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ChristopheBy Christophe
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ChristopheBy Christophe
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About

THE WELLNESSTE GLAMPING SANCTUARY

Based in Upstate New York, Wellnesste is an organization committed to doing good in the world. My name is Christophe Marin, and my team and I believe that our "Glamping Sanctuary" is a fun and unique project that people everywhere can appreciate. We intend to plant native tree and wildflower species on previously abused farmland, set up basic camping sites that include campfire pits and picnic tables, build a sustainable Adirondack log lean-to cabin, develop a full two miles of nature trails, and build and install Bluebird houses along the nature trails. Our goal is not to transform the area, but to make it easier for people to enjoy the majesty and beauty that already exists!

"Glamping" is an exciting new trend that combines outdoor camping with such amenities as beds, electricity, and indoor plumbing, making the whole experience more comfortable and still eco-friendly. People who visit our Glamping Sanctuary can enjoy a biodiverse sanctuary, roast marshmallows, sleep under the stars and enjoy all that Central New York has to offer.

Research has shown that in the United States people spend between 85% and 95% of their lives indoors. This is not right! We have purchased and protected around 60 acres of forest, meadows, restored crop fields, wetlands, and waterfront, and we know exactly what to do with it: our Glamping Sanctuary!

De-stress and get re-energized with us. Glamping is perfect for anyone who is looking for a green vacation!

ABOUT WELLNESSTE

Meaning "wellness unto you," Wellnesste is a word that comes from our belief that happiness, wellness, and the quality of life are connected to nature and the great outdoors. A popular pet-friendly getaway and retreat destination in Central New York, Wellnesste has shown thousands of people – traveling from as far away as New Zealand and even China – the wonders of life outdoors. Since 2009, we have sent all our guests a clear message: the land can heal, it can save, and it can rejuvenate.

Check out Instagram, Airbnb, Google, Facebook, and Trip Advisor for a snapshot of all the positive feedback we have generated! 

MORE ABOUT THE GLAMPING SANCTUARY

Taking acres once dedicated to monoculture crops, Wellnesste is going to establish the Glamping Sanctuary as a place where our ethos "learn, grow, and conserve" is always on full display. We hope that in time the Glamping Sanctuary will become known as a place where people can come to visit with deer, porcupines, turkey, fox, fishers, pine martins, bunnies, blue birds, squirrels, raccoons, mink, weasels, otters, beavers, opossums, gophers, coyotes, owls, bald eagles, salamanders, ring-necked snakes, newts, frogs, and other special creatures!

This area is also home to magnificent rivers, and we have more than a half-mile of frontage on the famous East Branch of Fish Creek, which feeds Oneida Lake (New York's largest lake). 

 ACTIVITIES AT THE GLAMPING SANCTUARY WILL INCLUDE:

· Self-guided walks

· Hiking (including snowshoeing, trail running, and cross-country skiing)

· Nature photography

· Creative writing

· Painting & sketching

· Bird watching

· Wildlife study

· Natural history studies

· Ecological research

· Picnics & more

Plus, much, much more!

WHAT WE NEED & WHAT YOU GET

Right now, we are turning to you, Kickstarter, for help in raising $20,000. These funds will cover the costs of developing the land we have already purchased into the Glamping Sanctuary that we have planned. To say thanks, we invite all our contributors to visit with us just as soon as you are able, and we have also put together some other exciting rewards.

THE IMPACT  

This is, of course, about more than just our project. This is about Mother Nature and how we treat her. Let's treat her right – and make the Wellnesste Glamping Sanctuary something that generations to come will cherish.

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT

From the bottom of our hearts, we thank each and every one of you who have supported this Sanctuary vision to make the world a better place by providing a natural home for both people and Mother Nature to thrive.  We look forward to seeing you at the sanctuary in the coming year or two so that you can experience Wellnesste firsthand.  Until then, carpe diem! 

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                                           OUR REWARDS... 

 ($5 Reward) Friend of the Sanctuary

($10 Reward) Pinecone Supporter

($20 Reward) Tree Hugger... Plant A Tree

($25 Reward) Children's Book 

($25 Reward) Assorted Original Watercolor 

($30 Reward) Adopt A Maple

($39 Reward) Bluebird Sponsor

($49 Reward) Handmade Goat Milk Soap and Accompanying Soap Dish

($69 Reward) Two Night Tent Camping Getaway with S'mores Kit

($75 Reward) Nature Photography Class 

($99 Reward) Nature Trail Sign Sponsor

($129 Reward) Family Legacy Tree Grove

($149 Reward) Monarch Protector

($179 Reward) Tiny Cabin Getaway For Two Nights

($249 Reward) Cabin Getaway for Two Nights

($499 Reward) Campsite Naming Rights

($699 Reward) Two Night Nature Retreat with Christophe

($2,500 Reward) Lean-to Cabin Naming Rights

($5 Reward)  Friend of the Sanctuary
($5 Reward) Friend of the Sanctuary
($10 Reward) Pinecone Supporter
($10 Reward) Pinecone Supporter
($20 Reward)  Tree Hugger... Plant A Tree
($20 Reward) Tree Hugger... Plant A Tree
($25 Reward)  Children's Book by Rhonda and Hadassah Shaul
($25 Reward) Children's Book by Rhonda and Hadassah Shaul
($25 Reward) Assorted Original Watercolor Art by Hadassah Shaul
($25 Reward) Assorted Original Watercolor Art by Hadassah Shaul
($30 Reward)  Adopt A Maple
($30 Reward) Adopt A Maple
($39 Reward)  Bluebird Sponsor
($39 Reward) Bluebird Sponsor
($49 Reward)  Handmade Goat Milk Soap and Accompanying Soap Dish
($49 Reward) Handmade Goat Milk Soap and Accompanying Soap Dish
($69 Reward) Two Night Tent Camping Getaway with S'mores Kit
($69 Reward) Two Night Tent Camping Getaway with S'mores Kit


($75 Reward)  Nature Photography Class with Emmanuel Vaucher
($75 Reward) Nature Photography Class with Emmanuel Vaucher


($99 Reward) Nature Trail Sign Sponsor
($99 Reward) Nature Trail Sign Sponsor
($129 Reward)  Family Legacy Tree Grove
($129 Reward) Family Legacy Tree Grove
($149 Reward)  Monarch Protector
($149 Reward) Monarch Protector
($179 Reward)  Tiny Cabin Getaway For Two Nights
($179 Reward) Tiny Cabin Getaway For Two Nights


($249 Reward)  Cabin Getaway for Two Nights
($249 Reward) Cabin Getaway for Two Nights
($499 Reward)  Campsite Naming Rights
($499 Reward) Campsite Naming Rights
($699 Reward) Two Night Nature Retreat with Christophe
($699 Reward) Two Night Nature Retreat with Christophe
($2,500 Reward)  Lean-to Cabin Naming Rights
($2,500 Reward) Lean-to Cabin Naming Rights

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge facing a small operation like ours is money. That and time are the only things standing between us and greatness. We have devised a plan that will work, we know that people embrace the Wellnesste ethos, and we are committed to following through on our plans. On average, we work 60-80 hours per week at Wellnesste, but we are happy to do so and eager to keep doing so. All we need is your help!

We are running this Kickstarter in order to connect with like-minded environmentally conscious people in order to continue making strides in our conservation mission. If we continue to follow through on our mission, we believe there could be a ripple effect, something that will ignite an awareness of the value of nature and all its wild critters.

We need help most in these areas:
* Paying for labor to complete trail work, plantings, campsite cleanup, and lean-to construction.
* Paying for materials and supplies to follow through on our plans.

A Little about Me
A French immigrant, I served in the US Army for 14 years as a Green Beret. I am a biologist and conservationist, and I also served on President Bush Sr's Inaugural Committee. A proud single father, I live with my wonderful, loving daughters – along with plenty of dogs, chickens, a bunny, some fish, and all the wild creatures that call Wellnesste home.

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    Handmade: Original Water Color Art

    Autographed original watercolor paintings by Hadassah Shaul. A variety of subjects from Wellnesste's beautiful grounds, the river, the ponds, cabins, critters and more. Each piece is unique so you'll get a mystery piece just for YOU! All pieces are postcard size and come ready for framing on heavy watercolor paper.

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    You will receive an autographed copy of “Benjamin’s Bunny”; this wonderful little tale is based on one of the many true animal adventures here in Upstate New York. This gem is courtesy of our good friends up the road at Cranberry Ridge Farm. Adults and children alike will appreciate this lovely story with beautiful illustrations by our friends, mother and daughter team Rhonda and Hadassah. Story by Rhonda Shaul and illustrated by Hadassah Shaul.

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    Maples are one of the defining species of New England and Upstate NY. They provide Maple Syrup as well as incredible foliage for all to enjoy. Your contribution will help protect both old growth and new growth maples on the sanctuary for generations to come. You will receive a digital adoption certificate designating your contribution to sustainability. You will be recognized in perpetuity on our Sanctuary page as an "Adopt-A-Maple" Supporter. We'll also keep you updated on the progress of the sanctuary via periodic blogs, emails, videos and posts.

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    S'more camping... You'll get a two-night pass to one of the new tent sites on the sanctuary along with a S'mores kit to enjoy at your own campfire pit! You'll get a digital voucher via email and you can book your stay anytime in 2019 or 2020 so you've got plenty of time to plan a little trip! You bring your camping gear, we provide a great outdoor experience on the sanctuary. (For two guests, additional guests can be added for $10 per night)

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    Country Skills: Nature Photography Class

    Immerse yourself with one of the area's top photographers and other nature lovers as you learn pro tips and techniques from French photographer Emmanuel Vaucher. Bring your favorite camera and we'll provide the knowledge and hands-on experience. This 3 hour workshop will be hands here at the sanctuary where you'll have a variety of ecosystems and subjects to photograph. Nature's beauty is SPECTACULAR and LIMITLESS and after this class you'll enjoy nature in a whole new way!

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    Monarch's are in trouble. The non-profit organization "Monarch Watch" records in all, the loss of summer breeding habitat in North America is estimated at 147 million acres since 1992 (an area 4 times the size of the state of Illinois). We are losing 6,000 acres of potential monarch/pollinator habitat a day in the United Stated due to development (2.2 million acres per year). The losses of habitat due the adoption of glyphosate tolerant corn and soybeans in the last 10 years amount to at least 100 million acres. Your contribution will help us plant and maintain wildflower and milkweed habitat so that Monarchs have a safe place to live and breed. You will also receive a digital certificate designating your contribution to sustainability. You will be recognized in perpetuity on our Sanctuary page as a "Monarch Protector" Supporter. We'll also keep you updated on the progress of the sanctuary via periodic blogs, emails, videos and posts.

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    You'll get a two-night pass to any one of our Tiny Cabins including our Treehouse and the new Lean-to Cabin on the sanctuary along with a S'mores kit to enjoy at your own campfire pit! You'll get a digital voucher via email and you can book your stay anytime in 2019 or 2020 so you've got plenty of time to plan a little trip! (For two guests, additional guests can be added for $20 per night)

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    You'll get a two-night getaway in either Wilson's Cabin or the Adirondack Cabin on the sanctuary along with a S'mores kit to enjoy at your own campfire pit! You'll get a digital voucher via email and you can book your stay anytime in 2019 or 2020 so you've got plenty of time to plan a little trip!
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    Your contribution will help fund the four primitive campsites on the sanctuary and your name (or your company's name) will be recognized with naming rights for one campsite. You will be recognized with a sign at the campsite and in perpetuity on our Sanctuary page as a Nature Trail Supporter. We'll also keep you updated on the progress of the sanctuary via periodic blogs, emails, videos and posts.

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    Two Night Nature Retreat with Christophe

    See the sanctuary and our area firsthand with Christophe. We'll hike and explore a few local waterfalls, check out the local salmon hatchery, enjoy a picnic and spend some time together sharing thoughts and ideas about conservation and how we can all make things better for the world around us. Your retreat will also include a two-night getaway in either Wilson's Cabin or the Adirondack Cabin on the sanctuary along with a S'mores kit to enjoy at your own campfire pit! You'll get a digital voucher via email and you can book your stay anytime in 2019 or 2020 so you've got plenty of time to plan a little trip! (for two guests, additional guests can be added for $20 per night)

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    Lean-to Cabin Naming Rights

    Your contribution will help fund the construction of the new Adirondack Lean-to cabin on the sanctuary and your name (or the name of a loved one) will be recognized with naming rights for the lean-to cabin. You will be recognized with a sign on the cabin and in perpetuity on our site where the lean-to will be listed along with our other cabins. We'll also keep you updated on the progress of the sanctuary via periodic blogs, emails, videos and posts.

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