Homestead Retreat Offerings

Workshops, Programs, Classes, Internships, and AirBnB

Healthy Living

Each year we host a variety of programs, workshops, and  personal retreats, April-October. Classes are small, ranging from six to twenty-five participants. Guests are continually nurtured by the beauty, tranquility, and peace of the land, while enjoying healthy, home-grown food, exploratory hikes, and deep relaxation.

We welcome you to offer your program here at Homestead Retreat! If you have a workshop, class, or gathering that you would like to offer, or if you wish to reserve our retreat  center for a private program or personal retreat, contact us today. We are an official WWOOF sponsor. We offer homesteading and educational center internships Spring-Fall.

Find us on AirBnB at: Ramate'-Homestead Retreat at Horse Fork

Retreat Center - Beauty and Magic Abound!

Streams and Waterfalls

Homestead Retreat is a designated wildlife habitat featuring: crystal-clear streams, mountain vistas, organic gardens, fruit trees, honey bees, abundant berries and brambles - all situated amidst fertile, hardwood forests. A diversity of native plants and animals call this sacred mountain home.​​

Available on site are a multitude of unique, healing modalities, as well as artistic and educational center opportunities that include: 

  • medicine wheel ceremony
  • infra-red sauna
  • edible/medicinal plant walks
  • migun massage bed
  • collage, painting, sculptural art
  • shamanic journey healing work
  • Native American-style flute &  drum making
  • vision quest and solo sits
  • primitive living skills.

Amazing Accommodations...

160 year-old log cabin

The heart of Homestead Retreat is a 4,500 square foot lodge featuring a magnificent, floor to ceiling fireplace. The original part of the retreat center is a hundred and sixty year old log cabin, with attached library. The gentle sound of the creek flowing under the lodge and the waterfall view from the back porch are a delight to see and hear!

Guest accommodations include fully furnished, private, & shared rooms inside the lodge and the log cabin, as well as in Ramate - our nearby guest cottage. There are three full bathrooms inside the house, with a first class, composting toilet available in the guest cottage. An adjacent, outdoor shower house (yes, it has hot water) offers the best of mountain living. 

Camping is permissible in the tree house, as well as in the surrounding forest and meadows.

Your Hosts, Ayal and Hawk Hurst


During the Winter of 2014, Ayal and Hawk Hurst  purchased the land that now makes up Homestead Retreat. The following Spring, they launched the retreat. Since 2004 they lived much of the year near the ocean, in Charleston, South Carolina, operating a small Bed and Breakfast. Prior to moving to Charleston, they created and lived at Silver Water Retreat, a 220 acre Outdoor Educational Center located near Boone, North Carolina. There they offered a variety of healing, environmental, and educational programs, including E.A.R.T.H. Summer Camp. Ayal and Hawk have been involved for over thirty years with ancient wisdom teachings and are committed to offering this information in a natural, healing environment to those who come to live, study, or work with them.​ There's much to see here. So, take your time, look around, and learn all there is to know about us. We hope you enjoy our site and take a moment to drop us a line.

Homestead Retreat is Ready to Host Your Program. Contact Us!

We Look Forward to Hearing From You Soon!

Owners Ayal and Hawk Hurst

Homestead Retreat

330 Horse Fork Road, Clyde, North Carolina 28721, United States

Home/Business: (828) 627-8564

Open Spring - Fall

Guests Welcome By Reservation Only.