Nestled into the curves of the Vermillion River, Bellwether Farm is a camp, retreat, and education center dedicated to exposing the wider community to the creation that sustains all of life. As a working farm, its life focuses on four primary activities.
Facilities & Grounds
Bellwether Farm is a unique and affordable option for your next gathering. The center offers brand new facilities featuring a green technology, renewable energy, and water reclamation systems.
On the most perfect May weekend at Bellwether Farm, 26 women gathered for refreshment, grounding, and strength finding through yoga practice. Half of the participants came from Episcopal parishes, half were members of the community, and a lot of them happened to be nurses. All were looking for reflection and quiet, an escape from the pace of “normal life.”
Friday night was all about unwinding—after introductions and welcoming, we gave ourselves permission to do whatever we needed to do—whether that was making a new friend or spending time alone journaling, taking a walk, or taking a nap. In the golden hour of sunset, we said hello to the goats, hiked along the Vermilion River, and enjoyed a bonfire and fellowship.
On Saturday, we welcomed Valerie Williams of Arjan Deva yoga to lead a meditation session, a deep stretch ‘yin’ session, and a slow flow yoga session. Valerie did an excellent job of leading movements that were accessible to every level, and that helped us love and nourish ourselves so that we can love and nourish those around us. As closing gratitude, participants described how they were feeling in one word—those included “joyful,” “calm,” “relaxed,” “present,” “loved,” “lifted,” “peaceful,” “relieved,” “grounded,” and of course—“stretched.”
As always, Bellwether Farm’s hospitality was on full display. Farmer Kyle set up a farm stand with Bellwether’s signature greens, honey, and syrup; Gordon led a thorough and informative farm tour; and Chef Lonny outdid himself with delicious vegan, gluten-free recipes—the blueberry crisp was a smashing hit! One participant noted, “I really enjoyed the space you provided for us. The staff and guests were warm hearted—awesome vibes!”
All Covid protocols were followed, and participants wore masks except while at meals or on their yoga mats. The open barn doors provided refreshing and safe air circulation on the beautiful day.
Based on the energy and feedback from this retreat, we hope to welcome yogis to find their strength at another Bellwether Farm yoga retreat soon. God be with you and Namaste!
Bellwether Farm is a model of green technology featuring passive buildings, renewable energy, and more. It is a vehicle through which we can teach the wider community about fidelity to the environment, nutrition, physical and spiritual wellness, local food sourcing, food justice, and sustainable living.
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