5 Day Insight Meditation Retreat for Experienced Meditators
About This Event
This 5-day retreat is for experienced meditators who appreciate the support of a group and don't require daily guidance or instruction.
Daily schedule of sitting and walking meditation, meals, and personal time
Set in the secluded, magical 120-acre nature sanctuary of Sky Meadow Retreat in Vermont
Homemade, healthy vegetarian meals harvested mostly from our organic gardens at Sky Meadow. Our beautiful buffet style provides options for food allergies or preferences. Breakfast and lunch buffet, plus evening snack
Group circle check-in on the first night and check-out on the last morning
Inspirational evening talks by Miles
Retreat is held in silence and structured in traditional Insight Meditation format
Teachings focus on present moment experience rather than doctrine or theology
No formal religion or belief system required or promoted
Venue HighlightsSky Meadow Retreat Center began 30 years ago as an organic farm and homestead. It sits on an original homesteading property of 120 acres in Stannard, part of the North East Kingdom of Vermont. Sky Meadow is home to apple, plum and pear trees, berry bushes of all sorts, and large swatches of land are cultivated yearly as organic gardens. In 1998 it became a retreat center, providing space and organic, fresh grown produce for retreats of all types.
The spaces are open for leaders looking to host their own retreats, solo retreat seekers, couples retreats, and Sky Meadow also hosts multiple in house retreats each year focused on meditation and communication skills.
The main group retreat facility is a lovely renovated old post and beam barn that can comfortably accommodate 16 people, and has large open spaces with beautiful hard wood floors and giant windows.
Sky Meadow remains a working organic farm and homestead as well, complete with a flock of sheep, a herd of alpaca, and chickens. Group retreats have the option of meals being prepared in house, and in such retreats we harvest produce and serve and prepare fresh food from our gardens. Sky Meadow is an ideal location for retreat leaders and retreat attendees interested in wellness, yoga, meditation, connection, resetting and so many other things!
Sky Meadow Retreat Center is home to an intentional community that serves retreat goers and maintain the grounds, and since its onset as a retreat center, Sky Meadow has played host to retreats of all types: from meditation to yoga, knitting, dance groups, qigong, tai chi, basket weaving and more.
AccommodationsThe 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.
In addition, there are private accommodations: the Orchard House a cabin with 2 bedrooms, each with a private study area and loft single bed, and the Sunrise and Sunset Suites which are loft apartments located within the retreat barn and complete with kitchen, living area, a private half bath (dry toilet), and beautiful views overlooking the organic gardens. In addition and according to the season, there are several primitive (without heat, water, electricity) structures for guests wanting more adventure or privacy; the Mouse House, Cob House, tipi, and stone lean-to are a few examples.
- Free Wifi
- Free Parking
- Gluten Free
- Dairy Free
- Nut Free
Menu/CuisineSky Meadow offers vegetarian meals served buffet style. Our meals are filled with our seasonal, 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 guests let us know of such. We serve a continental styled breakfast such as cold/hot cereals, breads, boiled eggs, yogurt, fruits and fruit preserves, granola, hot teas and cold vegan milks. Lunch and dinner are extensive 4-6 course meals, served buffet style and include homemade breads, ferments, salads, and dessert. Fruits and hot tea are available for consumption throughout the day.
DirectionsWhen using any mapping service search for Sky Meadow Retreat, Stannard, VT. Using our street address will misdirect in mapping and GPS services.
LOCATED: NEAR HARDWICK, VT 50 minutes north of Montpelier 40 minutes west of St. Johnsbury
1.5 hours east of Burlington 2.5 hours southeast of Montreal 2.5 hours north of Manchester NH
4 hours north of Boston 6 hours north of N.Y.C.
NEAREST AIRPORT: Burlington, Vermont. 1.5-hour drive with no public transit to us. Boston and other cities have a bus or train to Montpelier, VT, a 50-minute drive. There is no public transportation to Sky Meadow Retreat so arrangements should be made in advance.
SOUTH from I-91 going south, take the Barton exit and follow RT. 16 south, pass through Glover, to Stannard sign on left just after the village of Greensboro Bend. Continue directions with * below…
NORTH from I - 91 going north take exit 21 in St. Johnsbury. Go west on RT. 2 to RT. 15 in West Danville. Take 15 west to RT.16 North. Continue directions with * below….
FROM I - 89 north or south. Take exit 8 in Montpelier. Go east on RT. 2 to Rt. 14 in East Montpelier to RT 14 north into Hardwick, catch RT. 15 east for 2 miles to RT. 16 North. Continued directions with *below
*FROM STANNARD: Go north on RT. 16 for 4.3 miles. Turn right at STANNARD Main Street sign and turn right at the first crossroads at the red barn. Stay on unpaved Stannard Mt. Rd. for two miles. Turn left after the cemetery onto Flagg Pond Rd. Go .5 miles, make the first left onto Winchester Rd., pass the large white house is the Sky Meadow Retreat sign. Park it the first lot on the right. Pull forward and park close together to leave room for other cars.
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Irene Christensen May 26, 2019
I was very happy to participate in this retreat and I'm very grateful for it. Something in me was driving me toward spiritual people. I have never felt something so beautiful as being alive with my “spiritual family”.. 🙏❤️ It felt right for me to travel far to get Sky Meadow because when I’m with people of like mind I’m really with myself. It is a wonderful retreat in beautiful surroundings for someone who is looking to awaken, going deeper into the silence. It is beyond description and heals the soul.. I was able to experience that we are all one, there is no difference. The atmosphere was lovely and everything was very well planned and comfortable. Meditating felt natural and effortless as it was combined with movements. I felt so happy and enjoyed it so much more than traditional Vipassana. Being in the presence of the Teacher has a profound and lasting effect on me. Miles is really the best teacher!! It’s very important to go to a teacher who has been able to realize the only reality for himself, who has been there.. Miles’ dharma evening talk was deep and helped me to catch the space between thoughts, to detect internal resistances, bypass everything, the past and the future, to go beyond, through dualistic concepts. I learned that whenever a situation in the world confronts me, it’s the ego that is the cause of resistance and problems can only be solved by the source. The silence was becoming more acute and awareness was expending. I have seen many beautiful places in the world, but I know that the most beautiful one is inside - it is your soul, being. We always have access to this beauty and I was able to feel total happiness and bliss of the Self at the retreat. Thank you SO much! There are no words to really describe my deep gratitude, but I have tried my best. I will every day think about how grateful I am for that. Love and light to you all ❤️🙏❤️