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

401 Ekone Rd. | Goldendale, WA | 98620

Ekone Workparties

Upcoming Workparty Dates         Workparty Logistics

Workparties at Ekone Ranch are an excellent way to visit, recharge your batteries, meet some wonderful people, and make a contribution to this special land.  We have about 8 workparties each year, focused on a variety of many-hands projects including forestry, firewood, gardening, trail maintenance, deep-cleaning, carpentry, mechanics, fencing, and lots more.  They are always great gatherings with wonderful food, evening music jams, saunas, and the deep satisfaction of honest work done in good company.  We know that it’s hard to pull away from your busy life, and gas is expensive, and who wants to spend an extra weekend “working,” anyways?  All we can really say is, we are 99.9% sure that you will not regret the decision to drop everything and spend a weekend in the woods at Ekone with wonderful people, working together on the land.  Plus, we’ll help you arrange carpools.

Please RSVP to shonie@ekone.org or 509.773.4536 with this information to help us plan (scroll down for more about each of these topics):

  • Who all is coming, and do you have any particular skills or interests we should know about?

  • When will you arrive and depart?

  • Do you have any dietary restrictions?

  • What are your lodging needs? 

Upcoming Workparty Dates...


          September 20-22 | Plastering & Party Prep ~Applying earthen plaster to Bunkhouse walls & getting ready for the Ball~

October 18-20 | Lullabies to the Land  ~Bringing in firewood, tucking in the garden, preparing for winter~

November 29-December 1 | Workin-off-the-Turkey  ~Firewood and forestry~

December 20-22 | Winter Solstice  ~Bright burnpiles on dark days, and maybe shoveling roofs~


February 7-8 | Full Moon Forestry ~Lots of burnpiles, maybe even under the full moon!

March 6-8 | Spring Cleaning ~Getting ready for spring programs and bringing the ranch out of winter

April 10-12 | Easter Gardening ~Quack Attack and other fun garden times

May 8-10 | Mother's Day ~Mothering the ranch and each other with loving care and labor

If you can't come to a workparty but still want to help out, we'd happily accept contributions towards keeping the crew fed, watered and fueled up.  Donations are always put to good use!


Here's an old school taste of Ekone magic, from 2011

Workparty Logistics

  1. We're so excited to see you!  Ekone is blessed to have friends like you, and we hope you’ll leave renewed and recharged, with new friends, warm memories, and a deepened connection to the Earth.

  2. Schedule:  Plan to arrive Friday between 5-7pm, and please let us know if you'll be arriving later.  We'll share dinner that night and get to know each other a bit.  Saturday begins with breakfast at 8am, and then work projects going from 9:30 until lunch around 1pm, and then from after lunch until dinner around 6:30pm.  Saturday evening is a time for sauna, music, camaraderie, and celebrating the day’s success!  After breakfast on Sunday morning, we'll have one more round of projects until lunch, and then free time for relaxation in the afternoon, which could include hikes to the canyon, drinking tea by the fire, napping in the sun before hitting the road, just enjoying the seasons on the land, or however your heart leads you to connect with this place!

  3. Accommodations:  Depending on the season, lodging includes bunks in the Bunkhouse (an unheated space), beds/couches in the Cabin, and a few limited rooms in the Lodge, which are usually reserved for elders and families with small children.  All of these spaces are delightfully rustic, and shared to some degree, so those who want greater privacy are encouraged to bring a tent for camping. If you snore, please bring earplugs for everyone. :)  Most lodging does not have an attached bathroom, however, shared bathroom facilities with toilet, sink, and shower are within 100 feet of each space.  Please do let us know any specific lodging needs you might have, and we will try our best!

  4. Kids:  We obviously LOVE kids at Ekone Ranch, but please consider carefully if a work party is the right environment for your children.  We’re in a git-‘er-done mode for workparties; there are elements of danger; and the atmosphere is oriented towards adults.  That said, if you want to bring your hardworking kids along, they are welcome!  Please do: 1. Let us know ahead of time, 2. Plan to supervise them carefully all weekend, and 3. Consider making a donation if you can.  We consider workparties an exchange of your labor for a quality Ekone experience, and have found that parents, especially of small children, are sometimes less able to be fully engaged with the projects at hand.  Please ask if you have more questions, and we can help you decide if workparties are a good fit for your family!

  5. Horses:  We know that many folks love working with horses as much as we do!  However, with the amount of people at workparties, and all the awesome projects happening, we’re just not able to do any riding during workparties.  We do hope you’ll take the opportunity to connect with the awesomely heartful and generous horses of Ekone by assisting one of our staff with morning or evening feeding, or by just spending a little quiet time visiting with them over the corral fence.

  6. Money:  We are delighted to offer this working retreat as a win-win exchange of your time and energy towards service projects here for the invaluable opportunity to be part of this vibrant community, share the experience of working and playing together towards something greater than ourselves, and experience the magic and healing of this land, so no money is required!  Full disclosure: we do always make a soft pitch for donations from those who are inspired or able to contribute in a monetary way to the stewardship of this special place and the work we do here to share this important experience with kids of all ages.

  7. Things to Bring:

    • Sleeping bag and pillow—we do have a good number of comfy sleeping mats available, and extra blankets if needed

    • Towel for shower & sauna

    • Work gloves (we have extras!)

    • Work clothes and sturdy shoes/hiking boots/mud boots, as well as lots of layers for different temperatures/precipitation and working outside in all weather

    • Musical instruments for evening campfire jams

    • If you have a chainsaw and are safe and comfortable using it, please bring it!  We always have fuel-reductions projects or firewood to cut, and are so appreciative of all the help we can get!

    • Flashlight

  8. Things Not to Bring:

    • Dogs…the ranch may seem like a doggy paradise, but there are also a lot of rules and training involved to ensure that dogs at the ranch are safe and considerate towards people, other dogs, other animals, and themselves! There are already 2 awesome, friendly, hardworking dogs who live here, and they have spent their whole lives being socialized to huge amounts of guests and new people, and learning how to be safe and kind at the ranch.  It’s not a situation that many dogs can take to right away, and it’s just too difficult to integrate guest dogs into the doggy social scene, and all the doggy rules of the ranch, for only a weekend.  If you absolutely cannot come here without your dog, please email or call ahead of time so we can discuss it, and please don’t be offended if we say no, or that your dog has to be kept on a leash or in the car while you’re here.

    • Firearms...will not be needed for this event. Please don't bring any.

  9. Directions: please use OUR directions.  DO NOT use Mapquest, Google Maps, GPS, etc. They will send you down the old goat trail/not-really-a-road, and if you’re lucky you will live to regret it! ;)

Let us know if you have questions, and please email shonie@ekone.org to RSVP for workparties, or give us a call at the ranch, 509.773.4536.

Looking forward to seeing you!


Coming up!

Feb 8 | Mar 7 | Apr 11 | May 9

Meaningful work, good fun!