The Lady Farmer Slow Living Conference + Retreat

Friday, November 9th - Sunday, November 11th 2018
Zigbone Farm Retreat | Sabillasville, MD

A weekend of workshops and community building, exploring how we can step back from the industrialized systems that provide our daily needs, strengthening our ties to each other and the earth.

preview program meet our leaders








Amy DuFault

Keynote Speaker

Alexandra Elle

Workshop Leader

Pleasance Silicki

Workshop Leader

Mo Moutoux

Workshop Leader

Shayn Gangidine

Speaker + Presenter

Kathleen A. Rogers

Workshop Leader
Positive Vision Network

Amy DuFault

Saturday Keynote Speaker

Amy is a sustainable fashion and lifestyle writer that has written for everyone from Ecouterre to The Guardian. In addition to being the former editor of EcoSalon and an eco-boutique co-owner, she’s repped for dozens of sustainable fashion designers. Today, you can find her co-running the Southeastern New England Fibershed, sitting on fashion panels and running events in New York City.  She is the Director of Digital Content & Communications for the Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator and a co-creator of the Food & Fibers Project,  a multi-media project that looks at the connections between what we eat and what we wear. We think she’s the perfect spokesperson for the intersection of sustainability in food, clothing and lifestyle.

Shayn Gangidine

Sunday Speaker + Presenter

Shayn is an Outdoor and Environmental Educator turned mother of two wild tykes under three years old. A lover of rocks, caretaker of plants, investigator of insects, and guide to small humans, Shayn operates an in-home Nature Playschool for toddlers ages 2-4 in Dayton, OH. An expert at living minimally, Shayn has mastered simplicity and sustainability while moving constantly with her family  due to her husband’s career as an Emergency Medicine Doctor in the US Air Force and is excited to share her expertise with other slow living enthusiasts!

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Weekend Overview

Join us at a beautiful mountain retreat less than 1.5 hours from DC/Baltimore and 30 minutes from Frederick, MD for a Lady Farmer experience of learning and community. Our carefully curated speakers & informative workshops will provide the main framework for the weekend, a wonderful opportunity for friends old and new coming together to be nourished, restored and inspired by all things slow living, including ample time to enjoy this peaceful rural setting.

Our vision of this event includes exceptional food, so we searched long and hard to find the perfect match for our standards of delicious, nurturing and sustainable goodness in every bite. We’ve chosen Green Plate Catering, a “Green America Gold” certified business which shares our passion for locally sourced, nutrient dense foods and zero waste. All of our meals will be farm-to-table, organic, seasonal, and lovingly prepared with the utmost care for your enjoyment and well-being as well as the sustainability of the land, and shared communally in the green-built event hall. 

On-site accommodation is available at the newly renovated Zigbone Farm Retreat, a stunning example of eco-friendly construction with the highest standards of design and comfort.

Lady Farmer is committed to creating minimal waste for this event – what is created will be taken care of responsibly. We will be avoiding single-use and plastics wherever possible, as well as composting all waste from our meals.

2 Days of Workshops

Saturday and Sunday are both packed with quality programming. You will choose 3 workshops on Saturday. Sunday is a full-day workshop entitled Slow Parenting & The Nature Effect.

Welcome Reception

Our retreat kicks off on Friday evening with a Welcome Reception at Zigbone Farm Retreat, open to all participants.

Meals Included

All meals, locally sourced and nutrient-rich, included in the price of a Full Weekend Pass, with the ability to purchase Day Passes separately. We are committed to avoiding single use plastic and composting all food waste.

Space Limited

We only have a handful of tickets available for discounted pricing. For those looking to stay onsite at Zigbone Retreat Center, be sure to book your rooms early as they are quite limited!

Saturday Workshop Offerings Sneak Peek:

subject to change, offerings are not limited to the following

Savor the Seasons: Slow Gardening with Mo Moutoux

Slow gardening is finding bliss and enjoyment in the process and details of growing a garden. It focuses on being present–the here and now–being as important as the end result. This workshop will focus specifically on growing seasonal food in your garden to increase health, vitality and enjoyment. We will discuss types of plants to grow, the importance of seasonality and using what you grow in your home kitchen.

Practice Creates Ritual: An Affirmation Writing Workshop with Alexandra Elle

Join Alexandra Elle in cultivating community through affirmation writing. Prepare to dive into an open conversation that is centered around creating ritual through self-care. We will lean into positive self-talk, slowing down and making time, and the practice of showing up for ourselves in a way that no one else can. Bring your journals, favorite pen, and an open heart with you as we prepare to build, shift, and take shape in a safe space.

Seasons, Cycles and Living in Rhythm with Pleasance Silicki

Join Pleasance in an interactive, lively discussion & collaborative learning workshop based on following the cycles of Nature and how we can align our lives, our schedules and increase our energy. Based in Ayurvedic traditions, we will learn and dive into the basics of tracking the moon cycles for more abundance in all areas of our life!

Learning from Trees: Claiming the Energy and Power to Prosper Yourself and the World with Kathleen Ammalee Rogers

Though you may feel driven by life these days, you are not a machine. You are a living, breathing human being and are more like a tree than the electronics that seem to run our 21st century lives. Like a tree, you have an unseen innate life force—an energy and wisdom that compels you to exist, grow, love, and thrive. And although Western culture for centuries has held a core belief that competition at the expense of ourselves and others is inevitable, modern scientist now join with ancient philosophers in showing us that a deep inclination to connect and collaborate is actually our natural mechanism to thrive.

In this workshop you will learn how trees listen and speak to each other, stay true to themselves, share resources, and build a vibrant community forest. This gives us a model for exploring what happens when you—like a tree—connect to your own core life force. In this experiential workshop you will practice skills for consciously accessing your core energy. You will discover how your life force connects you to your environment and with others. You will explore how this innate system can strengthen you, your health, your family and your community. Come join us!

Sunday’s Workshop:

Slow Parenting & The Nature Effect

An all-day exploration into the effects nature has on your child’s brain, spirit, and body, and how to use the most powerful tool in your parenting arsenal to create a culture of intentionality and balance. Not limited to parents, the material covered in Sunday’s workshop will be valuable for anyone who has children in their life (or an inner child!). This content is extremely relevant for educators as well. 


Stay at Zigbone

(Space Very Limited)

Prices include Friday and Saturday nights, November 9th and 10th

  • Private Queen – $195
  • Semi-private Twin (2 bed/room) – $150
  • Shared Twin (5-6 bed/room) – $135
  • Open Twin (communal space) – $100

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