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At 4,400 feet, the undiscovered gem called PIPES CANYON VALLEY, just a stone's throw from historic PIONEERTOWN, is a refuge of serenity nestled at the foothills of the BIG BEAR MOUNTAINS adjoining 33,000 acres of WILDLANDS CONSERVANCY. Our gorgeous solar and wind-powered Southwest casita, graced by fine art within, is situated on 22 acres of nature's own artistry without.
HIGH DESERT EDEN surrounded by a spectacular panorama of rare flat-topped mesas, jagged peaks, a volcano, and giant boulders, delights the senses with breathtaking sunrises and sunsets, and the Milky Way on display virtually every night. We're a short drive from JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK and the BIG MORONGO CANYON PRESERVE, a world-famous birders haven. We enjoy four seasons here, each with its own distinct pleasures; spring with its unmatched wildflower bloom; summer (20 degrees cooler than Palm Springs, 10 degrees cooler than Joshua Tree) with maximum greenery and balmy, star-filled nights; autumn's crisp days and changing colors; and snow for a fantasy winter holiday.
Here you can create the vacation of your dreams - a solitary respite to write or reflect in perfect peace and quiet; a romantic lovers getaway; or a rejuvenating PRIVATE YOGA RETREAT customized to your personal needs with renowned yoga master MAX THOMAS. Enjoy a sitting meditation in our tee-pee or walk our desert vista labyrinth. There's a great library of fiction, nature, human anatomy, off-grid and healthy living books and magazines, as well as eclectic spiritual, philosophy and yoga titles for times you want to lie on a comfy couch or under a shady tree and just READ. Kids (and adults) love 'mining for stardust' in our Rockhound Wash.
Besides the huge bedroom (queen memory foam mattress) there are two comfy single beds in the livingroom. But best of all is a FABULOUS SCREENED 220 sq.ft. LIVING and SLEEPING PORCH (queen bed) with perfect privacy and million dollar views.
For the more adventurous, take advantage of back roads the likes of which you've never seen, groves of the planet's largest Joshua trees, secret gardens, hidden caves and ancient petroglyphs. With its unmatched biodiversity of plant and animal life (a result of the area straddling the Sonoran and Mojave Deserts), Pipes Canyon Valley is an untrammeled national treasure, one that rivals the grandeur of Joshua Tree National Park itself. Or just for fun, drive a few minutes down the road to wild and wooly, world-famous music magnet and restaurant, PAPPY AND HARRIET'S PIONEERTOWN PALACE.
Keywords: Southwest, luxury casita, wildlands-adjacent, ancient trees, boulders
Your hosts are yogi and healer MAX THOMAS and his wife of 30 years, bestselling author and screenwriter ROBIN MAXWELL. They are privileged to be caretakers of the land and creators of the High Desert Eden sanctuary. Countless artists, writers, musicians, healers, yogis, parents and children have found quiet, comfort and inspiration in this remarkable 'home away from home.' Now Max and Robin have decided to share their little corner of paradise with you. Depending on your wishes, they will grant you total privacy or offer guidance for your many adventures.
The Owner purchased this house in 2004
An Eco-Friendly Destination
'We'd always dreamed of owning property adjoining public lands and to live a sustainable life. The magnificent WILDLANDS CONSERVANCY on two sides of High Desert Eden is that dream come true, and we're proud to be off the electrical grid, with a photo-voltaic array mounted on a state-of-the-art 'tracker,' augmented by a wind generator. While we have all the modern amenities here, we've learned to be conscious about consumption and live lightly on the land. We ask all our guests to do the same.' Max is available for discussion and consultation about our system.
PRIVATE YOGA RETREATS: If you make yoga a part of your HIGH DESERT EDEN getaway, you will enjoy the most delightful, tailor-made experience of your life. With 35 years of yogic wisdom at his command, MAX THOMAS offers his own eclectic and non-dogmatic style of yoga to everyone from raw beginners to seasoned practitioners. You can choose gentle, restorative session to promote healing from injuries or illness; basic to more complex breath work; or learn how to use 'Yoga as Preventive Medicine.' Yoginis and yogis might wish to kick-start their days with energetic classes, to refine or re-design their current practice...or even create one from the ground up. And there is no one better than Max at just 'playing yoga,' with kids from 9 - 90. LODGING AT THE CASITA, YOGA CLASSES and HEALTHY GOURMET MEALS included.
High Desert Eden was the last stop on a round-the-world trip with my two boys, and what a superb end to the holiday. Definitely the highlight of the trip. Despite (or maybe, because of) the snow and freezing January temperatures, the casita was a cosy place to recover from jet-lag, the skies were crisp and clear, and Max and Robin are such attentive, delightful and charming hosts. And what an unbelieveable natural setting, with a feeling of remoteness despite the relative proximity to LA. Good food and entertainment up the road at the inimitable Pappy and Harriet's. Magnificent night skies with the distant howl of Coyotes. And Internet if you really need it! Truly magical.
Getting away 'on retreat' couldn't possibly get better than this - except maybe to stay longer! As individuals and as a couple we relished the joy of being in this desert Eden for three days. Robin and Max are gracious and generous hosts; they have built and lovingly maintain a nurturing oasis of peace for us pamper-seeking humans as well as a home for a fabulous biodiversity of birds, animals, plants, and rocks. They offer here what we all need most - the rest and renewal that comes from slowing down and paying attention to the elemental essence of life itself - inside and out. We could hardly drag ourselves away to go out and get groceries (except for a crazy night of fun music and dancing at Harriet and Pappy's!) The silence of the desert, the stillness of the stars, the expansive vistas we could walk in, the wild-eared jack-rabbits - all of this - remains a joy-filled presence as we shovel snow, slip on ice, and face the realities of this NE winter.
Waking up to cottontail rabbits outside our bedroom window. Following fresh tracks to the nearby wash for a gorgeous sunrise heralded by coyote howls. Back at the comfortable casita eating breakfast with a primeval view while a covey of quail wander by outside. Midday hike along a ridge of low hills for long views with hardly any signs of civilization--without leaving the 22 acre property. A short ride down the road to Pappy & Harriets for dinner followed by stargazing on a moonless night snugly covered by warm comforters on convenient chaises. Hiking the next day in the 27,000 acre Pioneertown Mountains Preserve which borders the property. Max and Robin have done wonderful things with the casita and the surrounding desert property to satisfy every whim for relaxation, exploring, solitude and bird/animal watching.
We spent a wonderful Christmas at High Desert Eden. The property was just as described, fully equipped with everything to make our stay enjoyable and restorative. The owners Robin and Max were most welcoming, and made sure we had everything we needed to get the most from our stay. We were even offered use of a turkey baster!
As avid birdwatchers, we delighted in seeing the abundant bird life that visits the restful gardens around the property, and sitting by the outdoor fire-pit with a whiskey watching the sun go down as the birds took their roosts in the bushes around us was magical.
There are numerous hikes very close to the property, and we didn't feel the need to travel into the Joshua Tree Park proper, as there was plenty enough for us the do nearby- and we hiked for more than 4 hours everyday.
This place was a perfect getaway from the chaos and noise of the city. Clean, warm and cozy with lots of natural light, my best friend and I felt instantly relaxed upon arriving. The house is situated in the desert mountains on several acres of beautiful land surrounded by wilderness, gorgeous rock formations and big skies.
It is so quite and serene that you can hear the chirping of birds during the day and the howling of coyotes in the distance at night (there were no coyotes nearby, so no worries about that).
At night, since the place is far enough from the light pollution of the city, so many stars are visible - we saw the Milky Way and even caught a few shooting stars while sitting out by the fire pit (which was ready for us when we got there - filled with wood and easy to start up with just a lighter). The bed out on the covered outdoor patio was very comfortable and perfect for spending the night if you want to have more of a "glamping" experience.
We had no trouble finding the place and had an easy time getting around to other places in the area. Joshua Tree Village and the national park as well as the Integratron in Landers (highly recommend visiting and experiencing the sound bath) were within an easy 25/30 minute drive or less.
While we didn't have the pleasure of meeting the owners Robin and Max since they were out of town, Emmanuel was there to greet us and show us around the house and property. He was super nice and very welcoming.
The only thing is that it would be nice if the shower head were unclogged or replaced as the minerals from the desert hard water seem to have built up and clogged the shower head. Regardless, the place really was perfect. I highly recommend staying here and will for sure be coming back myself.
We were blown away by High Desert Eden and all it had to offer. A beautiful, cozy piece of calm, extraordinary, adventure we hope to return to again and again. Though our hosts were traveling, we were well looked after by Emanuel, the care taker extraordinaire. Birdsong, sunrises, wild winds, soothing meditative colors....everything we had hoped to color out far to brief visit to the deep spirit of Joshua Tree. We were attending a wedding and the casita was the perfect romantic nest to call home. We will be back. Deb Fink and David Stritfeld
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
|Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $54 per night, per additional guest|
|Notes||Private yoga classes with Max available upon request - $75/hr per person. $15 for each additional person|
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