Tending Legacy

September 13-15th 2019

The Pepperfield Project // DECORAH, IOWA

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What can we learn from the patterns in nature to cultivate meaningful and mutually beneficial relationships in our lives? What roles do humans play in both the internal and external landscapes? How can we start tending the earth where we’re at, with tangible solutions to create a greater depth of connection to the communities that we are a part of?

Join us for a three day all-inclusive weekend as we explore these questions together at Pepperfield Project, a living ecological sanctuary that weaves together resilient strategies for the future generations while embodying holistic wellness and quality of life. In reviving the old ways and traditions of those that have gone before us, we’ll experience the transformative power of growing food, crafting medicine, raising animals, tending the wild, fostering artistic expression and celebrating community life as a living prayer for these times.

Tending Legacy is a retreat rooted in celebrating an intergenerational community with energetics around personal development. We invite people of all ages, backgrounds, stages and phases of exploring the trajectories of legacy and this place as we know it today.

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$250 — Individual Rate

$225/person —Couple Rate ($25 Discount for Each)


Scholarships are unavailable at this time, but will be available for future retreats.

Tickets Include:


Gardens, prairie, orchard, vineyard, creek and farm animals.


Heirloom dishes directly sourced and prepared from the farm.


Campfires, hiking, yoga, swimming, and cooking.


Time to further connect with nature, nap, set intentions, meditate or swing into the town of Decorah.


Take action on your values, further connect with your community, and ways to continue the journey on your own.

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Sold Separately—Booking Options Below

Farmhouse Private + Shared Rooms

Modest and cozy (includes private bathrooms + shower access)

1851 Historical Log Cabin

(Sleeps up to 6, includes electricity, bathroom + shower)

Single Room Tiny Cabin

“Glamping” (sleeps two, includes electricity bathrooms available in Farmhouse)

Prairie Side Rustic Camping

Pick your favorite spot in the prairie upon arrival (bathrooms available in Farmhouse)


Please contact Lisa Frank at lisa@rettlers.com to reserve your spot.

All attendees will be staying at Pepperfield.

Retreat registrations will close once accommodations are fully booked.


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David Cavagnaro

A naturalist, teacher, author and photographer in the field of natural history, David brings a wealth of wisdom to Pepperfield. Moving to Iowa with his family in 1987, David became the first manager of the preservation gardens at the Seed Savers Exchange, renewing seeds during the next eight years of Heritage Farm’s 15,000 heirloom vegetable varieties. A life-long interest in food, gardening, photography, and teaching led to the establishment of the Pepperfield Project and the donation of David’s home, gardens, and 55 acres of the farm as an education center.

Connect with David at www.pepperfieldproject.org

Photo Credit:  Terra Sura

Photo Credit: Terra Sura

Megan & Cody Mastel

Each are certified permaculture designers, farmers, herbalists, facilitators and skilled leaders in earth reconnection practices. They lead retreats, organize festivals, grow & craft bioregional foods, provide experiential education and cultivate habitats of reconnection through Living Hearth, their podcast Hearthspeak and the Open Hearth PDC. Their business, Land by Hand, provides consulting and permaculture design for land, life and community.

Connect with Cody & Megan at landbyhand.org and thelivinghearth.com

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The Pepperfield Project

1575 Manawa Trail

Decorah, IA 52101