Skalitude is set up as a model of sustainable living, the name ‘Skalitude’ comes from a Salish word that means ‘to be in harmony with Nature’. The facilities are completely off-grid – all electricity is generated on-site, mainly from 2.1 kW of solar panels with generator back up for winter. There is enough power for general functioning – lights, computers, TV, etc, but generating heat from electricity is very inefficient, so using things like crock pots, hair dryers and rice cookers is discouraged.
There is also a Solar Hot Water system in the Lodge. This consists of four panels on the roof, which circulates propylene glycol through copper pipes and heats water in a 120 gallon tank. This provides hot water for showers and can also circulate hot water through the floor, providing radiant heat to the building. (for more information see the Educational Resources page) The main heat source is a wood stove, most of the wood is collected locally and sustainably right in Smith Canyon with the remainder coming from neighboring Libby Creek drainages. By collecting this dead wood from the forest we are reducing the fuel loading of the forest lands, thereby helping to reduce the intensity of any wildfires in the area.
Skalitude Retreat’s main building is the three-bedroom Lodge, perched above the meadow with views all around the canyon. It features a rustic wood interior and a handsome rock fireplace.
The cathedral ceiling and skylights in the living room/gathering space create an inspiring atmosphere, whether for rest and renewal or for convivial conversation with family and friends. The bamboo floor with radiant heat keeps the space cozy and warm in winter, and is perfect for yoga and other movement arts.
The Lodge has 3 bedrooms and one interior full-bathroom. Even the lightest sleepers find peace here, lulled by the deep silence of the land. For your complete comfort, there are now down comforters on all the beds!
There are 2 bedrooms that each have a queen-sized bed (one on the ground floor and one on the second floor.) There is also one bedroom on the second floor that has 3 single beds. (See a diagram here.)
There are an additional 2 full bathrooms in the Lodge, with outside entry from the porch so guests sleeping in the Bermhouse don’t have to go through the Lodge. One of these bathrooms is wheelchair-accessible and has a full sized tub with a shower, the other has a shower stall.
The passive-solar design of the Bermhouse is in keeping with Skalitude Retreat’s earth-friendly intent. South-facing windows help the sun’s energy to warm the interior space, while the construction into the hillside insulates it year-round.
The Bermhouse has 3 suites. Each of these suites is divided into 2 sleeping areas, with a half-bathroom (composting toilet and a sink) between them. Each sleeping area has 2 to 3 single beds, one is set up with a queen-sized bed. (See a diagram here.) Each Bermhouse suite is equipped with a heater and thermostat. There is also low-voltage lighting in each suite, powered by solar energy.
There are 2 full bathrooms in the Lodge with entry from the porch so you don’t have to go through the Lodge.
Pictures of the Lodge and Bermhouse. Click on an image to see it larger.
The cedar-lined, wood-fired sauna has its own stunning view overlooking the meadow. A great way to recover from a day of hiking or skiing, the sauna also cleanses the effects of a stressful modern life.
The Sky Lodge
Our 2000 square foot Sky Lodge is a great addition for summer groups. It’s a beautiful, breezy outdoor meeting or dining space, great for weddings or conferences. It has a very unique and artistic ambiance, and gets rave reviews at events. Seats up to 200 people. There are more photos of the Sky Lodge on the wedding page.
Inspired by a dream, a friend saw the vision for 40 white flags that would represent peace and serenity. She loaned us a set one year for an event, we fell in love and knew we needed a set of our own. Since then they have become a much loved and much used circle for meditation and gathering for the groups who come to be nourished by Skalitude Retreat. There are more photos of the flags on the wedding page.
Also in the meadow is the Crossroads, or Medicine Wheel, a stone circle about 50 feet in diameter, another great option for ceremonies and ritual.
Pictures of these facilities. Click on an image to see it larger.
Magic, Solitude & Silence
Magic abounds at Skalitude.
Herbs and native flowers flourish in the meadow and hills. Long hikes in the absolute silence nourish one’s soul and melt away stresses left behind. Even at larger events, one is moment from quiet moments alone with floating clouds and lazily drifting sunbeams.
Come Alone, with a Small Group or with your Community……
Our facilities offer opportunities of all shapes and sizes.
Come visit us – Being Here is Reason Enough!