a place to re.boot re.juvenate re.invigorate
ENJOY a Tennessee Retreat
a wonderlost|wanderlust welcome
Rewarding experiences occur when we get LOST – lost in thought, lost in a good book, lost in translation, lost in conversation, lost in place. Immerse yourself in nature's wonder in this gorgeous part of Tennessee featuring the rolling hills of the Western Highland Rim twenty minutes from the nearest town surrounded by forest and farm land. You'll enjoy being in one of the best spots without light pollution in the state. The farm stay experience provides the sights and sounds of chickens and the rooster, the donkeys - standard and miniature, and even the peafowl couple plus the flora and fauna of this region from butterflies and birds to crickets and frogs, among other creatures you may encounter.
Camp Wonder Wander is open year round and each season provides a unique experience. The Lemon Lodge can be your home away from home for a digital detox, immersion into nature, and a connection with your friends, family, or colleagues. The creative and cozy decor invites you into this group getaway. Enjoy a campfire outside or the two wood stoves inside. Sleeping arrangements allow for up to 14 in this lodge, but with planning groups may be able to spread into the Raspberry Residency house or even tent camping close to the lodge or on our 12 acre campground - On The Buffalo.
Whatever your group goals, you will be immersed in and on a beautiful Tennessee retreat combining pasture with woods in the hills near the Natchez Trace Parkway in Lewis County (named after explorer Meriwether Lewis). The edge of our land is approximately 600 ft of river front on a quiet section of the Buffalo River. Ask about our evolving garden and other features of the retreat center.
Rates based on group size, dates and length of stay. Whether you are visiting to just get away for a weekend and enjoy the natural environment or river activities, or are coordinating your craft group or extended friend gathering, you'll find the accommodation and farm stay nature immersion suited to your needs.
Add-on activities and workshops available include:
Kayaking (or transport service)
Forest Therapy Guided Session
Pottery and other craft classes
Donkey visits and photo shoot
Cooking classes or assistance with meals
LOCATED 1.75 hrs SW of Nashville (fly into BNA), 3 hrs E of Memphis, 1 hr W of Columbia, TN, 1 hr N of Florence, AL, and 2 hrs NW of Huntsville, AL.
• Be Social !
• Learn something new and engage in new experiences
& discoveries "find a sense of wonder"
• Don't try to multitask,
put the phones away and talk with others
• Eat healthy real food
• Ultimate goal is complex thinking,
by learning to synthesize and see things in a new way
all of these are scientific TIPS FOR AN AGING BRAIN - TO STAY YOUNG AND HEALTHY! that were discussed on NPR's On Point with Tom Ashcroft on July 24, 2015.
These are also the philosophy of the retreat center and Val's methodology in her workshops!
To listen to the entire episode CLICK HERE FOR THE LINK TO THE ARTICLE AND AUDIO - make sure to carve out 45 minutes of focused time in the car, doing chores, etc.
"Although nature commences with reason and ends in experience it is necessary for us to do the opposite, that is to commence with experience and from this to proceed to investigate the reason."
- Leonardo DaVinci
“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.
The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and
the storms their energy,
while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.”
- John Muir
"Sometimes you've got to let everything go - purge yourself. If you are unhappy with anything . . . whatever is bringing you down, get rid of it. Because you'll find that when you're free, your true creativity, your true self comes out."
- Tina Turner