the lady farmer slow living retreat

NOVEMBER 15TH – 17TH 2019

a weekend exploration of sustainable living.

celebrating community, connection, and self-care

limited full weekend tickets available

the lady farmer slow living retreat

NOV 15TH-17TH, 2019

a weekend exploration of sustainable living, celebrating community, connection and self-care

Thought-provoking, relaxing, delicious, and a needed refresh!

The Retreat was a marvelous way to help focus my intentions on things that matter as I restarted the family business last year — namely balance, sustainability, creativity, and family.


Retreat Overview

The Lady Farmer Slow Living Retreat is for the modern woman seeking an inspired and healthful life. This year we’ll be returning to Zigbone Farm Retreat Nov. 15th- 17th, 2019!

Join us for the entire weekend or Saturday only. 

You will have the opportunity to participate in community sessions presented by Mary and Emma of Lady Farmer, as well as your choice of workshops including yoga, nature healing, sourdough starting, natural dyeing with flowers, and more…

2 Days of Workshops

Farm-To-Table Meals

Weekend Country Escape

Community of Women

The Slow Living Retreat is a community exploration of sustainable living through workshops, speakers and reflective time within a beautiful natural setting. It’s the ultimate gift to yourself: an opportunity to create a life of more simplicity, awareness, and grace.

More on our workshops & leaders:

Session #1: How Did We Get Here and What Do We Do Now?

If you feel like there’s never enough time in the day, like your to-do list never gets shorter and basically,  like your life is running you rather that the other way around–you’re not alone! In this talk, we’ll be looking at our current way of life in the context of human history and our interaction with the planet over time. You will gain not only a new perspective on the many challenges of how we live, both as individuals and as a society, but you will come away empowered by the many choices and solutions available to us on the path to a more life- affirming, joy- filled and sustainable way of living. 

Session #2: Exploring Sustainable Alternatives Through Food, Clothing, and Spaces

What does it mean to practice sustainability in terms of everyday living? In this talk we’ll offer practical guidance for navigating complex, consumer driven and highly industrialized systems when it comes to the clothes we wear, the food we eat and the many products we use all day long.  With so many choices to make, information is key. We’ll be offering guidance on sourcing, brands and trends, providing you with the knowledge to create your own expression of the sustainable lifestyle.

Living Life Through a Yogic Lens with Jackie Horstmann

What does it mean to life life breath to breath and through a yogi lens? As we explore sustainable living all weekend, this session will allow you to grow into your personal yoga practice to bring space, breath, and purpose to practice.

You’ll leave with a special guide to living through a yogic lens and feeling refreshed and ready to build community, self-love, and confidence.


About Jackie

Finding a balance between bring and doing is how yoga manifests in my life. Teaching brings me joy and I love sparking loight and sunshine in others. Yoga has given me the gift of slowing down, having fun, and savoring life. 

Jacquelyn Horstmann Didio has been practicing for over 14 years. She is a RYT200 and teaches regular classes in Falls Church, VA at The Yogi Underground and in Clarendon, VA at CorePower Yoga. She has also been a visiting teacher at Shaw Yoga in Washington, DC and Sky Yoga Wellness in Skaneateles, NY.


Natural Dyeing

The class will focus on indigo and natural dyeing. We will discuss and discover ways to extract color from nature, capture it on cloth and then modify it. Each participant will be provided with items to dye and are welcome to bring a few small items from home, such as old t-shirts, pillowcases, or tote bags. 

Arrin Sutliff

Arrin is a floral artist and all around maker. She grew up amongst hundreds acres of fresh fruit and vegetables on her grandparents farm and experienced a simple, fulfilling life. She has since brought these practices learned into a city environment. She resides and creates in a home studio in Washington DC. 

Nature Healing with Wanda Knapik

Permaculture Designer Wanda Knapik, will explore the intersection of permaculture design and biodynamic agriculture, focusing on nature’s relationships and plant guilds that nourish our Mother Earth as well as our mind, body and spirit.  Weaving in indigenous wisdom and celebration, a sacred ceremony will be performed, honoring the web of life and natural elements: water, wind, fire and earth.

About Wanda

Wanda Knapik is a wilderness explorer and outdoor enthusiast during all seasons, ecological designer, gardener, chef, educator, writer, artist and environmental activist.  As the owner of My Local Garden, she focuses on regenerative design solutions and installs organic vegetable and herb gardens in New Jersey and New York.  Her passion is in educating and inspiring children and adults of all ages to connect with nature, understand local and global ecological issues, and make a positive impact in the world.

Natural Beauty with Becky of Take Care Shop

Take Care Founder, Becky Waddell, created Take Care after seeing a need for a healthy skincare and lifestyle community in Washington, DC. A devoted plant-based lifestyle follower for many years, she found DC (and the marketplace in general) to be missing a thoughtful place that celebrated independent and plant-based skincare + beauty. 

Out of a personal passion for skincare, and training in biology and community engagement, she created an intimate collection in a small studio off the beaten track while working full time. There, she discovered that her clients were seeking something different: a personal, compassionate experience that flipped the script on beauty buying from “You need this to look beautiful,” to “You are lovely just as you are, and these products are here to help you reconnect with yourself and achieve your skincare dreams.”

Beyond finding products that work with incredibly nourish ingredients, Becky found that two worlds were beginning to merge: beauty and wellness. Thrilled at the prospect of re-claiming our personal care routines as opportunities for quiet moments, self reflection, and even meditation, she knew it was time to say goodbye to her humble studio and create a wellness space that stressed out, busy, passionate, active DC dwellers truly needed. Enter Take Care.

Sourdough 101 with V Orban

Learn about natural leavens in bread baking. Participants will start their own natural yeast culture (sourdough starter) and learn best practicing in keeping it happy and fed. We’ll discuss naturally leavened vs commercial leaven, flour varieties, and tips to baking in a home oven.


Mending Circle

We will also be offering the opportunity to attend a Mending Circle, with informal gathering times throughout the weekend  to come and go as you desire, sit in community, receive an introduction to basic clothing repair skills and the art of visible mending.

 Led  by Arrin Sutliff, as taught by her grandmother.

Weekend Schedule

(subject to change)

Friday + Saturday

Friday 7:30pm - 9:00pm

6:00 pm | Friday Check-in begins

Friday 7:30pm - 9:00pm

7:30pm | Friday Welcome Gathering at the Zigbone House

Welcome Gathering and bonfire for all conference attendees.

Saturday 6:45am -9:00am

6:45am -9:00am | Saturday Retreat Check-in

(7:00 am Morning Refresh & Yoga Cleanse for anyone interested)


8:30 am | Hot Breakfast (locally sourced & freshly prepared

Check schedule for your three workshops of the day. Your options are:

  1. Healing in Nature: Wanda Knapik
  2. Fermentation Basics and Working With Sourdough: Arrin Sutliff
  3. Clean Beauty and Wellness: Reclaiming our Personal Care Routine with Becky Waddell of Take Care Shop
  4. Floral Dying and Natural Dyes: Sophie Kanter
  5. Yoga Workshop: Living Life Through a Yogic Lens: Jackie Horstmann Didio

9:15 am | Welcome & Opening Remarks


10:00 am | Sustainable Living Series Presentation #1 with Mary & Emma of Lady Farmer

“How Did We Get Here and What Do We Do Now?” A Perspective



11:15 am | Workshop Session #1


1:00 pm | Lunch: locally sourced & freshly prepared


2:30 pm | Workshop Session #2


4:15 pm | Workshop Session #3


5:45 pm | Happy Hour featuring Walsh Family Wine



7:00 pm | Festive Fall Multi-Course Farm-to-Table Dinner Featuring Local Wines and Gourmet, Farm Fresh Local Fare by Enjoy Culinary Co

See a sample menu.


9:00 pm | Evening Gathering and Slow Living Celebration with bonfire! 



7:00 am | Coffee and Tea Service Zigbone House


7:15 am | Morning Refresh and Cleanse Yoga Class 

A relaxed pace class for all levels, including a guided meditation and aromatherapy


8:30 am | Farm-to-Table Breakfast


9:45 – 11:15 am | Workshop Session


  1. Sound Therapy Session with Wanda Knapik featuring Healing Gongs
  2. Floral Dyeing and Natural Dyes with Sophie Kanter
  3. Homemade Kefir Workshop with Mary Kingsley

12:00 pm | Lunch: locally sourced & freshly prepared



12:45 pm |  Sustainable Living Series Presentation #2 with Mary & Emma of Lady Farmer:

Exploring Sustainable Alternatives Through Food, Clothing, and Spaces


2:30 pm | What Now? A Talk with Lady Farmer

A chance to come together and synthesize all we’ve learned together as a community over the weekend. We’ll make a game plan for how to take it all into the world!


3:15 pm | End of Retreat


and about the food….

The kind of full plate we celebrate

Nourishment for both body and soul is our top priority for the weekend, so we’ve planned the meals with the utmost care and intention…fresh and locally supplied, prepared and served by Enjoy Culinary Co. We chose this company based on their commitment to the highest quality in sourcing and sustainability as well as their goals for dealing with waste, which is mostly composted or recycled.

We’re particularly excited about our special meal on Saturday evening, a delicious farm-to-table dinner featuring locally sourced fare, including local Walsh Family Wines and a signature dessert. The dinner will be a highlight of our weekend celebrating the best of slow living…community, sharing, learning, and nourishing.

Retreat Ticket Options

Here’s what past participants have to say:

Hear from Karen

Thank you Lady Farmer for bringing together two of my favorite worlds and sparking so much love! Fashion and food tied together with tips and trips to live more slowly, sustainably, carefully. Your Slow Living Retreat was perfectly beautiful, relaxing, delicious, thought-provoking, and inspiring. A true gift. – Karen

Hear from Kim

The Lady Farmer retreat was truly unique and refreshing and has spoiled me for any other retreat of its kind. Their premise was all about slow living and even now, 6 months later, I truly think about the messages and women I connected with on a daily basis and have modified how I look at everything in my life – from how we eat to what we wear and the tools needed for my children to grow up in this ever-changing world. I am looking forward to the next chance to gather with and learn from the team of amazing teachers and leaders who happen to be women. – Kim

Hear from Leslie

The Lady Farmer retreat was a trail head for me.  I was able to walk down paths I’ve never been, but had the great fortune of meeting people along the way with different levels of terrain experience and their own systems of navigation.  A place where everyone brought what has worked for them, with the goal of having it changed for the better by the group. Familiarity and organization, flexibility and friendliness. So glad to have an opportunity in my own region to physically visit and meet with others in discussion over what has mattered to me for many years. – Leslie

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