Common Ground Retreat at Prairie Farm depends entirely upon the generosity of the community. The operation, ongoing maintenance, and new development of this beautiful resource is made possible by gifts of time and money from those who are inspired by the vision and find joy in offering the resources to make it happen. If you would like to contribute, you can:

  • Make a one-time or recurring donation using our donation form here. Be sure to type “Prairie Farm” in the “Teacher/Fund” field.
  • Leave a check in the donation box at Common Ground in Minneapolis or at the retreat property. Please write “Prairie Farm” on the memo line.
  • Make a pledge to support ongoing development by contacting Gail Iverson at and ask her to send you a pledge form.
  • Volunteer! Common Ground Retreat Property at Prairie Farm will be closed for regular retreat programs until at least January of 2021 due to the Covid-19 Virus. We will have a caretaker out there most of the summer and fall and will continue to have experienced work retreatants offering their volunteer labor from time to time. If you have carpentry or other construction skills and would like to get out for a mix of work and retreat practice, please contact
  • Cook! If you’re interested in cooking a meal for retreatants at Prairie Farm, email You can see a list of recipes here. Usually what we do is have people cook and freeze a meal, which we’ll then bring out to PF for the retreatants. This is a beautiful tradition in Buddhist communities where the larger community supports people doing intensive retreat practice.