Programs at Ekone

 

Email caitlinjones@ekone.org if you are interested in learning more about hosting or participating in a program at Ekone Ranch!

Our rustic ranch facilities, experienced staff, and 1,133 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.

 

Facilities

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 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.  

  • Bathhouse: Includes two flush toilets, sink and one shower. Portapotties can be brought in for larger groups.

  • Kitchen: The “Yummy Tummy Café” is a fully stocked rustic commercial kitchen and dining room. We have abundant outdoor seating as well. Our fresh, from-scratch meals are always a highlight.

  • Lodge: The spacious Lodge serves as a gathering place, fire circle, stage, craft center, and game area. The Lodge also offers three comfortable upstairs guest rooms, sometimes used as adult quarters, with a bathroom and kitchen on ground floor.

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 caitlinjones@ekone.org

Current Programs on the calendar accepting participants:​​

  • Soul Wisdom Grief Retreat Program with Charlene Ray (April)

    • For more information or to register visit ​https://www.charleneray.com/

  • Hoofbeat Attunement Horse Connection Workshop with Matney Cook (May):

    • For more information or to register visit www. hoofbeatattunement.com 

  • Sacred Groves Quest Program with Tere Carranza/Therese Charvet(September)

  • Rites of Passage Journeys Facilitator Retreat (Sept/Oct)

    • For more information or to register visit ​https://www.riteofpassagejourneys.org/restoring-youth-rites-of-passage

Closed programs include: Wilderness Awareness School Anake Scout Program, Catlin Gable School field trip, CultureSeed Youth Retreat, Cedarwood Waldorf School Field Trip, Yakima Girl Scouts Trip, Little Oak Montessori School Field Trip, Wildwood School Field Trip, Portland Waldorf School 12th grade and 4th grade trips.

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Ekone Ranch...a place for children of all ages!

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401 Ekone Rd. | Goldendale, WA | 98620