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About Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

Wonderwell Mountain Refuge is a Buddhist retreat center in Springfield, New Hampshire, USA. We are affiliated with Natural Dharma Fellowship and host a variety of retreats and programs oriented towards teaching the practices of the Buddhist tradition, deepening meditation practice, and integrating meditation into daily life.

The Main House

Wonderwell's building sits on 25 acres of forested land on a quiet country road, flanked by large farms, nestled in a low spur of the White Mountains near Springfield, New Hampshire, a two hour drive from Boston.The main house was built in 1911 by the Stoddard Family of Washington DC, and was originally used as a summer musician's retreat by Mrs. Stoddard, a pianist with the Washington DC Philharmonic Orchestra. The house sits high on a hillside with sweeping views of sky and mountains. On one end of the building is a Great Room, now a meditation hall, which can accommodate groups and has an oak balcony encircling the room above and two fieldstone fireplaces. Other features of this historic building include a large covered porch for outdoor practice, a kitchen with industrial appliances, dining facilities, 13 bathrooms, and 15 bedrooms of varying capacities sleeping up to 36 people.

Our Name

The property was purchased by the Alexanders in 1933, who named it Wonderwell because of the fertile well that produced water even during times of severe drought. The locals of Springfield still call it Wonderwell. In keeping with the original history of our property and its current identity in the Springfield community, we call our retreat center Wonderwell Mountain Refuge, a tribute to the fertile springs that still bubble up. The original 'wonderwell' is still a visible feature at the front of the property.

The Land

The house is partially shielded from the country road by majestic, old deciduous trees, and is framed by well-established perennials, with lovely gardening spaces. Behind the house is an acre of open field, that gives way to gradually sloping forested land, with excellent trail system potential and sites for several retreat cabins. . The back of the house faces west towards jaw dropping, sky-gazing views of Mount Croyden, over which the sun sets in the evening.

The Area

Springfield, New Hampshire is a small, rural town with a population of 1311. It is home to Lake Kolelemook, which has a public swimming beach, and to Gile State Forest, 7000 acres of protected woodlands, popular for hiking, mountain biking, snow shoeing and cross-country skiing. Springfield is just 7 miles from New London and Little Lake Sunapee.

A couple of links to information about the area:

Getting to Wonderwell

From Boston:

By Bus: The Dartmouth Coach – www.dartmouthcoach.com – runs from Boston to New London (the Wonderwell stop) many times a day, and is a very quick, efficient way to travel here. The Coach has wifi on board. Tickets can be purchased online or at South Station in Boston. To arrange a ride from New London to Wonderwell, please contact Greg Bruss – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – or Dale Reynolds – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – a week in advance of your arrival if possible.

By Car: Wonderwell is a 2 hour drive from Boston. Take Highway 93 North to Highway 89 North. Take Exit 12A. At the bottom of the exit ramp, take a right turn. When that road T's take a left onto Route 114. Take Route 114 past Lake Kolelemook (to your right). After going through the small town of Springfield, turn right on Philbrick Hill Road. Wonderwell is at the top of the hill, on the left.

From NYC:

By Bus: The Dartmouth Coach – www.dartmouthcoach.com – runs from New York to New London (the Wonderwell stop), and is a very quick, efficient way to travel here. For more information, see the Dartmouth Coach website. To arrange a ride from New London to Wonderwell, please contact Greg Bruss – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – or Dale Reynolds – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – a week in advance of your arrival if possible.