We invite you to see and experience this place on earth.

Heartmoor Farm Education Centre provides classes and workshops for individuals age 12 and older in ecology, the arts, literature, and a broad range of Humanities and sciences.

We host monthly events sponsoring artisans and inspirational speakers from throughout North America.  Instructors offer opportunities for participants to make meaningful connections to their world and help groups develop solutions to complex issues.

We offer educational programs from alternative building practices and appropriate technologies to the fine arts, woodworking, geopolitics, and cooking.

Robert and Elizabeth live on the farm and teach combined projects of occupations and humanities. Specialists in literature, primitive skills, carpentry, mathematics, masonry, and other trades are frequently invited to share their knowledge.



Located near Kents Store, Virginia, 25 minutes from Charlottesville and 40 minutes from downtown Richmond, our farm is surrounded by a horseshoe of private, protected land.  The quiet sounds of nature and the beauty of the seasons unfold slowly around.

Fluvanna County is 98,000 acres of forest with 58,000 acres in production farmland.

70% of the county is zoned for rural preservation.

There is only one traffic light and less than 25,000 residents.

Fluvanna County offers an abundance of local cultural activities in nearby Palmyra including Old Farm Day and weekly Farmer’s Markets during the summer.

The Fluvanna County Historical Society and the Rivanna Conservation Council act as local stewards preserving the heritage and rural character of the landscape.


email: seeyou@heartmoorfarm.org

phone: 434-589-2961

We look forward to hearing from you.

Robert & Elizabeth


Elizabeth Hale

Elizabeth began working with children after graduating from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA.  Between completing her AMI Primary training at Washington Montessori Institute and her Elementary AMI training in Bergamo, Italy she taught for five years in Portland, Oregon.  Before the birth of her daughter she was working and living at Hershey Montessori Farm School in Huntsburg, Ohio where visions of what was possible for the adolescent years became concrete experiences for her.  Now on their own little farm, she and her husband are excited to be launching their own Centre for children and their families.



Robert MacKinnon has spent many years working with elementary and middle school students. He has been a metal and ceramic artist, building restorationist, and therapeutic teacher. He has his BA in Studio Art, an MS in Special Education, as well as the AMI Elementary Montessori Diploma at the 6-12 level. As a certified Director of K-12 schools in
Virginia, he remains current in iMAT, First-Aid, and CPR. He lives at Heartmoor Farm, a civil war era farmstead with his family in Kents Store, VA.

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