Public Events and Retreats

Public Events and Retreats

Our 2022 season of events has now closed. Here is a past listing to give you a sense of what we’ll have on the books for the coming season.

In addition, whether you are an organization, business, state agency, yoga studio, school, or family looking for a unique wedding or reunion spot, you can book your own private event or retreat with us.

We hope to see you next season!

Past Events (2022)

NOFA-VT Winter Social

with Peter Forbes, co-owner of Knoll Farm and NOFA-VT president

Date: Saturday February 19, 2022
Time: 2:00-4:00PM
 Cost: Free to those registered to the Winter Conference.
$10 for NOFA-VT members & $15 non-members.
Children 17 and under: FREE (no registration required)

Experience the sledding hill, mountain views, and warm drinks around a toasty fire. Say hi to the Icelandic sheep and get to know NOFA-VT’s board president and co-owner of Knoll Farm, Peter Forbes. Come on out for a sledding party, NOFA-VT style! All ages welcome. Stormy weather or unsafe driving conditions will cancel – we will email the RSVP list to confirm. Please register here. 

Mad Birders

at Knoll Farm

Date: Saturday May 7, 2022
Time: 8:00-10:00am
 Cost: Free 

Join the Mad Birders at Knoll Farm for one of their most popular morning walks. Bring your binoculars and sturdy footwear!

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. 

Opening Night Picnic

for Season Pass Holders

Date: Thursday May 26, 2022
Time: 5 -9 PM
RSVP here

This free event of picnicking and live music is a kick-off to the season for our Season Pass holders. Bring your own picnic or order one of our picnic baskets, and join us on the hillside to be together, enjoy a fire and great music by local band Some Hollow!

Family Overnight at Knoll Farm

Dates: July 23-24, October 6-10 
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…

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 I

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…

First Light Short Course

Date: July 5-8, 2022
Time: 4 Day Workshop 

A short course for conservationists, philanthropists, landholders who are interested in the path to becoming stronger accomplices to Indigenous peoples around their reclaiming and reconnecting to their traditional landscapes.  This course is taught by non-Native people on what dominant culture land-holding groups can do to relearn history, recenter Indigenous knowledge, and return land, decision-making, power and other resources to Indigenous partners.  MORE…

Picnic Concert Series

featuring Cold Chocolate

 Date: Friday July 8, 2022
Time: Picnicking starts at 5:30, music begins at 7:00
Tickets: Purchase here!

Bring your family and friends to Knoll Farm for a picnic on the hillside with live music by Cold Chocolate. We will be selling picnic baskets ahead of time from our farm stand, as well as pizza by the slice from our wood fired oven. Come and experience a summer concert on the hill!

Cold Chocolate, a genre-bending Americana band that fuses folk, funk and bluegrass to create a unique sound all their own. Punctuated by tight harmonies and skillful musicianship, Cold Chocolate has quickly gained recognition for their original music and high-energy shows. The band has shared bills with Leftover Salmon, David Grisman, and Angelique Kidjo, and regularly performs at venues and music festivals up and down the East Coast. Buy your tickets today!

Picnic Concert Series

featuring April Verch and Cody Walters

 Date: Friday July 22, 2022
Time: Picnicking starts at 5:30, music begins at 7:00

Bring your family and friends to Knoll Farm for a picnic on the hillside with live music by April Verch and Cody Walters. We will be selling picnic baskets ahead of time from our farm stand, as well as pizza by the slice from our wood fired oven. Come and experience a summer concert on the hill!

Husband and wife duo April Verch & Cody Walters is a true partnership of kindred musical spirits, each a world-class musician in their own right. Combining their unique backgrounds from Verch’s native Ottawa Valley and Walters’ heartland roots in Kansas, their music showcases endless creativity and versatility—transitioning effortlessly from traditional Ottawa Valley step dancing and fiddle tunes, to old-time fiddle-banjo duets with tight-knit vocal harmonies, to innovative sandpaper foot percussion, all contrasted against Verch’s sweet soprano voice.

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…

Picnic Concert Series

featuring Marc and Billy

 Date: Friday August 12, 2022
Time: Picnicking starts at 5:30, music begins at 7:00
Tickets: Purchase here!

Bring your family and friends to Knoll Farm for a picnic on the hillside with live music by Marc and Billy. We will be selling picnic baskets ahead of time from our farm stand, as well as pizza by the slice from our wood fired oven. Come and experience a summer concert on the hill!

Marc Shapiro and Billy Corbett are a new-old-time duo rooted in the hills of Vermont and New Hampshire. Marc and Billy forage from a collection of newer tunes and traditional tunes and stew them in a broth of bluegrass and folk. Buy your tickets today!

Benefit Concert for Knoll Farm & Better Selves Fellowships – Moira Smiley

with April Verch and Cody Walters opening

 Date: Saturday August 20, 2022
Time: Picnicking begins at 5:30, music at 6:00 pm
Tickets: Purchase here!

Picnics: Reserve Your Picnic Basket

Join us Saturday Aug. 20, for an epic concert and picnicking at Knoll Farm! In a special Benefit for Knoll Farm’s Better Selves Fellowships , singer and composer, Moira Smiley brings her solo songs steeped in folk and protest tradition and invites extraordinary songwriting duo, Robinson & Rohe to the stage for a set of their own music. The concert also features readings and music from writer/theater artist, Nia Witherspoon, and string players Andrew Ryan and Clara Rose alongside some internationally-touring surprise guests!

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…

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