–Feeling the Joy of “Less is More”
Bodhi Heart, creator of Awakening Spirit silent retreat center, suggests a Tiny House can be as much a way of living, as a place to live. He feels living simply and authentically– within a smaller footprint–is a beautiful way to discover who we really are, and to do what we really want.
Bodhi says a retreat hermitage can be a special kind of Tiny House. Traditionally, it’s been a secluded place of silent retreat–away from the stress of daily life. The hermitage life is rooted in knowing that “nothing more is needed, and less is probably better.” The essence of a hermitage way is marked by an abiding joy and quiet peace.
A personal hermitage retreat can be a wonderful way to sample Tiny House living to see if it “fits.” Hiking forest trails and relaxing in quiet solitude are parts of a hermitage retreat …”where you follow your heart instead of a schedule.” Silent meditation, solo yoga, self-discovery, and spiritual awakening are also common interests on personal retreats.
In early 2014, Bodhi Heart built two Tiny House hermitage cabins in tall ponderosa pines in the southwest mountains east of Sedona, AZ. They were built to share …with like-hearted souls who are discovering more authentic ways of living. They are built on sacred land named Awakening Spirit personal retreat center, and the hermitage retreat website, awakeningspiritretreat.com, is full of pictures and videos.
The Tiny House hermitage retreat cabins have big windows, sloped aspen wood ceilings, a fully-equipped kitchen and a tiled shower bath. The double or queen beds have built-in bedside cabinet storage, and the 192 sf floor area includes a desk table, comfortable seating, and enough open floor space for personal yoga or silent meditation. The covered decks add more panoramic views and 100 sf of outdoor living.
The private hermitage cabins are secluded on a beautiful hilltop with trails, swings, benches, and special quiet places like the “Egg Tree” and medicine wheel. Best of all, the white tail deer and a herd of elk share the property, and they are frequent retreat companions.
So, if you are dreaming of living in a Tiny House, you don’t have to wait any longer. You can have your own hermitage for a short getaway or an extended sabbatical retreat. Awakening Spirit provides a peaceful sanctuary, and a chance to discover who you really are and what you really want.
Resident host, Bodhi Heart, welcomes you and provides support when asked. You can see a video of baby elk and can email Bodhi through the website, awakeningspiritretreat.com.