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Mystic Valley

September 4th, 2007 Posted in Experience-Tipi/Teepee, Mystic Valley | No Comments »

Mystic Valley offers a variety of overnight experiences, from rustic to comfortable, from cozy cabins to remote campsites, bunkhouses or tepees. Accommodations are simple and because we are a working community and not a luxury resort our guests, visitors and clients are expected to do their own housekeeping.  Cabins and tepees will be tidy when you arrive.  Beds will be made, however extra sleeping accommodations, such as hide-a-beds or loft mats will be made up by the guest


We are several miles from towns, restaurants, and shopping. All cabins and most other buildings have kitchens. The school building has a mini kitchen that can be shared. Out door cooking must be done on small BBQ’s or at designated fire pits. Guests are invited to participate in community potlucks.   Groups can arrange for meals.   


The prices listed by each cabin and tepee are the overnight rate and are double occupancy.  Each additional  adult is $14.     $7. per child up to age 14

Cowboy Cabin     This very rustic cabin has electricity, refrigerator a propane cook stove and spring water (cold only) It has no bathroom, there is a flush toilet in separate building near by that is shared with tepee guests. This cabin can be used as a kitchen for campers and tepee guests. It will sleep 2 or more.

 Hill House  ($85)   This is a real house with full kitchen; it has 3 sleeping rooms and 1 bathroom with shower over tub. It has it’s own laundry room with a washer and dryer. There is a wood stove for wintertime heat in the cozy main sitting room.   The bedroom has double bed. (There is also a mattress under the bed for extra sleeping)  The sunny front room has double bed.  Sitting room has a hide- a- bed that will sleep 2.  Plus there are two single mattresses that can be moved to any room.
The hot tub is located in the “front yard” of this house.  It is open to use by all guests and residents of
Mystic Valley  but is quite convenient to those staying in this comfortable little house.

Wizard’s Cabin ($85)  This charming cabin on “Main Street” Has 2 sleeping rooms connected by a kitchen with refrigerator and propane cook stove. There is a wood-heating stove in sitting room.   Shower. Room 1 has a double bed  + a single unit.  Room 2 is used as sitting and  dining area.  It has 2 single beds + 3 mats in loft which can be used where they are or brought down to the floor.   A sunny deck across the back of this simple cabin over looks the creek. A delightful setting for a bar-b cue and summer evening dining.


Creek Side Cabin #1 ($75)  This cabin has no electricity but it has a complete bathroom with shower.  The kitchen has a propane cook stove but no refrigerator so bring an ice chest.   The tiny bed room with it’s great view of the creek makes this cabin a wonderful getaway for the couple that has had enough of TV, telephones and the noise of city life.  A private patio area at creek side completes the romantic getaway feel of this quaint cabin.  This cabin is also suitable for families or small groups   The main room or living room has2 single beds and a hide a bed couch. We can bring in a roll away or floor mats if requested.

 Fern Gully ($92)    Our cabin in the woods. This tiny cabin has a bedroom, a living room with a wood stove, a dinning area or extra sitting room, The rustic but complete kitchen has a refrigerator, a, propane cook stove, and a microwave.  The big old-fashioned bathtub in the bathroom is wonderful for soaking and relaxing after a massage or a long hike in the woods.  This comfortable cabin has a washing machine, which makes it a great choice for longer stays or families with children.  A small bedroom with a double bed can separate “mom and dad” from the kids. The living room has a Hide-away couch that makes up into a double bed and a day bed with trundle that sleeps 2.The secluded deck is a wonderful place for a summertime massage or just enjoying the morning. The 2 lounge chairs can be used for extra sleeping and we can bring in roll away or floor mats if requested. (This cabin sustained some winter storm damage and may not be available )

School House       This old fashioned one room school building is our pride and joy. It is our multipurpose building. The community events location. It can be used for every thing from classes to dances. It is the location of our vast metaphysical library of books audiotapes and videos. It is a great place to spend a rainy day curled up with a book or watching a video. A wonderful wood stove provides heat and charm to this rainy scenario.

The school can be used for groups needing extra sleeping space. It will sleep up to 15. We can provide a few mats. Bring your own sleeping bags or bedding. School has a toilet but no shower facilities. The “mini” kitchen has a refrigerator, microwave, and some electric appliances.          

Tepees       The tepee makes it possible to experience on a daily basis what a nomadic culture experienced hundreds of years ago.   Living in a Native American Tepee provided a passageway back through time that allows us to actually experience some of the aspects of this unique culture.

Splitting wood, stacking wood, tending fire, warming water, cooking, cleaning, arranging.  You begin to realize that you are one with “the Great Spirit that moves all things”.

With a warm fire glowing in the middle of the tepee, dancing patterns emerge on the tepee wall, lending themselves to the relaxing atmosphere.  You relax and allow yourself to connect with that inner silence.  Relaxed and energized.  You are at peace.

26 foot tepee    This sturdy and attractive tepee is set up with a double bed mattress and several single mats and is quite nice for a family adventure or group activities. A wonderful setting for ceremonies. It  will seat up to 35 and has a fire pit in the center.  This spacious teepee can sleep 10-12 comfortably on mats. We recommend that larger groups bring your own sleeping bags. Tepee has some bedding. (For 6?)

Tepee #2   This tepee has no inside fire pit but it is located near the large out side fire circle. It will sleep 6 or more. It is not “furnished” so bring your camping equipment and sleeping bags.


This is a non-smoking Community  Mystic Valley is a health and an environmentally conscious community, therefore we request our guests to respect our choice to breathe the fresh clean air of this mountain setting.  All cabins, tepees and community areas are non-smoking.  Smoking in the forest is a fire hazard.  Please limit your smoking to the designated smoking area. The smoking area is by the railroad tracks.



Camp Wildlife

September 4th, 2007 Posted in Camp Wildlife, Experience-Tipi/Teepee | No Comments »

Each summer the sanctuary offers children ages 8-16 the opportunity to become immersed in wildlife rehabilitation and nature while enjoying all the fun activities offered by ordinary summer camps.  Camp sessions last for five days and four nights, but can be attended as a day camp if desired.  Campers get to sleep in authentic teepees and participate in hayrides, hiking, swimming, horseback riding, white-water tubing, team-building obstacle  courses and much more.  Most importantly, they obtain hands-on experience helping to care for needy animals, observing veterinary technicians at work and participating in the release of rehabilitated animals.

Phone:  (706) 276-2980
Fax  (706) 276-2979
Snail Mail:  Ellijay Wildlife
 Rehabilitation Sanctuary
 435 Cougar Lane
 Ellijay, Georgia 30540


Wendy’s Backyard

September 4th, 2007 Posted in Teepee Living, Wendy's Backyard | No Comments »

Wendy Matthews has a new album which was inspired by time spent living in a teepee on her NSW coastal retreat.How did you become an Australian citizen?

After leaving Canada to travel, busk and experience life, I met Glenn Shorrock and his wife Jo in London. They asked me to come to Australia and do some backing vocals with the Little River Band and I’ve been here ever since. I became and Australian citizen in 1995, but it wasn’t until I came to this place where the mountain and the forests meet the sea that I felt grounded.

You’ve recently discovered you have a connection to an Abanaki Indian blooodline, how is this significant to you?

It’s a small but significant thing to me. Perhaps that’s why I feel so grounded when I come to stay on the coast in my traditional Sioux Tepee. I’ve always loved the outdoors and camping as a child and being in the bush with my dog Bear (a short haired Border Collie)

What things do you miss when living in your tepee?
Nothing really, tepee living is amazing, this Sioux design is complete with smoke flaps and rain flaps. I’ve got a chiminea inside to keep things warm and the floor is sand and river pebbles covered with carpets. I have a gas stove to cook on and I can sit and look out to the ocean or up at the moon at night. It’s basic but there’s something about eating food outdoors. I never feel uneasy when I’m here, it feels like I belong.