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North Carolina Treehouse on a Vegetarian Retreat Center

This is a truly unique vacation treehouse! Not only was it built for the Treehouse Masters TV show, but now it stands as a special spiritual retreat where you can only stay if you feel called to — and only if write an essay explaining your “innermost heart yearning” for your retreat at Celesterra.

The property is strictly vegetarian-only, and inside the treehouse, you’ll find a little kitchen perfect for cooking up appropriate meals. There’s a wood-burning stove to keep you toasty in inclement weather, and you can climb a ladder to the loft bed in the trees.

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The Treehouse is on a Vegetarian Retreat in Canton, North Carolina

It almost looks like it’s levitating, doesn’t it?

In the cool months, light the woodstove for a cozy retreat.

Those wide plank floors are lovely.

The kitchen is only for cooking vegetarian meals.

It looks so peaceful in there, doesn’t it?

There’s no running water in the treehouse itself, but you have access to the main house bathroom.

Here is the ladder to the loft.

Another perspective.

The cozy but spacious sleeping loft.

The elevated deck is the perfect spot to start the day with some hot tea, coffee, and some positive thoughts. 🙂

Look at that awesome custom-built bench!

Another view of the bench.

The incredible crew who built the treehouse.

The surrounding property is yours to enjoy.

It’s an all-season oasis.

As you can see, it’s a very private location.

Nearby luxury bathroom for your use.

Lovely tile shower.

What do you think?

Would you stay here? Or better yet, would you consider building something inspired by this cabin? Tell us about it in the comments!


Celesterra is a 230 sq. ft. sacred space that floats between earth and sky about 15 feet off of the ground. Built by the television show Treehouse Masters, it is a beautiful, serene space that is cozy, warm and inviting. PLEASE NOTE: All food and cooking are strictly vegetarian with no garlic or onions (so the next guests might be able to appreciate the space as well). No meat on the land at all, please.

Celesterra features a beautiful living area with wood stove and leather club chairs, a dining table, fully stocked kitchenette and a bathroom with a composting toilet. IT HAS NO RUNNING WATER, but glorious spring water is supplied for drinking, washing dishes and cleaning hands. There is a full bathroom available in the main house exclusively for your use (about a three minute walk – try a walking meditation back and forth each day!). It features a beautiful walk-in shower and flushing toilet and sink with hot and cold water.

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife, and mama of three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.

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  • Mary L McGuirk
    October 17, 2021, 8:33 am

    enough with the tree houses for a while.

  • Maggie
    October 17, 2021, 10:12 am

    I watched every episode of Treehouse Masters…twice (and some of them even more)!

    • Natalie C. McKee
      October 19, 2021, 10:11 am

      You are a true fan!

  • Tricia Donnelly
    October 17, 2021, 7:19 pm

    Only vegetarian meals, so leaves a few people out…….. no onion or garlic, leaves a LOT of people out! Such crazy rules!

  • sheila
    October 17, 2021, 8:45 pm

    Nice place but am not a Vegetarian and never will be. I like a healthy balanced meals. I do eat a lot of veggies and meat. Looks peaceful.

    • Eric
      October 18, 2021, 11:53 pm

      I’m not criticising your choice in meals, but vegetarian or vegan, of which I am one, provides all the nutrition one needs.
      Where do we get our protein? Same place as cows, sheep etc.

  • Marsha Cowan
    October 17, 2021, 9:12 pm

    Well, my motto is the animals eat the veggies, then I eat the animals, but I’d be willing to change my diet to stay in this lovely tree house for a while. It does look like a great getaway, and everything is beautifully done! I love the loft, and the views are gorgeous. Nice build. Lovely home!

    • Natalie C. McKee
      October 19, 2021, 10:10 am

      I’m with you, but the lack of garlic and onions is what really got me haha! I’m pretty sure they’re part of nearly every meal I cook!

  • Tina
    October 18, 2021, 6:51 pm

    Hello! I love this peaceful getaway-everything about it! Go without garlic, onion and meat-Can do! Do you have a radio or can I bring one if not-for weather and music. Would love to rent in winter. Do you have any openings for Christmas? What would be the cost for 4-5 days? Tina

  • LargeMarge
    October 20, 2021, 10:36 pm

    Well, isn’t that something…. just a couple-three decades ago, I was wondering if I could experiment doing that ‘vegantarianist life-style’ stuff.
    And, then, this pops-up.
    Irregardless, I applaud ‘the vegantarianist crowd’ for trying it on for size.
    Maybe if I had multiple ruminate stomachs, maybe I could vegantarianist.
    But I don’t, so I won’t.

    • Anna
      May 22, 2023, 1:47 pm

      Actually, you have the stomach of a primate. As well as the stomach acid, saliva, teeth, and intestines of a primate. Which is to say made to eat plants, fruit, nuts, grains. That’s why consuming animal products regularly causes the biggest chronic diseases in humans. It’s not that you couldn’t be vegetarian or vegan, you just don’t want to change how and what you eat, so like these other naysayer commenters, who clearly lack accurate knowledge of nutrition and physiology, you make excuses for “why you can’t”. And it’s all nonsense. I haven’t eaten meat in 35 years, and look 10 years younger than my age and feel great. I’m almost never ill, and am extremely physically active. FYI, the ADA has published a great document in support of vegetarian, including vegan diets, as “appropriate and healthy for all stages of human development.”

      • James D.
        May 23, 2023, 2:01 pm

        Actually, we’re omnivores, and primates eat meat too. Researchers have recorded the olive baboon alone (Papio anubis) eating meals like cichlids (a type of fish), snakes, hares, six different species of antelope, and even domestic sheep and goats. As a genus, the baboons prey on over 21 wild mammal species. So it’s a misconception that primates are only intended to eat plants, fruits, nuts, and grains.

        It’s great your diet works well for you but that’s not going to be the case for everyone. Some people do have different dietary needs and different diets can work better for other people. Especially, when you factor food allergies, etc. it can be quite complex what’s the best diet for someone and that it can be completely different from what’s best for someone else…

        • Anna
          May 23, 2023, 10:38 pm

          I should have been more specific about which primates: The Great Ape family, to which humans belong. The members of this group, such as Gorillas, Orangutans, Chimps and Bonobos, range from all plant eaters to mostly plant eaters. Even the chimps, whose diets is 97-98% vegetarian. Your statements do not change the fact that humans have the teeth, saliva, stomach acid, and intestines that are ideally suited to process plant foods. As opposed to carnivores, for example, who have much shorter intestines, with which to eliminate decaying flesh quickly.
          But animals in nature don’t have the capacity to make other choices, as we do. Most people in the developed world DO have a choice, and the flimsy argument of allergies is absurd. No one is allergic to all plant foods or even most of them. It’s a defensive, specious response from those who pretend they don’t have a choice.
          Not only is a meat-centric diet not healthy, it’s actually ruining the planet. Animal Ag wastes enormous amounts of land, water, and creates a large amount of fecal waste, pollution, and greenhouse gasses.
          But the worst is the horrendous cruelty that is standard operating procedure in Animal Ag. What these sentient, sensitive, conscious animals are subjected to, both in their miserable lives, and their brutal, horrific deaths, are almost beyond description. Which is why the industry is so careful to not let the reality of this sick industry get out for the public, for “consumers” to see. And why states have tried to pass “ag-gag laws” to criminalize and jail those who expose these conditions, and how the animals are treated.
          Fortunately, more and more people are waking up to the true cost and cruelty of animal-based food products, which American taxpayers are forced to subsidize to the tune of 38 billion dollars a year.

      • James D.
        May 24, 2023, 5:51 am

        “Your statements do not change the fact that humans have the teeth, saliva, stomach acid, and intestines that are ideally suited to process plant foods.”

        Actually, it does because it points out we’re also adapted to eating meat as that is what it means to be omnivores, being able to eat a wide range of foods but that typically means a lack of specialization, and fact is humans are omnivores!

        While newer studies actually show consuming meat has many benefits. It’s just like everything else in nature, there has to be a balance!

        Fact is animals are part of the ecosystem and there is a symbiosis between plants and animals. All life on the planet is also carbon based and would not exist without carbon, any more than it can exist without water. Trees, for example get about 90% of their mass from absorbing carbon from the atmosphere. Something that would be hard to impossible for plants to get without animals. Even Manure from animals benefits plants because that is rich in nitrogen and has widely been used as a natural fertilizer because it fights diseases and cleans contaminants. Among other ways animals benefit plants.

        Besides, Primates that are strictly plant eaters have adaptations like the Black-and-white colobus monkeys, who are so specialized to eating plant matter that their guts have evolved a fermenting chamber, not unlike those of cows, allowing them to munch on lichen and bark. Adaptations we clearly do not share and would actually be needed to support an argument that we should be primarily any specific food diet.

        Being a pure vegan is thus actually hard for people because of issues like there are some essential vitamins that do not exist in plants at all. Some of the vitamins in plants have to be converted before the body can use them, reducing their bioavailability. Antinutrients prevent the body from absorbing many of the vitamins and minerals found in plants. Plant protein has an incomplete amino acid profile and is poorly absorbed. Most plants contain unfavorable ratios of certain fatty acids, including omega-3 and omega-6. Thus it’s easier to be a vegetarian as that usually means including animal products in the diet.

        While food allergies don’t have to effect a wide range when it can already be hard to acquire someone’s dietary needs. It’s also only an example of many different issues people can have with their bodies that can make it difficult for them to acquire their dietary needs. So such limitations can still prevent proper nutrition with a strictly vegan or other strict diet.

        Again, it’s great your diet works for you but it’s not the end all and be all of all diets. Facts is there’s a wide range and diversity of dietary needs and there’s many reasons why other people will not all choose the same diet to have those needs met… It’s just a subject that is more complex than you’re trying to convey…

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