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“School in the woods”
Review of Islandwood

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Bancroft, Canada
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“School in the woods”
Reviewed 8 September 2013

I'm pursuing an MBA with the Bainbridge Graduate Institute (www.bgi.edu), and this is the location for the monthly on-site weekends. It's not really a hotel, more of a retreat for organizations to use. It has outstanding nature trails, good signage, accessible walkways. On-site composting and a composting toilet. Food it outstanding and attentive, served family-style. Each building on the campus has a story of how it was lovingly crafted by local/regional materials, true to contemporary and historic notions of sustainability. The rooms are dorm-style, with bunk beds, a common room with fireplace and games, but not much else - social & class time happens in other buildings. This is a jewel of a location, with huge amounts of love and attention that went into building it. If you have the opportunity to attend an event there, I strongly recommend it. There are just a few things missing that you might expect: there's no exercise facility (jogging trails: yes. soccer, etc. if you bring a ball), no pool or spa or bathtubs. Be prepared to walk, since it's 1/4 mile or more from the central buildings to the further dormitories. There are no televisions in rooms or elsewhere. Food is abundant, but there are not a lot of options for any given mealtime. The main buildings are locked overnight, so you cannot find a late-nite tea or snack. There are no provided soap or shampoo in rooms, other than a liquid hand soap/wash: bring your own. Go, if you can: you'll enjoy it, and many of the events hosted there are intended to be transformational for your mind and spirit. It's a fantastic location for that purpose.

Visited June 2013
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