Treat yourself to a weekend getaway in Northern California’s most luxurious and peaceful treehouse. Deep in the Sequoia forest in the Santa Cruz Mountains with abundant nature and trails, guests are welcome to explore and enjoy the 6 acre property.
Private Accommodations in a tiny tree house for 1-2 people nestled in the redwood forest. It is a rustic beauty, with plenty of home-made charm. It is really ideal for a couple, perfect for a romantic getaway.
The Treehouse is a completely private and self contained accommodation, nestled in the redwood forest. It is a rustic beauty, with plenty of home-made charm. It can accommodate 1 or 2 people but it is really ideal for a couple, perfect for a romantic getaway. This elevated cabin is supported by an ancient oldgrowth redwood stump. Beautifully decorated and tastefully furnished, the treehouse boasts all the modern conveniences of home (aside from cable television and WiFi, which is probably a good thing).
The tree house is well equipped and incredibly designed. It has a comfortable, high bed (all linens provided), drinking water and a kettle for tea & a 2 slice toaster with a compact oven, a compact refrigerator and an electric fireplace. During hot days we will bring a fan. There's is also a couch and a small folding table in case you needed, to relax while taking in the views of the forests. The tree house is outdoor-shoes-free, because this is a rural setting, so please bring slippers if you like.
Our treehouse offers basic services including electricity, a private outdoor bathroom with a composting toilet. The lovely bathroom is open and spacious, surrounded by big redwood trees with a beautiful designer sink and all the running water is from our mountain. The on-demand hot shower provides the opportunity to refresh while taking in views of nature. The glamping tree house is always cleaned with environmentally-friendly cleaning products, and guests are requested to minimize their towel and sheet changes if they're staying less than a week to continue with our site's eco-friendly practices. The water from our sink & shower also drain right back to the mountain so all soaps and body products should also be biodegradable. This amazing bathroom, is and it is located right outside the tree house and it is is for exclusive use of the guests staying at the tree house.
We are in a rustic secluded area so we rather have simple, nature and ecological oriented guests that are comfortable in nature and don't expect the luxury of a city hotel.
Disponible para huéspedes
There is plenty of opportunity for hiking, biking and birding right in the forest, and guests have easy access to the area’s wealth of coastal and culture activities. The tree house is set on 6 beautiful acres with soaring mountain views of the largest trees in the world, the Coastal Redwoods. The path above the treehouse leads right into the rest of our retreat property. There are so many things to do in the area you may want to make this a yearly event. If you have special interests please let us know and we can provide info. The tree house is separated from the main house and yard, and tucked away on a sloping hillside, this location offers peaceful privacy and quiet.
Atención a los huéspedes
Interactions are up to our guests. We are happy to help out with anything that we can do to make your stay more comfortable. Those not as familiar with rustic off the grid type accommodations may want a bit more information about the way we do things and why. We like you to have your privacy. You'll often find us bustling around the property taking care of business, or you can reach us by message through this site of anything urgent.
Otros aspectos destacables
Our property is a complete retreat center dedicated to spirituality and healing, with several rental spaces available depending on your needs. We have adequate facilities and parking for larger groups if you are interested in a bigger event. Please contact us for rates if you are interested in renting multiple spaces such as our private yurt for 6 people, a 5 minute walk to the tree house, or our bigger yurt Temple which is ideal for group meetings, classes & workshops, it is also located within a 5 minute walk. We are in a rustic secluded area so we rather have simple, nature and ecological oriented guests that are comfortable in nature and don't expect the luxury of a city hotel.
Here we share an article from NPR about forest bathing and its benefits.
When my editors asked me to report on forest bathing, I packed a swimsuit. I assumed it must involve a dip in the water.
It turns out, my interpretation was too literal.
I met certified Forest Therapy guide Melanie Choukas-Bradley and several other women who'd come along for the adventure.
Here, I began to get it. Forest bathing isn't a bath. We sat on the banks of the river, but we did not get in the water.
It's not a hike, either. We did walk the forest trails, but we meandered with no particular destination in mind.
The aim of forest bathing, Choukas-Bradley explained, is to slow down and become immersed in the natural environment. She helped us tune in to the smells, textures, tastes and sights of the forest. We took in our surroundings by using all our senses.
As we passed through a stand of pawpaw trees, we touched the bark. We smelled the black walnuts, which give off a lovely citrus fragrance. We got a little shower of ripe mulberries, too.
"Close your eyes and just breathe, just breathe," Choukas-Bradley intoned. It felt a bit like a meditation retreat.
It took me a few minutes to clear out the clutter in my brain, and tune in to the natural world.
"When you open your eyes, imagine you're seeing the world for the very first time," Choukas-Bradley told us.
After I opened my eyes, the green looked a lot greener. And I began to see things I hadn't noticed before: the flutter of birds, the ripple of the water, the swaying of trees.
A forest guide "helps you be here, not there," says Amos Clifford, a former wilderness guide with a master's degree in counseling, and the founder of the Association of Nature & Forest Therapy, the organization that certifies the guides.
Clifford's goal is to encourage health care providers to incorporate forest therapy as a stress-reduction strategy. There's no question that stress takes a terrible toll in the United States; a 2015 study found work-related stress accounts for up to $190 billion in health care costs each.
"It's my hope that the health care system will include [forest therapy] into the range of services they reimburse for," Clifford says.
The practice began in Japan. Back in the early 1990s the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries coined the term Shinrin-yoku — which translates roughly as forest bathing.
Now, forest bathing is starting to take off in the U.S. The Associations of Nature & Forest Therapy plans to train and certify about 250 new guides next year. "We're aiming to have 1,000 trained guides within three years," Clifford says.
There's a growing body of evidence that the practice can help boost immunity and mood and help reduce stress. "Medical researchers in Japan have studied forest bathing and have demonstrated several benefits to our health," says Philip Barr, a physician who specializes in integrative medicine at Duke University.
One study published in 2011 compared the effects of walking in the city to taking a forest walk. Both activities required the same amount of physical activity, but researchers found that the forest environment led to more significant reductions in blood pressure and certain stress hormones.
On average, the forest walkers — who ranged in age from 36 to 77 — saw a reduction in their systolic blood pressure from 141 mmHg down to 134 mmHg after four hours in the forest.
This might not sound like a big difference, but it can be clinically significant. Most doctors these days agree that people younger than 60 should aim to keep their blood pressure under 140.
"I'm very impressed with the primary research done in Japan," Barr says. He thinks many patients could benefit from forest bathing, especially those who are under stress.
"Forest bathing could be considered a form of medicine," Barr says. "And the benefits of nature can be accessed so simply."
It's not a big surprise that researchers were able to document a decrease in blood pressure among forest bathers. As people begin to relax, parasympathetic nerve activity increases — which can lead to a drop in blood pressure.
There's another factor that might help explain the decline in blood pressure: Trees release compounds into the forest air that some researchers think could be beneficial for people. Some of the compounds are very distinctive, such as the scent of cedar. Back in 2009, Japanese scientists published a small study that found inhaling these tree-derived compounds — known as phytoncides — reduced concentrations of stress hormones in men and women and enhanced the activity of white-blood cells known as natural killer cells .
Another study found inhalation of cedar wood oils led to a small reduction in blood pressure. These are preliminary studies, but scientists speculate that the exposure to these tree compounds might enhance the other benefits of the forest.
The idea that spending time in nature is good for our health is not new. Most of human evolutionary history was spent in environments that lack buildings and walls. Our bodies have adapted to living in the natural world.
But today most of us spend much of our life indoors, or at least tethered to devices. Perhaps the new forest bathing trend is a recognition that many of us need a little nudge to get back out there. [Copyright 2017 NPR
-- We require reservations to be booked by the person who's going to stay at the listing. No exceptions.
- All garbage must be taken offsite by the guests when finished
- No drugs or alcohol on the property or people under the influence.
- No unsupervised minors at any time.
-No unregistered guests.
- No smoking or fires or firearms at any time
- If you need to check in after 7pm, we might not be available but your space will be waiting for you. If you are not comfortable checking in by yourselves please kindly arrive before 7pm
- Please remove your shoes before entering the indoor spaces.
- The retreat center is dedicated to spiritual practices and healing, there might be spiritual events happening during your stay and some areas of the retreat center might be closed to other guests.
- During the sunny months the yurt might be hot. There is no air conditioning inside the yurt. Please keep it in mind before making your reservation. Thank you!
- We are not responsible for acts of nature including encounters with wildlife. For a list of animals that live in the area please visit the big basin national park website. All garbage must be taken offsite by the guests when finished
-No unregistered guests
-No unsupervised minors at any time.
- No smoking or fires or firearms at any time
- If you need to check in after 7pm, we might not be available but your space will be open and waiting for you. Please leave the key on the table. If you are not comfortable checking in by yourselves please kindly arrive before 7pm
- No shoes allowed in our indoor spaces
- We are not responsible for acts of nature including encounters with wildlife. For a list of animals that live in the area please visit the big basin national park website.
Hello, we are Shimshai and Susana. We are married with two amazing kids, and a few pets. We work at home making music, herbal products and teaching workshops. We also travel teaching and singing.