Meals and Accommodations
Meals are vegetarian and are lovingly prepared with seasonal, local and organic foods. Much of our food comes from our own 3⁄4 acre organic garden and farmstead, while the rest is sourced from local organic farmers in our bioregion. We are happy to co-create menus, if desired, and are able to accommodate for many special dietary needs.
The Community Plan:
Three meals a day at cost of $55/person/day
Breakfast ~ $15 Lunch ~ $20 Dinner ~ $20
The Commuter Plan:
Lunch at $20/day/person
Metta Earth House
Bedroom space is available in the main retreat building. All of these rooms are light and airy and are outfitted entirely with organic bedding and linens, handmade pillows filled with sheep fleece, organic sheets and towels, and handmade organic cotton curtains.
The descriptions below apply for most group retreats. For smaller retreats, these rooms can often become private rooms in the house.
The Mountain Room is a shared space for 3 people with a double futon on a frame with an organic futon layer and a natural latex layer, twin bed on a frame with an organic and natural latex mattress, and a futon on the floor. This room has sustainably harvested bamboo floors, is enriched with an extensive book collection for your enjoyment, and has large windows with exquisite views of the garden and mountains. It has a shared bathroom down the hall.
The West Room is a serene, small, upstairs, single room with a hardwood floor and simple décor, also with a shared bathroom. It has a twin bed on a frame with an organic and natural latex mattress. This room is near our kitchen, so at times there is a little bit of a bustle around the corner. A special sense of beauty comes from this room, because the shelves are filled with the colorful Metta Earth harvest…jars of dried beans, tomatoes, herbs, leeks, jams, and other inspiring foods preserved for Metta meals.
The North Room is a shared space for 3-4 people with one double futon on the floor, one – two single futons on the bamboo floor, and one double bed on a low frame with a firm mattress. This room is spacious and refreshing with views of the mountains and land in three directions. It is filled with light most of the day, and has an attached bathroom.
The East Room is a shared space for 2 people with a double bed on a frame and a single bed on a frame and has a hardwood floor, adjoining shared bathroom, and views of the mountains and gardens and sunrise. This room is sometimes reserved for couples attending the retreat.
Yurts are available for individuals, couples, or small groups.
All of our four yurts are nestled on the East Knoll among maples, beeches, balsam, and other trees. They each are positioned for a sense of privacy from the others and have little paths connecting them. They all are beautiful, light filled circular spaces with a round dome skylight, lattice siding, windows with screens for summer use and in winter extra insulation provided by window quilts.
Each can be set up for a variety of guest needs, and can be outfitted with a cotton and wool futon double or single mattress, handmade pillows filled with sheep fleece, and organic sheets and towels. Each space also can be provided with meditation cushions, eco-yoga mat, wicker chairs, and beeswax candles.
The 20’ yurts provide shared space for up to 4 people and the 16’ yurts provide space for 1-2 people. Organic cotton and natural latex 3” mattresses are provided with organic linens including a pillow and pillow case, set of sheets, wool blanket, and a set of organic towels. Participants need to bring a sleeping bag for extra warmth. If need be, Metta Earth has a few extras available.
The 20’ yurts can also be set up as a group dorm-style sleeping space for larger groups up to 8 people using sleeping pads and sleeping bags, which in this case we ask participants to provide.
At night the yurt paths are lit with solar lamps, but it is wise to bring a flashlight as well. One outhouse is available, but the Metta Earth main house is only a few minutes walk for regular bathrooms.
Each yurt is winterized with insulation and a wood stove and two of them have a view of the fire. When tended carefully the stoves create a warm haven. Bring slippers or indoor shoes for added comfort.
Owl Yurt: This yurt is a 16’ yurt on the northern most section of our East Knoll. It has a wood floor and a small Jotul stove.
Peregrine Yurt: This yurt is a 20’ yurt nestled in the forest glade with a view of the mountains. It has a wood floor and a large Jotul stove with glass doors to see the fire.
Hummingbird Yurt: This yurt is a slightly smaller 16’ yurt nestled into the edge of the woods. It is a bit more rustic with a small wood stove.
Sparrow Yurt: Sparrow Yurt is a 20’ yurt with a freshly painted barn red floor and a large wood stove.
Metta Earth’s organic, cotton, canvas wall tents offer a lovely option for those looking for a more intimate connection with nature. Each tent sleeps up to two people and is outfitted with a small shelf and oaken pallets as a bedding frame.
You will need to bring a sleeping bag, sleeping pad, and any additional bedding. The tents are white canvas draped over a wooden frame on a wooden platform, and they have a canvas rain fly, a screen entry, and a screen window.
Solar lamps light the paths, but it’s wise to bring a flashlight. Wall tents include access to composting toilets and/or bathrooms with hot showers, a washing machine, wireless Internet, and phones in the Metta Earth House.
If you have a tent and sleeping gear, we have many inspiring sites in the surrounding forest glades, meadows, and fields. Many people prefer camping for extra solitude. Couples also might want to choose this option.
Camping is available late spring to fall. Late spring and early fall require a certain hardiness and adequate gear. The weather during these times in the mountains of Vermont is unpredictable. Temperatures range from freezing temperatures at night to gloriously warm days and even hot days.
Those who choose to camp have access to outdoor composting toilets, as well as bathrooms with hot showers, a washing machine, wireless Internet connection and phones available for guest use all in the Metta Earth House.
We also offer the option to be supported with individual sessions in, yoga/meditation, art making fasting or whole foods wellness, deepening connection to nature, or many other ways of guiding, mentoring, or facilitating your experience…always honoring the pure, bare minimum of just being in sanctuary space. For more information about these options, see our Guided Offerings page.
Let us know of any other interests for yurt retreats, and we will be happy to respond further. We enjoy customizing spaces to suit specific needs.
This area of the Green Mountains has limited cell phone access. Check with us for the latest update on this. Our Metta Earth phone line will be available for pre-arranged use. The main house has wireless internet connection, which is available for all guests, if need be.
We ask that dogs stay in their home territory.
Metta Earth is a sanctuary free from smoking, recreational drugs, and generally alcohol. On some occasions we serve organically grown wine, mead, and such things for some festive events.