Heartstone Center Land, Facilities & Accommodations
Most of our programs are offered on-site at HEARTSTONE CENTER. We are located in the beautiful hills of upstate New York, 12 miles south of Ithaca and Cayuga Lake.
The Center sits atop a hill on 30 acres of fields and woods, with gardens and a small pond. The land supports diverse medicinal plants as well as deer, fox, coyote, bear, and others. We feel very blessed to steward this land with the good company of friends, interns and students.
In 2009, the Center became a medicinal plant sanctuary through United Plant Savers.
A 24’ yurt is our primary teaching and retreat structure. Our barn kitchen is the gathering place for meals as well as lectures and hands-on activities such as medicine-making.
During many programs, paritcipants may opt to sleep in the yurt. Our facilities are rustic and most people camp in tents on the land.
Our lean-to, affectionately called the “Toadstool”, sits at the edge of the woods & field and offers a perfect view of the rising sun. This tiny 3-sided structure holds a queen-size sleeping loft. With occasional exceptions, Elders are given the first option to stay in the Toadstool. Finally, we have a cabin with 2 bunkbeds.
Heartstone has been blessed with a wonderful goddess of food preparation. With the help of our interns, Sharon Costianes prepares a beautiful and nourishing menu from fresh organic, local produce whenever possible and incorporates wild edibles of the season. Our menu accommodates diverse dietary needs.
Local Accommodations and Attractions:
There are a number of B&B’s, motels, and retreat centers within 10-20 mile radius if you would like additional creature comforts during your program. In order to participate fully in our HERBAL APPRENTICESHIP & JOURNEY OF THE HEART, participants are asked to stay on-site for these courses.
Ithaca, NY is a wonderful community in its own right and summer and fall visitors may want to allow extra time in town to hike or dip in waterfall swimming areas of our state parks:
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