What people say about our Vegan Cooking Retreats


Your vegan workshop I attended has touched my inner person down deep where the spirit of one's self lives and breathes. I am grateful for the gift which you have given.

Though I came with great expectations they were exceeded in what I have been given to take home with me. More than cuisine, the rich flavor of the weekend was tasted in the delightful fellowship found in a warm kitchen with kindred spirits.

Discussion of philosophy wrapped itself around apricot tofu. Farm history mingled with blueberry wine while vegan chocolate melted into my very soul.

I am touched way down deep within my being where few things have found a place.The Farm has anchored itself here in my spirit. I hope it never lets go.



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
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Camp sites include
water, shower and bathroom facilities.
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True Sustainability

The Farm's Green Home Gallery

I have always worked for myself. I have never had a "real" job.

My grandfather and my father and mother all owned and operated small businesses. I grew up knowing I could do this. During the early 70'swhen I was in my 20's, I worked as a sub-contractor doing maintenance in large office buildings and then as a researcher for a newspaper chain. My work supported our commune of 15-30 people.

Next I worked at a Skyrocket Electronics, a Farm owned business during the CB Radio craze.

After returning from Guatemala in 1980, at the age of 28 I started a business installing satellite and video distribution systems that went on to employ about 20 people.

By the end of the decade I had established a second steady income as a writer for several magazines. I had a computer before I had an indoor toilet.

Cover story about a tower Installation
I did for NORTEL
Sprint Video Distribution System Installation

My company handled large contracts, such state-wide video communications networks for Bell South in Tennessee and Sprint in Florida.

The 90's saw the start of the internet revolution and the explosion of personal computers.

At the same time, my satellite company had morphed into video production. We did short documentaries, training and marketing, commercials, even a few weddings.

I developed skills in desktop publishing and became a professional photographer.

Then I learned to apply these skills to benefit nonprofit organizations in the fulfillment of my ideals.

Douglas at Village Media

Today Village Media is where ever my business partner and I want it to be. We have a studio here on The Farm, but our work can be done from virtually anywhere, thanks to laptops, portable hard dives and the internet. We have the freedom to work where we want, when we want and as much or as little as we want.

We can never be fired. We never have to ask for a day off.
It is a good life.

Over the years I have also watched and studied what types of businesses work for other members of The Farm and in other intentional communities and rural homesteaders seeking a sustainable life. I offer this workshop as a way to share what I've learned and to help you get started in the skills you will need to be successful both today and in the years ahead.

Contact me to let me know your current knowledge and skill level so we can design elements of this course specifically for you.


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  Green Life Retreats
A division of Village Media Services
PO Box 259
Summertown, TN 38483
931-964-2590 - office
931-626-4035 - cell