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May 27, 2008

Yukon Karma

Find your inner organic cowboy in the Arctic summertime.

Wedged between Alaska and the Northwest Territories, the Yukon is four times the size of England but its population tops off at just 33,000 residents. In fact, there are twice as many moose as people in the Canadian territory, and outside of the capital, Whitehorse, there’s not much more to see than pristine subarctic vistas and the vast northern sky. That is, until tomorrow, when Perfect Earth Tours Retreat & Spa opens its doors — or, more accurately, folds back the canvas. You won’t find any buildings or doors at this Best Green Hotel — only teepees, including five as guest quarters, two for spa treatments and one sweat lodge.

The project is an eco-dream-come-true for husband-wife team Mike Mueller (he prefers “the organic cowboy”) and Alana Nelson, who set out to create an idyll where uncompromising luxury and a karmic conscience co-exist. OK, stay with us, here. After a seaplane flight from Whitehorse and a scenic half-hour stagecoach ride, you’ll land up at this wilderness hideaway that is, Mueller tells globorati, 99 percent organic. (“I’m covering my butt with that one percent.”) That includes everything from food to furniture, silk bedding to natural rubber mattresses. And before you wince, consider this: the owners insist you’ll sleep so well you’ll be dreaming about their mattresses when you’re gone.

“The world’s first organic canvas teepees” are decked out in high-glamping style with queen-sized beds, private bathrooms, and — thanks to almost 23 hours of light each day — solar-powered DVD players and BOSE radios. And when you’re not getting an alpine honey body wrap or catching one of 30-plus musicians scheduled to perform at the retreat, there are daily adventure trips through the grizzly-populated countryside. Grizzlies? Relax. The enclave is protected by an electric fence — but only until September 5, when the entire camp is dismantled and removed at season’s end.

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