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The Refuge at Knoll Farm, Vermont
The Refuge at Knoll Farm is a yurt village set in a spectacular corner of a high pasture with fantastic views of the Mad River Valley and just a short walk from our working farm, organic food, and Read more...
The Refuge at Knoll Farm is a yurt village set in a spectacular corner of a high pasture with fantastic views of the Mad River Valley and just a short walk from our working farm, organic food, and ceremonial hand-crafted spaces that encourage inspiration and renewal. The Refuge is available from May to October for organizational retreats, family celebrations, and countless other day-long to multi-day uses. If you are attracted to a family farm setting, unique and historic buildings, and a land-based community a bit off the beaten track of mainstream America, we encourage you to get in touch with us. We are all about co-creating transformative experiences, and we’d love to hear about the vision you want to manifest.
Our life at Knoll Farm began in 2000 when a friend encouraged us to write up our dream for farming and creating a retreat center as the Vermont Land Trust was looking to sell an unusual place to somebody able to breathe new life into a beautiful old farm. We were in our 30s, eager and with plenty of energy, and we had some great examples to follow: Helen Nearing and Bill Coperthwaite, Dana Meadows and Chuck Mathei. Their lifework had already deeply influenced our own.
The moment we heard about Knoll Farm, our lives connected to Ann Day who with her husband, Frank, and their kids, Alan and Deb, had stewarded the farm for 50 years with a powerful social and environmental consciousness. In the 1980s Ann began traveling to Nicaragua through the American Friends Service Committee and made Knoll Farm a place of refuge for people fleeing the civil war for asylum in Canada. Ann would also honor the nature and people of our valley by being the very first to protect her beloved land through conservation. What’s more, Ann’s uncle was Richard Gregg, the Quaker lawyer who brought Gandhi’s teachings to America, a man we had long admired. We knew we had found our home, and now it was our turn to make Knoll Farm a place of service.
We are proud that our Refuge has consistently created a safe harbor where issues of class, race, power and privilege are seriously engaged, and all people are welcomed and honored. Such spaces are increasingly rare, and our home and refuge are an expression of what we work toward in the larger world. A rich history of change-making continues here through those of you who join us each year and benefit from what the Refuge has to offer.