Summer Retreat
5 Days - July 15-19, 2015

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Come celebrate the last days of summer before school starts in the little piece of paradise we call home.

The Farm is a great place to enjoy life. There is so much to take in, from the beauty of nature to the myriad of dynamic social activities going on all the time. Get in on some maximum fun, Farm style!

The summer retreat is designed to give families a way to truly savor the Farm experience, with more time to relax, to build connections, to focus some quality time.

We'll spend the week swimming, hiking, listening to and playing music, enjoying really great food and each other's company.

I've designed the week to give you maximum rest and relaxation, with a full complement of adult and kid activities - something for everyone.

Come for all 5 days
or just the weekend!
Register Online at

I look forward to hearing from you.


Swimming Hole
creek walk
Here's a look at our tentative schedule:  
  • Wednesday - Meet and Mingle, Dinner & Farm History Slide Show
  • Thursday - Early Morning in the Garden, Breakfast, Farm Tour, Lunch Break, Swimming Hole, Kid Crafts, Vegan Cooking Class, Yoga, Dinner
  • Friday - Blueberry Picking, Workshop - The Spiritual Path, Lunch, Creek Walk, Kid Crafts, Dinner, Campfire, Live Music
  • Saturday - Green Home and Business Tour, Lunch, Swimming Hole, Ecovillage Tour, All Farm Barbecue at the Dome
  • Sunday - Brunch - Optional: Swan Trust Canoe Trip on the Buffalo River!
More to come! Send us your suggestions!
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We are limiting the registrations to this event to 50 people.

Sign up now to reserve a place for you and your family.

We've been including a trip to nearby Stillhouse Hollow Falls
Workshops and Activities
Farm School
Green Buildings and Homes Tour
Our 14th year!

community dinner
Life in Community

Gardening and Growing Food
Meditation & Yoga
The Spiritual Path

Health and Diet

Experience the Land April 12-14
swan trust

Community & Sustainability Conference May 22-24FIC..

Organic Gardening Intensive
June 3-7 Five Days of hands-on gardening as well as garden tours on and off-The Farm to visit the nearby Amish community, permaculture homesteads, and more...more
Summer Retreat July 15-19
Swimming, hiking, kid activities, workshops and GREAT FOOD! Fun for the entire family. Includes camp sites. Click here for a list of accommodations
Midwifery Workshops
Visit our web site to see the full calendar.
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Camp sites include
water, shower and bathroom facilities.
Click here for a list of accommodations

True Sustainability

The Farm's Green Home Gallery

The Farm's Swimmin' Hole will
keep us cool throughout the weekend.

It features a sandy beach and
a roped off shallow area for the little ones.

This is a great place to meet and interact with other Farm residents and their families.

swimmin' hole
Down at The Swimming Hole

Our dome will be the center of many activities, including Saturday's All Farm Barbeque.

All meals will be vegan, with dairy, snacks and other foods available from The Farm Store.

We'll also have live music.
Bring an instrument if you'd like to perform.

The dome also has a great collection of
playground equipment for the youngsters.

The Dome
The Dome

We will take a creek walk into
The Big Swan Headwaters Preserve,
1400 acres owned by Swan Trust that
surrounds the Farm Community.

Beat the heat surrounded by nature!

big swan creek
Big Swan Creek

On our Green Building Tour you'll see:

  • Our Passive Solar School
  • A Straw Bale Home
  • A Solar "Grid-Tie" Photovoltaic System
  • A Locally-Harvested Timber Cabin
  • A Salvaged-Materials Home
  • A Tornado-Proof / Super Insulated Home
  • An Earth Shelter
  • Earth Bag, Cob, Earth Plaster
  • Rainwater Catchment Systems
  • The Community Garden...and more!
farm school
The Farm Solar School

How about a bit of yoga?

Some Tai Chi?

Perhaps a massage?

You'll find endless ways to relax and
and enhance your well-being during your stay.


The Buffalo River is one of the last unspoiled rivers in the country, with no industries, only farms and forests along its shores.

Those who can stay through Sunday have the option of joining members of Swan Trust for our annual canoe trip.

It is a wonderful and relaxing experience,
a fantastic way to get away from it all.

Canoe rental is not included in registration fee.
Canoes rent for $20 each and hold 3 people.

buffalo river


The blueberry harvest will be peaking
during your visit.

We'll do some picking and then have them for breakfast. Yummy!


Your registration fee includes:

Register Online at

  Green Life Retreats
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PO Box 259
Summertown, TN 38483
931-964-2590 - office
931-626-4035 - cell