arrival time.

That means they pack up our stuff from our vehicles and haul it up to the Chalet as we can’t drive there at all. I’m used to driving up to the Chalet and unloading my stuff, a little at a time, directly from the car. I unpack the “heavy” bins and cooler from the car.

As we arrive, we get the first load on the trailer. Jessie goes ahead to drop off our stuff. And off we go trekking up the hill to the Ma’ayan Chalet.

As we trek along, we come across this muddy situation, hence why we can’t drive our vehicle to the Chalet.

I will share Part 2 of this journey tomorrow. Stay tuned

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