Guest Book & Reviews


A beautiful place to enjoy our honeymoon! We enjoyed our stay here immensely: soaking in the hot tub, relaxing in the the sauna and walking the beautiful land here. Thank you, David and Joanna, very much, for your thoughtfulness. We hope to return. ~ 5/30/11Randall & Marcella, Maine

This truly was the perfect place to stay. We both needed peace and quiet. The location couldn’t have been more perfect. The energy was healing and helped to regroup and center ourselves. Thank you Joanna and David for your kindness. Thanks for creating this beautiful, wonderful, peaceful place. It was healing, relaxing, comfortable and welcoming. Floating on the water in the canoe was refreshing. We were greeted by a red fox today. Your banana bread was delicious. Your love and kindness was definitely felt. Thank you again. ~ 7/9/11 Louis and Ginny, CT & NY

Todd and I are deeply grateful for our time here. We unwound. A week isn’t enough to do justice the area and spend time soaking, breathing, sorting through. We’ve had a very difficult past year. It’s been quite overwhelming…One day at a time works, but at some point one has to recognize the patterns of loss, grief and redemption. Light Heart Retreat supported this process as we had time and space to talk, laugh, cry and make plans…We hope that everyone after us enjoy this place as much as we did. Many, many thoughtful touches and our needs were anticipated in advance–very nicely done!
With gratitude. ~ 7/13/2011 Elizabeth & Todd, NY

We’ve had a wonderful week here! Swimming in the quarry, reading on the deck, cooking sea food dinners and just relaxing. What a comfortable, beautiful place you guys have created. We will certainly spread the word at home. Highlights were kayaking at sunset from Hancock point, biking around Schoodic, hiking the Precipice trail, cooking at eating lobsters we bought locally, and hiking Dorr and Cadillac mountains…I loved the sweet window seat as a breezy place to read and nap… Many thanks to Joanna and David for their hospitality! 7/23/11~ Lynn, Steve & Hanna, NC

We came to Maine this week to have a quiet week away from the true hustle/bustle of our daily lives in the city after dropping our youngest son off at a sleep away camp. We had struggled with what kind of vacation to take. Should we stay close and visit the Cape or make the drive north to a more remote place? Light Heart Retreat and the Huckleberry cottage have provided a very quiet and thoughtfull week for us. We’ve read lots, cooked every meal (a treat for busy working parents), biked around Schoodic Point and Hancock Point. We hiked in Acadia and most thrillingly at the Black Mountain Loop trail in East Sullivan. We only saw two other hikers and we were rewarded with a view more spectacular than Cadillac–without a crowd. When we got to the bottom we swam in Donell’s Pond. Best Finds: Sullivan Smoked Fish Market and Barter Family Gallery. The hot tub has been a lovely treat that we enjoyed daily. I know that when we return to our daily busy lives we’ll draw strength from the quiet and nature we soaked in while here. Many thanks. 7/31/2011~ Susan & David, MA

I just wanted to thank you again for allowing us to spend our vacation time at Blackberry Cottage.  It was all I hoped it would be and more.  I received many blessings while there…(personal content) We had searched for weeks for just the right place to spend our vacation.  I was adamant than it be somewhere quiet and peaceful.  When Vinny found it and the name was Light Heart Retreat, I thought it meant to be and was hopeful.  It was more than I expected and at times was overwhelmed by my experiences and emotions while there, but it was just what I needed – what we needed!!!!! exerpt from an email 9/29/13 from A.B. Florida