Ekone Ranch is owned and operated by Sacred Earth Foundation, a community land trust stewarding 1,000+ acres along Rock Creek Canyon in Klickitat County, near Goldendale, Washington. Our mission is to hold SEF land in trust, steward with reverence, and teach sustainable living to children of all ages.
There are currently 6 full time residents on Ekone land, ages ranging from 28-57, and spread between three distinct homesteads. Three reside in the Valley, where most of Ekoneís busy-ness takes place. Two live at the Hacienda, a big ranch house with many out buildings about a mile from the Valley. And one lives just above the valley at Heavenly Heights, the newest homestead in the Ekone fold. Additional accommodations include a sweet cabin in the valley that rents for $500-600/month when available, guest rooms in the Lodge, and accommodations for the rugged in the longhouse/round house. There is a wonderful camp kitchen and bathhouse that get fired up for the summer season, and as appropriate throughout the rest of the year.
Each household at Ekone is an independent unit, responsible for its own feeding, care and finances. We are also a caring community of neighbors and friends who come to each othersí aid. We share community space in the main lodge, open to residents and guests, and share meals roughly once a week. All community members and long-term guests contribute 16 hours/month of service to community and land projects, as determined by the Community Council.
Ekone Ranch community members value land stewardship to protect and work the land in ways that benefit the greater good. Ekoneís community exists to support Sacred Earth Foundationís mission to hold this land in trust with reverence, and to learn and teach sustainable living to minimize our impact on the land while maximizing our role in manifesting positive world change.
We are looking for people with a love of the land and enthusiasm for rural ranch life. We are seeking fun-loving, down home, wholesome and humble individuals dedicated to personal growth with whom we can share community growing pains and manifest sustainable right livelihood. Carpentry, mechanical, homesteading and farming skills a plus.
Our sweet Cabin is currently vacant and we're always on the lookout for wonderful new landmates. Please be in touch if you think you might be one! And visit www.ekone.org and www.naturalburialground.com for more information and pictures.
Open to new adults:
(Currently seeking new residents)
(We would like to attract more residents under 40, but are open.)
By a group of elders or other leaders
(We have recently formed a Community Council of established residents to clarify decision-making responsibilities, and rotate leadership between Council members. We are also accountable to the Sacred Earth Foundation board of directors, primarily non-residents.)
(Sacred Earth Foundation's executive director lives on site, and serves in a leadership capacity for the non-profit organization, but community leadership is dispersed.)
Leadership Core Group:
Labor and Money
Members have independent finances
Open to Members with Pre-existing Debt:
(It would be situational, but this would be a concern.)
(16 hours/month per member)
(Stewardship fees are assigned to residences, please inquire for details.)
Land and Buildings
1060 acres (429.0 hectares)
(Held in trust by Sacred Earth Foundation.)
Land Owned By:
Independent land trust (not controlled by the community)
(Controlled by the SEF Board of Directors, which includes 3 community members at present.)
Number of Residences:
(Give or take...)
Restrictions on Romantic Relationships (between consenting adults):
Shared Spiritual Path:
(We have a spiritual but non-religious approach.)
(Public or homeschooling are both options.)