Pomona Woods Founder

Ann Burkhart, Founder

After years working with companies to improve social and environmental performance in supply chains, Ann Burkhart decided it was time to make her dream of building a retreat center in nature happen.  She partnered with her brother Paul to create the design and was supported by a large network of friends, family and colleagues.

The Pomona Woods name comes from the apple orchard of the owner’s great grandparents in Dayton, WA – Pomona Ranch. James and Fannie Dumas’ farm was one of the first in Washington state, planted in 1897. Pomona is a Roman wood nymph associated with trees and fruitful abundance. The name connects the business to a family history of a stewardship of the land, entrepreneurial spirit and a touch of whimsy.