Welcome to Butterfly Farm Sanctuary, a small spiritual retreat center for people committed to their own inner transformation. Nestled on 22 acres along a river in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina near Asheville, NC, we offer a vegetarian-only refuge for people looking to rest, reflect, re-energize, heal, create, vision, dream, or any combination of the above. We are especially interested in hosting people involved in work that is changing the planet.
The space you will be occupying is a suite of rooms called Cocoon (bedroom, dining/kitchen/bathroom). It is entered through your own entry on the ground floor level of our home. The bedroom features a beautiful window seat that looks out upon the mountain we call Grandfather. The window seat is surrounded by bookshelves containing many books on spirituality, Native American wisdom, other international spiritual practices, as well as books on art, design, and architecture. There is also a writing desk, storage for clothes and a pull-out queen size sofa bed. This is not an ordinary - kill your back - sofa bed. It is an American Leather sofa bed which features a foam mattress with a hard-back base, similar to a platform bed. We have seen many a guest emerge much later than they intended, saying that they had not slept as well in years.
Accompanying the bedroom is a kitchenette, with cabinets; an electric, two-burner induction cooktop complete with pots and pans and cooking utensils. There is also a sink and a 5 cubic foot refrigerator. There are plates and mugs and glasses so you can prepare and eat light meals there. All cooking is strictly vegetarian with no garlic or onions (so the next guests might be able to appreciate the space as well).
This room is large and also features a dining area. Finally, there is a beautifully appointed full bath on this level which features a walk-in shower with river stones serving as the shower floor.
PLEASE NOTE: the bathroom may be shared with one to two others if we have guest(s) staying at our outdoor location (see Airbnb listing https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/15112083). We are planning a bathhouse for this listing, but for now, check with us to see if you will be sharing the bathroom. Your bedroom has a lock and will be your own secure space.
No dogs please. We have two hunting dogs that do not like to share space with other dogs. They are great with humans.
No perfumes of any kind, please.
You will also have access to more than 1,000 feet of beautiful riverfront just by walking back down the main entrance drive. The mountain water is crystal clear and originates just 10 miles up in the Smoky Mountains near the Blue Ridge Parkway. It is an incredible spot for communing with yourself, writing, or watching nature as it unfolds along the river.
With pre-arranged permission, there is also available, a medicine wheel, walking paths and daytime access to Celesterra, a beautiful treehouse situated on the property. Many an hour has been passed in its loving embrace, reading, writing, meditating. Celesterra is available for an additional fee.
We also encourage working with the land while on your retreat. If you feel so inclined, we can discuss the possibility of working with us on the many projects we have in motion.
Along with our beautiful coon hounds, Riga and Winston, Stella and/or Charlie will be available to greet you when you arrive. One or both of us will be on the property during your stay and will be happy to answer questions, give directions, get into deep spiritual conversations, or make recommendations of places to visit or eat, should you have any needs arise.
Butterfly Farm is accessed by crossing a 1920's steel truss bridge. We love this bridge for it signifies a time to let go of the jet stream you are in and simplify your time here with the land. Just up the road about ten miles is the Blue Ridge Parkway with extensive views of the Smoky Mountain range. This is an area with more than 15 waterfalls to hike to! Also just up the road are miles and miles of national and state-maintained trails (a short 10 to 15-minute drive). The road from which you turn on to the property is a designated scenic highway and many bicyclists are seen cruising along the road. A mile back toward Waynesville is the Lake Logan Episcopal Retreat center, which affords beautiful views of the lake. There are also many available spots on the property for contemplation.
We also have another Airbnb listing that you might be interested in: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/15112083.
- secure private entrance
- Vegetarian only
- no alcohol, drugs or hallucinogenics