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“This place is all about bringing people together … about what magic is in our peer humanity. And the solutions that we need are in that place.”

—Regent Brown, team member

Facilities

Indoor Spaces • Outdoor Spaces • Other Facilities

Indoor spaces

Thomas Berry Hall

Our gathering space accommodates about 150, and includes a fireplace, sound system, and vaulted ceiling with skylights. Nearby, find our dining room, chef’s kitchen, restrooms, and staff offices.

Sanctuary

This non-denominational sacred space is often used for meditation, dance, small gatherings, and break-outs. It features a reading loft, live edge timber-framed construction, and wood sourced largely from on-site.

Storyhouse

Storyhouse, in Legacy Forest, can be used for break-outs and small gatherings. It features a living room with wood stove, electric heat, and a kitchenette plus rustic outdoor restrooms.

Outdoor spaces

Westgarden

This working vegetable and herb garden produces about 2000 lbs. of produce per year for our kitchen, staff, volunteers, and local food bank. It’s a year-round learning environment for students and guests.

Appletree Garden

This flower garden was planted in a celtic knot pattern over 40 years ago and is tended by volunteer Mara Grey. It provides fruit, botanical flower extracts, pollinator habitat, and space for quiet conversation.

Trails

Our 100 acre trail network is open from dawn ’til dusk. This is a wildlife sanctuary with conservation easements. Bicycles, dogs, horses, and motor vehicles are prohibited.

Labyrinth

Our outdoor stone labyrinth is built and maintained by volunteers, and modeled after the famous labyrinth at Chartres, France. It is a popular site for reflection and walking meditation.

Synergo Challenge Ropes Course

Our challenge course is maintained by Synergo, whose goal is to provide a place for people of all backgrounds to become better individuals through challenging outdoor adventure experiences.

Other facilities

Art Barn

This rustic outdoor shelter sits at the center of our Chinook Heartland. In the summer months, it’s a hub of arts, crafts, and creative expression during our conferences.

Greenhouse

The greenhouse in our Westgarden is used by staff, apprentices, and volunteers as a growing space and as a casual gathering place for luncheons, potlucks, and garden workshops.

Sauna

The sauna was constructed around the turn of the 20th Century by the Pietilas, a Finnish family. It can be used by pre-arrangement during small-group retreats, workshops, and conferences.

photo © John Bottone

Workshops and Staff Cabins

Our heartland is dotted with additional structures, some dating to the historic Pietila farmstead. These include the Hull Cabin, home to our resident caretaker, a staff workshop, and a staff meeting cabin.

“My greatest hope is that all of us can find that little, holy place in all that we do—that we can dare to make it a real expression of who we are in the moment, and what we see, and what we feel. It doesn’t matter if you’re a janitor, or a neurosurgeon, or a carpenter—with courage and fortitude, what you love should be able to bubble up out of you. That’s what the Sanctuary means to me.”

—Kim Hoelting, Builder