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Hawk Circle

A place to rest, be inspired, and forget about the world.

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Celebrating Over 30 Years of Service

Hawk Circle

brings you closer to nature through contemplation, wandering our forest trails, and classes that inspire a magical life.

Retreats & Pilgrimages

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Our Forest Retreats & Pilgrimages offer you renewal, healing and inspiration in small group settings, private pilgrimages, & training retreats.

Classes & Intensives

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Our Classes and Intensives give you purposeful skills, grounded in our nature-based learning environment.

Family Getaways

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Our Forest Family Retreats are offered seasonally ensuring that your family will experience skills and crafts that are specific to the rhythms of the nature year.   

Book your own private retreat with us!

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Enjoy the Charm that is the Hawk Circle Lifestyle

We are known for the unique lifestyle that is the very essence of Hawk Circle.  A curative lifestyle that is deeply rooted in the natural world and heals the weary heart, comforts frazzled nerves and stirs the soul awake.


Cozy, hand-crafted, timber frame cabins, paths that wind through vegetable, herb and flower gardens, soul-quenching, organic, home-made meals, fresh spring water, our young food forest,  hand-woven baskets,  and rawhide lanterns all make for a creative, nature-inspired life.   

You are welcome here!


Mornings begin with a fresh cup of coffee or tea infused with fresh herbs as you gaze out at the swirling mist dancing through the valley.  You have the option of joining a yoga or meditation class, wander through the forest, or venture into the nearby villages for a little shopping.  You can choose to join a class or schedule a healing session. (Please refer to our weekend class schedule and offerings for healing sessions.)


Spend your evenings around a campfire making smores, or curled up in Eagle House reading a good book. 

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Your Stay

When not attending one of our retreats, you can create your own personal retreat or family getaway.  Cozy cabins with comfortable beds, organic, homemade breakfasts, trails to explore and fresh mountain spring water to quench your thirst.

We are far from any main road, nestled against the valley hills on 200 acres of pristine woodlands, with open fields for star gazing, hiking trails and trickling streams and brooks.


Venue for Hire

Looking for an intimate, boutique style retreat for your group?  Or family reunion? Trista is an international, small group retreat facilitator.  She is delighted to assist you in creating a retreat for your group that is healing, inspiring and life-changing.  

We can offer your group a full menu that reflects your retreat's theme, using homegrown and wild foods.  We also can arrange a day off-site to visit nearby shops, museums and natural wonders.  

And if you'd like to offer healing and massage sessions for your group, we can arrange that as well!

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Our Location


We are located in the historic Leatherstocking region, just a short, idyllic drive from Cooperstown, with a variety of shops, museums and restaurants to explore.

Check out our self-guided tours to discover the hidden gems for hiking, local eateries, historical landmarks, natural wonders, and other experiences that are unique to this area.

We offer unique experiences where you learn wilderness crafts and skills that deepen your connection to nature and inspire a creative life.  Coal-burned spoons, basket-making, herbal remedies are just a few of the experiences we offer. 

Perhaps you're looking for a healing and rejuvenating experience in which case, book an aromatherapy session, a massage or a session with one of our visiting herbalists.

Our Offerings
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The Forest Perfumery


Hawk Circle's onsite store where you can find all sorts of healing goodness, wild-crafted and made from herbs, trees and flowers grown here on our land.

Trista hand-crafts solid and oil-based perfumes, herbal salve, healing oils, body butters and ritual bath salts inspired by the northeastern woodlands.  She is an aromatherapist and trains others in sacred oil alchemy in the Myrrhophore tradition.

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Upcoming Events

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Timber Frame Intensive

April 25 - May 1
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Family Forest Retreat
Spring Session
May 20 - 22
Sacred Oil Alchemy
The Myrrhophore Facilitator  Training Retreat

June 3 - 7
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The Magdalene Retreat
Entering the Healing Chamber
July 21 - 26

Favorite Blog Posts


Ricardo's TEDx Talk on 

Nature Deficit Disorder

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Using Thyme as a Winter Remedy.  Read on...


The Moral Lessons of the Wilderness Shelter

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Forging New Paths through the Landscape of Division

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About Hawk Circle

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Hawk Circle is nestled in the rolling valley hills of Cherry Valley, NY situated on over 200 acres of woods, fresh water springs and old pasture lands. White-tail deer freely roam, along with bobcats, bears, foxes and weasels. 


Hawk Circle began over 30 years ago as a wilderness summer camp for children and has expanded over the years as a place where people come, seeking healing and renewal, inspiration, sustainable life skills and a deep connection with the natural world.   

Trista and Ricardo

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