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Arizona’s Tiny House Hermitage

Mountain retreat cabins

–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.

2x4 framing, log siding

2×4 framing, log siding

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.

wood ceiling, built-in furniture

wood ceiling, built-in furniture

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,, 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.

View windows, corner table

View windows, corner table

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,

Silent retreat guest, elk herd

Silent retreat guest, elk herd

Elk at hermitage retreat center

Elk at hermitage retreat center

Bull elk thru cabin rail

Bull elk thru cabin rail

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Becca - September 10, 2014 Reply

So gorgeous. Just one more reason for me to go visit Arizona.

phil - September 10, 2014 Reply

I’m not sure about all the yoga/meditation stuff, but they are beautiful, and when you surround yourself with beauty both in terms of housing and where the housing sits, it’s got to be good for the soul.

Marsha Cowan - September 10, 2014 Reply

Wow! Cool place! Not a yoga person, but I love the elk.

kamin lambertson - September 10, 2014 Reply

what elevation is this? Reminds me of Northern New Mexico.. Is it accessible year round?

Nancy @ Little Homestead in Boise - September 11, 2014 Reply

I don’t know what their fees are but Sedona is typically very expensive… nice though…

Shell - September 11, 2014 Reply

Oh, can he start some around Portland? That sounds absolutely heavenly to me. Ah, the inner Goddess Hestia in me is almost drooling for sure. ; )

taki - September 14, 2014 Reply

I like yoga, meditation…and all simple things. But we live in a complicated world where things are so expencive to get that you can pay them with your life. You ll spend your best years to pay your debts. And the most expensive thing is usually the house. The Next 13 years I ll have to pay mine. I ve been paying for 7 years till now. I live in Tunis in north Africa. 1.15hour from France and Italie. I have a funiture’s factory (50 employees) and I want to dévelop this kind of house and help people and myself to avoir beeing bank’s slaves. Please tell if we can collaborate not only to promote this activity in Africa (big needs and poverty) but also in Europe.

Dawn - December 4, 2014 Reply

It is beautiful, i have stayed there. Bodhi’s intentions are to provide a wonderful place for healing and ultimately enlightenment.
For any with immune issues, do intuit for yourself if this is a good place to go. There are some serious issues, especially with Elk Spirit Cabin.

    Dawn - December 19, 2014 Reply

    I thought about this and must clarify, truly the place, and what Bodhi has done is transformative..I wrote about for those with immune issues to intuit, and i still say this.
    There were some very serious issues that were not getting resolved in a way that my immunity could stay..If Bodhi rebuilt and replaced the affected structures, carpet and so on, it would be fine..that particular cabin just had so many issues, including electrical..
    He genuinely cares, and gives his all. It is a beautiful, a wonderful energy.
    I am like a canary in a cage, and for those super sensitive, i choose to make what was a very difficulat situation into something good in helping others protect their own health and well being.
    And i hope that Bodhi has remedied the situation in a way that renders the beautiful cabin safe for all. It really is beautiful, and had it not been for the aformentioned situation, i would probably still be staying there

      donna - January 9, 2015 Reply

      I would love to stay there, but your comments are concerning and very obtuse. What are you saying? What are the problems? Mold? Infestation? Filth? Disrepair?

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