Peace, Love and Subud

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Photos of Skymont from when it was owned by Subud.

It was good, and for me only one full round of seasons, as I had never experienced them before - up close and personal, cold and wet! It was an honor and a life changer to participate in both births and deaths, and celebrations from all different religions. And, for an only child, living intentionally with so many, striving for our mutual success, joy and well-being was also a life changer. I was the cook and kitchen manager in my year there. To see photos, go to the folder Skymont on my website:

Sulfiati Magnuson 99 days ago

Fannnntastic Experience

Yes it was tough but it was good, yes it got run down but we fixed things, yes the money was short but we kept things going, yes the well went dry but we managed, yes we were weather naive but we figured it out, yes we had our detractors in the neighborhood, in town, & in Subud but it was all good. as Vida Dodson often said "We had none of the necessities but all of the luxuries."

Luzita's Husband 102 days ago


Skymont was not the venue for a Subud world congress. That happened the next year in Indonesia. The gathering took place because of a visit from the founder of Subud, Bapak. Some called it 'Bapak's congress'. Many Subud members converged to hear him speak and do our spiritual exercise with him. It was very powerful and an experience most of us will never forget!

Rachman 102 days ago

Not exactly "Unheated"

Actually, the picture with the musicians is in the main lodge building, rather than a cabin. That plastic is just an early version of double pane windows! Most buildings had fireplaces, wood stoves, or kerosene/propane heaters. It definitely was still pretty cold though!

Hanafi Libman 102 days ago


Skymont was a good and loving experience for me.
I will always treasure the
wisdom and spirit that made its mark in my life.

Reva Raina H Snyder 102 days ago


My brother and I would walk up there and play as kids with the kids there it was fun alway people play music picking out a song we use to swim in the river jump off a rope swing

Buddy spenser 167 days ago


I will always remember Skymont as a very special place on my journey during my stay in 1974 till 79

halimkorzybski 102 days ago

Before SUBUB

Before Skymont became a commune, it was owned by the Habels of Virginia...a family of Christian clergy, educators, and other professionals who bought it after WWII when it was Camp Overall and who sold it through a relator since its caretaker owner became ill.

Sadly the property went down after the sale. Not sure why (things get old, yes, but so does not taking care of a place). We, the younger generation of that family only wish the property had been foreclosed on.
The so-called "bowl" was originally called The Hollow. The dining hall never had more than abut 80 - 100 people...would not have held 100s unless expanded.

Julia Habel Thompson 211 days ago


Yes, you are correct about the dining hall (what we called The Lodge.) The meals of which Batchelor speaks were served outside, as it was summer.

Old Skymonter 102 days ago

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