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Programs at Ekone

Email if you are interested in learning more about hosting or participating in a program at Ekone Ranch!

Ekone hosts a variety of programs throughout the shoulder seasons. Some of these are run by Ekone staff, and some are facilitated by partner organizations and open to participants.

Current Programs on the calendar:

Host your own group Retreat or Program at Ekone

Our rustic ranch facilities, experienced staff, and 1,200+ acres of stewarded wild land create a magical and nurturing outdoor classroom and playground for children and adults alike.

Ekone’s facilities are set in a beautiful valley in south-central Washington, 2.5 hours from Portland, 3 hours from Seattle. Ekone is managed by Sacred Earth Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a mission to activate children and adults to love the earth deeply and wisely, through stewardship of the Rock Creek watershed, authentic community experience, and place-based education.

At Ekone, guests experience being an important member of an inclusive community, in relationship and service to a place.  We believe that this experience is fundamental to our human nature, transformative for those who experience it, and essential to creating a viable, vibrant future on Earth. 

We offer wholesome, home-cooked vegetarian meals and accommodations in our A-frame bunkhouse (built in 2019), in tents, or under the stars. We can provide facilities and meals for groups that come with their own staff and program, as well as offer specially-designed programming and experienced Ekone staff to lead fun and educational nature-based experiences for your group.


Activities may include hiking, swimming, lessons in ecology, working in the garden, cooking projects, herbal medicine, canning and food preservation, nature-based art and craft projects, campfires, and horse activities. A curriculum will be created specifically for your group, according to your individual needs, objectives, and budget.


Group Size

Ekone’s facilities are best suited to groups of up to 45 people. We can accommodate more but it will be a tight squeeze in the kitchen! Larger groups are more well-suited when the weather is nice and/or you’re willing to camp.



Ekone’s facilities are rustic and unique, largely built from wood harvested from the land and milled on site. (Please see homepage for photos.) Facilities used for program activities may include:

  • Bunkhouse/staff dens: This A-frame structure is our primary bunkhouse, with two wings and space for 20 people per wing (ground floor and lofts), as well as a common space with a woodstove and one 'staff den' on each end of the building that can house 5 people each.  

  • ADA Bathhouse with three flush toilets, one indoor and one outdoor shower, and two sinks. Historic Bathhouse with two flush toilets, a sink and one shower. Porta-potties can be brought in for larger groups.

  • Kitchen: The “Yummy Tummy Café” is a fully stocked commercial kitchen and dining room with a woodstove. Built for the seasons, it stays cool in the summer and cozy in the winter. We have abundant covered outdoor seating as well. Our fresh, from-scratch meals are always a highlight.

  • Lodge: Depending on the season, and staff and volunteer needs, the spacious Historic Lodge can serve as a gathering place, fire circle, stage, craft center, and game area.

Timing and Logistics

Ekone can host groups on weekends or weekdays, from the beginning of March through the beginning of June, and from the beginning of September through the end of November. Please note that many dates for spring and fall groups are filling 6-9 months in advance—just contact us to see what dates are available.


Booking a Program or Retreat

For more information about bringing a school group or adult retreat to Ekone, you can give us a call at 509-773-4536 or email our Program Director at

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