Raven Crest is a retreat center for herbalism and other mindful Earth centered practices, nestled into the forested hills of upstate New York. We offer workshops and retreats to honor our connection with Nature and our Self, and learn from the healing wisdom of medicinal plants. 350 acres of beautiful herb gardens, creeks, woodlands, rolling pastures and meadows invite you to explore, learn, and connect to your deepest source of inspiration.
We grow a large variety of medicinal plants and flowers in our herb garden around the main house, and more medicine and food in our young forest garden a short walk away. Three beehives pollinate the flowers in our sanctuary. Wander the land and enjoy a visit to our earth sheltered greenhouse and lush terraced gardens.
A short five minute walk from the main house, surrounded by woods and bird song, lies the beautifully decorated and secluded cabin with two bedrooms, bathroom, kitchen and a large deck. Two wooden platforms can be used to pitch tents or to enjoy a yoga practice. The fire pit longs for a bonfire and frogs in the small pond serenade you to sleep during summer nights. Sleeps 4-6. Additional camping space and outdoor shower available.
The Mullein House
A beautiful and peaceful space, our newly renovated guest house with four bedrooms and two bathrooms, kitchen, large deck and outdoor fire pit welcomes you to rest and rejuvenate. The Mullein House is a 5-7 minute walk away from the main house and sleeps 9-12. Additional camping space is available.
The Woodland Temple
Gorgeous round wooden structure built with love and intention for sacred circle work. Sits 20 in a circle and can house 10-13 for a yoga class. Heated.
Our beautiful pond with a large swimming platform invites to meditate and enjoy the waters.
The Yoga Platform
A 20'x20’ yoga platform overlooks the swimming pond and is shaded by old and wise pine trees. There is space for 12-14 yoga participants.
Two small creeks join in front of the main house and rush together over several small cascades. There are many lovely spots in this water temple to meditate and sing.
Up behind the cabin, hugged by trees, lies a large nest built out of branches for gatherings and meditation. Allows 20–25 people to sit in a circle together. The altar space is the center of sacred ceremony.
The Outdoor Kitchen aka The Food Temple (summer 2018)
We are building a fully equipped outdoor kitchen that offers eating space for 20 participants, nestled into the forest by the main house. Can also be used as a teaching space.
Raven Crest also hosts private retreat groups and rentals. Self guided, personal retreats are available as well.
For inquiries, email: susanna at ravencrestbotanicals.com or contact us here