This was our first visit to Sewall House and it will not be our last. By the end of our week, we felt energized from the excellent yoga instruction (Donna explains things very well and is very patient), the ease and friendliness of Donna, Kent and Inge, and the wholesome food prepared with so much thought and care. We were also fortunate to have outstanding weather! That allowed us to use our bicycles to explore the backroads around Island Falls - a trip out to see the Amish community/store and a circuit knitting a few of the nearby towns.
Our most memorable part of the visit was our night stay in their lake cabin. We took many visits by canoe (15 minute row, maybe?) out to a small rock island to swim and sun on the beautifully warm, soft, flat pieces of stone. The cabin itself is simple and rustic and the lake is quite undeveloped so that you feel you are the only people on the lake. It was the isolated, private setting we were seeking. It was very, very romantic and apart from the seasonal mosquitoes, it could not be more perfect.
So, thank you Donna and Kent for being great hosts! They were fantastic, warm hosts, but also left us to our privacy when we sought it. Very easy and very relaxing. Great, great stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- May through October is the ongoing season- Small personalized Yoga retreat/sauna/massage/healthy meals in an historic Bed and Breakfast in a small (Maine) New England Town, near lakes, hikes,waterfalls, an Amish community nearby, relax, renew. Since 1997- As featured in Instyle, Travel and Leisure, Yoga Journal and Shape. Over 30 years experience in the healing arts, all levels welcome. Owned and operated by veteran yoga instructor Donna Sewall Davidge (Amrita), teaching yoga and meditation since 1985, varied styles including Hatha, Kundalini, Ashtanga. Iyengar, Dharmayoga and vinyasa, some restorative and yoga nidra) Davidge's great grandfather William Sewall was nature guide to a young Theodore Roosevelt here, who healed from asthma and forged a lifelong friendship with his nature guide at Sewall House. Chosen top ten by Gayot worldwide two consecutive years. Come beat the crowds as we design your individualized retreat with you. Ms Davidge also holds a Masters in Nutrition and offers healthy delicious educational meals with guest chefs. Enjoy the natural beauty of northern Maine in this historic B and B reminiscent of a simpler time with all modern amenities. Wifi included. Massage and some outings (bikes/kayaks/hikes) are small additional fees. Sewall House is a great place to do yoga as you step away from the stresses of the challenges and changes of day to day life in modern times. Private rooms only - no dorms or sharing other than double occupancy. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Sewall House Yoga Retreat Island Falls, Maine