Ekone Workparties

Upcoming Workparty Dates         Workparty Logistics

**Due to Covid-19 and our inability to crowd 'round the cookstove, we don't have any workparties planned at this time!


We are seeking longer-term Forestry Interns, and may accept shorter-term forestry volunteers on a small-scale basis this winter, depending on logistics.

Please contact Michelle, michelle@ekone.org, for more information about volunteering at Ekone.

But here's all the info about our normally-awesome workparties, for when they can resume!


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 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 at Ekone.

Workparties also double as open-house days!  This is the time when we can offer tours, introduce you to some of the staff and animals, share about camp and other happenings at the ranch, and get to know you over a good meal.  Please do let us know if you'd like to drop by for a visit.  (If you're here for more than a couple of hours, you may get put to work--it's just how we roll!)

Please RSVP to michelle@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...


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

September & October dates TBA

November 27-29 | Post-Thanksgiving ~Workin' off the turkey with gratitude and service

December 18-20 | Winter Solstice ~Lighting up the dark time of year with bright fires and good company

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 a lil taste of a forestry workparty!

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 at 7pm and get to know each other a bit.  Saturday begins with breakfast at 8 or 8:30am, 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 may include bunks in the Bunkhouse, beds/couches in the Cabin, occasionally rooms in the Lodge, sometimes mats on the floor.  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. Teenagers:  We also love teenagers!  We love having Ekone teens at workparties, but they DO need to have a designated responsible adult chaperone to ensure that they are making responsible, safe, healthy, helpful choices.  Occasionally an Ekone staff member is willing to serve in this role, but we do not always have the logistical capacity, and some workparties may be closed to minors.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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. A non-nylon outer shell for working around burnpiles is recommended...sparks are disaster for those nice puffy down coats! We do have some extras.

    • 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!  Note that we require all chainsaw operators to wear protective gear including chaps, and we do have some extras.

    • Flashlight

    • We provide meals, but if you'd like to bring something to share, welcome treats include good crusty breads, greens and veggies in winter, chocolate, anything from your garden, and anything involving a secret recipe.

    • Adults are welcome to bring alcoholic beverages for responsible consumption and sharing after the work is done! 

    • Please check our Wishlist to see if you have hand-me-downs or such that would find good service at Ekone.

  9. Things Not to Bring:

    • Dogs…the ranch may seem like a doggy paradise, but there are 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! 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.

  10. 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 you will be stuck, lost, out of range, and/or severely jostled.

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

Looking forward to seeing you!


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