Practical Presence Retreat
A 5-Day All-Inclusive Immersion Into Inner Peace and Authentic Connection
Find Home Again
Practical Presence invites you into a tranquil space to become present with yourself,
open your heart, and connect deeply with others.
If you need a still place to reset your life, and long for others to see and understand you,
we invite you to join us and find home again.
Beyond the rush of the world, nestled in Vermont’s verdant landscape, you’ll find Sky Meadow, a 120-acre organic homestead hidden in the hills.
Each morning we will practice together the ancient and simple art of Insight Meditation, using natural bodily sensations to cultivate presence and awareness.
After a quiet lunch and nurturing time alone in nature, we will gather to share our stories, and learn a new way of relating using Conscious Communication.
Each evening, we will deepen the healing and transformation stirred up by the day’s activities. These gatherings may include circling around a fire, Qigong practices to work consciously with your subtle energy, Journey Dance to move energy through you with intention, group music making using drum and song, and an open stage for storytelling, song, dance, and poetry
Miles Sherts has practiced Insight Meditation since 1976 and led retreats since 1999. Trained as a professional mediator, he began teaching Conscious Communication and conflict resolution in 1990. He is the author of several books, including Conscious Communication, Beyond Perception, and Conscious Communication for Couples. Miles’ has devoted his life to creating a nurturing, safe space for people to be vulnerable and connected with one another.
When life started squeezing me in, I looked for a retreat. What I found was beyond any expectation. Miles Sherts has spent a lifetime thinking about thinking. Miles and his young staff have created a structured environment, a safe and beautiful space, in which to spend 5 intensive days reflecting and meditating. There are ponds to swim in and fields to walk in (with the occasional Alpaca in tow). Meals are plentiful, with many ingredients locally sourced. The simplicity, the structure, and the beauty make this an exceptional place to renew or reset. Miles is an exceptional teacher. I especially liked the practicality of his instruction and its immediate usefulness to my life. Thank you for giving me a way forward that is slightly more disciplined, while also being more gentle on myself. I am so grateful.
I was very happy to participate in this retreat and I'm very grateful for it. Something in me was driving me toward spiritual people. I have never felt something so beautiful as being alive with my “spiritual family”.. ️ I have traveled far to get Sky Meadow because when I’m with people of like mind I’m really with myself. It’s the best retreat in the beautiful surroundings for one who is looking to awaken, going deeper into the silence. It is beyond description and heals the soul. The atmosphere was lovely and everything was very well planned and comfortable. Meditating felt natural and effortless. I felt like I made a big progress. Thank you SO much! There is no words to really describe my deep gratefulness, but I have tried my best. I will every day think about how grateful I am for that.
Miles … Stepping back from life-as-usual for these days and allowing myself to just BE here has been the most nourishing, healing gift that I have ever known. I so appreciate the simplicity and natural beauty here. The retreat was exactly enough for me to find my way back to my inner spiritual home. Life is so rich and full! Miles, I found your guidance and presence to be gently, warm, and genuine and you always made room for me to discover my own insights and truth. I wish everyone the kind of open-hearted, lasting peace that comes from the mindfulness and deep stillness that can be and is being practiced here.
Reviews from Our Guests
Retreat Packages are available from $1,140 - $1,540
All-inclusive 5-day retreat, with meals and accommodations included