Peace, Love and Subud

Comments (12)

Comment Feed

Phil Klitzner?

Any former commune member remember Phil? I worked with him in a men's clothing store in Front Royal.

Staige Miller more than 6 years ago

Philip Klitzner

hi Staige, Philip, God bless him, left this world a year or two ago :) for more info, contact me - best - simón cherpitel

simón cherpitel more than 5 years ago

Photos of Skymont from when it was owned by Subud.

It was good, and for me only one full round of seasons, as I had never experienced them before - up close and personal, cold and wet! It was an honor and a life changer to participate in both births and deaths, and celebrations from all different religions. And, for an only child, living intentionally with so many, striving for our mutual success, joy and well-being was also a life changer. I was the cook and kitchen manager in my year there. To see photos, go to the folder Skymont on my website:

Sulfiati Magnuson more than 7 years ago

Fannnntastic Experience

Yes it was tough but it was good, yes it got run down but we fixed things, yes the money was short but we kept things going, yes the well went dry but we managed, yes we were weather naive but we figured it out, yes we had our detractors in the neighborhood, in town, & in Subud but it was all good. as Vida Dodson often said "We had none of the necessities but all of the luxuries."

Luzita's Husband more than 7 years ago


Skymont was not the venue for a Subud world congress. That happened the next year in Indonesia. The gathering took place because of a visit from the founder of Subud, Bapak. Some called it 'Bapak's congress'. Many Subud members converged to hear him speak and do our spiritual exercise with him. It was very powerful and an experience most of us will never forget!

Rachman more than 7 years ago

Not exactly "Unheated"

Actually, the picture with the musicians is in the main lodge building, rather than a cabin. That plastic is just an early version of double pane windows! Most buildings had fireplaces, wood stoves, or kerosene/propane heaters. It definitely was still pretty cold though!

Hanafi Libman more than 7 years ago


Skymont was a good and loving experience for me.
I will always treasure the
wisdom and spirit that made its mark in my life.

Reva Raina H Snyder more than 7 years ago


My brother and I would walk up there and play as kids with the kids there it was fun alway people play music picking out a song we use to swim in the river jump off a rope swing

Buddy spenser more than 7 years ago


I will always remember Skymont as a very special place on my journey during my stay in 1974 till 79

halimkorzybski more than 7 years ago

Before SUBUB

Before Skymont became a commune, it was owned by the Habels of Virginia...a family of Christian clergy, educators, and other professionals who bought it after WWII when it was Camp Overall and who sold it through a relator since its caretaker owner became ill.

Sadly the property went down after the sale. Not sure why (things get old, yes, but so does not taking care of a place). We, the younger generation of that family only wish the property had been foreclosed on.
The so-called "bowl" was originally called The Hollow. The dining hall never had more than abut 80 - 100 people...would not have held 100s unless expanded.

Julia Habel Thompson more than 7 years ago


Yes, you are correct about the dining hall (what we called The Lodge.) The meals of which Batchelor speaks were served outside, as it was summer.

Old Skymonter more than 7 years ago

Skymont Ranch Camp

In the 1950’s the Habels ran it as Skymont Ranch Camp. It was not a Christian camp, just a great summer camp. I was there in the summers of 1955 and 1956, when I was 8 and 9, and loved it. I still have an album of camp photos taken by the staff and given to each of us at the end of each summer. The girls’ cabins were built on the edge of the cliff leading down to the Shenandoah River. The boys cabins were across the highway and on a hill with their backs on posts on the slope to Overall Creek just behind them. Beneath our cabin were the showers, cold water only, from the creek. A path from those cabins led under the trestles for the highway and train tracks to the river and the pool on a grassy flat area. Past the pool were canoes at the shore. A steep path from the main camp led the girls there. That pool was also fed by the creek water. When you dived in the cold took your breath away. We swam fast to warm up, but you never warmed up in that pool. On the same side of the road as the boys cabins (only 5 or six or them, same as the girls’ cabins), was the stable and riding ring and also a firing range where we were taught to shoot bolt action 22’s prone. The main building was also perched on the cliff, so there was a wonderful view of the river bend from it. On the ground floor was an auditorium with a stage where skits were done and with the chairs cleared, dances. In rooms below the main floor along the cliff side we were taught crafts. Mr. Habel was always in charge, but in a kind way. I liked him. He and Mrs. Habel lived in that stone cottage across the bowl from the Infirmary and dining hall. Around that time Disney came out with The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow film, so all we kids knew the story. So one night we had a big campfire not too far from the stable and a few of the staff who were good riders chased the headless horseman past us. Another time we all hiked up the mountain behind the camp property to the Skyline Drive above (ungodly steep, I’d never make it today) where cars picked us up and drove the girls to one of the Appalachian Trail shelters and us boys to another, where we stayed that night. Wonderful memories and wonderful people running it all.

Terry Grinnalds more than 1 year ago

View more
newsletter-July 23

Most Popular