There is a place on Hickory Nut Creek that named itself. At the site of the ruins of a 19th Century gristmill is the Laughing Waters Retreat Site and Community Center. Waterfalls tumble over giant moss-covered boulders. Hemlock and rhododendron groves line the banks. In this energetic site is the hub of the community: gatherings of all kinds: potlucks, bonfires, workshops, conferences, retreats, meditation and yoga classes, weddings, and seasonal celebrations. Laughing Waters will be a sustainable, renewable energy building powered by electricity generated from the water cascading down from the Continental Divide.
Throughout the early 1800s, numerous waterwheels and gristmills were built throughout Hickory Nut Gorge for grinding grain and cutting wood. Laughing Waters Retreat is next to a restored historic log cabin and gristmill site that has a working waterwheel.
Laughing Waters is a gathering place for social events, workshops, concerts and community gatherings. It is a rejuvenating place for a peaceful, meditative retreat, a conference, or to hold a wedding. The atmosphere at Laughing Waters encourages collaboration, creativity, inspiration, and good health. It is a refuge and safe haven from the stresses of our modern world. With a fire circle near the tumbling waters of Hickory Nut Creek, it is also a sacred place for sharing companionship and joyful ceremonies to give thanks for Mother Nature’s abundance and healing energies.
Laughing Waters offers a wide variety of workshops, conferences and work-study programs: environmental issues, organic gardening, sustainability, renewable energy, health, wellness, yoga, meditation and bodywork, to name a few. Laughing Waters is a place for experiencing sustainable ways of living; a place where people may come to feel vibrantly alive and realize their highest potential.