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The Renewal Center is a place of uncommon heart and grace. Individuals, families and groups come to find rejuvenation, inspiration and transformation on our ecological farm. Some absorb the tranquil atmosphere while enjoying other Finger Lakes activities. Others stay to engage in purposeful retreat, education and action, leading to personal, social and/or environmental renewal. You are invited to come...deepen your relationship between soil and soul.



Find serenity in the heart of the Finger Lakes! The Renewal Center is located in South Bristol, NY overlooking scenic Canandaigua Lake. This 30 acre property is home to Shimmering Light Farm, an ecological organic fruit, vegetable and herb farm, that also grows our next generation ecological land stewards.


Retreat, meet, play or explore at our Renewal house, a cozy Cape-Cod style home surrounded by fields, woods and hills. It is the perfect setting for small group retreats, meetings and families or individuals looking for a comfortable, soulful get away.  

  • Four fresh, comfortable bedrooms offer restful sleep.

  • Beautiful shady decks offer 3 season outdoor relaxation.

  • Guests have full access to kitchen, living room, fireplace, dining areas, full and half baths and laundry facilities.

  • 30 acres of walking/x-country skil trails, 2 ponds, a small forest and stunning vistas await!

For availability and pricing on the Renewal House,

please visit AirBnB HERE.

  • Across the drive, The Gathery offers a spacious, heated loft overlooking the lake, a composting restroom, and plans are underway to build a certified kitchen, a lab/classroom and ADA restroom.

  • Next door in the Great Barn, is a 5,000 sq. ft. barn loft perfect for parties, special events, potlucks, barn dances, workshops, retreats and other community events, and a small production kitchen.  Sorry, at this time we are not hosting weddings. 

For rental information on The Gathery and the Great Barn,

please EMAIL us or CALL 585-394-7610.


Guests are welcome to explore the region on their own, or take advantage of the many activities the farm has to offer.


Out the door are 30 acres of fields, forest and ponds to explore…walking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, star gazing, camp firing and much more. In the growing season you can wander across the driveway and maybe even help around the farm if you wish.

On the farm we raise over 300 varieties of fruits, vegetables and herbs surrounded by neighboring vineyards. Come on a festival weekend for a harvest dinner and barn dance!


Several farm-based educators live and work on the farm. Farm tours and immersions are available on request. Tours are free (based on our availability);  immersion fee based on duration.


  • Permaculture and ecological fruit and vegetable production

  • Culinary and medicinal herb growing and uses

  • Other on-going workshop topics, which are scheduled regularly on our Programs page


Surrounded by local wineries, Bristol Mountain Ski Resort, parks and lakes, the Finger Lakes area has much to offer. The Renewal Center is halfway down the west side of Canandaigua Lake, just 10 miles to both Canandaigua and Naples.

Within 5-10 minutes you will find:

  • Onanda Park (the best Canandaigua Lake public swimming, canoe/kayak launch, playground, tennis, basketball, frisbee)

  • Woodville Boat Launch and West River Fishing/Boating Access

  • The Finger Lakes Trail at the highest point in the Finger Lakes (Gannett Hill Park)

  • Mees Observatory

  • Highlander Cycle Tour route

  • Bristol Mountain Ski Resort (Alpine and Nordic) and Aerial Adventures

  • Plenty the Bakery

  • Brew & Brats

  • Monica’s Pie

  • Arbor Hill Winery

  • Heron Hill Winery


Another 5 minutes and you will have access to ALL the excitement in Canandaigua, Naples, and Honeoye:

Dozens of art studios and local shops, great restaurants and music (our favorites: Roots Café and Hollerhorn in Naples and Rio Tomatlan in Canandaigua), Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center,  Roseland Waterpark, more wineries (Inspire Moore and Hazlitt’s in Naples), more golfing (Reservoir Creek, Majestic Hills, CenterPointe Golf Club, Canandaigua Country Club), hiking, back country skiing (Hi-Tor, Grimes Glen, Conklin Gully and more)

Truly, we have it goin’ on in every season!


And if you just want to REST…and sip coffee or tea as the sun rises over the lake and listen to the crickets and owls at night…we got you covered.




By car, bike or on foot! Boat launches available nearby.

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