Frequently Asked Questions
Below are some of the questions that are asked by retreat guests and visitors to the farm. We hope the answers are informative and leave you with a better sense of who we are and what we do. If you have other questions not answered below please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.
What are the accommodations like?
The Refuge is a cluster of small and medium-sized yurts set in a forest glade at the top of a large meadow overlooking the farm. The yurts have futon or foam mattresses on platform beds, no bunk beds. Each yurt has a desk and chair, and 2 or 3 windows plus a skylight. They are light and airy. Beds are made up with sheets, pillow and blanket.
The yurts are comfortable, have doors, and decks surrounding them for relaxing and a beautiful fire pit for campfires at night. You will have the experience of being in nature, with birdsong, stars, weather and, yes, the occasional spider or mouse.
Our beautiful adobe bathhouse, centrally located to the yurts, has three sinks, 3 hot showers with private changing rooms, and 2 flush toilets. Just outside the bath house is a hot tub which we will prepare for you in the evenings.
Is there power in the yurts/yurt village?
Six of our yurts and our bathhouse are equipped with electric lights and outlets. The other six yurts are lit with solar lanterns that also have USB ports. The walking path from the barn to the village is lit at night by solar lanterns. There is full electricity in the main barn where you will be dining and having meeting space, yoga, etc.
Are rooms shared or private?
We have 12 yurts. Six of them are private with one double bed each. Four of them are shared, with two double beds in each and two are for groups, with four single beds each. We can sleep a total of 22 people.
Do I need to bring my own linens and blankets?
Our yurts are equipped with sheets, pillows and a blanket. During the early season (mid-May – June) and late season (mid-September – October) we encourage you to bring an extra blanket or sleeping bag for chilly nights.
How far are the yurts from the barn?
The yurt village where you sleep is about a 5-8 minute walk from the farm where you have meals and meeting spaces. This keeps it peaceful, and views are stunning, and it also means you will be active during your time here. The walk is either on a gravel road, or through a meadow. Both walks are on a hill, so it is necessary to be comfortable and able to walk on uneven ground, up and down hills. We do have a solar-powered vehicle to take people up and down the road whenever needed. We encourage you to bring good walking shoes, and a daypack in order to carry essentials with you and minimize the number of times you need to go back to your yurt during the day.
What is at the farm?
Meeting, work and hang-out areas at the farm include: a beautiful renovated office in our small barn with full internet and cell service, a large historic barn with yoga floors, couches, library and music room, and a large yurt in the forest with meditation cushions and wood stove. All meals are served in the barn at one large, long table. The farm also has a small swimming pond, spaces for campfires and story circles and meditation, an outdoor bread oven for pizza nights, and hiking trails.
Will I be served meals during my stay at the farm?
Yes, we provide three meals a day served family style in our barn. Meals are locally sourced, organic and mostly vegetarian, with options for gluten-free and dairy-free. Our chefs are happy to cater to food allergies and dietary restrictions as needed, so long as we know ahead of time. We will be coordinating all of that with your group before you arrive. We also provide coffee and tea all day, and have a guest fridge where you can store your own snacks. You can learn more on our Food page.
Is there wifi/cell service?
There is high-speed wifi in our office building and accessible outdoors. There is also a wifi booster in the main barn but the speed is a little slower – very workable for cell phone and computers but difficult for streaming. If you have a presentation for a small group, we recommend using the office conference room. For groups greater than 15, the barn conference space is nice but we recommend bringing a thumb drive rather than relying on streaming data. The entire farm has a good cell signal.
Is there an office space where I can get work done while I’m there?
Our office has a beautiful shared conference room with wireless internet and good cell service for a quiet work environment should you need one. It is comfortable for up to 14 people for presentations or a break-out session. Our barn also has work space for writing and reading, a bigger gathering space for presentations with a large screen, and decent wifi.
How many people can the retreat center accommodate?
We can sleep 22 people. However, we can easily accommodate much larger groups during the day, and we are located very close to dozens of inns and bnbs. We can host your training, conference, or wedding here – for up to 150 people – and help you find accommodations in the village.
I would like to book a retreat. How do I do that?
Please contact us by phone (802) 496-5686 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your event or retreat. It’s helpful if you can answer the questions on our retreats application page so that we can best serve your vision. You are also welcome to check our availability calendar, which shows dates we still have available.
I am coming to the farm for a retreat. What should I bring with me?
We suggest that guests bring the following:
Reusable water bottle
Flashlight or headlamp and extra batteries
Towel and washcloth
Sunscreen and bug repellant
Comfortable, casual clothing and sneakers or lightweight hiking boots
Rain gear (waterproof jacket or poncho; waterproof pants and boots are helpful)
Sleeping bag or extra blanket (in spring and fall)
Are you open in the winter?
We are open from mid-May through October.
Do you provide catering for weddings, rehearsal dinners, celebrations?
We don’t cater big events, but here is a list of excellent local caterers. All of these folks have done events at Knoll Farm or have been highly recommended to us by trusted friends. They all specialize in local farm-fresh food.
Dulce Vermont https://www.dolcevt.com/home/
Farmers and Foragers http://www.vtfarmersandforagers.com/#catering
Caja Madera https://cajamaderafoodtrucks.com/
Lazy Farmer http://lazyfarmervt.com/
Woodbelly Pizza https://woodbellypizza.com/
American Flatbread/Lareau Farm https://www.lareaufarm.com/mobileoven
Bon Temps Gourmet http://www.bontempsgourmet.com/
Occasions Catering https://www.occasionsvt.com/
Can I serve alcohol at my event?
Yes. However, we do not have a liquor license so you must hire a caterer or bartender who does.
Can I get a tour of the farm?
We are happy to show people our farm with some advance notice. Please contact us in advance so that we can be sure to have time for you.
What can I do in the Mad River Valley?
The Mad River Valley is a popular destination year-round. Our location is central to gorgeous swimming holes and waterfalls, mountain bike paths and hiking trails. There is a local farmer’s market held on Saturdays in the summer and the valley is home to many events and concerts. For more information about the area please take a look at the Chamber of Commerce Web Site.
How do I know when you are open for blueberry picking?
We usually open for picking the second weekend in July, depending on ripening and weather. You can check our Facebook page for updates, or call 802-496-5685 to get a message about picking conditions all season long. Once we open in July, we stay open every day, 8 am to 6 pm, until berry season is over, usually late August.
Do you have a mailing list so I can hear about your events?
Yes! Scroll to the bottom of the page to subscribe. Being on our mailing list is a great way to learn about blueberry picking, events and concerts, and learn more about us. The Farm newsletter is mostly about food events and agriculture, while the Refuge newsletter will also announce our Better Selves fellowships, benefit concerts and workshops related to leadership and social change.
How do I get tickets for kebab night?
Look on our Public Events page for all our farm events, and it will lead you to tickets. Be sure to book early so you don’t miss out!
What other things can I do at the farm?
First, just come visit our farm stand and look around. The farm stand is open every day June – October. We are happy to share our knowledge with you, and give you a tour or show you the sheep flock, whenever we have time. You can also see our fiber products and buy berries and other local produce in our stand.
We offer public events and workshops throughout the summer, all listed on our Calendar under Public Events. Blueberry Sundays and Kebab Nights are extremely popular and great community food events at the farm.
Finally, if you have a couple of families that want to get together to rent the Refuge Village, we can host you for a full and exclusive adventure overnight on our gorgeous hillside, with outdoor pizza dinner and farm breakfast. We have a 10-person minimum and only book these family adventure overnights a few times each summer. Check our calendar for dates.
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