5 Day Insight Meditation Retreat for Experienced Meditators

  • Practical Presence with Miles Sherts Practical Presence with Miles Sherts
  • Sky Meadow Retreat
  • Nov 10 - 15, 2019 (6 days)
  • Main Bunk Shared Rooms Insight Meditation Retreat - $650.00 Orchard House Private Room Insight Meditation - $800.00 Sunset Private Suite Insight Meditation - $1,150.00

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

. When we want to wake up and be real more than anything else, it begins to happen by itself. -Miles Sherts, Beyond Perception, A Guide To Meditation

Schedule


Venue Highlights

Sky 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.

Accommodations

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.
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.

Amenities

  • Free Wifi
  • Free Parking
  • Kitchen
  • Coffee/Tea

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free

Menu/Cuisine

Sky 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.

Directions

When 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.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS:

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.

Thank you!

We're glad you've joined our retreat community. See you around :)

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Why Retreat?

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Need an escape into only yoga. Larson
 

Retreat Guru's Vision

We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.

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