Insight Meditation Seven Day Silent Retreat
- Sky Meadow Retreat Center
- Stannard, VT, United States
- Apr 15 - 21, 2018 (7 days)
6 full days of silent sitting and walking meditation – (7 nights total) • Breakfast and lunch buffet plus evening snack
• Private rooms available (with 3 shared bathrooms)
• Group circle check-in on first night - check-out on last morning
• Optional evening talks
• Max 14 people
Join us for a self-directed retreat, as spring arrives and we prepare for the glory of summer. This retreat is for experienced meditators who appreciate the support of a small group and the comfort of having their needs provided, while not requiring daily guidance or instruction.
$945 – Retreat Barn - Single: a large single room in our main Retreat building
$840 – Cabin - Single: a small single room with sleeping loft in a separate cabin
DISCOUNT: Bring a friend and stay in a Double for just $630 a piece. In order to get this $300+ discount, simply note your preference for "Retreat Barn - Double" in the registration form that follows and give the name of your roommate in the space provided.
Note: By purchasing a "Ticket" (below), you are reserving your spot through the payment of a non-refundable Deposit. The remainder of your balance will be due on the day you arrive.
The beautiful and secluded Sky Meadow Retreat in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom offers exceptional comfort, stillness, and intimacy surrounded by 120 acres of nature. There is no road noise or traffic to be seen or heard, and we will be the only group here on retreat.
You will stay in an artfully renovated, century old dairy barn on the grounds of a mindfully cultivated organic farm and homestead. The gourmet vegetarian meals made from scratch will include mostly organic ingredients sourced from our gardens or other local farms.
We will gather Sunday evening to get oriented, settle in, and have a group check-in circle before we enter silence. We will keep silence until Sunday morning breakfast, after which we will pack and clean up together before ending with a group check-out circle.
The daily schedule will alternate sitting and walking with meal times and blocks of unscheduled time in a traditional Insight Meditation format. Each evening Miles will offer an inspirational talk in the main hall.
We ask that you not use your car, cell phone, or internet, and will pass a basket to collect your devices for safe-keeping until the retreat is over. You will be expected to arrive between 6-7:00 Sunday evening and stay until approximately 11:00 am Sunday. You will provide your own linens (or sleep bag), towels, and pillowcase (or rent them from us). Please: no alcohol, tobacco, recreational drugs, RV’s, pets, or visitors.
From the fabulous meals, to the majestic land which you live on, it was all simply divine. Everyone made the stay so very, very special.
- 6 full days of silent sitting and walking meditation – (7 nights total) • Breakfast and lunch buffet plus evening snack• Private rooms available (with 3 shared bathrooms)• Group circle check-in on first night - check-out on last morning• Optional evening talks
Venue HighlightsOur center is removed from traffic (you most likely won’t hear vehicular noises during your stay), located at the end of a dirt road in the Vermont country side. It is complete with multiple swimming ponds, marked hiking trails that traverse 120 acres of forest, a hilltop overlooking the Green Mountains, wood fired hot tubs, a wood fired sauna, a sweat lodge, outdoor kitchens, and more. Our lodging facilities include a renovated barn, as well as multiple small wooden cabins , a cob house, a yurt, a cave and an old sugaring house (however some of these are not available depending on the time of year of retreat). We also have a meditation gazebo that sits on our hill top next to our small Aspen grove, as well as a dance pavilion with a dirt floor, fire pit, and sound system. There are also outdoor fire pits for guest use throughout the center.
- Free Wifi
- Free Parking
- Tour Assistance
- Hot Tub
- Yoga Studio
Schedule7am- Sitting Meditation
9:00am-12:00pm Sitting/Walking Alternating Meditation
2:00-5:00pm Sitting/ Walking Alternating Meditation
7:30pm-8:00pm Evening Sitting Meditation
8:00pm-8:10pm Evening Stretching
8:10pm-9:30pm Optional Evening Talks
- Gluten Free
- Dairy Free
- Nut Free
Menu/CuisineSky Meadow offers retreats the option of having their meals prepared here by our apprentices and a skilled local chef, or for retreat goers to bring their own food and prepare it for themselves in our kitchen facilities. If you have your meals prepared in house you can expect your meals to be filled with our fresh, organic produce, harvested merely hours (sometimes minutes) before being served to you. We source as much of your food as we can from our land, and the rest as locally as possible from neighboring farms. We can accommodate any dietary restrictions, and ask that retreat leaders let us know of such. Sky Meadow is a vegetarian retreat center, and we ask that guests who come to cook do not cook meat in our facilities.
We serve cold breakfast, lunch and dinner, or brunch and dinner depending on the request of the retreat.
AccommodationsAs listed in venue highlights there are many different accommodations at Sky Meadow, although some of them are seasonal as they are without heat and electricity.
The rooms within the main facility are shared bedrooms. The three bedrooms on the upper floor of the barn each have four beds, and share two bathrooms, each with a single shower. These rooms are set up as having bunk beds, however access is easier to the top bunk as it is more closely stairs than a ladder for climbing. There are two additional rooms within the lower area of the barn, and each of those has two beds. The lower two rooms share one bathroom with a single shower.
There are additional spaces available for guests depending on the retreat and the time of year. Please inquire about those spaces upon first contact with Sky Meadow. They include: The Mouse House, The Robins Nest, The Cob House, The Maple Sugaring House, The Orchard House, The Yurt, and The Cave.