July 2017: This is the perfect place to enter peacefulness after an intense eight days at the Community of Writers in Squaw Valley poetry gathering. It’s my second time at Skyline and I hope not my last. Thank you trees & dragonflies & lizards & snakes & deer. Thank you, Diane & Teresa — Penelope M.
Writer Shirley DicKard shares her reflections from a three-day personal writing retreat at Skyline Eco-Contemplative Retreat Center on her blog:
Group Meditation Retreat
I write to thank you and all at Skyline Harvest for hosting our meditation retreat during May, 2013. Your beautiful center provided exactly the conditions we needed to support our practice. The woods, fields and expansive vistas offered an excellent environment for individual sitting and walking meditation, combining peace and solitude with openness and space.
The individual accommodations were suitably comfortable without being luxurious. Kitchen and bathroom facilities were more than adequate and would accommodate a group larger than ours (we were nine people). The barn loft and hill top gazebo were both wonderful spaces for our morning and evening group practice sessions. The animals helped to keep our practice firmly grounded.
Most important of all was the sense of unobtrusive, yet strong and unqualified goodwill that fills the atmosphere at Skyline Harvest, and which provided the best possible support for our practice.
With thanks and warm good wishes,
Samatha Association of Northern California
Last year I was part of a group of 9 who had the privilege of holding a retreat at Skyline Harvest. It was perfect for us, most especially because it is quiet and removed from the hubbub of civilization. There is a generous living room where we had our seminar-style discussions. The kitchen is well-equipped and had enough space for the week’s worth of food which we brought with us. The bedrooms are comfortable and there are several bathrooms. We heard of Skyline from a friend who had taken a several-month long writing retreat there. Diane was both welcoming and available without being intrusive, and she invited us to help ourselves to produce from the large vegetable garden, a treat. The air smells wonderful!
Thanks, Diane, for your offering of the place, and we hope to return.