Why visit Shanti?
Shanti is a Sanskrit word meaning peace, rest, calmness, tranquility and bliss. Its broader meaning is “inner peace,” a state of being mentally and spiritually at peace.
Owner Elizabeth Medgyesy says, “My goal is to create a vessel of inner peace and transformation through the nature of Shanti. Many people have told me in the past that this land radiates peace and tranquility. Perhaps it is because of the abundant sunshine – so uncommon in this ecosystem of dense Redwood trees. Perhaps it is because this is the site of the original farmhouse of the area, situated above monolithic rocks with three natural springs emanating from them.”
About the owner
Elizabeth has been in the tourism industry since 1991, when she started her own tour company, ‘EcoTours of Oregon’ in Portland, Oregon. After eight years, she decided to make use of her extensive knowledge of traveling in Asia, yoga and Buddhist philosophy by founding ‘Spirit Travel,’ during which time she operated spiritual pilgrimage tours to India, Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan. Elizabeth is also a world traveler extraordinaire, having visited 45 countries around the globe. Her most recent two-month trips were to Cambodia and Laos in 2013, then trekking in Nepal in 2014. Elizabeth has finally decided to buy some furniture and (more or less) settle down for a time. She now lives peacefully with her two Field Spaniels Libby and Lucy and her two cats Buster and Princeza on the 6.5 acres available to Shanti Vacation Rental. Elizabeth is also a talented Certified Massage Therapist who works out of her home studio and previously at Osmosis Day Spa in nearby Freestone. She enjoys both road and mountain bike riding, swimming, walking on the beach with her dogs, all types of music, growing plants tending to her herd of animals and world travel.
Why the Owner Chose Occidental
Elizabeth purchased this property because it had the two things she desired most: her own source of water and old growth redwood trees. She has lived here since December 31, 2009. The land was consecrated in ceremony by a group of friends who walked the perimeter in the pouring rain, blessing and leaving offerings to the four directions. Shanti is her brainchild and she loves nothing more than staying home in this place of peace.
Caring For The Environment
Shanti operates only under the strictest environmentally-friendly guidelines, including water conservation, recycling, composting, permaculture landscape design, organic farming, low use of fossil fuels, 36 solar energy panels, absence of toxic cleaning chemicals and purchase of locally made products whenever possible. Shanti was named due to the incredibly peaceful energy felt by many who have visited this land. Help us to add to this good energy and visit us soon!
The Unique Benefits of This Land
The biggest asset of Shanti is the ‘peaceful, easy feeling’ one gets from being here. We are void of light pollution and noise pollution– all is silent on this stretch of Coleman Valley Road aside from the occasional car or bike rider passing below us. Instead, we hear frogs up in the pond, birds chirping in the morning and an occasional coyote screech at dusk.
With plenty of room to roam and run freely, this land is a dog’s dream and Elizabeth heartily welcomes your friendly and well-behaved dogs to Shanti to play with her Field Spaniels Libby and Lucy. Play fetch with sticks in the pond or walk to the famous Grove of the Old Trees with grandmother Redwoods hundreds of years old. If massage is your desire, Elizabeth can help you to work out those sore muscles on site. Couples massage can also be arranged with prior notice for you and your sweetie.