352 Short Road NE / Riner VA 24149-3572
Phone: 540 763-2382

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Due to major remodeling projects we won't be open for any retreats until further notice. We appreciate your interest in Hawk's Ridge Retreat and hope you will check back with us in the spring of 2008. We should have a re-opening date and revised list of offerings at that time.

Your Guide Zendo View
Individual Retreats View Spring 2004 Newsletter
Guidance and Wellness Consultation Links to Other Sites

Hawk's Ridge Retreat and Sanctuary has been established to provide a place of natural beauty and solitude which serves as an eco-spiritual retreat for humans and a sanctuary for native plants and wildlife.
tourIt is rich in natural beauty on 77 acres nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Floyd County, Virginia. Laurel Branch Creek runs through the property and there are miles of trails for hiking and bird-watching.

In keeping with its purpose as a center for environmental, emotional and spiritual education, we sponsor field trips and provide a space for individual retreats. It is a space used by individuals and groups, children as well as adults.

We provide environmental education programs for children through our collaborative efforts with the SEEDS organization from Blacksburg, Virginia. Programs for children are an important part of our work, since it has been proven that outdoor experiences early in life foster environmental values and love of nature that last throughout life.

We are operating in accordance with the Bed and Breakfast exemption of the Commonwealth of Virginia, Department of Health, Health Statutes.

"Dear Owner of Hawk's Ridge,
Your nature sanctuary is beautiful and I am very grateful that you let the SEEDS guys take us there. The hills might have been steep, the creek might have been cold, the grass soft but it was truly beautiful. I love nature, animals, and the scenery. The world is a beautiful place, just like Hawk's Ridge.
    Sincerely, H.R." (field trip participant, Floyd County Schools)

Individual RetreatsReturn to Top
The goals of developing inner growth, outer awareness and balance with the environment go hand in hand at Hawk's Ridge Retreat and Sanctuary.

We cater to individuals by providing activity and meditation spaces both inside and outside. You provide your own meals using our well equipped kitchenettes. Body work for retreat participants is available by pre-arrangement at an hourly fee (massage, polarity or energy work).

If you are interested in an individual private retreat, a 1 hour session of guidance and spiritual direction each day is included in the rental fee.

"Food was great. The environment was fantastic. Facilitators honest and lovely. So many birds! The bluebirds were precious!" --K. W.

"A great spot to get re-acquainted with the gifts from God." --R.G.

    (Retreatants, Listen to the Quiet retreats)

For the Children's Day Camp Schedule check the SEEDS Website. drum

"Nature, solitude, good company, time to rest and reflect, and good food are a recipe that your facility offers which is a rare thing in today's crazy pace of life." --K.D.

Guidance and Wellness ConsultationReturn to Top
At Hawk's Ridge Retreat and Sanctuary we believe that "wholeness" or health is a balance of body, mind and spirit. A consultation will assist you in examining the varied aspects of your life, discovering the areas of imbalance, and seeing what you can do to regain a more natural state of wholeness. Guidance can provide a more focused experience of self discovery and introspection while visiting this healing setting.

As part of our holistic approach to healing and wellness, we offer massage, polarity energy work and sessions of guidance and wellness consultation, by appointment.

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Donna Douglas, B.A., M.S.W., (left, with Geshe Yeshe Gylatsen, Abbot of the Ganden Jangtse Tibetan Buddhist Monastery, who visited the Sanctuary in January, 1998) has a Masters in Clinical Social Work from Loyola University, Chicago. With 25 years of experience in group and individual work, her practice of helping people heal themselves involves teaching breathing, relaxation, body energy and self-awareness techniques. Donna has studied mindfulness with Thich Nhat Hahn at his community in France.

A life-long student and lover of nature, Donna is an active camper and hiker. She is a member of the USDA Forestry Stewardship Program, The Nature Conservancy and the Earthstewards Network.

She worked 2 seasons in Yellowstone with the Y.E.S. program on Wolf and Coyote field studies. Trained through Project Learning Tree, Project Wild and the Forestry and Wildlife Management Coverts Peer Counseling program, she has the skills to share her love and knowledge of nature with students of all ages.

Donna's personal and professional goal is to create a space where spiritual and personal transformative work can be done while in balance and close to nature. Out of this vision, she has established Hawk's Ridge Retreat and Sanctuary in Floyd County, Virginia.


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retreatFor a refreshing getaway, make a private retreat in the Zendo retreat building, shown here, (2 floors, private powder room, sleeps 4 dorm style, access to a kitchenette and showers in the same building). Our 24 foot diameter Yurt provides indoor space for meditation or movement such as Yoga and Tai Chi in case of inclement weather.

TERMS: A deposit of 20% is required for group, tent or buildings. Deposit with cancellation notice received 15 days prior to reserved dates will be refunded; later cancellations forfeit the deposit.

Maps and complete instructions will be mailed to you with confirmation, or if you request, we can email them. Registrations received via e-mail will be held for 14 days pending receipt of check.

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View facing west late in a summer day.

Links to Other SitesReturn to Top
SEEDS Website

Y.E.S. (Yellowstone Ecosystem Studies)

Send e-mail (delete the FIRST 'Q' from the @ddress!) to the Cortesia Sanctuary Project

Earthstewards Network

Shadow Lake Village Cohousing

Floyd County in View

Send e-mail (delete the FIRST 'Q' from the @ddress!) to the Naropa Institute Ecopsychology Programs