EcoGlamping in The Smokies
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.
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.