About The Refuge

At Knoll Farm

The Refuge is a retreat center in a spectacular, private setting that has a long history of changing how people think and work together. Offering space for deep conversation, reflection and celebration, the Refuge is located on our working farm amid organic gardens and ceremonial, hand-crafted spaces that encourage inspiration and renewal.

The Refuge is available from May 15 to October 15 for retreats, conferences, celebrations, events and countless other day-long to multi-day uses. If you are attracted to a stunning natural setting, inspiring green buildings, and a land-based community a bit off the beaten track of mainstream America, we encourage you to get in touch with us. We are all about co-creating transformative experiences, and we’d love to hear about the vision you want to manifest.

We are proud that our Refuge has consistently created a safe harbor where issues of class, race, power and privilege are seriously engaged, and all people are welcomed and honored. Such spaces are sadly all too rare, and our home and refuge are an expression of what we work toward in the larger world. A rich history of change-making continues here through those of you who join us each year and benefit from what the Refuge has to offer.

The Place We Offer

Our newly remodeled retreat center is nestled in a grove of trees above the farm. What we have aspired to create is something that expresses our love of artistic design, our belief in simplicity and a light ecological footprint, and our appreciation for nature. It is a wonderful place to settle into a simpler rhythm.

  • We are open for retreats and family celebrations from mid May to mid October. We encourage you to book several months in advance.
  • Ideal group size in the Refuge is 14-22 people overnight, with lots of additional accommodation options nearby.
  • Our outdoor ceremony sites can accommodate around 120 people.
  • A historic timber frame barn provides a dining room, library, meeting and hang-out space, yoga floor and place for screening and presentations
  • Along our hiking trails you will find our mountain meditation yurt, a 750-square-foot space heated by a wood stove.
  • Office space is available for meetings and planning sessions, with wifi.
  • Guests at the Refuge at Knoll Farm sleep in single, double, and family sized yurts.
  • Yurts and pathways are lit at night with solar power. A cob and stone bathhouse in the retreat village has hot showers, flush toilets and a wood-fired hot tub.
  • The farm has an extensive trail system and is within minutes of many other first-rate recreational opportunities in the Mad River Valley such as waterfalls, swimming, biking trails and the Green Mountain National Forest.

Our overnight retreats are fully booked for 2023. We are

still accepting day-long event reservations, June-September 2023,

and overnight retreat reservations for 2024. We’d love to hear from you!


The Refuge at Knoll Farm


can be a great way to imagine and advance new work.


The BETTER SELVES FELLOWSHIP is offered annually to support citizen leadership.


CELEBRATIONS and EVENTS  including weddings and other special occasions.


Our Renewal Weeks help small organizations doing justice work to come for a week of rest.

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