Prairie Oaks Institute’s inspiring campus in Belle Plaine, Minnesota – just 45 minutes from the Twin Cities – includes meeting space and overnight lodging for up to 22 guests in the farm’s two homes: Harvest House and the Farmhouse. Visitors to POI also have access to the rolling, wooded acres of the adjacent Devine family farm, including a meditation labyrinth in the prairie and The Granary, a three-season recreational enclave overlooking Robert Creek. Harvest House was remodeled in 2010 to make it accessible. The Farmhouse was renovated in 2012 to make the house usable for larger groups.
Harvest House is a one-story, fully accessible meeting space for your group with sleeping accomodations for up to 8. Nestled above the Robert Creek bluff and a short pasture walk from the farm proper, Harvest House features a large, configurable meeting room. Ample chairs and a variety of tables support anything from intimate conversation circles to tables for working groups to auditorium style rows. Chairs, sectionals and tables are provided for use. A large screen television is available for presentations as well as wall space for projecting images. Wireless internet is also available.
A full-service kitchen and dining area overlook the back yard patio and a fire pit and benches. Perfect for group meetings, staff retreats and programs. The nearby Farmhouse supplies additional sleeping accommodations, if needed.
Over a century ago, Minnesota pioneers built this sturdy, brick farmhouse on the prairie with love, hope and an eye to the future and generations to come. Today The Farmhouse continues to be at the heart of Prairie Oaks Institute and provides meeting and sleeping space for up to 14. Three bedrooms upstairs are adjacent to two modern bathrooms with showers. Downstairs 2 large rooms provide space for conversation and meetings. A full eat-in kitchen provides the ability to prepare snacks or full meals. The east porch looks over the 3-acre organic garden and provides another unique meeting space for small groups.
With a great screen porch open to the prairie breezes, The Granary provides a welcoming respite from the everyday world. Perched on the bluff on the adjacent Devine farm, visitors enjoy a treetop view of the ravine that is home to Robert Creek. A labyrinth mowed into the restored prairie is a place for walking contemplation and reflection. A picnic table and fire pit provide space for al fresco meals and evening campfires. The large screen porch can seat 30 for meetings and presentations. The Granary is a three-season facility with no running water or electricty; a portable toilet is available.