FAQs

We can’t wait to welcome you to Sky Meadow! As you prepare for your visit, here are answers to some common questions we receive. If you don’t see what you need here, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re more than happy to help make your visit an amazing experience from start to finish.

Yes! The alpacas are friendly, if a little skittish. Cinnamon is brown, and so is her son, Nutmeg; Mary-Mac is the black one. Nutmeg can be a bit defensive of them both. Be gentle and slow, and they will let you get close and even pet them. The sheep are a little more solitary, and the rooster a bit territorial, but everyone’s fairly friendly. Please don’t feed any of the animals, though, unless it’s organic veggies from our garden.

Yes, all the ponds are available for swimming and sunbathing. We have no lifeguards on duty, though, so swim at your own risk and use your own discernment. All ponds are naturally fed by rainwater and remain remarkably clear and clean.

In some cases, though they are not necessarily encouraged. Dogs, specifically, can be an issue, as most domestic dogs are not used to free-range animals and can cause some very serious problems (even the super nice dogs!). In at least two instances, dogs on the property resulted in the deaths of some of our animals, so we are very careful about what pets we allow on property. 

Yes, though they can be a little hard to follow at times. Some of the markers may be missing. You’re welcome to go for a jaunt and explore, though use your best discernment about your orienteering skills. We’d hate to have to send out a search party!

This depends on the nature of your event. Catered retreats have lunch and dinner provided by our in-house chef, Justine. Otherwise, catering for events will need to be arranged with a third-party vendor. For non-catered retreats, retreat leaders are responsible for all food-related issues. Vegetables from our organic garden may be available for purchase upon request.

Some retreat-related materials include:

  • yoga mats (x15)
  • yoga bolsters (x9)
  • meditation benches (x6)
  • floor chairs (x17)

 

We also have numerous cushions and blankets, as well as an assortment of musical instruments (bongo, tambourines, etc.).

There is a small PA system in the Retreat Barn. At present, however, we do not have a projector or related presentation equipment.

While we encourage guests, especially those on retreat, to get the most out their stay by focusing on what’s at hand and enjoying all the scenic wonders on site, for those interested in a day drip away, here are some notable nearby destinations:

 

Perennial Pleasures Nursery 

12 minutes away, down Route 16, is this charming nursery and English tea garden. Go peruse the lush landscaping, then sit for a spot of tea with biscuits and clotted cream. A true delight.

 

Bread and Puppet Theater 

20 minutes down Route 16 is the famed troupe of radical puppeteers. A gem of Vermont, come check out their revolutionary summer circuses, or explore their barn museum.

 

Hill Farmstead Brewery 

15 minutes down Route 16 is this world-class brewery, renowned for their amazing craft beers. Go for a tasting, and sit out on their wrap-around porch overlooking the Green Mountains.

In the Main Retreat Barn, there are three (3) bathrooms with three (3) flushable toilets. Two of the bathrooms are in the upper area (retreat barn and yoga studio space), and the third is in the lower barn area. Additionally, there are three (3) out-houses on the property.

There are a total of three (3) showers on site: two in the two upper barn bathrooms and one in the lower barn bathroom. In the warm weather months, there are also three large ponds that are great for cooling off in.

Most flights to Vermont land at Burlington International Airport (65 miles away).

At present, no, we do not provide any shuttle or transportation services. Guests are expected to arrange their own transportation to and from the retreat.

We strongly encourage guests to carpool to reduce the number of cars on the property, as parking is limited. We estimate that around 25 cars can park on the premises. PLEASE NOTE: Out of respect for our neighbors, please drive slowly down Winchester Road. Cars must be parked in our lot and cannot park on the side of the road.

Yes. Firewood can be purchased for an additional fee of $25. Please ensure in advance that wood is available.

With the climate being what it now is, we understand the hesitancy around booking due to health concerns. That said, we are very confident given the current environment of vaccination being so prevalent (and free) and the fact young healthy people are shown to have such a low risk of serious complication, I trust you will agree to that most well-meaning and rational people are acting responsibly and have stopped getting caught up in the hyper-state of irrational fear and paranoia. 

We remain confident that the majority of people are starting to take mature and personal responsibility for their decisions and we hope and pray by the time your retreat occurs the current climate of hyper- and hyperbolized fear will be behind us all. 🙂

That all said, if for any reason the state of Vermont does decide to close down businesses (such as ours) we will happily refund your deposit in full!

And if for some reason (and again we don’t expect this to be the case) some or a large number of your retreat‘s guests decide they will not or cannot make it for whatever reason, then we will hold your deposit and repurpose it for any other date in the future you should wish to reserve.

Burke Mountain is located c. 45 minutes away. Stowe Resort and Smuggler’s Notch are ~ 1 hour.

No, only the Retreat Barn, the Sunrise Suite, the Sunset Suite, the Lavender Room, and the Sunflower Room are heated during the winter.

The nearest grocery store is Tops, located 18 minutes away in Hardwick. There is also a co-op in Hardwick that sells all-local products. For general convenience items (like milk and eggs, etc.), there is a convenience store called B & L Beverage & Deli 10 minutes down the road on Route 16.

We recommend each visitor have a flashlight, a personal wash towel, and personal toiletries. Beyond that, we should have most of the amenities you would need on site.