The Power of Therapeutic Horticulture
A regenerative countryside retreat reinforcing steadiness and calm
The Farm is an ideal place to explore fresh starts, develop inner calm and seek to better understand one's self. The agrarian living and therapeutic horticulture are woven into the participant experience and offers a visceral interface with these elements –– amplifying their impact on the individual.
While enrolled at Confluence, participants spend about half of their time living on the Farm. As part of the therapeutic experience, individuals partake in the activities of the small homestead. On the land, participants reconnect with themselves by slowing the pace of life and contributing to their own sustenance and nourishment.
Located in Thetford, Vermont near the confluence of the Connecticut and Ompompanoosuc Rivers, our base offers a conveniently accessed yet rural setting. A short drive from Hanover, New Hampshire, where Dartmouth College and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center are located, Confluence is within a day's drive of the East Coast's major metropolitan areas.
The Farm is 120-acres sitting atop one of the area’s highest hills. Long views of New Hampshire’s White Mountains to the East are taken from the gazebo. The manor home is a turn-of-the-century country mansion with ample space for meeting, dining, exercise and sleeping accommodations. Comfortably decorated to feel like home, the manor offers respite and refuge after wilderness excursions or during severe weather.
At the center of the property is a large pond ideal for swimming, fishing and paddling. Adjacent to the pond is a covered pavilion with a fieldstone fireplace. The property includes a playing field, a small apple orchard, a stand of tapped maple trees for springtime sugaring, dense forests and wide open spaces. A network of trails perfect for cross country skiing, mountain biking and hiking connect the diverse areas of the property.
The picture is more than a quaint retrospective. The agrarian setting facilitates change. Through routine and rhythm participants learn to pace the ebbs and flows of their emotional experiences. The tranquility helps participants declutter anxious, depressed and reactive minds. The work provides a sense of accomplishment needed to repair fractured self-esteem. These are essential elements to healing.
Confluence continues the tradition of the special property formerly known as the Gove Hill Retreat. For nearly 50 years, individuals and groups have come to the property to experience its bucolic setting and regenerative experiences.