Sky Meadow History
Sky Meadow Retreat is built on an original 120 acre homestead in Vermont’s rugged and remote Northeast Kingdom. It was settled around 1850 and served as a family farm and homestead for 100 years. It is a rare and magnificent piece of land situated at the end of a quiet country lane, with large fields, an open hilltop with views of the Green Mountains, five swimming ponds, and extensive woodlands with trails.
When Miles purchased this property in 1988, the buildings were dilapidated and the land neglected. The majesty of the property was still apparent and would provide a secluded and tranquil setting for the eco-village community, retreat center, and self-sufficient farm that was
Miles becoming a farmer
The historic century old dairy barn was beautifully renovated to create a private setting for retreats and workshops with spacious overnight accommodations, large open meeting space, sitting area, dining area, and kitchen facility. Numerous smaller out buildings were built with the same attention to detail and priority for minimal environmental impact. These provide alternative sleeping and meeting spaces for group and individual retreat use.
Large vegetable gardens were created to provide a year-round supply of food for the residents and guests, and many trees and shrubs were planted to provide perennial fruit and nut crops long into the future. Ornamental gardens were established to provide flowers
for beauty, trails were constructed to allow access to the 100 acres of surrounding forest, and 5 deep ponds were dug to provide swimming, wildlife habitat, and proximity to the healing power of water.
Aerial views of Sky Meadow in 1990 & stills of transporting the train car to Sky Meadow in 1965. The train car is used today as living space for residents.
to come. Over the next 30 years the vision was realized of an oasis for healing and transformation, grounded in responsible earth stewardship, modeling a world where people are connected to nature and each other with honesty, integrity, and celebration.
Winter view from the hilltop