Let the magic begin!

When was the last time you played outside?

Heard the wind rustle the leaves? Enjoyed a birdsong as the sun set? At Magical Earth Retreats, we want to make sure that children and adults get the chance to do all of those things. Our programs connect children with nature through art, music and outdoor adventure.Located in Readsboro, Vermont, our programs either take place on our property at Camp Fernwood or they can come to you. For our summer day camps, after school programs and birthday parties, all we need is the great outdoors and our programs come to life.

Magical Earth Retreats is a non-profit that raises money to fund our programs and provide scholarships to children in need. In this digital age, we are passionate about reconnecting children (and adults) and families back to nature.


Founded by Donald and Jane May Jones, Magical Earth Retreat is their dream come to life. Graduates of Wizard Camp, they are kids at heart who own and operate two successful companies in Vermont. They bring their love of the outdoors and the arts to every program. Jane is a painter,  photographer and avid gardener who loves to enjoy the wonder and awe of every day. Donald is an author, fisherman and hunter who knows how to use each of his senses to experience everything that nature has to offer.


Join Magical Earth Retreats as a volunteer, patron or camper.

Magical Earth Adventures:

Our adventures (summer day camps) are designed to work with all senses at the same time as bringing out childlike playfulness.  All of our adventures include exercise, writing, science, music, dance, art and craft projects, as well as time for day dreaming and being grateful.  Here are some examples of activities:

We create musical instruments from found objects in the woods or meadow.  We use these to create an orchestra and have the best time taking turns being the conductor.

We create art and craft projects using found objects in the woods or meadows and put them together with all recyclable materials.  These projects can be reproduced at home for little or no cost.

How nature nurtures creativity!

Providing the space, place and opportunity for children and adults alike to reconnect with mother nature with the goal of changing the destructive route of the human race one child/person at a time with love, light, peace and creativity. Our participants, young and old, are the acorns, the seeds that we are send out from the magical land called Fernwood to grow and spread the word that everyone must be:

  • Educated about,
  • Aware of,
  • Respectful of,
  • Tender with, and have a
  • Heart felt love for EARTH

and all natural things that call it home. Always remembering that nature nurtures creativity!

Join us in the Magic of Nature!

Join us in the magic of our summer day camps in Vermont, get out of your everyday life and learn how nature nurtures creativity!

Co-founders Don and Jane Jones

Email: [email protected]