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EarthWell Retreat Center

· Chelsea, Washtenaw, Michigan
40 acres hosted by Emily A.
5 lodging sites · 1 tent site
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EarthWell Retreat Center boasts a spring-fed swimming pond situated on forty acres of rolling prairie, forest and wetland, surrounded by one hundred acres of Washtenaw County Nature Preserve. Six off-grid sleeping cabins dot the landscape, all within a short walk to our Common House, that includes a large gathering space, community kitchen/dining and bathrooms/shower. EarthWell offers Yoga and Meditation classes and weekend retreats year-round. Located in Southeastern Michigan, just 30 minutes west of Ann Arbor, and near the towns of Grasslake, Chelsea, Manchester. (All downtowns are 7-10 miles away). EarthWell allows hiking, wildlife watching (amazing sandhill cranes), swimming and canoeing/kayaking/paddleboating in our pond. East of Chelsea is the expansive Pinckney and Waterloo State Recreation areas, with over 20 lakes and trails for hikers, bikers, backpackers, and horseback riders. *Please note the common house is unavailable AFTER 9:30am on the following Sundays due to retreats: * 2023 Dates * Nov 19 * Dec 10 * 2024 Dates: * Jan 28 * Feb 4 * Feb 25 * April 28 * May 5 * May 19 * Aug 4 * Aug 18
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Chelsea, Washtenaw, Michigan, United StatesTraditional, ancestral territory of Peoria, Anishinabewaki ᐊᓂᔑᓈᐯᐗᑭ, Bodwéwadmi (Potawatomi), and Meškwahki·aša·hina (Fox) First Nations according to To respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Emily A.Joined in December 2022
Response rate: 80%Response time: Within 10 hours
15 ratings · 13 reviews
Nancylee S.recommends
October 22, 2023
"Fire" Eco-Cabin at EarthWell
Secluded Getaway
Emily was very welcoming and the area was nicely secluded. Cabin was great and kept cozy on cold nights with the propane heater. Must be well insulated as it kept heat while we were gone several hours. The kitchen was well stocked with basics including a microwave, pots, pans and silverware. The composting toilet was nice and clean. It was clear that a lot of thought was put into the camper’s comfort with helpful signage. Showers were nicer than I expected, very clean. Overall it was easy to enjoy ourselves. Swore we startled a white deer one night. Wish we had gotten more info about hiking from cabin. Being unsure of trails we chose to go to Waterloo Recreation area to hike starting from visitor’s center. We had a great time and would consider this a getaway for the future.
Lisa M.recommends
September 12, 2023
Lower Bungalow (un-insulated cabin)
An overnight or week long retreat!
Very private well kept sites on beautiful rolling property with groomed trails. Lower bungalo was charming. The whole place has a nice attention to detail that makes it feel special. Having lanterns and water indoor showers and kitchen make this an easy and relaxing stay. Very doable just for an overnight or perfect for a longer retreat or get together with a group of friends. Quiet and peaceful!
Charles F.recommends
August 31, 2023
Camping Access at EarthWell (#1)
Beautiful little hideaway campsite next to a serene pond in a nature reserve.
Rhoda J.recommends
August 11, 2023
Camping Access at EarthWell (#2)
Stars, owls and grassy trails
A lovely location - trails through woods, meadow and wetlands. Lots of birds. We stayed three nights in a tent site and really enjoyed the connection to nature while also having the convenience of a full kitchen and bath at the common house available to us. Communication was excellent and the caretakers were helpful and available but also careful to allow us a lot of space and privacy. Thank you, Earthwell!
Hillary B.recommends
August 4, 2023
"Air" Eco-Cabin at EarthWell
Free up your spirit
Get as much of this place in your life as you can! Great energy and very nice hosts. Our cabin was lovely, very peaceful. The common house had everything we needed to prepare our own meals and enjoy a nice shower! I would be interested in checking out one of their retreats in the future.
Laura M.recommends
July 23, 2023
Camping Access at EarthWell (#2)
Peaceful and connected to nature
It was an absolutely perfect spot to wind down and enjoy nature. So peaceful and yet with comfort needs met. I enjoyed walking the meadow in sunset and listening to frogs chirping in the pond. I would love to have stayed for the entire weekend. Lastly, the hosts were also so gracious and welcoming. Thank you Emily for sharing your lovely camp.
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