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Gardening Seva Weekend

May 19, 2017 @ 3:00 am - May 21, 2017 @ 12:00 pm

Seva” is a Sanskrit word meaning “selfless service” or work performed without any thought of reward or repayment. In ancient India seva was believed to help one’s spiritual growth and at the same time contribute to the improvement of a community.

Join us this mid-May for Stonehouse Farm’s Seva Gardening Weekend! We’ll plant flowers, fruit & vegetable gardens, and landscaping for the season as well as clean up the land and make repairs. If you love to connect to the earth, garden, transplant, water, or get your hands dirty, then in exchange we can offer excellent vegetarian food, a serene outdoor setting, the countless twinkling stars at night, and a chance to help build community with others. This is a great opportunity to get out into nature, eat some healthy and delicious fare and learn some DIY skills! As Stonehouse Farm opens up from the cold winter, we require the help of many creative and talented folks, and having everyone’s participation in this seva gathering makes the work light and fun for all.

Delicious vegetarian meals will be served buffet style to complement the hearty appetites that accompany outdoor work. Feel free to bring supplemental food and beverage to accommodate preferences and food sensitivies. Firewood and ice are sold in the general store if you prefer to bring a cooler and prepare meals with your own equipment. Campers can rent tents, yurts, and facilities in the RV section. Bring your own towels, sleeping bag and pillow, or rent them for $5 a piece.

Label and bring your gardening tools if you have them! We’ll ask for your help with projects during the day, but make sure that there is time for you to take a yoga class, hike through the property, spin fire by the beach, and gather around the campfire at night.

If you would like to contribute to the weekend through skill-sharing—lead a yoga class, kirtan, ceremony, wisdom talk, nature class, or provide bodywork for the Seva weekend, please email us at info@stonehousefarm.com

*Meals included with purchase of admission.

Weekend Schedule:

-Friday, May 19th

3:00-5:00pm                  Arrival & Check-in                                     General Store

5:30-6:00pm                  Welcome & Opening Ceremony              Fire Pit near check-in

6:00-7:00pm                  Dinner                                                          Dining Tent

7:00-9:00pm                  classes, workshops, talks, & skill share        

9:00pm                            Bonfire                                                         Sacred Fire Circle


-Saturday, May 20th

7:00-8:00am                  Light Breakfast                                          Dining Tent

8:00-11:00am                classes, workshops, talks, & skill share

11:00-12:00pm              Brunch                                                         Dining Tent

12:00-6:00pm                classes, workshops, talks, & skill share

3:00-3:30pm                  High Tea & Snacks                                   Dining Tent

6:00-7:00pm                  Dinner                                                        Dining Tent

7:00-9:00pm                  classes, workshops, talks, & skill share

9:00pm                            Bonfire                                                       Sacred Fire Circle


-Sunday, May 21st

7:00-8:00am                  Light Breakfast                                         Dining Tent

8:00-11:00am                 classes, workshops, talks, & skill share

11:00-12:00pm               Brunch                                                       Dining Tent

12:00-1:00pm                 Check-out                                                 General Store

12:00-3:00pm                classes, workshops, talks, skill share & garden seva

3:00-3:30pm                  High Tea & Closing Ceremony             Dining Tent


* Schedule or location subject to change due to weather

Massage Therapy available on premises by appt, $75/hour or $125/90 min.
Schedule Appointments at the General Store.

Sunday night option: $20 for overnight stay to enjoy more time in nature at Stonehouse Farm

Tickets:  Each person must purchase an event ticket, which includes admission to the event, all classes, use of a campsite, meals from Friday dinner through Sunday brunch, free parking, and use of facilities. Housing upgrades are available for an additional fee, see ticketing options.



May 19, 2017 @ 3:00 am
May 21, 2017 @ 12:00 pm


Stonehouse Farm
3719 Suydam Road
Earlville, IL 60518 United States


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