Our property is a historic retreat center tucked in a hidden valley outside Ashland, Oregon. The lodge and cabins host retreat groups for eight months of the year for yoga, meditation, writing, meetings, weddings and general rejuvenation. We continue to collect the stories of this place and restore the many historic buildings. We are using permaculture principles to create a more resilient and bountiful landscape, and to guide our sustainable forestry and organic agriculture. The 120 acre property is inside the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, and contains diverse micro-habitats, from moist riparian cedar forest to sun-baked grassy slopes to oak and madrone mosaics. We have four distinct seasons, with lots of sun, dramatic clouds, wet springs, and hot, dry summers.
We are more of a mini-farm, market garden, or even homestead-with-surplus than a production farm. Our large garden supplies produce for the residents and guests, a small winter CSA, a few market crops, and beautiful flowers. We are continuing to transition
our lower garden into more perennial fruits, flowers and vegetables. We are expanding our upper growing area to include a small orchard, annual vegetables, and more berries. We also have a 24’ x 48’ greenhouse, beehives, and a flock of happy chickens, ducks and turkeys. 2013 may see the addition of goats or more chickens. Volunteers will spend time planting, weeding, watering and harvesting, along with many other tasks.