Events at Pickards Meadow, The Eco-Institute
If you are seeking a peaceful, earth-friendly space to celebrate your union, the magical educational farm at the Eco-Institute may be the perfect place for you. Our natural environment encourages quiet reflection and deep connection in the heart of North Carolina.
Ceremonies are held in a cedar log gazebo on the lake, with blue heron, dragon flies, and box turtles in attendance. The elderberry field and land invites exploration and wonder. Half the barn now houses our commercial kitchen for community gatherings, two single bathrooms, and a cozy seating area with French doors overlooking the garden and animals. Our renovated barn loft can hold 75 people and is the perfect open floor plan, multi-functional indoor space in case of rain.
The mission of the Eco-Institute at Pickards Mountain is to be part of healing the human-Earth relationship. Proceeds from your beautiful ceremony will go to education and community programs like our Odyssey Fellowship for young adults to nurture connection, creativity, and meaningful work to support an ecologically resilient future. We have an excellent Site Coordinator. Use the Contact Vendor form to your right to contact us today and schedule a tour. We very much look forward to hearing form you!
We can accommodate 120 guests.
Outside vendors from caterers to photographers are absolutely welcome.
The cost is $3,400 plus a refundable $500 security deposit for a weekend wedding rental.
Renters will have access to the rented space on Friday from noon to 11pm, on Saturday from 9am to 11pm, and on Sunday from 9am to 4pm. We require a weekend rental for weddings to allow for set-up and clean-up time.
A rental includes use of the lakeside gazebo, elderberry fields, and renovated barn with community kitchen, two single bathrooms, lounging area, recently renovated barn loft and a dedicated Site Coordinator. It's a warm, intimate, rustic environment with beautiful exposed logs in the gazebo and barn.
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JENNIFER BEGUN · Married on 05/18/2019
Very Special Place
We were thrilled after attending a class here in the past that this stunning space was available for weddings. Audrey (the venue coordinator) went above and beyond throughout the planning process to make sure all questions were answered and was very responsive to our vendors. The gazebo where we had the ceremony is handmade and beyond beautiful. There is an excellent rain option upstairs which was great for stress free planning. It was wonderful to know our money was going to a place that supports the earth and the people who care about it which really aligned with our values. There are also adorable goats who live there which made for some amazing photos. The rental was for the entire weekend which made it so easy to have our rehearsal dinner catered here. We look forward to being apart of the strong community here for years to come and highly recommend you book any event here.Sent on 06/04/2019
Amy · Married on 05/19/2018
The Eco-Institute is an amazing venue! The staff are all so professional and kind. The whole place is just so wholehearted with tons of natural beauty. They were responsive, organized, and made our wedding just even more amazing. Thanks!!!!!Sent on 08/29/2018
Jessica · Married on 05/07/2017
The Eco-Institute is an ideal space for a non-traditional or alternative wedding. We loved having our special day here!! It was the perfect setting for an intimate gathering of friends and family. Our ceremony was held in their stunning gazebo, a one-of-a-kind design, and located on the edge of the pond. This space also includes other unique elements such as a large community barn with an industrial kitchen, bathrooms and an upper loft; a lavish garden with a walkway leading to the gazebo; a bonfire circle; and many friendly animals like goats and chickens (which is great for kids)! The most endearing element is the context itself- tucked in nature's embrace you are swept away by the melodies of birdsong and the aromas of flowers and pines! The grounds are well taken care of and the staff team is incredibly warm and welcoming- like family. We would definitely recommend this wedding site!Sent on 06/27/2017
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The Eco-Institute is a gorgeous, natural setting that is perfect for couples interested in a rustic setting for their wedding. I loved photographing there and highly recommend them as a professional and lovely venue!