Stay in one of our authentic Mongolian yurts with hand painted artwork, sky views, decks, and gorgeous nature all around. At the Heart Center, we take special interest in providing our guests with a uniquely peaceful, positive, comfortable, and relaxing experience! Whether you are laying on a hammock, walking the labyrinth, or just sitting on the deck taking in the sights and sounds, we want you to enjoy. This is a people and nature friendly environment, within a holistic retreat center! Guests have access to labyrinth walk, tennis court, basketball and volleyball.
For those that are interested, we offer meditation, contemplative activities, and Reiki energy work on a love offering basis. Appointment required.
- Check in: After 4PM
- Check out: Before 11AM
- Cancellation policy: Super Strict
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out Weeknight discount: 20% off
- Response time: Within 12 hours
- Response rate: 100%
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I love it when a campsite far exceeds my expectations. I didn't know much about this property before arriving there, and it's fair to say I was blown away. I hate to rob you, fellow Hipcamper, of that same element of surprise, but here goes:
The Heart Center encompasses 30 lovely acres tucked away in the mountains of western North Carolina. It feels somewhat remote, so I was surprised on arrival to learn that it was a thriving school for a number of decades in the mid-1900's. After that, it was used as an illegal wildlife sanctuary, with lions and tigers (oh my!) roaming around in the gymnasium - seriously! The current owner, Liz, purchased the overgrown property in 2000 and has done a mighty impressive job of reclaiming, restoring and rebuilding. Her grounding, loving energy permeates the property and her commitment to offering a heart-centered retreat for children and adults alike is incredibly compelling.
In addition to the yurts and tent sites, the grounds also offer number of different amenities that you can see in the photos. This was my first experience staying in a yurt, and even while sharing the space with a dog and two other people, I slept like a baby. There was something soothing about being tucked into that cozy structure, out in the woods but on a real bed.
I recommend bringing a camp stove if you're planning to cook or heat up dinner, though you can check with Liz to see if the microwave in the dining hall is available for use. There are clean porta-potties adjacent to the yurts and tent sites, but also a full bathroom with sinks and shower stalls in the gymnasium. There were too many fun toys and games to take advantage of on our short visit (table tennis, anyone?); I recommend staying at least a few nights so you can check out everything.
Big thanks to Liz (and her sweet dog, Wayah!) for making our visit so comfortable and enjoyable.
Liz was wonderful and very welcoming. What she's doing at the Healing Center is a great endeavor and well worth your time to discuss it with her. I was happy to help support the work through my reserving a camping spot at the Center. Stayed in one of the Yurts and it was truly a magical night compete with a rain storm, but dry and warm inside. Hot showers and wifi available at the center and coffee in the morning. The area is also gorgeous and worth exploring. Waterfall hikes, Joyce Kilmer forest, and the tail of the dragon all super close. Stay Here!