Our Vision centers on restoring right relation with Nature; reconnecting us to ourselves, each other, and our living planet.

-Leigha Horton and Travis Norman, Silvae Spiritus co-founders

Nestled in the Minnesota Northwoods halfway between Minneapolis / St. Paul and the scenic North Shore of Lake Superior, this inviting guest house is part of a quiet nature retreat close to charming small towns, as well as Banning State Park (hiking, white-water rafting), Willard Munger state bicycle trail, and Robinson Park (rock and ice climbing). Whether for deep relaxation and rejuvenation, a romantic getaway, or simply connecting with nature, these 30 acres feature woods, ephemeral ponds, meadows, and winding trails throughout.

The private guest house, attached to our home, provides easygoing luxury in a spa-like atmosphere. Special features include full kitchen fit for a several-day stay, modular living room furniture that can be easily reconfigured to open the space for yoga, dance, or group meditation, and a modern wood-burning stove for indoor fireside relaxation. Second-floor bathroom with jet tub, private balcony for enjoying sunsets, private rustic fire pit near the house for cozy nights under the stars, and private campsite nestled in the woods.

Your on-site hosts, Travis and Leigha, are Certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guides. To learn more about the practice of Forest Therapy, also known as Forest Bathing or Shinrin-Yoku, visit What We Do. To book a Guided Walk session during your stay, contact us to ensure availability before registering. Once your walk time is scheduled, visit our Registration page to confirm with payment.

  •   A truly special & enchanting place that celebrates the beauty of the surrounding woods with complete coziness in mind. So... read more

    thumb Tara
    1/26/2022

      Leigha was a great communicator; quick responses. They were even able to offer a 1 hour early check in. We... read more

    thumb Samantha
    1/22/2022

      This was my third time here after a visit in the summer and fall. There are so many things to... read more

    thumb Adeline
    1/17/2022

      We would definitely stay here again! The space, the atmosphere, and the amenities were everything we expected and more! The... read more

    thumb Tyler
    1/09/2022

      I highly recommend this house. The house is very relaxing, clean, and filled with comfortable furniture. The place was well... read more

    thumb Niccolo
    1/06/2022

      Such a wonderful place, and even more spacious and beautiful than the photos do justice!

    thumb Tanner
    12/20/2021

      My friends and I enjoyed a fairy tale perfect retreat here this week, hiking the trails on the property, cooking... read more

    thumb Heidi
    12/17/2021

      This place was the most relaxing winter stays I’ve ever had. The tub is amazing, comfortable furniture, thoughtful and kind... read more

    thumb Emily
    12/12/2021

      This place is special…it cleared our heads and filled our hearts with serenity and calm.

    I booked this... read more

    thumb Anna
    12/07/2021
  •   This place was amazing! Leigha and Travis are incredible hosts who communicate perfectly and provided a comfortable and relaxing stay.... read more

    thumb Claire
    11/24/2021

      Great place. Great surroundings. Great hosts. 100% wonderful place to stay. If you are waffling on... read more

    thumb Janet
    11/21/2021

      We had a wonderful time! The place was lovely and cozy, and we would definitely recommend scheduling a forest bathing... read more

    thumb Will
    11/13/2021

      Really cool property and great vibes all around ! Would highly recommend.

    thumb Liam
    11/07/2021

      As always a great stay! I was here in the summer and it is just as beautiful in new ways... read more

    thumb Adeline
    10/31/2021

      Quiet, secluded location with plenty of room to explore. Large, open main floor living area with spiral staircase leading... read more

    thumb Timothy
    10/24/2021

      Beautiful place to stay and get away! Landscape and trails are beautiful, the living space upstairs was so comfortable and... read more

    thumb Derek
    10/17/2021

      A great place with amazing hosts!

    thumb Emily
    10/14/2021

      The owners are lovely people who are particular and pay attention to all of the details, big and small. ... read more

    thumb Desiree
    10/10/2021
  •   This spot is an amazing place to relax and enjoy the wonderful nature-rich experience that is northern Minnesota. To put... read more

    thumb John
    10/04/2021

      This isn’t just a place, it’s an experience. If you’re looking for the perfect “Retreat” sanctuary, visit “Silvae Spiritus”! Leigha... read more

    thumb Alexandra
    10/03/2021

      This is a wonderful hidden gem that I definitely hope to return to. The hosts are beyond kind, and so... read more

    thumb Danielle
    9/27/2021

      Beautiful design and lovely woods to explore. Definitely coming back!

    thumb Miriam
    9/19/2021

      Travis and Leigha are amazing hosts. Their place is exactly like the photos and they are very gracious hosts and... read more

    thumb Sheila
    8/27/2021

      Great place to stay. Comfy and Quiet.

    thumb Corey
    8/19/2021

      Beautiful place to stay and get away! Landscape and trails are beautiful, the living space upstairs was so comfortable and... read more

    thumb Derek
    10/17/2021

      A great place with amazing hosts!

    thumb Emily
    10/14/2021

      The owners are lovely people who are particular and pay attention to all of the details, big and small. ... read more

    thumb Desiree
    10/10/2021

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