Bar Harbor

Huckleberry Hideaway for Lovers of the Light

One of my most favorite things to experience at Light Heart is time alone on retreat at the Huckleberry in the Spring. I start the day in the hot tub— no jets. It’s about the pleasant contrast of being submerged chin deep in warm water and cool, crisp air on the face. Distant hills beyond Taunton Bay glow with the sun rise, mist rises up in the valleys.

So still, so quiet.

It’s hard to leave, but I do love my cup of morning tea which I sip from my stool, watching the sun’s progress as I journal.

To have nowhere to go, nothing to do, is there anything better? There’s not a single place I’d rather be before Summer’s bugle plays Reveille, than at the Huckleberry Hideaway, reveling in the Light.

Revel in the Light, Shine the Light, Be the Light!

Spring’s blessings to you from Joanna

 

Wonderful, Wonderful, Wonderful!
We almost want to say bad things to try to keep a secret but the positive energy must be shared… Perfect mountain cottage that feels like a home. Has everything you need for a perfect get-away. Cozy fireplace with plenty of wood. Towels, full kitchen, soft sheets. Watch amazing sunsets from the balcony. Watch the sunrise on the trees while still in bed. Walking trails just outside the door and Acadia not too far away. Too many amazing features to describe! Joanna is the perfect host– shows you what you need then let’s you have your space. We will be back again. ~  Cinnamon B., September 23, 2016

 

Morning’s Glory at Light Heart Retreat

Morning is when I am awake and there is a dawn in me. ~Henry David Thoreau

There are some things you will not find here at Light Heart Retreat, such as dishwashers and broadcast T.V. To tune into NATURE  simply do your dishes and look out the window. There is always something beautiful and exciting to watch on the Light Heart Nature channel. Those are turkeys for you who are new to this mode of dish washing.

After you’ve got the breakfast dishes done, you may want to extend your viewing to include the trails. This is my private way out to Bragdon Quarry. The dew will find you, too, at your cottage. That’s one lone asparagus plant beaming the light of dawn. Oh…just like me 🙂

I love the early morning light as the dawn trickles through the leaves of maple, oak, birch, popular, spruce and balsam, spills over the moss strewn boulders–playing off the shadows. Hmmm…yes, just like me:)

The sun takes a dive into the cool, still quarry water and sends splashes of sunlight back to the source. Me too, but I make a lot of ripples.

Many guests look forward to sitting in the mediation hut safe from bugs. I lean my butt up against a natural granite bench on the ledge and crouch like a Bedouin in her tent. I tell the insects,  I am the chief steward here and this is a no fly zone. The birds are most welcome to come and chat me up. And they do.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Always keep an eye out for eagles. They often leave a gift. Most often I find the curved little heart feathers that have been preened loose from the breast while they’re roosting in the big pines around the quarry. (Please don’t write me and tell me it’s illegal to have an eagle feather…I know, I know, I know.)

This canoe was made possible by The Home Angels, from the profit we made on a local renovation. Seeing the boy out shooting hoops in front of his home, that’s a big payoff too.

It’s a different quarry when you’re viewing it from the seat of a canoe, or if your agile, the sky is a different sky, looking up from the bottom of the canoe. So I’ve heard.

Please enter slowly into this circle, it’s sacred. Pause at the entrance , breathe a few deep breaths with eyes closed and center yourself. Ask the ancestors for permission to enter. Don’t miss the opportunity to have your prayers answered and to receive healing here.

In the morning stand beyond the Holi Stone and send your prayers through the circle to Sun in the East. In the evening, send your intentions and gratitude through the Holi Stone facing West to Sun.

FYI we are our own ancestors– the ones we’ve been waiting for to save us all. The Cosmic Creator has a great sense of fun and humor. Thank God for that! 🙂

Newbies to this site may like a peak at the Huckleberry Honeymoon Hideaway. From the balcony you can look over into the stone circle and west across Taunton Bay to watch the sunset from the comfort of your cottage  The poor folk staying at  the Blackberry Cottage will have to hike the length of a football field to the big granite bench that rests beyond the Holi stone. The bench is nice and warm from the suns rays and you may get to see a porcupine coming out of the granite rip rap condo’s for the night. They are pretty cute. Steer clear of mothers with babies especially though…give them a wide berth.

Oh dear, I was speaking about the sunset and I wasn’t done with the dawn’s light theme yet. The little white lilies open in the morning sun shining forth their love and gratitude for the wonderful guests at the Blackberry Cottage who bring their coffee and bread out to the settee and oooh and ahhh and do a lot of sighing in the warmth of the sun. They have a front row seat for sunrise over the quarries.  The Blackberry Cottage has its perks, for sure.

Tah-Dah! Here’s the humble, cute-as-a button Blackberry Cottage who doesn’t mind taking a back seat to neighboring cottage with the big deal hot tub. There are many sightings of deer and porcupines, and of course turkeys, through the window over the kitchen sink that overlooks the back lawn. There’s also been a 5 AM moose sighting. You know what they say, The early bird gets the moose.

Well dear friends, the sun is getting high in the sky and my tumbly is rumbly. Thank you for keeping me company on my morning stroll to some of my favorite places at Light Heart Retreat. The pictures don’t come close to the real thing you know, but don’t take my word for it. Come and experience the magic of Light Heart Retreat for yourself.

The Dawn’s Light in me Greets the Dawn’s Light in you! Namaste`~

Joanna Pinney Buell

Looking for More out of Life…

Words cannot describe the feeling you have when you arrive here. My girlfriend and I were searching for the escape from our New York City lifestyles and definitely found it here. We arrived in the pitch of midnight (long day driving) and fell asleep to the sound of frogs and nothing else. Upon awaking we were greeted with the sunrise over the quarry and the beauty of this retreat. It is a magical place. When Joanna gave us the orientation a bald eagle crossed our views. A delightful omen. Joanna is a wonderful person and somebody who you can easily get along with. Very accommodating, and respectful; to you, to her property, to mother nature. Our first day, we had planned to go to Acadia, but were so enamored with the property, that we just hung out there! She has 100 acres to explore, canoe, swim and meditate. It is so wonderful. Although it is on a dirt road, it is not totally removed from civilization. Ellsworth is only 20 minutes away and has your typical American chain stores. The Hannaford is very good (good meat and salad selections). Bar Harbor is about 45 minutes to an hour, but everywhere you drive in that section of the planet is a treat. This place inspired me so much and I hope one day to return. We stayed in the blackberry cottage which is ample for a couple. It is small, yes, but we never felt cramped. We also toured Huckleberry Hideaway which was absolutely breathtaking, full of light, and inspiration. The place is magical. Off the beaten path, very reasonable, and probably better than most places you will find on mount desert island (If you are into nature, roughing it a little, and looking for more out of life). ~ John C., June 2016

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Late Spring is All Abloom Downeast and in Acadia

This is a repost from 2011~

As I am writing this on May 18th, our lawn is definitely abloom in dandelions. With this cool, damp spring, we are going to have just about all of our spring flowers and shrubbery blooming at the same time as our leaves unfold. Our spring seems to burst forth, all at once, though for the observant, it unfolds its beauty, a little each day.

Though Spring has arrived a tad late this year, there is one facet of our Downeast spring that has shown up right on time…the black fly.  Native Mainers love them. They keep the year round population down around here. David and I love them too.  The black flies signal gardening time and the arrival of spring warblers, who feed on them.

I’ve had pretty good success convincing black flies and other insects that David and I are their stewards; they should be kind to us. Those times when they are overcome by black fly mass consciousness to consume, we resort to hard core tactics, aka, Hard Core Bug Off. It’s the best natural bug repellent we’ve used and we’ve tried them all. It conditions my hair and skin, too and the scent is agreeable.

Now…why would I tell you about black flies when I want to fill cottages between now and the high season???

I am excrutiatingly honest when people contact us for a reservation here during this period. Most expect it to be summer here on Memorial Day weekend. We will have a few hot days between now and the official start of summer, but more often it’s in the sixties,  with a brisk sea breeze (keeps the bugs away). For those who think that the Bar Harbor area is a quaint northern version of the Jersey shore….I’d rather direct them elsewhere then risk their being unhappy here.

This is a great time to visit Acadia National Park and have the trails to yourself. The ocean side trails are virtually bug-free and the top of Mt. Cadillac is minus the big tour buses of summer. After  hiking in Acadia, you can go downtown to Bar Harbor and not have to wade through three cruise ship’s worth of tourists on the main drag. It’s a lovely place to stroll, shop and dine in or on the deck.  You can take in a  movie at Reel Pizza in the comfort of an easy chair and enjoy their bottomless bowl of popcorn with real butter.

Here at Light Heart Retreat, it’s a magical time of year that we relish, despite the long days working the vegetable gardens, doing landscaping, spring cleaning cottages and …

We love listening to the frog songs through the spring season into summer. It begins with the quack of wood frogs as soon as the ice is off the little quarries. Next, the spring peepers sing well into June. After dark we walk out to Bragdon Quarry to listen to the tree frogs. Their trilling is so loud, you’d think you were in a tropical rainforest.

The green frogs are just getting warmed up here this week. One young guest asked us last summer, “What makes the sound at night that boings like a rubber band?” Then last, but not least comes the competition amongst bull frogs.

The time leading up the Summer Solstice is highly energetic here, especially on the full moon in June. It’s when we’ve taken some of our best photos of colorful orbs, blue-white swooshes and intensified auras around our flowers. It’s wonderful to be out after dark, hearing the frogs, sitting by a campfire or wandering around the gardens and out to the standing stone circle with your camera.

So who would enjoy visiting here over the next 4 week period?

  • Hardcore outdoor fanatics who can’t get enough of Maine no matter what time of year it is.
  • Those who would enjoy being a tourist without the crush of high summer, who would appreciate Light Heart Retreat’s well-appointed cottages and the quiet, natural surrounds to return to after a long day of window shopping.
  • Hikers who want the trails in Acadia all to themselves. You could even do mindfulness meditation on the trails this time of year.
  • Someone who has a creative project that needs to be finished up by working inside. Your only disturbance will be the call of the Hermit Thrush. Need inspiration for your creativity? The Hermit Thrush varies it’s melody slightly each time it sings. Every melody it sings is original.

Light Heart Retreat in the spring isn’t for everybody. For some, it’s downright heaven! A big High Five to you Hardcore Lovers of Maine. Hope to see you soon.