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May 17 @ 7:00 pm - May 19 @ 4:00 pm


Mountains And Waters Farm

16922 Cabot Ave
Faribault, MN United States

Earth Apprentice Retreat – May 17-19, 2024 – Biochar, foraging, more

We apprentice ourselves to the living earth around us.

We ask help from river, creeks, hills and sandstone bluffs, maples and buckthorn and berries, grasses, mosquitoes, eagles and deer.

We listen to their reply and act on their instructions.


These words describe an intention for how we relate to the land: mutuality, interdependence, and communication. It’s an ongoing learning.

We invite you into this kind of relationship with the land, a weekend from 7 pm Friday to 4 pm Sunday. Expect a clear introduction, meditative time in the natural world, council meetings for gathering and deepening, a short outdoor work project, and closing circle. Meals, snacks, and simple sleeping arrangements.

Special focus this weekend:

  • Friday evening meditation instruction. Optional: Early meditation Saturday and Sunday mornings.
  • Meeting the spring woods; foraging for nettles, morels, Virgina waterleaf, fiddleheads, dandelions, cow parsnip, daylilies, elder flowers, whatever is in season including rhubarb and hostas.
  • Biochar workshop, 1 pm to dusk. Details here; people can come to just the biochar, but email us. Supper will include foraged food, whatever you might bring to grill over the biochar fire, and some basics.

We’re inviting you to join us in learning sacred and intimate relationship with the land. This is an act of trust. In joining us, please honor the land, the leaders, and yourself.




Suggested donation is $120 for the weekend, including food and housing. Additional contributions are welcome to provide support for those who can’t pay the full cost, which includes a modest stipend for the teacher (Shodo Spring). No one will be turned away for inability to pay. Please register by email; we’ll have follow-up communication.

People with questions about accessibility also are invited to ask first. This is planned to be a child-friendly event, but let us know ages of kids you plan to bring.








May 17 @ 7:00 pm
May 19 @ 4:00 pm
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Mountains And Waters Farm
16922 Cabot Ave
Faribault, MN United States
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