The stewards and creators of White Eagle Memorial Preserve Cemetery find great meaning in making natural burials available to people who, like us, believe in nourishing the Earth in our lives AND in our passing. We believe that to have one’s death actually inspire a healthier, more ecologically rich landscape, is a great act of love and generosity!
Our Stewards: Bob, Chris, and Denise, live on Sacred Earth land and are available to give guided tours of the burial ground (with sufficient notice, please). Call 206-383-3285 to schedule a visit and choose your site.
Our cemetery manager, Jodie, complements her home at White Eagle with her home outside La Conner in the Skagit Valley, and is available to make house calls throughout the pacific northwest, to talk through arrangements in person and speak to groups about natural burial. Get in touch with her at firstname.lastname@example.org, or leave a voicemail at 206-383-3285
White Eagle is nested, so to speak, at Ekone Ranch. Both the Ranch and the Foundation are the manifestation of Ray Mitchell, a hard working, Earth loving, horse-whispering, community building, teacher, leader and visionary who died in 2008 and became our first burial. Ray gave 30 years of devotion to protecting these wild surroundings and was able to secure this land in perpetuity. We offer green burials as another means to continue to share this land in community.
Ekone means “Land of the Good Spirit” in the tongue of the Yakama Indians, the original inhabitants here. Ekone has been offering summer horse camps for children for over twenty years under the name of White Eagle Vision Expeditions. The extended community of this place spreads wide and far. Those fortunate enough to live at Ekone find themselves at home in making magic with and for children, growing organic food and preparing it well for people, making beauty for the sake of beauty, walking the path of heartfelt and honest communication, and helping to guide others back to their original home in wild nature.
T H E F O U N D E R S
White Eagle was founded by Ray’s loved ones in his honor and memory. We thank them for their devotion to this labor of love, and for their work in the world.
Daniel Dancer is an artist, author, educator, and recently retired as general manager of the burial ground. Daniel leads Art For the Sky residency programs in schools and communities across the country and abroad. To his right is Jade Sherer, the White Eagle registrar. Jade is a vision quest guide and ceremonialist leading programs throughout the west. On her right is Nancy “Fisse” Davis, once partner with Ray Mitchell, who founded Ekone and the Foundation. Next to her is Bob Jeffers, long time Ekone community member, cemetery groundskeeper, and operator of Golden Graphics. These days, Bob is turning his skills toward eco-forestry, coffin making, and memorial rock etchings. His partner, Chris Woodcock, has been mothering and cooking for camp children at Ekone’s famous Yummy-Tummy-Cafe since the beginning. Chris is an expert on the crafting of beautiful shrouds.
We are guided by beauty and each gravesite becomes an opportunity to create more of it. At the bottom of each new grave, we construct a special design made out of plant materials found nearby or flowers from our garden. And we love to release one or two of Ekone’s white homing pigeons! Both of these are gifts to each burial, that we offer freely.
And who we were . . .
A burial ground at Ekone was a long held dream of Ray’s and to manifest it for him brings us all great joy! We know his playful and pioneering spirit would relish the idea of an After-Life Community at the White Eagle Memorial Preserve Cemetery. When we think of Ray now on “the other side” we like to imagine him relaying the words we heard from him time and time again in the midst of enjoying one of life’s special moments: “Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better . . . . “ Some of the pictures on this site were taken by Logan Price and Daniel Dancer during his life celebration and burial ceremony.