Alderleaf Wilderness College is a nature, sustainability, and wilderness survival school.
Alderleaf Wilderness College's land is a developing permaculture farm nestled in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains. It is located above the Skykomish River valley near the town of Monroe, Washington, 30 miles northeast of Seattle. Our 15-acre property is an evolving model of environmental sustainability. Alderleaf Wilderness College has its office and classrooms on site and several staff, interns, and student live on site.
The large forested portion of the land contains giant mossy cedars, a cascading creek, a diversity of wildlife, and several wetlands. It is adjacent to thousands of acres of forest lands with many lakes, streams, and mountains.
The land is in the process of integrating a permaculture design plan. The farm includes cabins, houses, a large barn, beautiful pastures, garden space, and fruit trees.
A limited number of rooms for rent are available to staff, interns, and students in our Wilderness Certification Program and occasionally others interested in being involved with Alderleaf. Residents share a passion for nature, sustainability, and community, and often enjoy the opportunity to grow organic food and steward the land.
(10 living spaces available)
(children are welcome)
Open to new children:
50% M 50% F
(varies year to year)
(varies year to year)
Open to which gender(s):
All genders welcome
10% identify as 'non-white'
Leadership Core Group:
(the property is managed by Alderleaf Wilderness College)
Labor and Money
Members have independent finances
(helping in the gardens and land is optional)
(rooms and cabins rent from $375 to $500 per month)
Land and Buildings
15 acres (6.1 hectares)
Land Owned By:
(Alderleaf Wilderness College)
Number of Residences:
(two houses (with a combined eight rooms), plus two cabins)
Percentage of Food Grown:
(when gardens are in season)
Share Community Meals:
Dietary Choice or Restrictions:
Diet is up to each individual
Open to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and/or Transgender members:
Restrictions on Romantic Relationships (between consenting adults):
Shared Spiritual Path:
Which Spiritual Path(s):
(up to each individual)