Upcoming Events:

3rd Annual

Vermont Old Time Music Gathering


Friday August 12th through Sunday August 14th

Join us for an Old Time Music Party and Square dancing

Join us for a whole weekend of Music, Swimming, Dancing…

Music Jams - Bring Your Instruments

Cajun Music on Friday Night with Yankee Chank

Square Dancing


Camping is encouraged!

Community Dinner on Saturday night - Bring a dish to share

This is a DIY event - Bring everything you need for camping the whole weekend. Facilities include outdoor shower, composting toilet, outdoor kitchen, potable water, plenty of camping.

Sliding Scale Donation for the weekend is $5-$20

For more information call Jennifer at 802-276-3839 or contact us with questions.

Don’t miss the kick off party on August 11th

in Plainfield at the community center (above the food coop, 153 Main St)

Bring Snacks or Drinks to Share. There will be pies!!

Featuring John Specker

Truly a wild-eyed fiddling man from the hills who plays early American music the way it should be played, with heart. Crazy, crazy, heart. www.thespeckers.com and

the Low Brow Boys

The Low Brow Boys bring the old, eerie americana back to life in unsentimental songs new and old. www.lowbrowboys.com

…and then on Sunday, August 14th, join us for more fun at the Monkey House in Winooski with more Old Time Music and Square Dancing.

Music: Her Majesty’s Streak O Lean

Calling: Will Mentor & Others! Admission: $5

2nd Annual Fiber Fest


August 27th and 28th

Join us for a weekend of fun with fibers! Natural Dyeing with Wild and Cultivated Vermont Plants with Kate Smith. A Dyer’s Plant Walk with Joann Darling. Details on more workshop offerings will be coming soon, stay tuned… Demonstrations in various Fiber Arts will be offered throughout the weekend. Fiber Craft Sharing Circles all weekend Bring a craft to work on or share with others.

Camping, Community Dinner on Saturday night(bring a pot luck dish to share. Bring everything you need for the weekend - camping and food. Facilities include outdoor shower, composting toilet, outdoor kitchen/classroom for plant dye workshops, potable water, plenty of camping. Fiber Fest is offered by donation. Suggested donation for the weekend is $20, pay what you can afford.

Saturday and Sunday:

Natural Dyeing with Wild and Cultivated Vermont Plants with Kate Smith

$75 if you pre-register by August 12th or after August 12th it’s $100 for both days (price includes materials) Must pre-register for the Natural Dyeing workshop Arrive at 9:30am, Workshop begins at 10:00am to 4:00pm each day Must pre-register for this workshop To register call 802-276-3839 or or contact us for more info.

This two day workshop will focus on the dyeing of natural fibers with the wild and cultivated plants available in Vermont. Historically, rural Vermont dyers and weavers did not have ready access to the imported dyestuffs of the day - indigo, cochineal fustic and logwood - but they still were able to weave brightly colored textiles using what they could forage from the wild. On both days will discuss the mordanting process and its importance in achieving color fast yarns. Day one will focus on the dyes from flowers and stems - goldenrod, yellow yarrow, tansy, dyer’s chamomile, weld, woad, safflower and dyer’s greenwood. We will experiment with a woad vat and overdye some of the yellows and pinks for a range of greens and purples. Day two will focus on roots, barks and hulls - rhubarb, walnut, butternut, sumac, apple bark, and madder - with the colors ranging from tans, browns and red. Each participant will assemble a sample book to take home of the dyed yarns and their corresponding receipts. To learn more about Kate please go to Staff page. To register for this please contact us

A Dyer’s Plant Walk with Joann Darling

Come meet the plants that we use for dye stuff! This special group of plants, typically signified by the word “tinctoria” as the descriptive species name, offers us yet another gift. The gift to paint our yarns and fabrics! Joann Darling, plant and flower specialist of the “Gardens of Seven Gables”, will be your guide to cultivating and growing dye plants in your Vermont garden. We will take a stroll through Twin Pond’s newly planted Dyers Garden and visit many other green friends planted in the gardens or growing wild on this beautiful land. Joann will show you which part, i.e. leaf, flower, root, etc. is used, and safe ways to harvest for the benefit of the plant. To learn more about Joann please go to Staff page.

Demonstrations in various Fiber Arts

Fiber Craft Sharing Circles

Bring a craft to work on or share with others

And more… stay tuned for more workshops this year!

Fiber Arts Vendors

Contact Joann Darling for vendor registration 476-3350 or gardens7gables@gmail.com

For more information call Jennifer at 802-276-3839 or contact us with questions.

3rd Annual Apple Cider Pressing Party

Date has changed to October 22nd, 2011

This is a community apple pressing party

Bring apples, bring jars, take home fresh cider!

Starts at 11:00am and goes all day and into the night…

This is a community apple pressing party Bring apples, bring jars, take home fresh cider!

Join us for music, food, bonfire, and lots of apple pressing!

Starts at 11:00am and goes all day and into the night…

We will grind apples with our bicycle powered grinder and press them in our new and improved timber-frame cider press. Bring apples, jars, instruments, and a pot luck dish to share. Pot Luck around 6pm. Music and bonfire to follow. All are welcome to camp.

For more information call Jennifer at 802-276-3839 or contact us with questions.

Past Events at Twin Pond Retreat:

Day-Long Summer Retreat at Twin Pond with Anjali Budreski

July 23rd, 2011 - Begins at 10 am with optional Pot Luck Dinner at 6pm

Celebrate the Dazzling & Delectable Fullness of Summer!

Open to All Levels.

Space is limited so reserve your spot today!

Come join us for a full day in a local paradise! Enjoy energizing and upbeat morning Anusara-Inspired Yoga, a delectable organic lunch straight from the Twin Pond organic gardens, followed by free time to savor the land. In the afternoon, bliss out with Restorative Yoga, Pranayama (breath work), Meditation, and Deep Relaxation.

Round out the day with a dip in the pond, or a stroll on the country road.

Retreat locally!…Save money, gas, time, and keep it LOCAL.

Retreat Fee: $95 for the full day (includes delicious organic ayurvedic lunch, pot-luck dinner, all yoga classes, and day use of the facility)

Retreat Schedule:

9:30 am- Regsitration and Settle In

10-12:30 am- Moderate/ Up-Tempo Anusara-Inspired Yoga

1-2 pm- Organic catered ayurvedic lunch

2-3 pm- Free time to relax, walk, swim, savor, journal, nap

3-5 pm- Deeply restful Restorative Yoga

6 pm- Pot-luck picnic dinner in the beautiful outdoor pavilion

To Register: $20 non-refundable deposit. For registration or more information call 802-223-5302, email anjali@yogamountaincenter.com, or go to http://www.yogamountaincenter.com for registration.

Anjali is the director of and a teacher at Yoga Mountain Center in Montpelier, VT http://www.yogamountaincenter.com You can learn more about Anjali’s Yoga teaching and her bio by clicking on the Health Practitioners on the left menu bar.

The Vermont Kula Gathering:

A Celebration of Anusara® Yoga

May 28th and 29th Saturday 9am til Sunday at noon

Join Anusara® certified teacher, Margret Pitkin, Anusara-Inspired™ teachers Anjali Budreski and Lydia Russell, and Riva Reynolds and Siri Hoffman who both have recently completed their Anusara Teacher Training, for a celebration of Kula: Community of the Heart! Spend the weekend steeped in the playful and luminous teachings of Anusara Yoga, the joyful practice of kirtan, delicious organic food, swimming, hot-tubbing, and camping. Cost is $150 for weekend (includes all classes, lunch on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday, camping, and use of facilities). Kirtan (ecstatic chant) and the community potluck on Saturday night are by donation. Go to http://www.saprema-yoga.com to pre-register. Or contact Lydia at lydia_dragonfly@hotmail.com or (802) 229-6300.

For more information call Jennifer at 802-276-3839 or contact us with questions.

Learn How to Build a Compost Powered Hot Water System

with Gaelan Brown

Saturday May 21st 10am-2pm Bring a Bag Lunch.
This workshop is offered by a suggested donation of $5-20.

We will construct a compost-powered hot water system from the ground up, which will supply hot water to the summer kitchen and outdoor shower for the Twin Pond Retreat Center. In this workshop you will learn a simple and cost-effective way to get combustion-free hot water from composting woody-biomass (wood chips), a local renewable resource, while also generating soil through the process. The history of the “Jean Pain Method” and information about recent/future projects of CompostPower.org will also be explored. Go to http://www.compostpower.org for more info.

Conact Jennifer at 802-276-3839 or contact us with questions.

The Village Gathering

Creating Resilient Communities through Sharing Skills and Wisdom

June 10th-12th, 2011

The kick off event of the Village-building Convergence http://www.vbc-vt.org

The Village Gathering is a Skill Share Convergence for people of all ages working to create resilient and regenerative communities.

Bring Your Own Tent, Food, Instruments, and whatever you need for the weekend and to contribute to the Village experience.

Over 35 WORKSHOPS will be offered:

Compost-Powered Hot Water Demo, Timberframing with Whole Trees, Backyard Berry Growing, Coppice, Medicinal Plant Walks, Cordage, Permaculture Principles and Practices, Composting, Hand Tool Sharpening, Gourmet Mushroom Gardening, Darning Socks, Scything, Sewing/Upcycling, Beekeeping, Wild Edibles, Lacto-Fermentation, Capoeira, Yoga, and much more…

Friday Pot Luck Dinner, Fire Ceremony, and Music
Saturday Night Pizza Party! Performances, Live Music and Bonfire
Saturday Free Swap - Please bring gently used, clean clothing and usable objects to give away during lunch.
Sunday Barter Circle - During lunch, there will be the opportunity to trade you crafts, medicine, skills, etc. with other artists and healers.

YOUTH PROGRAMS: Children must pre-register, contact Abbi to register abbi.jaffe@gmail.com

Join the Bike Brigade from Plainfield or Montpelier and we’ll shuttle your gear for you or go to our website to find a Ride Share! For more details go to http://www.vbc-vt.org

The Village Gathering and all Village-building Convergence events are offered by donation! All organizing efforts and workshop offerings are volunteered so that we can make this accessible to all who are interested in creating community resilience through sharing skills and knowledge. You can support the VbC through offering donations of money, volunteer time, and/or participation!

The Village Gathering needs volunteers during the event! To volunteeer call Jennifer at 802-276-3839 or contact us with questions.

Splendor of Recognition Yoga Retreat with Elizabeth Brown

October 16-18, 2009

The theme will be pranayama, with lots of asana and meditation, and teachings on Shiva Nataraj. Cabin accomodations will be at Twin Pond Retreat and just a mile form Twin Pond Retreat at Birchmeadow Luxury Log Cabins(www.birchmeadow.com)Price will vary whether you want to camp or stay in a good sized luxury cabin with private bathroom and kitchen. Prices range from $215 (camping) to $295 (big cabin with one other person, or $255 for big cabin with two other people). Price includes: two nights accommodation; six meals: Friday night dinner through Sunday lunch, so that is six homemade, fresh from the garden organic vegetarian meals, big private ponds with canoes and outdoor fires both nights, four yoga classes (all optional of course), loads of hiking and trails to explore. I look forward to experiencing the beauty of autumn in Vermont with you!

For more infomation on the retreat yoga classes and schedule, and to register go to: http://www.vermontretreat2009.eventbrite.com

Feel free to email Elizabeth Brown with questions: elizabeth.isabella@gmail.com

Rocket Oven - Wood Fired Cob Oven Workshop

Friday Evening June 26th - Sunday Evening June 28th, 2009

$200 - Price includes Workshop, Meals made with local and organic ingredients, Camping, and Daily Yoga

Workshop begins Saturday morning. You are welcome to join us for camping Friday Evening.

Workshop Leaders: Ben Graham and David Ludt

Participants will learn how to build an earthen oven based on Permacultural principles. We will be incorporating a rocket heater that creates a more efficient use of wood and requires no cleaning.

Ben and David have built many ovens and are continually trying to make them more efficient and accessible to everyone. They are part of a Natural Building Collective whose mission is to innovate ancient skills with the technology of tomorrow.

Join us for an exciting development amidst the beautiful setting of Twin Pond Retreat.

Yes, of course there’s swimming!

Possible work trade may be available, please call for more information.

To learn more about Ben Graham and his work please see his website http://www.naturaldesignbuild.us

To register for this workshop please call Jennifer at 802-276-3839 or contact us for more information, rates, and reservations.

Space is limited to 12 participants.

Art for Agrarians

July 19th, 2009 3:00pm-5:00pm

A Benefit Art Auction Featuring Original Works by Local Artists

Come enjoy fine refreshments, including wine provided by Lincoln Peak Vineyard, at the beautiful Twin Pond Retreat Center. Preview more than a dozen works to be featured in the upcoming Rural Vermont benefit online art auction, as well as bid on pieces available exclusively at the event. Art to showcase original works by local artists depicting their interpretation of Rural Vermont’s vision of Food with Dignity. All art proceeds will benefit Rural Vermont. For more information, contact Rural Vermont at (802) 223-7222 or visit www.ruralvermont.org.

Singing Retreat with Katie Trautz

Date TBA - Begins at 10am with Pot Luck Dinner at 6pm. Stay for optional camping and breakfast

$75 for the day and $20 for camping and breakfast

Spend a day of singing with Katie Trautz. Enjoy a delicious organic lunch, take a swim, or enjoy the beautiful grounds of Twin Pond Retreat. Camping and continental breakfast is optional. Retreat will include three singing sessions, an organic lunch straight from Twin Pond gardens, and an optional yoga class. You are welcome to join us for a pot luck dinner, bring your own plate and utensils.

Katie Trautz http://www.myspace.com/katietrautz is a native Vermonter who has been immersed in the New England folk scene since her early teenage years. She has toured with the Village Harmony Folk Choir in both the United States and Europe, and has studied old-time fiddle and Appalachian music with some of the best instructors in the nation including Pete Sutherland, Bruce Molsky, Shiela Kay Adams, Greg Boardman, James Bryan, Bill Hicks, and Jimmy Triplett. Presently Katie is a director and instructor at the Summit School of Traditional Music and Culture in Montpelier, Vermont http://www.summit-school.org. She writes and arranges tunes for touring bands: Mayfly http://www.myspace.com/mayflygirls, Knotty Pine http://www.myspace.com/knottypine1 and Wooden Dinosaur http://www.myspace.com/woodendinosaur.

For registration or more information call 802-276-3839 or contact us for more information, rates, and reservations.

Community Kirtan

Saturday August 22nd, 2009

You are invited to join us for a Community Kirtan led by Tom Lena and Dancing Kirtan led by DJ Mantra http://www.djmantraji.com at Twin Pond Retreat. This Community Kirtan is part of a Weekend Yoga Retreat being held at Twin Pond Retreat and the adjacent Peggy’s Farm. See http://www.brighteyesyoga.com for more information about this retreat.

Kirtan starts at 6pm and is offered by donation.

For more information call 802-276-3839 or contact us