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Come to the the sanctuary. Immersed in nature, come learn Leslie’s technique for creating “the lusciousness in your life”. Leslie will teach you how to incorporate a nourishing home environment with the art of self care, gourmet vegetarian, organic farm to table meals, and “loving kindness” hands on cooking classes. Come for a weekend, a few days or a whole week. The beauty, nourishment and peace will follow you home.

Minutes from the center of Amherst, MA, home of the 5 colleges, Leslie has created an oasis. Literally, I contracted and did some work to build my passive solar, beautiful home with my then husband with all natural building materials. And that’s a good story that I would love to share with you.

First choose a package or let me help you customize your optimal wellness stay


I offer 2 rooms and pictured above is The Green Room, which is perfect for 1-2 people. There is a super comfortable double bed over looking the woods and vegetable gardens on the east side of my passive solar ECO-FRIENDLY home. You will sleep on organic sheets and pillows. Organic and natural shampoos, soaps, and cotton towels are provided. My home has its own well. The well water is wonderful and comes out of every faucet and shower.

This room as well as the master bedroom suite across the hall is well suited for Eco-conscious people who want to relax, recharge and experience a luscious organic lifestyle retreat.

Numerous organic vegetable and flower gardens surround my home and there are many native, wild and organic berries for you to eat from and enjoy all summer long: blueberries, raspberries and black raspberries. In the spring, come visit when the magnolia is in bloom for an intoxicating aroma that uplifts and awakens the spirit.

Leslie cooks and teaches from her Permaculture-based organic vegetable, herb and edible flower gardens. And there are numerous perennial organic flower gardens, ferns, and in spring blooming lilac and forsythia bushes all around the home. Leslie fills vases of flowers and places them all around the home for your enjoyment and pleasure.

Hiking trails out the door. Perfect for winter snow shoeing. Excellent biking, swimming, cross country and down hill skiing nearby, too.

Pricing: $185/night for 2 people with delicious Deluxe organic vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free brunch/breakfast. And a basic organic breakfast for 2 for this room for $160. Minimum stay is 2 nights.

To book your stay and for more information, please email Leslie:

No pets or cigarette smokers. Please do not bring unnatural fragrances or unnatural personal care products.

Leslie’s award winning Impressionistic Nature Photography hangs throughout the home for your inspiration and pleasure. Note cards, matted prints, framed and large canvas painting like prints are also for sale with no pressure.

I enjoyed every moment… from the cozy atmosphere of your home to the wonderful smell of your food ! Everything was simply delicious! And to make it even better I had the opportunity to meet you! Thank you for being a wonderful host! I had an amazing experience staying in the Green Room!  My best wishes to you and all the guests who come to enjoy your organic lifestyle and home.

-Adriana Campos; Tampa, FL

Setting, the woods, was extraordinarily beautiful, peaceful and quiet. House was lovely. Leslie was very nice, extremely accommodating and flexible. We arrived hours early but that was no problem for her. We stayed in the master bedroom suite and Leslie gave us The Green Room for our daughter in response to our last minute request. Leslie went out of her way to accommodate us.

– Marta Smokler; L A, CA;

Photos by Tracey Eller

To book your stay and for more information, please email Leslie:

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