Coming UP: All Souls Day Work Party and Ceremony
Join us for some productive time together on the land, during our annual All Souls Day Celebration, Saturday October 29th, 10am – 4pm.
We will gather in the lodge to begin the day together, then split into smaller groups for project work, to prepare the burial ground for winter. We’ll share lunch of soup and soul cakes up at the gate, and then some Ceremony and quiet time on the land for reflection. The day will end back down in the Lodge at 4pm.
Wear sturdy work clothes, bring gloves and hand tools, and objects of remembrance for our Lodge altar and the Ceremony blanket.
WEMP stewards will be available to answer questions about natural burial.
RSVP with Jodie : firstname.lastname@example.org ($20 donation)
How we handle the disposition of our body is a choice best made while we are alive and not left as a burden for others to grapple with in the midst of the grief of loss . . . the last act of yours on Earth.
The best way to get a feel for this place is to make an appointment to come pay us a visit, and there are plenty of places to enjoy along the way – including wine tasting opportunities, the Goldendale Observatory, Maryhill Museum, Mount Adams, and the Columbia River Gorge towns of Hood River, Bingen, & White Salmon. Visit the Gorge Owned, or GO! directory for information to inspire your trip.
Hwy 97 on the Washington side, looking West down the Columbia Gorge
We’ve compiled some ideas to help you plan for your visit to White Eagle at Ekone Ranch.
Here are some fairly nearby Places to Stay:
Morning Song Acres B&B in Lyle, WA (a little over an hour away) has lovely rooms, including some well-priced for solo travelers.
Celilo Inn in The Dalles (about an hour away on I-84) sits up on the hill overlooking the river and the dam. During the high season they offer wine tasting tours and barbecues on their patio. If you book a room with them, use White Eagle as your code for a discount on your stay.
Ponderosa Motel in Goldendale has doubles and singles with kitchenettes, and a new wing of rooms.
Quality Inn in Goldendale is convenient and good basic accommodation.
Here’s the City of Goldendale’s list of places to eat & stay.
The Glass Onion in Goldendale serves beautiful fresh local food.
Loie’s Cafe at the Maryhill Museum of Art is a lovely snack stop.
Solstice Wood Fired Cafe on the waterfront in Hood River, OR makes great pizza and has a full menu of salads soups pasta and local brews on tap.
Gorge in the Gorge has some other suggestions for good eats.
We’re looking for a bomb-proof horse who likes people (Toneka, pictured here, not so fond of strangers…) to be our burial horse – know any sweethearts who’d like to come live at the Ranch? Longtime friend of Ekone, Jack Fee, pictured here, can help train them to cart.
Our ongoing thinning and ecological forestry operation on some parts of the Sacred Earth Foundation land is providing BioMass materials for graves, and also for Bob’s casket making. We just completed our reception kit, so we can host larger groups of people in the cabin. Next up on the supplies list: kid shovels, and a jackhammer!
We are working on our “better road” project, and have marked out a walking path through the forest called the Blue Ribbon Trail. In our long term vision, we have a chapel planned. Natural burial is building momentum as more people acknowledge a longing to return to the earth when they pass, and we are excited to help foster a more natural way of laying loved ones to rest.
No, no, there is no going back.
Less and less you are
that possibility you were.
More and more you have become
those lives and deaths
that have belonged to you.
You have become a sort of grave
containing much that was
and is no more in time, beloved
then, now, and always.
And so you have become a sort of tree
standing over the grave.
Now more than ever you can be
generous toward each day
that comes, young, to disappear
forever, and yet remain
unaging in the mind.
Every day you have less reason
not to give yourself away.
~ Wendell Berry ~