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True to this spirit, monasteries of Medieval Europe became one of the creative forbearers of treehouses in the Western world. Those monks seeking a more solitary alternative to their daily routine ventured out into the surrounding woods and built little hermitages up in the trees. Here, in a sense closer to Creation, the monks could escape to work on manuscripts, study and meditate.

Hidden in the woods

The Hermitage

Treehouse Point, Snoqualmie Valley

Treehouses are an inspired work. Their history is shared with those varying human interests that either necessitate or afford the inspiration to build within the trees. However diverse these motivations may be, there is a unifying essence behind their intent. This is the very human need to find or create a place for retreat.

 

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Source: lorefave.com