Tourmaline Center

About us

Tourmaline Center was founded by Enya Latham Hout, a shamanic practitioner, in the winter of 2018. The location of the center is a 40 acre parcel of designated tree growth in Phillips, Maine. There is a centrally located gathering cottage that was built in 2005 for Enya's wedding. This year, it was transformed from a wilderness cabin into a space for practice and training in various modalities of nature awareness, healing + wellness. 

The goal of the center is to offer retreats that work to integrate teachings + practice with the healing aspects of nature. We will practice in the mornings and then spend afternoons forest bathing, hiking or swimming in waterfalls working to integrate the experiences on a deeper level. These retreats will train you to make the most of your experience so you can carry it home within you. We collaborate with a variety of practitioners to provide a deeply healing experience during each retreat. 

Enya trained under Nan Moss from the Foundation for Shamanic Studies, Maestro Rubin Orellana of Shamanic Spaces and Renee Beck in dreamwork and tarot. The name of the center was chosen in honor of a large black tourmaline crystal found near the property.

We are dedicated to community, cultural exchange and social justice.

Finding peace in the process...

Venue Highlights

Tourmaline Center is located in the western mountains of Maine. We are a four hour drive from Boston. The center is rustic and off grid providing a venue that is well integrated with the natural environment. We are 20 minutes from the Appalachian Trail, near multiple mountain day hikes, less than an hour from many waterfalls + swimming holes, and far from city lights for awesome stargazing.

Amenities

  • Free Parking
  • Kitchen
  • Coffee/Tea

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free

Menu/Cuisine

Meals at the center are plant based with a focus on local and seasonal foods. We can accommodate a wide range of dietary restrictions with notification of dietary needs.

Breakfast for all guests includes homemade muesli with dried fruits + nuts, alternative milks, fresh fruit, and fresh eggs. Breakfast on the last day will be specialty pancakes with local maple syrup and fresh fruit. Coffee, teas, chaga kombucha and other healthy elixirs.

Lunch for all guests includes a selection of salads - one grain, one legume/bean and one vegetable salad will be offered.

Dinners will be dictated by what is seasonally available. For years Enya has been hosting garden dinner parties where guests arrive, harvest vegetables from the garden and then each prepare a dish from the harvested foods. Dinner will be akin to this with optional participation from guests. Dinner will be provided for all regardless of their participation in the preparation of the meal. Some of our favorite dishes are grilled ratatouille, handmade flat breads, chilled soups, lemon + borage zucchini, roasted pepper + purslane tamales, stuffed zucchini flowers, sauteed beans with toasted almonds...we love to cook straight from the garden!

Accommodations

We are building tiny cabins for guests next season.

This season we are reserving multi-guest cabins on Webb Lake and in the surrounding area. There are camping options nearby and a few guests can camp on the property. A loft space may also be available in the gathering cottage. Off site cabins have showers, electricity and sometimes wifi. Onsite accommodations are completely off grid.

Photo is the porch of the cabin for the Healing the Shame that Binds You retreat July 29-Aug 5.

Directions

It is best to drive to Tourmaline Center. A few guests can be accommodated for transfers from Portland or Augusta, Maine. We are located on Rt.142 between Weld and Phillips.

Tags: awareness healing hiking kundalini nature plant medicine shamanism waterfalls wellness yoga

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Why Retreat?

We asked people why they go on retreat, here's what they said:

I teach yoga part time and am a mom of two toddlers full time. I love my life, but goodness do I need a break. My husband and I have been putting off our wedding ceremony for 4 years because life has gotten in the way. We haven't had a single night alone since our family has grown. I wouldn't change a thing about our lives now, but it would be so wonderful to remember what it's like to 'just be us.' Antrim
 

Retreat Guru's Vision

We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.

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