We are a space for reconnecting. Located in the scenic valley of central Pennsylvania, we are cultivating awareness and helping people raise their consciousness, connect with their inner self through meditation, healthy cooking, herbs and nature walks. Over the past two decades we have presented educational workshops and classes, mostly offered by self-guided donation that encourage people to heal their bodies, expand their minds and feed their spirits. A few of the projects we are working on include expanding our vegetable garden, as well as creating pollinator gardens and an educational herb area. We are basically an hour from two major cities in rural Pennsylvania resulting in very little traffic and noise. In other words a great place to calm down withdraw from the mayhem of city life and find that lost sense of peace within. If you enjoy getting your hands dirty, having a quiet place to reflect, and meeting people from all walks of life, this is the place for you. Please note we have very poor cell phone reception ("can you hear me now?") and slow WiFi (the bane of rural life). Those staying a month or longer, have the option to join our 'ashram immersion programme' with daily sessions in mantra meditation and reading from the yoga sutra's including the Bhagavad-Gita.
Aide avec des éco-projets
Bricolage et projets de construction
Aide dans une ferme
Aide à la maison
Aide informatique / avec Internet
This is a space dedicated to helping people connect to nature and re-connect to themselves. It is a small 5+ acre area where medicinal herbs are grown and wild-crafted, a vegetable garden and a culinary herb garden is grown that provides for the house and whose products are used to produce value added products for the farmer's market, as well as herbs grown on a large scale to produce herbal botanicals, and medicinals for health and wellness in the wise woman tradition. As a trained therapeutic herbalist you would have the opportunity to learn about plants and their abilities, as well as how to prepare basic herbal medicines for your own use. I am a master tofu maker, offering you the chance to learn how to make delicious vegan bean curd in the traditional Japanese style. As a bhakti-yoga practitioner who has been teaching mantra meditation for over thirty years you would get the opportunity to dive deeper into your own spirituality and learn different techniques for stress relief and conscious raising. We offer an immersion programme for those staying a month or longer, with the opportunity to learn and practice mantra meditation as well as learn about Sanantan-dharma. I have an extensive library on Vedic literature (think Bhagavad-Gita), and we run workshops and classes off and on throughout the year, as well as work with another local organic farm and retreat centre to offer programmes to the youth that attend the summer retreats there. There will be plenty of opportunities to meet interesting people from all around the country and world who are part of it's larger spiritual community.
Help will be needed in the completion of an educational herb garden and pollinator gardens. We also need help creating tall raised beds for vegetables, fencing around the vegetable garden, (possible electric), and clearing space for larger herbal planting, including weed whacking and pulling out deep roots. Help is also needed propagating seeds and young plants, transplanting, putting in drip irrigation and laying stone/ brick paths a patio and other areas of decorative stone work to create areas of peaceful reflection and meditation. Carpentry/ wood working would be very useful to help create garden benches and tables to place in different spots as well as repair work on the sheds. An adobe oven is also planned for this year, so some expertise in building one would be welcomed as well as laying cement pads. Help fixing things around the house if they need fixing would also be useful. For people staying longer than 2 weeks, we are open to supporting your own personal project, if it addresses an issue or improves the beauty of the property. This is a brief overview of some of the things that will need to be done and when:
Early March-Early May Starting seedlings, de-winterizing and prepping the ground, building raised beds, starting the early projects, i.e. planting trees and shrubs.
Late May-July Getting plants into the ground: Herb garden and vegetable garden, clearing land for bulk herb planting, weeding.
July-October Summer building projects, harvesting, canning and preserving the harvest. Helping with kid creative camps.
Late October-November Canning and preserving late harvests. Planting cover crops, getting the Farm ready for winter.
We can provide a guest room with two single twin beds, linen and towels. Access to a full bathroom on the same level. Washer and dryer, access to a fully stocked kitchen. A party of two will share the same room. If you are traveling alone you may be sharing the guest room with a member of the same gender.
Breakfast you will need to get your own, (a selection of cereals, milks, bread, shakes, etc. will be made available) and lunch is offered usually soup or pasta. The kitchen is available to make your own dinner. We will provide fresh vegetables, grains and other produce that you can use.
No meat, fish or eggs are allowed in the house. Smoking is tolerated away from the house and gardens. No illicit drug use or alcoholic consumption is allowed any where on the property. The nearest grocery store is 15 minutes away by car, but regular trips can be made into town.
Our place lies in a valley between two mountain ranges in central Pennsylvania. The county has its own unique culture and some interesting tourist attractions including a beautifully restored covered bridge which is just a few miles from us which is, along with the local creek, a popular swimming hole in the summer. We are an hour from Harrisburg, the capitol of Pennsylvania, an hour from State College the main campus of Pennsylvania State University with a number of small rural towns and villages in between. There is NO public transportation between the small towns and villages here, but there are buses and trains that run in State College and Harrisburg. There are plenty of opportunities to go on nature walks and hikes, check out the local wineries, breweries, and other local businesses including the number of Amish folk that live in the area. We are five minutes from An Eco Farm and Sanctuary that runs the only "Ahimsa" USDA grade A dairy, in the country. There is also a prominent spiritual community which hosts a number of festivals throughout the year which are open to the public. There are beautiful paths for creek walks and 250 acres of forest all of which we will have access to, depending on the current Covid protocols.
Accès Internet limité
Nous avons des animaux
Nous sommes fumeurs
We can comfortably host vans that are around 18-24 feet long. we have an outside faucet and a port-a-potty. We can accept pets if you bring your own accommodation.
Plus de 2
25 hours per week. Start and end times to be decided.