White Eagle Memorial Preserve Cemetery is a natural green burial ground founded in 2008, licensed by the state of Washington, and certified as a Conservation Burial Ground by the Green Burial Council, a national non-profit certifying body. We are a part of Sacred Earth Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, which stewards White Eagle and Ekone Ranch camps and programming.
WEMP conservation burial ground spans 20 beautiful acres set within 1138 acres of permanently protected oak and ponderosa forest, meadow and steppe on the edge of spectacular Rock Creek Canyon near the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Deer, coyote, cougar, eagles, wild turkeys, steelhead in the canyon creek, western grey squirrels, rattlesnakes, the occasional bear or lynx . . . all are present here. Our mission is to nourish this land while keeping it wild, and to provide a natural alternative to the death care industry as it currently exists in America.
Our bodies do not belong to us, they belong to Nature. They are a natural resource and when we die, we believe they should be gifted back to the earth to further the cycles of life. Current cemetery practices waste a tremendous amount of resources insuring that our remains are prevented from returning to their source, from recomposing into a tree, native grass, or wildflowers. Green burial at White Eagle means each grave site becomes an opportunity to nourish, as a living memorial, the wildness and beauty already present. Every visit is an opportunity to connect with nature and feel the beauty and awesome presence of this wild place.
Please consider supporting our Conservation Fund, and our stewardship work in the Upper Rock Creek watershed. Donors who gift $1000 and more will be honored in a permanent installation at the White Eagle gateway. Legacy planning gifts are another way to ensure that your values in life sustain this place for the long term.
Ekone Work Parties: One weekend each month, except during Summer Camp season.
Memorial Day Weekend Camp Out and Open House – Sunday at 3pm – Monday at 11am
All Souls Day Work Party and Ceremony – this year scheduled for Saturday November 2nd, from 10am-4pm
For more details on these gatherings, please visit our Events page. To RSVP, or if you’d like to schedule a tour or visit, please contact Jodie: 206-383-3285 to arrange the details.
Spring 2012 Blessing Ceremony for our Entryway by beloved artist, David Govedare
In essence, we see our nature preserve cemetery as an after life community of sorts, linked directly to nature’s everlasting continuum. We are certified by the Green Burial Council as a Conservation Burial Ground, which means that the cemetery land is dedicated in perpetuity as a cemetery for conservation purposes, inviolate: to be kept as wild and natural as possible. We are one of nine founding members of the Conservation Burial Alliance, and dedicated to conservation stewardship and education with our cemetery and with the hundreds of people who interact with each other and wilderness on Sacred Earth Foundation land each year.
We welcome visits from family, friends,or folks looking for their final home. Contact email@example.com for details and to schedule a guided tour with one of our stewards. Please call ahead to make an appointment: 206-383-3285
** 10% off the normal purchase of a cemetery site is offered during SEF’s Annual Fundraising event, the Barbed Wire Ball in September, and during our Memorial Day and All Soul’s Day events.
CLOSER TO THE LIGHT: A short musical video tour of White Eagle
IN THE NEWS: Listen to our interview with Brian Flowers, head of the Green Burial Council.
IN FILM: Watch the video about one of our burials that went nationwide with Associated Press, and this new featurette made by a community member whose husband was buried at White Eagle in 2018.
IN RADIO: Listen to our interviews on Voices of the Methow and Funeral Fact Podcast
IN SPIRIT: Ben Larsen’s beautiful song Snow Pine, inspired in part by his time at Ekone.