Public Events and Retreats

Public Events and Retreats

Each year for over two decades we have offering public workshops, retreats and events at Knoll Farm. These include offerings as diverse as leadership and land justice retreats, spoon carving and sheep raising workshops, bird walks, readings, picnic concerts and yoga, Harvest and Courage and Kebab Night.

Please check back as we are still adding to our 2024 calendar. Please also visit the Music Calendar for this year’s concerts!

Easter Sunrise Service

Hosting a 50 year tradition for the local church community

Date: Sunday, March 31, 2024 
Time: 6:30 am 
Cost: Free

How to Prune Blueberries

Thurs, April 4-5 pm CANCELLED DUE TO SNOW
Sat, April 13, 10am – 12 pm  
Cost: Suggested donation $20 per person
RSVP

 

Join experienced blueberry grower Helen Whybrow in the orchard to get all your pruning and growing questions answered. This workshop is offered twice, so pick either date! We will look at tools, methods of pruning old and young bushes, some common blueberry stem diseases and how to prune for health and production. Bring your pruning tools, water bottle and gloves.

Lambing Open House Days

 Dates: April 27 and May 4, 2024 
 Time: 10 am-2 pm
 Cost: Free

Helen will welcome families into the sheep paddocks to visit with the newborn lambs and learn about our Icelandic sheep flock. This is an open house, not a workshop, the idea is to come and go as you wish. Please wear boots that have not been on another farm.

Mad Birders Annual Bird Walk

Date: Sat May 4, 2024
Time: 8:00-10:00am
 Cost: Free 

Join the Mad Birders at Knoll Farm for one of their most popular morning walks. Sightings often include bluebirds, orioles and swallows nesting at the farm, and many other warblers, thrushes and migratory songbirds in the forest. Bring your binoculars and sturdy footwear!

Wild Pollinator Safari

Date: Sat May 25, 2024
Time: 10 am
Cost: Suggested donation $20 per person
RSVP

Knoll Farm has been the site of a series of studies on wild pollinators for seven years now. Our blueberries in particular attracts dozens of species of wild bees, and we are committed to nurturing their habitat through our regenerative and organic farming practices. On this fun wild pollinator safari, join researcher Leslie Spencer of University of Vermont to learn more about wild pollinators and how to attract them to your garden or farm.

Opening Night Picnic

for Season Pass Holders

Date: Saturday, May 25, 2024
Time: 5 -8 PM
Cost: Free
RSVP

This beautiful night of picnicking, fires and live music is a kick-off to the season for our Season Pass holders. Bring your own picnic, chairs or blankets, and join us on the hillside to be together, enjoy the views and great music by bluegrass favorites, Marc and Billy.

A Snapshot of Past Events

First Light Short Course

with Lokotah Sanborn, Ellie Oldach and Peter Forbes

Date: August 29-September 1, 2023
Time: 4 Day Workshop 

A seminar for land-holding organizations looking to learn how to better collaborate with Indigenous partners…

The course will draw extensively from 6 years of experiences and learnings from First Light, a collaboration in Maine between the non-native land-holding world, and Penobscot, Passamaquoddy, Maliseet and Mi’kmaq Nations. MORE…

Inspired by Place – An Evening of Music, Wine and Words

 Dates: June 11
 Time: 7-9 PM
 Cost: $30

Tickets: Sold Out

Join us for an inspiring and creative evening celebrating the Art of Place. Composer and musician Ben Cosgrove will be performing from his new album. Vermont vintner and writer Deirdre Heekin will be serving a flight of her celebrated wines, and Vermont writers Megan Mayhew Bergman and Helen Whybrow (of Knoll Farm) will read short work and discuss what it means to make music, wine and words from the land one loves.

Please note, the ticket price includes a glass of wine, but food is not planned in to this evening. We encourage you to come early and picnic before the program starts. Bring your own, or purchase one of our picnics, packed for 2, here.

Spoons for All – Spoon Carving Workshop

with Peter Forbes

 Date: May 21-22, 2022
Time: 2-day weekend workshop
 Cost: $240 Workshop and Meals, +$95 optional overnight

For more than 15 years, and with more than 2,000 people, we’ve taught spoon carving on this farm as a method for bringing people together and for accessing creativity.  Spoon carving, for us, has always been an important act of community building. Please join us for a creative time of using your hands and minds to carve a spoon from green wood.  All skill levels are welcome. Course filled. 

Renewal Week

Dates: June 13-17, 2022
Cost: Free

Our Renewal Weeks are open by application to any group in Northern New England who will benefit from a free retreat at Knoll Farm’s Refuge. Every summer, though the generosity of our supporters and especially an anonymous donor at Vermont Community Foundation, Knoll Farm is able to gift a multi-day retreat with meals and accommodations to groups, associations, or organizations that have been doing essential work in their communities and need the opportunity to rebuild and restore themselves. MORE…

The Better Selves Fellowship

Date: June 20-26, 2022
Time: Week-long residential retreat

Our own fellowship program offers activists and leaders from the fields of conservation, community well being and social justice the opportunity for reflection, focus and renewal. MORE…

Family Overnight at Knoll Farm

Dates: July 23-24, October 6-10 2022
Time: 1-3 nights
Cost (sliding scale):$125-$160 per person per night, dinner and breakfast included; $50-75 kids age 3-13; babies 2 and under free

Are you and your family ready to come together to celebrate all that you’ve missed during this endless pandemic? The Family Overnight at Knoll Farm is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for your family and close friends to fully explore the farm and stay in residence overnight. Have a farm-to-table dinner, sleep in a yurt with a skylight to the stars, enjoy a campfire and hot tub on the edge of a magical forest, and wake up to a sunrise on the hill over hot coffee and breakfast. MORE…

The Better Selves Fellowship II

Date: July 25 – 31, 2022
Time: Week-long residential retreat

Our own fellowship program offers activists and leaders from the fields of conservation, community well being and social justice the opportunity for reflection, focus and renewal. MORE…

Regional Better Selves

Better Selves Fellowship III

Date: August 22-28, 2022
Time: Week-long residential retreat

Our own fellowship program offers activists and leaders from the fields of conservation, community well being and social justice the opportunity for reflection, focus and renewal. MORE…

Facilitating for Change: Building Skills and Possibility in the New Era

with Peter Forbes

Date: September 6-9, 2022
Time: 4 day workshop
Cost: Room and meals (3 nights) $480, Sliding scale tuition

This annual workshop teaches practical skills grounded in facilitative leadership that transforms people, coalitions and communities to make progress together. How does one embody that work, be open to the things we can’t see in ourselves, to more fully recognize one’s privileges, and be a more effective agent for change? MORE…

Yestermorrow – Timber Framing Course

Date: June 6-12, 2021
Time: 6-day course
Cost: $1,250 early bird course rate (meal plans and accommodations are separate costs)

Over the last two decades, the historic craft of timber framing in residential construction has experienced a revival. Experience the fundamentals of designing and constructing a timber frame using mortise and tenon joinery. Students will learn layout techniques, tool use and sharpening, and joinery cutting methods as we work on a small timber frame project, culminating in a raising on the final day. Evening lectures will address the history of the craft, finishing techniques, and mechanical systems for timber frame houses. We will also cover frame design, joinery choices, and integration of frame and house design. This course will focus on traditional hand-cut joinery and tools and will also demonstrate some of the power tools used by modern timber framers. MORE…

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