Your Guide to a 3-Day Regenerative Farm Stay at Juneberry Ridge

Nestled among the rolling hills of Norwood – a little more than an hour east of Charlotte – lies Juneberry Ridge, a 750-acre destination for those seeking to reconnect with nature and delight in healthier foods directly from the source. Find a weekend retreat here unlike any other, where the rhythms of the land guide your journey toward wellness and rejuvenation. 

Each farm stay program is unique to the time of year and follows the patterns present on the farm and within the surrounding natural ecology. Here's just a sample itinerary of what you can expect on a farm stay.

Day 1: Arrive ready to regenerate on Friday

Arrive at Juneberry Ridge on Friday afternoon and check into your cozy cabin, unwind and breathe in fresh air as you prepare to embrace the weekend ahead.

Adirondack chairs around fire pit on farm's grounds with cabin in background

At 6 p.m., head to the Saskatoon Lounge, where you can sip on nature-infused refreshments, mingle with fellow guests and soak in the serene surroundings. A yoga practitioner will be onsite to help set intentions for your weekend of rejuvenation. 

After that, experience yoga nidra, a deep relaxation technique and form of meditation. Yoga nidra is the state between sleeping and waking, so the body is completely relaxed and the practitioner turns your awareness inward by listening to a set of instructions. This practice results in deep relaxation and expands your self-awareness.

Day 2: Forest bathing and signature meals on Saturday

Start your day with a farmer's breakfast kit – featuring fresh ingredients from the farm – in your cabin. 

During the spring and fall months, you're then invited to embark on a transformative forest bathing experience. On this guided activity, slow down and connect with the natural world through a gentle awakening of your senses. Through a series of guided invitations, you can experience the sounds, smells, sights, tastes and textures of the forest around you. The walk ends with hot tea to complete the experience. Forest walks offer health benefits supported by scientific research from around the world that includes lowering blood pressure, heart rate and stress levels.

During the summer and winter months, farm stay guests can look forward to joining different farming, gardening and even music festival programming. 

At noon, gather for a family-style lunch at the Toadhouse event venue, where you'll savor seasonal flavors sourced directly from the farm.  

Following lunch, dive into a Garden-to-Glass Mixology experience. Explore an aquaponic greenhouse and learn about growing plants healthfully in a closed system, where fish supply natural fertilizers. You’ll get to see plants at all stages of development, from seedling to full maturity, plus learn techniques and tips to get the most out of harvesting herbs of your own.

Person holding up plants grown in greenhouse

Following the tour, and with holistic plant knowledge fresh on your mind, go further on a journey into plant-based mixology. With a fresh harvest, the culinary team demonstrates how to mix and infuse unique flavors to create delicious cocktails and alcohol-free mocktails that everyone can enjoy.  

For the main event of the weekend, indulge in an incredible farm-to-fork signature dinner. Crafted through a unique partnership between the culinary and farm teams, this signature dinner offers seasonal flavors and regeneratively raised proteins from the farm and local partners. Each of the four courses is also specially paired with a beer, wine or a non-alcoholic beverage to complement your meal.

Wine glasses and cutlery lining table decorated for fall with patio in background

Day 3: Yoga and Sunday brunch  

Wake up to the gentle rustle of leaves and the melody of birdsong, signaling the start of your final day at Juneberry Ridge. Start the day off with a rejuvenating yoga flow and mindfulness exercise, suitable for all levels of experience.

After your morning practice, indulge in the signature Sunday brunch at the Toadhouse and feast on farm-inspired delights as you reflect on the memories made during your stay. 

People on floor doing yoga in half circle with instructor in front

Ready to book? Reserve online your all-inclusive farm stay that includes all lodging, farm-to-fork meals, signature experiences and wellness activities. Or stop by for a day in the summer for the annual farm and live music festival, Juneberry Jams. You can also find a wide range of activities all year long, including clay shooting, farm workshops, wellness activities, nature events and culinary experiences. 

This article was produced in partnership with Juneberry Ridge.

Updated May 21, 2024
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