Come see what life is like in a working permaculture community!
Located on an 87-acre nature sanctuary, our educational retreat facilities are nestled among tall Douglas firs, surrounded by gardens, orchards, and connected to walking trails through our meadow, forest, and alongside our creek.
Groups enjoy memorable experiences in our meadows, classrooms, our Sacred Yurt, outdoor kitchen, dorms, and lodge - kept warm with delicious, organic vegetarian meals.
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At this community, our staff and students live together in apartments, cabins, yurts, or sites or Tiny Homes, offering their skills and connecting through community meals and activities.
Being part of a community is integral to any sustainable way of living. Community can teach us to care for and respect one another, communicate compassionately, make decisions together, and to see our individual needs in the context of the whole, while also reducing resource use through sharing (rides, food, rent, materials, etc.).
Our sustainable living workshops, youth learning adventures, holistic sustainability semesters, permaculture design courses, and visitor education program, and other courses offer participants a unique hands-on learning experience within our aspiring Ecovillage.
Our land offers a diversity of ecosystems and places to gather for groups, large and small — including an oak savanna meadow, year-round stream and riparian area, pond, forested campus, and regenerating ‘back 40’ forest. Overnight guests can enjoy camping, bonfires, an outdoor kitchen, and more.
In several locations there are vegetable and perennial herb gardens, beehives, fruit and nut trees, and berry bushes. In addition, we have a vast network of hiking trails, swimming hole, solar shower in the meadow, wood-fired sauna, and hot tub.
The large classroom is one of the largest and nicest of our rental facilities, and the one most commonly used. It features locally harvested and naturally finished Douglas Fir floors. A clerestory and large windows provide natural lighting.
Featuring the same beautiful wood floors as its bigger sibling, the small classroom is half the size (19′ x 23′) and comfortably suits 10-25 people. It provides a more intimate environment for group discussions, workshops, and projects.
The Lodge is the largest indoor meeting space available on campus (39′ x 29′). It is connected to the commercial kitchen and is the usual eating location (unless people choose to sit at the picnic tables outside). The vaulted ceiling, wood floor, and open rafters provide a rustic charm, and the glass-fronted wood stove gives ample heat during the winter months. The space serves as a great site for games, dancing, music playing, dining and other group activities. It is also the best place to interact with residents, getting to know what each other is doing.
Local Organic Food
The community kitchen provides delicious, all-organic vegetarian cuisine at affordable rates. Our chefs cook up unique, flavorful, and hearty meals that won’t make you miss meat for a second!
Some ingredients are harvested from our own gardens, orchards, and chickens, which is as local and fresh as you can get. Meals are served buffet style, and there is diverse seating indoors and out.
The Amazing Local Area
Look around Eugene while you are here!
Our site is surrounded by small farms, ranches, and country homes in the rural community of Dexter, OR.
Located halfway between the coast and the crest of the Cascades, groups can access old growth hiking trails and wilderness recreation in the Willamette National Forest or visit the Oregon Coast, with its amazing vistas, camping, whale watching, and dune play. We are also 30 minutes from Eugene, sometimes considered the greenest city in America.