The Serenbe Hamlet: Fall/Winter 2021

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The best reason to live here is the life here.

Porcelain Slip Casting

Culinary Excellence

Education Expansion

Stylish & Sophisticated

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Artist Rachel Garceau

Trifoliate Award Dinners Honor Southern Chefs

Acton School Building For The Future

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A Gorgeous Country Getaway

THE SHOWHOUSE MUST GO ON 8th Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Serenbe Designer Showhouse


igh above the Grange neighborhood lies perhaps the most dramatic Serenbe Showhouse to date. The custom Rausch Ridge home has three stories –with 14.5-foot ceilings giving the illusion from the front drive that the house touches the sky – with huge wallto-wall windows providing near birds-eye views through the trees high above this ridge. “The simple concept for this home was to create an open floor plan that provides incredible views of treetops afforded by the steep incline of the hillside,” said Steve Dray of Serenbe Planning & Design, who designed the house. “We chose to compliment the challenging topography with basic forms made up of mixed materials and a color palette that blends into the landscape. The vertical spine creates a distinct separation between public and private spaces.” The design isn’t the only excitement surrounding

the 2021 Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Serenbe Designer Showhouse. Limited materials and supply chain delays across the building industry have conspired to add a bit of drama to the build process itself. Our incredible showhouse builders, South Haven, managed with a steady hand to keep moving forward through all the curves, and this gorgeous modern home debuts to the public on October 15, 2021. This year’s Showhouse features 10 of Atlanta’s top interior designers, with lead designer Lorraine Enwright of Intuitive Dwellings working with the builders to select the home’s finishes. The 3,500-square-foot home has a huge, open living, dining, and kitchen floor that walks out sliding glass doors to the expansive front deck, perfect for both entertaining and for a quiet refuge with your morning coffee. Up a small staircase off this living area is the owner’s suite, which includes a massive bathroom and private porch

off the rear of the house. The larger main staircase winds up from terrace-to-top, with an elaborate chandelier hanging through the center. A third-floor loft seating area leads to the three upstairs bedrooms, each with its own en-suite bathroom.There’s also a plethora of space on the terrace level, where you’ll find a mudroom off the entry and bonus room perfect to add another bed and bath, a work-from-home oasis, or create a recreation room. Round it all out with a two-car (plus golf cart) garage. The opening of the 2021 Serenbe Designer Showhouse may be later than past years, but it is not to be missed. After all, good things – like great design – come to those who wait.



Abbi Williams Red Door Design Studio Mudroom

Beth Kooby Beth Kooby Design Primary Bedroom & Laundry

Lucinda Bray Floralis Garden Design Landscape Design

Jeffrey Bruce Baker Jeffrey Bruce Baker Designs Living Room

Jennifer Carter Balance Design Primary Bath & Bath Porch

Jessica Davis Atelier Davis Bedroom & Bathroom 3

Kit Castaldo Kit Castaldo Design Bedroom & Bathroom 4

Lorraine Enwright Intuitive Dwellings Spec Designer, Kitchen, Stairs, & Breakfast Room

Meghan and Patrick Sharp, Mister & Mrs. Sharp Loft & Front Patio

Stephanie Andrews Balance Design Primary Bath & Bath Porch

Susan Currie Susan Currie Design Bedroom & Bathroom 2

Tara Dennis Archie Bolden Downstairs Lounge


Photo by J Ashley

Photo by J Ashley

TOUR THE 2021 SERENBE SHOWHOUSE Tours of the Serenbe Designer Showhouse are available four days a week, October 15-November 7, 2021, Thursday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. with a special VIP Party, October 14th with the designers and the Editor in Chief of Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles magazine, to celebrate the opening. Private group tours for 10+ guests are also available Mondays-Wednesdays when booked in advance. Tickets, $25, are available online at Proceeds for the 8th Annual Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Serenbe Designer Showhouse benefit the Art Farm at Serenbe, a growing artist and residency complex with yearround programming featuring dinners, workshops, and gallery shows. Learn more at


Photo by J Ashley

Photo by J Ashley

Pictured interiors are from the 2020 Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Serenbe Designer ShowPrimary Bedroom by Patrick and Meghan Sharp, Mister & Mrs. Sharp house Living Room by Lead Designer Lorraine Enwright, Intuitive Dwellings Screened Porch by Whitney Durham,Whitney Durham Interiors Entry Foyer by Maggie Griffin, Maggie Griffin Designs




Photo by Hannah Forsberg


Slip Casting with Rachel Garceau

hite dahlias symbolize positive change and forward motion. To give a white dahlia is to offer a commitment and everlasting bond. This symbolism struck Rachel Garceau. She’d been commissioned to create a one-of-a-kind piece in porcelain that would exist as multiple objects and could also be a stand-alone work. Rachel immediately thought of the petals of a flower. How each petal is unique and strong, and yet transforms into a beautiful flower when assembled. Rachel chose the dinner plate white dahlia because of its dramatic, feather-like appearance, and because it’s not completely symmetrical. She had photos of white dahlias but realized early on there was more to understanding the flower than she was getting from a photograph, so she had a few shipped to her so she could study them. Once she had flowers in hand, Rachel sketched, measured, counted, and dissected to see exactly how the flower comes together.

Using the processes of mold-making and slip-casting, Rachel creates porcelain pieces that are placed in natural, found environments, inviting viewers to experience these spaces in a fresh light. She works mostly in porcelain, and the beginning of the process, when the porcelain is in its liquid form, is her favorite. “It’s just, I mean…it’s magical. Like the material itself, in all its forms. I love when it’s in its liquid form, I’ll just put my hand in it. It’s like heavy...heavy, heavy cream, and really viscous so it sort of just clings. It doesn’t drip like milk; it pours in these long streams and it’s so beautiful.” Porcelain as a material appears to both absorb and reflect light. It is at once opaque and luminescent, according to Rachel. White dahlia petals have harder lines on their exterior and a smoother interior, so she used glaze to take advantage of the luminescence and accentuate the interior smoothness, while leaving the exterior of the petal matte,

therefore not as reflective. The entire piece, when assembled, is four feet in diameter, and the petals in the outer two rings are 18-19 inches each. Rachel then created inner rings with smaller petals and some in the center that haven’t unfolded yet, all fitting together to construct a beautiful white dahlia blossom she named Boudica. Rachel K. Garceau is a studio artist living and working in Serenbe. Her work has been shown nationally and has been published in Studio Potter, Ceramics Monthly, NCECA Journal, CAST: Art and Objects Made Using Humanity’s Most Transformational Process and the international Sculpture magazine. She was recognized as a 2015 Emerging Artist by the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts and was named one of 2017’s Women to Watch by the Georgia Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Listen to her interview on Serenbe Stories podcast and learn more at

Rachel named the piece Boudica, after a warrior queen who fought for the independence of her land and the safety of her children.



Photo by Ali Harper

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Photo by J Ashley

Photo by Ali Harper

Densely concentrating the built environment around preserved green space and farmland, not over-clearing trees when building those homes or structures, maintaining streams and creeks, and using bioswales all help to combat the effects of climate change.



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SAVING THE PLANET 12 Biophilic Principles


e use plenty of words to describe Serenbe’s commitment to environmentally friendly development, but one that gives pause is “biophilia.” Though some may not have heard it before, its meaning – the innate connection people feel to nature and other living things – is instantly familiar. And it’s more than preserving nature trails (though that’s a major perk). In his Serenbe Stories podcast interview, Colonel Mark Mykleby said “…sustainability needs to become [the country’s] grand strategic national imperative if we’re going to face the challenges of the 21st century and…get back to a place of leading from a position of opportunity…rather than threat and risk.” The threats and risks he’s referring to are those that exacerbate negative effects of climate change such as industrial agriculture, deforestation, and use of fossil fuels causing greenhouse gases to rise. So, developing a community with Biophilic Principles in mind achieves four keys to saving the planet: personal wellbeing, community engagement, national security, and global balance. Land Use - There are five types of land usages - residential, agricultural, commercial, recreational, and transportation - and all of them are subject to local, state, and national regulations that dictate what they can include and how it will affect community members and the environment. Water - Conservation of our water resources and protecting the quality of the water begins with proper storm water management and policies to reduce wasteful use. Safe and readily available drinking water is important to public health. It’s also not a given in all parts of the world and is wasted frequently in others. Green Infrastructure - How much time do you think about how a single rain drop reaches the ocean? The process seems pretty straightforward, but in traditional development water is directed to hard pipes where it builds up speed and has no natural cleaning opportunities. The speeding dirty water rushes to tributaries so fast that it ends up damaging everything around it. Walking and bike paths should have equal importance to parking spaces and extra lanes of traffic. Natural and edible landscapes should be preferred to chemical and waterdemanding sod and ornamentals. Community Engagement - Connecting with your neighbors builds a high degree of civility and a sense of neighborly obligation to support and take care of one another. Research now shows that connecting more frequently to one another affects mental health in a positive way. Waste Management - Rather than moving waste through large, obtrusive pipes into an area separated by chain linked fences where it is then treated by chemicals and discharged back into our streams, John Todd created a Living Machine, a natural sand filtration system,

that minimizes and/or reuses waste without adding unnatural elements. Black water can be treated naturally and become an asset to a community. Recycling and composting are important features that should be part of community design and policy. Structures - From floor stains to window treatments, materials matter for the environment and personal health even when they’re indoors. Eco-sensitive products result in sustainable and non-toxic households. Energy - Reducing the demand for energy should be at the center of building designs. In addition to the auditory pollution that comes with HVAC systems, heating and cooling a home or commercial space takes an incredible amount of power that costs just as much money. Green standards for building construction and natural systems such as geothermal reduce the demand, making solar and wind cost less in the long run and save our natural resources. Transportation - You’re more likely to see someone driving an electric golf cart than a car at Serenbe, and because of the aforementioned closeness of the neighborhoods, walking and between homes, shops, and to and from events is highly encouraged. Tax Base - A balanced tax base allows the local governments to provide a higher quantity of quality civic services, like improved police and firefighter forces, road construction and maintenance, medical improvements, and more. In addition, the taxes on executive housing allows taxes on farms and workforce housing to remain lower. Economic Development - Urban sprawl has separated commercial and residential uses creating bedroom communities and large business and commercial centers. This pattern discourages small businesses for many reasons. Food Systems - Most Americans get their food from a (very) few core transshipment hubs, and that food could potentially be traveling thousands of miles before it gets to your dinner table. In addition to the fuel, human, and logistics costs, if one of these hubs were to ever be disrupted in any way it could devastate the country. Reestablishing local agrarian economies is essential for the economic stability of rural America and the health of our citizens. Education - The future of our local communities and the planet depends on what we teach our youngest generations. Education happens beyond the classroom, and how we build our school grounds and communities can affect children more than what happens in the structure of the school building.



Things To Do When You Stay at The Inn at Serenbe


AFTERNOON TEA Included in your stay as an Inn guest is an afternoon Southern-style tea, set in the Main House daily, 4 – 5pm.



YO G A & P I L AT E S C L A S S E S Choose from a range of yoga practices and reformer pilates at the studios located in the community. Outdoor yoga options, including goat yoga.

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S E R E N B E FA R M S Take a 1 hour tour of Serenbe Farms on Saturdays at 2:00pm for $15 per person. For reservations or to schedule private group tours, please contact



LABYRINTH The labyrinth is located by the lake and available any time to enjoy its energy, grace and meditation.


TRAIL RIDES Experience Serenbe on Horseback. Our skilled staff and gentle horses ensures you to have a comfortable and relaxed ride, allowing you to enjoy the beautiful scenery at Serenbe.





Hayrides are offered Saturday and Sunday at 10am for Inn guests upon request.

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S PA S E R V I C E S The Spa at Serenbe offers a range of services including massages, facials, peels, reflexology and an infared sauna. The spa specializes in offering a comprehensive whole person approach to care. 770.463.0880 |



G O L F C A R T R E N TA L S Golf carts are available to rent per day at Guest Services. Rentals are based on a first come, first serve basis.



BONFIRE Our fully stocked bonfire is located near the Lake Pavilion, complimentary for Inn guests. S’more packets are available for purchase at Guest Services.



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D I N E AT T H E FA R M H O U S E Join us for lunch or dinner at the critically acclaimed Farmhouse Restaurant and enjoy seasonal cuisine of locally grown ingredients. Plus enjoy Happy Hour from 4 – 6 Daily. 770.463.2622 |

FEEDING THE ANIMALS From sun up to sun down, Inn Guests can feed our friends in the Animal Village. Animal feed is available at Guest Services.



R E L A X AT T H E P O O L Relax and cool off at the Pool or take a dip in the hot tub. The Pool is available to all ages.




Cycling Through Chattahoochee Hills


isit Chattahoochee Hills on a nice Saturday morning, and you’ll notice the country roads are packed with bicyclists. Known as the Silk Sheets because of their smooth, winding curves, the 44-mile route that cyclists enjoy has been a well-known itinerary for over two decades. Less obvious to the day tripper, and becoming more popular, are the Dirty Sheets. The 20 miles of gravel and side dirt roads looping just inside the pavement that provide a slightly rougher ride, plenty of extra adventure and the opportunity to enjoy the scenery. Gravel biking has become one of the hottest trends in cycling in recent years for a variety of reasons. It’s similar to road riding, but you’re off the paved roads streets and away from distracted drivers, says Glen Slater, who owns Pro Bike Repair in Serenbe. “Plus, there are gravel roads everywhere once you start looking for them. And Chatt Hills is mostly gravel dirt roads.” Gravel is great for group rides, accessible for all levels and is less intimidating than road cycling. “[It’s] people who ride on similar levels.They want to ride with somebody that pushes them,” says Glen. “You want to be challenged.” With the popularity of the Silk and Dirty Sheets bringing people in from all over Georgia, Pro Bike Repair couldn’t have come at a better time. Glen opened his shop on the day of the May Day Festival in 2019, and it’s been a hub of activity ever since. “Serenbe is also in the middle of some premier racing, [so] it’s a good neighborhood for a bike shop. We created a little welcome circle for everyone that rolls in the neighborhood,” says Glen. Glen has been around biking his whole life. He grew up BMXing, then when he was in college, he got a mountain bike and started playing around with new terrains, eventually becoming “a roadie,” in his words. “That’s how you get strong is riding on the road,” he says. And “you get skills from a mountain bike.” Gravel biking combines elements of both. The bike itself is similar to a road-style bike, just with bigger tires and disc brakes, which force friction on a smaller rotor near the center of the wheel rather than outer like a traditional rim brake. Glen says the experience is also similar to road riding in that it’s more of a distance ride – mountain biking is about the twists and turns – and on the road riders are in a higher gear, requiring them to use more strength. He sees plenty of people using a mountain bike on the gravel course but says if you want to be competitive you need a gravel bike. Some say road biking is like running and gravel biking is like hiking. You get to slow down and appreciate a new adventure and you never know what you’re going to experience.

Pro Bike Repair (PBR) is focused on serving the needs of all types of cyclists. They sell racing bikes, do repairs and maintenance, and can make customized bikes.You can find them on Facebook, but the best way to get in touch is to stop by their shop in The Crossroads, welcoming you into the community. Open Tuesday-Friday, 10am-6pm; Saturday, 10am-5pm; and Sunday, 11am-4pm.





BE WELL AT SERENBE Let Us Share All The Ways


erenbe’s hamlet neighborhoods each have commercial centers focused on the elements of a well-lived life: Arts for inspiration, agriculture for nourishment, education for awareness, play for a joy-filled life, and health for wellbeing. Businesses for the latter are mostly found in the Mado hamlet, which is anchored by the One Mado building, Chattahoochee Hills’ first Class A commercial building. Early wellness businesses and services were Serenbe Yoga, The Gym & Cycling Studio, Southern Integrative and Environmental Medicine (SIE), and the expanded eight-room Spa. Business has boomed with new shops and services joining the community over the past few years. Every family and individual has a different journey to wellness, so Serenbe is lucky to have a variety of health providers and wellness services that will allow the residents and visitors to truly thrive. These featured wellness retailers and services all opened over the past 18 months. Welcome to Serenbe. Chai Vegan Spa Collection Chai (pronounced “high”) means life in Hebrew, and Stephanie Perry is dedicated to the life of your hair and skin. She started out by bringing her homemade, vegan products to the Serenbe’s weekly Farmers Market, and now Stephanie has her own storefront that also includes services like cuts and color, silk press with herbal steam treatment, detoxifying facials and herbal foot treatments, customized scalp treatments, and more, all free of harsh chemicals, mineral oil, petroleum, and parabens. Collier Animal Hospital This full-service veterinary hospital provides medical, surgical, dental, and wellness care to dogs and cats. Dr. Shannon Ewing believes that educating her clients is the key to providing complete, compassionate, and ultimately better care for her patients. Creek Retreat, Wellness Collective Greg and Amanda Kasparian’s vision for a wellness retreat began in August 2017, when they started a small practice from the terrace level apartment of their townhouse using the knowledge they’d gained from Greg’s career in the space and wellness space, including the opening of the International Dermal Institute in New York 20 years ago, and Amanda’s wealth of experience in fitness and nutrition. Their specialty is the HydraFacial, where they use patented technology to cleanse, peel, extract, and hydrate the skin, and other biohacking services. The Kasparians’ intention is to create an environment for peaceful rejuvenation in a wabi-sabi setting, delivering a personalized experience in a relaxing location. Dental Wellness at Serenbe Dr. Rima Patel offers a wide variety of general, cosmetic, and restorative dental services for the whole family. She has over two decades of experience and seeks to provide quality service through continuing education and innovative technology. Dental Wellness provides a friendly

and welcoming environment to help patients feel at ease. Egoscue, Wellness Collective Calvin Murray left the financial industry in 2010 to practice the Egoscue Method and is a certified Postural Alignment Specialist. While most chronic pain treatment methods only address symptoms or try to deaden or mask pain, the Egoscue Method corrects postural issues that are at the root of ongoing discomfort. The Method combines therapists’ expertise with technology to assess your posture and create a personalized series of exercises that will put your body back into balance, eliminating the dysfunction that is causing your pain. Flourish Pediatrics Dr. Shayna Smith has over 15 years of experience. Her small practice allows her time to get to know her patients and their family on a personal level in a judgement-free zone. She provides a personalized, whole-body approach to pediatric health and wellness by using evidence-based care in addition to implementing lifestyle medicine by exploring the root causes of disease and focusing on behaviors such as sleep, diet, exercise, stress, and social connectiveness. Intonu Wellness, Wellness Collective Dr. Rachel Marynowski is a licensed naturopathic physician and offers a comprehensive, holistic, and individualized approach to healthcare. Many of the natural tools Intonu uses includes botanical medicines, functional nutrition, supplements, homeopathy, and lifestyle counseling. They also offer hyperbaric oxygen therapy as a way to fuel the body and aid with health imbalances ranging from fatigue, autoimmunity, chronic infection, gut problems, neurological disorders, and more. Precision Performance & Physical Therapy Dr. Kate Mihevic-Edwards founded Precision PT in 2015


with the goal of creating a space where athletes could come and receive exactly what they needed without the influence of insurance companies. An active member of the running community herself, Kate provides a healthy collaborative environment away from perfectionism, burnout, and compromise of her patients’ needs. She is also a mentor for therapists that want to specialize in running medicine through the Running Special Interest Group. Studio 13 This full-service Pilates studio offers a complete experience on the Reformer, Chair, Cadillac, Spine Corrector, and Barrel to help clients alight with their highest purpose as they leave balanced and better prepared for their day. When Jill Campbell moved to Serenbe, she wanted to contribute to the wellness vibe. She met a kindred spirit in Dr. Julie Lord, whose decades of chiropractic experience informs her Pilates practice and instruction.Together, they created a peaceful and restorative environment to nurture body, mind, and spirit in the beautiful setting of Serenbe. The Brainery, Wellness Collective Drs. Samantha Brooks and Melanie Perry offer gentle and specific adjustments and combine chiropractic with synergistic services such as functional movement, breath work, energy work, and non-toxic living recommendations. Their mission is to guide families to optimal health and bring them into a more dynamic, aware, and responsive state, which can assist in self-regulation, growth, and evolution of the body’s systems. Zen Grove This meditation center, founded by Yaffa Yemima, is the home of self-realization and transformation. In addition to selling high quality crystals, Zen Grove offers feng shui consultations, halo therapy, and meditation classes for both children and adults. Photos provided by retailers.


COMMUNITY MODEL Building For a Net Zero Future


f you know what the IPCC is, you are paying very close attention to the climate crisis.The IPCC is the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and is the United Nations body for assessing the science related to climate change. It’s written for policy makers,“to provide them with a regular scientific assessment on climate change, its implications and potential future risks, [and] to put forward adaptation and mitigation options.” In August they released their sixth climate assessment, calling it a “code red for humanity,” and stating “changes observed in the climate are unprecedented in thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of years, and some of the changes already set in motion - such as continued sea level rise - are irreversible…” Um, gulp. However, there is hope, as strong and sustained reductions in emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases would limit climate change. While benefits for air quality would come quickly, it could take 20-30 years to see global temperatures stabilize. So, we need “immediate, rapid and large-scale reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.” When problems seem too big to tackle, many of us turn inward and shut down - or binge watch Netflix. The good news is, multiple corporations and governments around the world have 2050 Net Zero plans and initiatives that are paving the way for reductions. Let’s break down some readily available solutions focusing on Georgia and Serenbe. According to our friends at Drawdown GA, we need emissions reductions in 5 key areas: electricity, building & materials, food & agriculture, land sinks, and transportation. Since it’s hard to envision life 30 years from now, they started with a 10-year plan to reduce emissions by one-third by scaling market ready solutions that are both achievable and cost competitive more good news. Serenbe has been a champion of many of these solutions since its founding in 2004, and we continually implement new ones, highlighting many in the new Lupo Loop pocket neighborhood of Mado. When Serenbe Founder Steve Nygren discovered the property back in the ‘90s, his early intention was to save the rural land outside of Atlanta from urban sprawl. He feared that his paradise in the woods would be turned into strip malls and cookie cutter homes, so he set out to build a place in conjunction with nature, instead of against it. Steve was already an early environmental adopter, one of the first Prius owners, the family grew their own vegetables, and his wife made homemade baby food before it was the cool thing to do. With the vision set for Serenbe, Steve set out to further educate himself on the best practices in building development,


farming, and energy reduction. A primary environmental solution Steve has focused on is protecting greenspace. And we’re not talking about a small fenced-in park with a few trees. Influenced by the English countryside, Serenbe’s neighborhood hamlets are designed based on sacred geometry principles with buildings clustered along omega forms, resulting in minimal land disturbance, allowing 70% of the land to remain untouched. This gives residents the unique opportunity to walk out their back door and explore a forest full of trails, trees, and tranquility that becomes their backyard. Hamlets are connected via sidewalks and 15 miles of trails, encouraging residents to walk rather than use a car, reducing pollution and fossil fuels. Land conservation is still the platform on which all other Serenbe development is layered, and by saving all that land as greenspace, the trees, forests, and farms become carbon land sinks, storing more than 1.3 million tons of carbon per year (just on 1,000 acres at Serenbe). Serenbe’s trees also remove nearly 1,500 tons of pollution each year, (this equals the annual carbon emissions of 182,717 cars or 106,792 single family homes), and because of wind patterns that means cleaner air not just for Serenbe, but also for Atlanta. Southface’s Earthcraft building certification program was brought in next, as it is designed to address the challenging energy, water and climate conditions of the Southeast. This program results in better built environments and more resilient communities, with Serenbe being awarded one of the first Earthcraft Communities in 2005. The Earthcraft building program reduces energy demand by 30%, which equals 1,100 lbs of greenhouse gases/year and is required for all homes and commercial buildings in Serenbe. The next idea was to make local farming an integral part of the community, and Serenbe kicked off the Agrihood movement in community development and is seen as a model for creating a new agrarian economy. Twenty acres are set aside for organic farming, with close to 10 of those acres under cultivation, run by an on-site farm manager and team that grows over 300 varieties and 60,000 lbs of produce each year supporting a CSA and Saturday farmers market, and providing fresh food to the local restaurants. Traditional developers have focused too little on how big of an impact the buildings and materials in our homes have on the environment, but Serenbe offers solutions to these challenges. Since the beginning, Serenbe has been building with geothermal heating and cooling, utilizing the Earth to heat and cool buildings resulting in less energy use, less noise pollution


(goodbye noisy air compressors), and a lower monthly utility bill. As of 2015, geothermal is a requirement for new home builds, and the Mado hamlet became the first 100% geothermal neighborhood. This renewable energy solution reduces demand by another 30-35% taking those homes down to 60-70% reduction in energy usage and carbon emissions, plus substantial savings on energy bills. These placemaking concepts address electricity, buildings & materials, food & agriculture, and land sinks, but what about transportation? This is tricky as Serenbe is vehicle dependent to leave the community due to our rural designation with no mass transit links - yet. To combat this, Serenbe was designed to be pedestrian first with cars as the secondary citizens, unlike most suburban neighborhoods and cities across the country, where cars are the primary mode of transport. So many of those homeowners live without sidewalks or safe streets for walking or biking and are forced into their carbon emission producing cars to go anywhere. Plans are in place to connect our community with the neighboring city, Palmetto, via autonomous vehicle and PATH trails that would sync into MARTA bus transit links. Next up is doubling down on renewables by further electrifying homes by adding solar panels, battery storage and making them EV ready. Multiple homeowners have already installed

solar and are enjoying the rewards of low to no electricity bills. On Lupo Loop we are working towards 100% solar and since these homes will already have reduced energy demand by 60%, they will only need one-third of the solar panels - saving on installation and materials, and resulting in close to net zero energy demand. Developers have been building places for decades without the environment in mind, with much of the focus placed on individual action and finding solutions within our homes after they are built. While recycling, reducing waste, and eating locally are vitally important, it’s also necessary to apply climate solutions to the places in which we live. We can all make an impact and consider the homes we choose to live in before they are built and by working towards local community solutions to reduce our carbon emissions. A changing climate makes bad things in our society and communities worse. Getting back to a healthy climate can improve more than just our planet’s health. Drawdown Georgia solutions impact our state’s economy, social inequities, public health, and the environment. Find out more and get involved at Drawdown GA at and learn more about the ICCP at


Electricity: Accelerating Georgia’s progress to renewables means increasing solar and putting waste heat to work in co-generation plants, capturing methane from landfills and turning it into power, and shifting our electricity usage to off-peak.

Buildings & Materials: Buildings are huge energy hogs and some of the materials that you’ll find inside them, like hydrofluorocarbon refrigerants, are big emitters. We can cut emissions in Georgia by recycling more, making our buildings more energy efficient, and replacing refrigerant chemicals with less polluting options.

Food & Agriculture: The way we grow our food, what we eat, and what happens to excess and waste are all essential parts of our carbon footprint. Drawdown solutions aim to grow food in ways that benefit the land and sequester carbon, increase lower carbon plant-forward diets, reduce food waste, and increase composting.


Land Sinks: Georgia’s natural land sinks - including 22 million acres of working forests and rich coastal wetlands sequester 46 Mt of CO2 each year, offsetting 27% of total emissions in the state. It’s critical to increase our capacity to sequester carbon as we reduce emissions elsewhere.

Transportation: Georgia has nearly 90,000 miles of public roads and the world’s busiest airport. In 2017, vehicles accounted for 43% of our emissions — our single largest source! Drawdown aims to massively reduce our consumption of gasoline and diesel with a big push for electric and fuel-efficient vehicles, more and smarter mass transit, and better alternative mobility options.


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HOME ON THE RANGE Ancient White Cows & Serenbe’s Open Space

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breed. Steve bought a group to boost the region’s agrarian economy to be a part of combating the negative effects that industrial farming has had on the climate. “The meat you find in a grocery store has crossed the country a couple times before getting there,” said Steve. “The way we use artificial means to fatten cattle – feeding them grains and pumping them with hormones – instead of letting a cow being a cow or a pig be a pig.You pay for the meat’s travel, then you end up eating more fat once it finally makes it to your table.” These Ancient White Park cows get to be cows. They are grass fed, keeping them – and their meat – leaner, and they enjoy wide open fields to happily roam.

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Originally from Great Britain, a small number of calves were shipped to the Toronto Zoo before World War II to protect the breed from a possible Nazi invasion. They were then moved a few more times, eventually making their way to a family in Iowa in the 1980’s, who split the herd among ranchers and conservancies that were committed to re-breeding and increasing their numbers as part of the newly formed Ancient White Park Cattle Society of North America. Even as the Ancient White Park breed grew in numbers they were rarely seen this far south. Steve learned that Robert Rausch – who designed Serenbe’s lamp posts – had a small herd in Florence, Alabama, and was working to preserve the

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he cows are out again.” Residents who lived in Serenbe before 2015 heard these words regularly, as “ people walking through newly paved Mado were more likely to see the large, white Ancient White Park cows in the middle of the road instead of in the paddocks. “They’re used to being more free range,” says Steve Nygren. “They wanted to wander and didn’t understand why they couldn’t.” Seems reasonable enough, though it could be startling to come around a curve and see cows with huge horns in your path. The cows were moved to an area in the eastern part of Serenbe where they have more room to wander as they please.

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Trifoliate Award Dinners Celebrate Georgia Chefs

iving at Serenbe, one becomes familiar with foraging. Varieties of berry bushes line the sidewalks, and the woods are full of mushrooms and other seasonal edible wonders. So when author and culinary journalist John Kessler was here for an artist residency in the Fall of 2020, his trail walks quickly transformed into foraging adventures with discoveries of wild garlic chives, used to flavor a bottle of vinegar, and black walnuts, which he convinced Chef Nicolas Bour to turn into nocino, an Italian nut liqueur. His most fortuitous find was “an abundance of springy little yellow golf ball-sized fruit[s]” he eventually learned were trifoliate oranges. He wrote about his stay in “Sniffing through COVID homesteader syndrome,” an article for the Atlanta Journal-

Constitution, and this foraging experience with Chef Nic inspired them to create a culinary award series to honors chefs “for work that is fresh and original, that delights their guests, inspires their peers, and pushes forward the meaning of Southern food.” Chef honorees were selected by Kessler and other noted Atlanta food journalists Christiane Lauterbach and Ligaya Figueras, in collaboration with Chef Nicolas Bour. Held this September – February 2022, each award dinner will be an intimate gathering held at The Farmhouse at Serenbe. The chef ’s menu will emphasize a sense of place, with many of the ingredients harvested mere steps from the dining table. The dinner experience will be designed as a collaboration among the featured chef honoree, noted

event designer Kristin Genet and artist Rachel K. Garceau, embracing the landscape surrounding The Farmhouse. Though each event will vary in tone and presentation, attendees will enjoy signature cocktails, wine pairings, and art performances. Proceeds from the Trifoliate Award Dinners benefit This Postage Stamp of Native Soil, an oral history and film project that explores the history and land of Chattahoochee Hills, “through its families, landscapes, tribes, and people,” according to the press release, with a documentary on the area expected to be released in 2022. Tickets for each dinner can be found at, along with more details about the chefs, the story of the Trifoliate Award’s founding, and This Postage Stamp of Native Soil.

Guenter Seeger: September 19, 2021, at 6pm SOLD OUT Guenter ran the dining room in the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead in 1986, befor opening Seeger’s on West Paces Ferry Road. He was a pioneer in the farm-to-table movement in the U.S. and was a major force in founding the Georgia Organic Growers in 1989. He returned to Atlanta during the pandemic from New York, with plans to open a new restaurant in the coming months. Nicolas Bour & Claudia Martinez: October 17, 2021, at 6pm David manufactures a range of nutritionally dense, seed-based products and mostly raw vegan dishes with his Seedy Bars line. Claudia was named a James Beard Award semifinalist for Oustanding Pastry Chef in 2020 while at Tiny Lou’s. She now serves in the same role at Miller Union in West Midtown. Parnass Savang: November 14, 2021, at 6pm Parnass grew up helping his parents at their Thai restaurant in Lawrenceville. He worked at restaurants in New York City before returning to Atlanta and launching Talat Market as a pop-up at Gato Bizco in Candler Park, opening a brick-and-mortar iteration in 2020 in Summerhill. Brian So: January 23, 2022, at 6pm Brian worked at San Francisco restaurant before returning to Atlanta to work at One Eared Stag and Sobban. He opened Spring in Marietta in 2016. He’s been a James Beard Award semifinalist for Rising Star Chef and Best Chef: Southeast. Joey Ward: February 20, 2022, at 6pm Joey is an Atlanta native who worked at Kevin Gillespie’s Woodfire Grill and Gunshow before launching his sister concepts Southern Belle and Georgia Boy in 2019.




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SOUTHERN STAPLE The Farmhouse’s Famous Fried Chicken


hef Nicolas Bour has led kitchens across the country yet returning to The Farmhouse after a decade felt like “a natural thing” for him and his family. He brought a classic French twist to the menu, believing “that kind of food will never go out of style.” One recipe he knew he had to keep was the original Farmhouse Fried Chicken. You haven’t had truly good fried chicken until you’ve had it in The South, and as visitors to The Farmhouse can attest, there’s nothing like The Farmhouse’s. It’s been featured in local and national press, including Martha Stewart Living, The Atlantan, Forbes, Eater, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and you can find it in the lastest Atlanta Convention & Visitor’s Bureau Cookbook. The Farmhouse restaurant’s Fried Chicken Lunch is available on weekends, Saturday & Sunday, 12pm-3pm.The restaurant is also open for lunch Monday-Friday, 12pm-3pm, dinner Thursday-Sunday, 5pm9pm, and the bar offers a snack menu Monday-Sunday, 12-9pm. Book a reservation at

Farmhouse Fried Chicken- Nicolas Bour Yields 6 chicken breasts INGREDIENTS 6 bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts ½ gallon whole fat buttermilk 2 tbsp Texas Pete hot sauce 12 cups all-purpose flour, sifted 3 cups & 2 tbsp Kosher salt 2 tbsp fresh ground black pepper 2 tbsp garlic powder 2 tbsp onion powder 2 tsp Aleppo pepper ground 12 cups Manteca (lard) RECIPE Place the chicken breast in a metal bowl and cover in kosher salt, allow to sit for 15 minutes. Under running cold water scrub the salt off the chicken and rinse off. Pat the chicken dry.

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Place the buttermilk in a sealable plastic container, add 1 TBSP hot sauce, season with salt & pepper. Add the chicken breasts to the buttermilk and seal the container, place overnight in the refrigerator.


Next Day In a medium mixing bowl, beat the eggs and add the other 1 TBSP hot sauce, season with salt and pepper. In a large mixing bowl mix the flour, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, Aleppo pepper and salt until all ingredients are evenly distributed. Remove the chicken from the buttermilk and dredge in the flour mixture, set aside on a sheet pan and allow to rest for 15 minutes. Heat up the lard in the cast iron skillet to 345 degrees. Add the chicken skin side down and fry on both sides until golden brown. Place on a sheet pan and put into a pre heated 375-degree oven. Cook until done or 165-degrees internal temperature. Serve with your choice of sides or salads.


EDUCATION EXPANSION Acton School Building For The Future


ducation is a founding tenet of Serenbe, with residents of all ages finding ways to take in a variety of new information and grow in their knowledge of the world. While sometimes informal, a community-led Montessori school, The Children’s House at Serenbe, opened in 2010 to give young children a foundation to launch them into future learning. As Serenbe grew so did the school, going from one room to three rooms in a few short years. By 2016, the school’s executive board realized a need to expand beyond their offered curriculum, and The Children’s House became Acton Academy at Serenbe, an Acton school model with over 185 locations across the world. The school growth continued, and in August of 2020, they brought in a new Head of School, Dr. Eden Hinds. With over 25 years of private and public school experience and a doctorate in educational leadership, Dr. Hinds embodies Acton’s ideal of a lifelong learner. Under her leadership, Serenbe’s community school grew from 41 students to over 132 for the 2021 school year. Acton enrolls learners ages 18 months to 15 years with plans to expand through high school.

The Acton Academy philosophy emphasizes a learnerdriven, self-paced model of education and incorporates some principles of Montessori education to foster responsibility, goal-setting and teamwork. Rather than traditional teachers who lecture students sitting at their desks, Acton teachers are “guides” that present short, engaging lessons and facilitate learning through conversation with insightful, leading questions. It’s no wonder that this educational model, which emphasizes mastery, creativity, and real-world skills has been so appealing to families. Thriving enrollment, however, means that Acton has sized out of its original location in Grange. The school currently utilizes four spaces throughout the Serenbe community to accommodate all of their new learners with exciting plans for a new campus in the Mado neighborhood underway. The future campus will be located next to the Serenbe Swim Club on Prom Field Road and like much of the architecture in the Mado hamlet, will draw inspiration from Scandinavia with bold use of color and little ornamentation. Before the end of 2021, Acton plans to begin construction on the first building, a 4-room pre-

primary space for completion for the 2022-2023 school year. Phase two will swiftly follow and will feature a multi-purpose gym and a 10-room building for additional classroom studios depending on fundraising. We spoke with Dr. Eden Hinds about Acton’s plans for a new expanded campus. Q: What features will the new campus include? A: Three learning structures consisting of 16 classrooms, an amphitheater, a gym/theater stage, a small livestock/farm as well as exterior learning spaces. We will have a campus rendering to share shortly. Q: How long will the build take? When do you think campus will be ready? A: It looks like we will take a phased approach with the 4 classroom pre-primary scheduled for completion mid-year 2022. The remaining structures will be completed between 12-14 months after construction start which is based on hitting some fundraising targets. Q: How has Serenbe Development aided funding and building for the campus? A: They are our largest supporter with the donation of the land and with providing commercial leased space to facilitate our growth throughout the years. They have also provided a tremendous amount of help to ensure the campus design aligns with the guidelines of the community so the social experience and integration with nature is maximized. Q: What will this new campus mean for the future of Acton? A: Growth and access for our greater community with a target to support 350 learners. We will also be able to provide a learning environment that offers the same cultural and community experiences we enjoy as adults with an intentional integration with the art and environment. Want to get involved in Acton? Enrollment is open for the 20222023, and there is a wait list for the 2021-2022 school year. Find that information at If you’re interested in donating, contact Eden at Acton students spend much of their time learning out in nature. They wander the trails, learn about farming, and enjoy playing in the fresh air.Their planned site design for the new campus includes two phases, with completion scheduled for mid-year 2022.



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STYLISH & SOPHISTICATED Creating a Country Getaway


with friends, but that working with Jared was different. “Our only stipulation for taking on the project was that he did everything we say, so it worked out perfectly,” Ryan joked to RUE. “We all ended up enjoying the process and had fun along the way.” Read the original article by Zoë Gowen “Happy Medium” at, and the follow-up “High Style and Bold Personality in Serenbe, Georgia” at Style your home with R Hughes by visiting their website Find your own dream home on Serenbe’s Instagram or contact Serenbe Real Estate at

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the boxes, and Ryan offered his and R Hughes showroom partner Steven Leonard’s services in decorating the home. While not technically designers, Ryan and Steven “are certainly tastemakers,” as said in RUE Magazine’s follow up to the AH&L feature. Sophistication is evident throughout the home, which features the perfect combination of classic pieces and bold colors to create a warm and inviting, yet chic and stylish space. “There’s a lot of personality in here and it’s so comfortable,” Jared told Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles. Ryan told RUE that he usually tries to avoid working

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ho needs Zillow when you have Instagram? Ryan Hughes, founder of R Hughes showroom, saw a quaint brick cottage for sale on Serenbe’s Instagram and convinced his good friend Jared Sapp that it was the house for him. The cottage “just stood out,” Ryan told Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles magazine when they featured an editorial on the home’s interiors in August 2020. Jared, a real estate agent in Atlanta, was looking for a place to get away from the city yet still be able to get to Midtown in under an hour.The Serenbe cottage checked all




“New to the Spa at Serenbe this spring, ashiatsu and warm bamboo massages, seasonal body treatmens and contouring, along with dermaplaning and aromoatherapy facials, are now an offer. The Farmhouse at Serenbe, an original Atlanta-area farm-to-table restaurants, prepares mouthwatering menu items such as prime-cut beef capriccio, stuffed acorn squash and flourless chocolate torte.”

“Before 2004, the 1,000 acres that comprise Serenbe (a fusion of the words “serenity” and “be”) were mostly rural farmland. Today, they are the setting of a New Urban village, complete with residences, shops, restaurants, a farm, a stable, and a luxury bedand-breakfast known as the Inn at Serenbe (from $240 per night).”

Forbes “The retreat week features a steady diet of yoga (in all of its forms, restorative, flow, etc.), meditation sessions, and wellness coaching sessions. In between, you can explore the range of Serenbe offerings with spa treatments, horseback riding, daily walks and marvelously farm-fresh dining at restaurants such as Halsa, The Hill or the BlueEyed Daisy.”

Atlanta Magazine “Charm-ometer Rating 8. Serenbe was just rolling farmland 15 years ago, so it’s hardly a hub of timeworn history. Instead, the appeal is holistic design and a dazzling range of residential architecture, from ecofriendly modern to neo-Victorian.”

RUE Magazine “Though many consider it their permanent home base, it has also served as a welcome weekend escape for those looking to escape the routine of everyday life in the city. Jared Sapp, a successful real estate agent, purchased a second home here for just that reason. Seeking to have an escape from the hustle and bustle of Atlanta, he enlisted his friends at R HUGHES to help with the design.”

Atlanta Journal-Constitution “Packing your own food and going somewhere to dine is romantic and relaxing. To make it even more appealing, pack a luxury item you rarely indulge in. Another option is getting someone else to pack the picnic for you. Serenbe General Store (10642 Serenbe Lane, Chattahoochee Hills) will assemble a gourmet selection of artisan cheeses and salads, along with wine from the estate.”




“At Serenbe, an eco-friendly community outside Atlanta, New Urbanism planning principles were applied to create a live/work community that revolves around a variety of green spaces, including open fields, farmland, and forests.”

“Life in the bustling metropolis of Atlanta may get a little tough to handle sometimes, but fortunately there’s a tranquil paradise located just 35 minutes southwest of the city. Known as Serenbe, this cozy New Urban community has mastered the art of wellness, with a plethora of calming activities.”




Serenbe Farmers Market Saturdays through October 30, 9am-noon at Selborne Green

Outdoor Yoga Flow October 16, 10am in Mado, $ Serenbe Trail Race 5k/15k November 6, 9am in Mado, $

Joey Ward Trifoliate Award Dinner February 20, 5:30pm at The Inn, $


Farm Tour Saturdays through November 20, 2pm at Serenbe Farms, $

ROAM, Terminus Modern Ballet October 16-17, 23-24, & 30, 1pm & 5pm, October 29, 5pm, October 31, 1pm, Prom Field in Mado, $

Art Over Dinner with Sid and Ann Mashburn November 7, 6pm at The Inn, $

The Farmhouse Thanksgiving November 25, 12-6pm, Bar Open Until 10pm

Wine Tasting Saturdays through December 18, 4pm at General Store, $

Claudia Martinez & Nicolas Boar Trifoliate Award Dinner October 17, 5:30pm at The Inn, $

Christmas Closed Christmas Eve December 25, 4-8pm Reservations Only Bar Open Until 10pm Fall Farm Party November 13, 5-9pm at Serenbe Farms, $


Mountainfilm On Tour October 22-23, 5pm at Serenbe Farms, $ Biophilic Leadership Summit October 10-13,Virtual, $

New Year’s December 31- January 1 5-9pm Reservations Only Bar Open Until Midnight

Parnass Savang Trifoliate Award Dinner November 14, 5:30pm at The Inn, $


The Hill Thanksgiving November 25, 11am-5pm Christmas December 24, 5-9pm Closed Christmas Day

Freemark Abbey Wine Dinner October 24, 6pm at The Farmhouse, $ VIP Toast & Tour Showhouse Preview Party October 14, 6:30pm in Grange, $

$ = Ticketed Event Holiday Bazaar December 4 & 5, 10am-4pm at The Inn



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Serenbe Showhouse Tours October 15-31,Thursday-Sunday, 10am-4pm in Grange, $

Serenbe Showhouse Tours November 4-7,Thursday-Sunday, 10am-4pm in Grange, $

Brian So Trifoliate Award Dinner January 23, 5:30pm at The Inn


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Make Your Dream of Living at Serenbe a Reality Whether you are in the market for a weekend retreat or year-round home, Serenbe offers single-family homes, townhouses, live-works, condos and apartments. Or choose a wooded lot and build your dream home. Explore architectural floor plans and pick your finishes or choose a move-in-ready home today. All homes are EarthCraft certified for sustainability with geothermal technology for heating and cooling. For a complete listing of all Serenbe properties visit, call 770.463.9997 or stop in the office located at 9055 Selborne Lane, just up the street from the Blue Eyed Daisy Bakeshop. *All prices and plans are subject to change.

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