EcoGlamping in The Smokies

$350 of $7,000 goal

Raised by 6 people in 38 months
MoonMaid's Botanical Sanctuary  is a 5 acre gem located in the Great Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee. Our mission is protecting and propagating endangered medicinal species like ginseng and wild yam.  Our dream is to offer an Air B and B experience that will demonstrate how to live a very environmentally friendly life.  This land is a  "living classroom" complete with an extensive recycling system, composting system that includes all toilets and lessons on how to make "bio-degradable"  affordable and easy. 

From the moment you enter this sanctuary you are embraced by the sounds and splendor of this unique and magical spot in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  This site offers dark night skys for stargazing, a spring fed pond alive with fish and frogs, a splendid rest in these quiet woods.

We are a member of the United Plant Savers Botanical Sanctuary Network  and desire reach out to the hiking community by offering this unique experience.  We also desire to impact our local  community by working with schools, community organizations and local governments to teach the importance of protecting our native plants and  how this action can also improve one's personal life.  This "Eco glamping experience" will also offer massage therapy,  classes on wild edibles, native medicinal plants and other useful herbs found in your own backyard.  Leave your cares behind as you enter a magical  space like no other.  

Our slice of paradise has an incredible variety of endangered medicinal plants including ginseng, wild yam , black cohosh, bloodroot, trillium, and lady slippers.  Each day is a new discovery with an everchanging display of flowers, tree and plants!!

With funds raised we will purchase and accomplish the following - 
Yome - $4000.00
Yome set-up/Tree Clean-up - $3,000

When we achieve our campaign goal,  we will have a drawing of all participants for a complete EcoGlamping Weekend Experience. Spring Equinox  is our goal for our official opening and christening.  Target date March 21, 2016.
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Here is the Yome, or dome tent, we have decided on. I think it is just awesome!!
Yome made in Asheville, North Carolina
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The cycles of life, the wheel of nature, is turning. With passing time, often comes change....and that's what's happened here.

What was to be torn down, has been "refurbished and rewired" by my friend Leon. It will now be a temporary shelter for the Sauna. This really moves things along by being a HUGE savings by eliminating the immediate need for a second structure. Oh we want one, but have learned that it will need to be bigger then a one story shed, will require a lot more funding then we can raise now, so will just have to wait for a moment in the future.

The refurbishing of the "camper/sauna home" facilitated a lot of sorting and cleaning out and clearing. Spring cleaning maximus!!!

And, I have found a local Yome Tent company in Asheville that has beautiful structures, and a crew to set it up. The cost is about half that of the California company!!! I am so excited!!! Have a look to see why! http://redskyshelters.com/

All of this "activity" has allowed me to reduce the funds needed by quite a bit.
Spring Equinox apoproaches and I am still hopeful to have the tent in place up by Frog pond, where the organic garden, frogs, and fish patiently await the warmer days of Spring.
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I have been writing about this little gem on my monthly newsletter. Check it out here
Recent sky shots @ the Sanctuary
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A few photos of our beautiful skyline!
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$350 of $7,000 goal

Raised by 6 people in 38 months
Created October 16, 2015
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Susan Saxe
29 months ago

we've loved your products. would love to see your paradise.

Kathy Bledsoe
35 months ago

So inspiring and exciting! Looking forward to experiencing your slice of heaven on Mother Earth again...been too long...look forward to seeing you and the Sanctuary!! Love!

Vesna Plakanis
38 months ago

Your place is the most calming space I have ever experienced. I look forward to participating in one of your glamping experiences

Jaimie Matzko
38 months ago

Let me know if there is anything else I can do to help!

Andrea DuFlon
38 months ago

What a great idea, Cynthia! I applaud your creativity and continued passion for your making and teaching. The plant kindom is seriously underestimated for all its riches, and I love that you are choosing to educate in this way. Blessed Be!

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