Homestead Women’s Retreat

November 8-9, 2024


43 Pure Meadows Lane

Swoope, VA 24479

Gather with like-minded women for a weekend of inspiration, encouragement, and shared knowledge!

Are you ready for an inspirational and educational weekend with fellow women homesteaders from across the country (and beyond)? The second annual HOA Homesteader Women’s Retreat weekend is taking place this November at Polyface Farm in Swoope, VA! Imagine with us, a women’s only event at Joel Salatin’s Polyface Farm in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley in the fall—in one of his warm, beautiful hoop houses. It’s going to be grand, ladies!

This event isn’t like our big annual conference. With only 250 tickets (TOTAL!) available, this intimate event will have you walking away feeling inspired, rejuvenated, and encouraged as a woman homesteader. From cooking from scratch to raising homestead kids—we’ve got you covered.

Come and enjoy breakfast (with a VIP ticket) and lunch (for all attendees) straight from the farm at Polyface. Connect with like-minded women, mothers, grandmothers, entrepreneurs, farmers, old and young, single and married homesteaders.

You’ll learn and hear things like:

  • how to manage your homestead and time as a busy homestead wife and/or mom
  • how to start your own homestead business
  • inspirational talks about being a (married or single) woman farmer, producing food for your community
  • a homestead couples & parents Q&A Panel
  • faith-based inspired lectures that teach us to bring it all back “home”

…and so much more, friends!

If your husband is joining you for the weekend, there will be plenty of other men wandering around the farm looking for someone to talk to. But also, I would encourage you to have them sit in on the marriage and parenting panel! While this is a women’s event, it may be something that inspires them as well. Maybe they’ll make an incredible homestead connection with others while you’re in the women’s lectures.

We hope this weekend of women only will leave you feeling like you’ve just had the biggest retreat with your girlfriends. Go home and head into the holidays knowing that, even if you have to do it alone, this homesteading lifestyle is absolutely attainable as a woman. And, even when you’re feeling overwhelmed by work and family life…there are others who understand, and who can help you through this life…together! And yes, there will be lots of coffee!


This event has two ticket options: regular and VIP. Regular ticket holders will receive access to all of the lectures and lunch. VIP ticket holders will have access to lectures and lunch as well as breakfast!

VIP Tickets:

  • Access to All Lectures
  • Breakfast and Lunch

Regular Tickets:

  • Access to All Lectures
  • Lunch


  • Topics to be announced soon!

**There will be no wristbands shipped for this event. Please print your invoice and bring it with you.

Meet the Speakers

Amy K. Fewell

Homesteaders of America & Refuge of Liberty Farm

Beth Dougherty

The Independent Farmstead

Stacy Lyn Harris

The Sporting Chef

Ruthann Zimmerman

Homesteading with Zimmermans

Ann Accetta-Scott

A Farm Girl in the Making

Janet Garman

Timber Creek Farmer

Karen Wood

HOA Magazine Art Director

Event Schedule

Check out the latest schedule for the Homesteader Women’s Retreat! Dates & times are subject to change so be sure to check back before finalizing your plans.

Partnership Opportunities


Have homestead-related goods to sell? Apply to become a vendor for the 2024 Homestead Women’s Retreat 


Thank you for your interest in sharing your wisdom with our community! Speaker applications are closed for 2024.


Visit our sponsors! Check out the amazing group of businesses partnering with us to make this event possible.

Interested in sponsoring HoA events? View our Sponsorship Packet for more information. Contact our Sponsorship Coordinator for more information. 


Premier members will have access to the video recordings of the women’s event lectures. Become a member here.

Ticket Reservations

HOA REFUND POLICY: No refunds on ticket sales.

Once the tickets are sold out, we will not be keeping a cancellation waitlist.

This ticket does not include Homesteaders of America membership.

Didn’t get your ticket email? See the FAQ page for step-by-step instructions on how to access a PDF version.

Questions about the conference?

Are meals included in the price of the ticket?

VIP Tickets include the cost of a Polyface breakfast and lunch for both days. A regular Adult Ticket includes a Polyface lunch for both days.

Will childcare be available during the conference? Can I bring my children?

Nursing babies and toddlers who can sit on your lap are welcome to join you at the retreat! All children who require their own seat will need an adult ticket. There will be no Kidsteader classes, activities, or childcare at this event.

Is onsite lodging available?

No, there aren’t any accommodations on Polyface Farm available for lodging at the event. You can view recommended accommodations here.

Can I bring my pet? Will there be sign language interpreters? Can I camp on the fairgrounds?

We’ve got your answers! Please check out our FAQ page and see if cover it there. If you have a more unusual question shoot us an email at thehomestead@homesteadersofamerica.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Can I get a refund on tickets?

Unfortunately, we do not offer any refunds on ticket sales. We can transfer your ticket purchase to a one-year VIP Homesteaders of America membership. Ticket transfer requests will be taken until October 1st.