Last updated: October 16, 2014 (1 month ago)
Listing created on: December 31, 1999

Goodenough Community

(Tahuya, Washington, United States)

  • Status: Established
  • Formed: 1981
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address:
  • Contact Name: Kirsten Rohde
  • Phone: 360-275-3957
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    We can provide guest spaces for visitors but not for visitors to Seattle. Visitors from beyond the Puget Sound region would need to arrange for accommodations; we are happy to help if we can. Our retreat center can also accommodate guests for personal retreats and workshops. Overnight visits to the retreat center are possible with prior arrangement.

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes

Mission Statement:

healing/training demonstration

Community Description:

A Group of Friends: The Goodenough Community was formed 28 years ago by a group of friends who were convinced of the value of community in helping people mature, form healthy and lasting relationships, and learn the skills of leadership. Our demonstration of ways of living, Lifeways, is based on a profound freedom and the responsibility of each individual to play their unique role in the world. We have learned that living in community can both transform individual lives and bring about social change. Our community has a strong interfaith spiritual core growing from the Perennial Wisdom. The community has not focused on residential living exclusively, rather on living collaboratively in all aspects of our lives. Members and friends currently live mostly in the Puget Sound region and many are in shared living. Some live part or full time at the Sahale Learning Center & EcoVillage, a 65-acre rural retreat and educational center near the Hood Canal.

Members of the Goodenough Community live and practice within a “village without walls”: Members believe that if ever there was a time to offer to the public the value of community, now is that time. The Goodenough Community mission is to demonstrate the many layers of culture and organization required for the development of mature human beings over a lifetime and to accomplish this with good humor by using learning games. Our world needs adults able to cooperate and collaborate with others to create a sustainable and healthy world now and for future generations. With all the unsettling aspects of economy, climate change, and general societal shifts, the collaborative and supportive work of those with a communitarian perspective is needed.

We intend this demonstration of social creativity and service to inspire others, even as we receive inspiration from other culturally creative people. Knowing that happiness comes from learning and serving, we are doing our part for a better world by supporting the development of mature adults able to both lead and follow in good will.

The Goodenough Community offers consultation services to other communities, co-housing groups, and other groups forming around a shared purpose. Consultants are trained and experienced leaders and teachers who have studied community organization and group dynamics for decades, as members and leaders in the Goodenough Community and elsewhere in their professional careers.


  • Adult Members: 35
  • Child Members: 10
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Many members belong to a sister organization: Convocation: a Church and Ministry.

    children attend public school, Waldorf or other private school

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Eclectic (integrates multiple religious or spiritual beliefs)
  • Education Style(s): Up to each individual
  • Healthcare Style(s): Up to each individual


  • Decision Making: Other
  • Identified Leader: Yes, multiple identified leaders
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments: The community is governed by a leadership body; the president of the Association which is the umbrella organization is currently Kirsten Rohde.

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: No, we are a different type of community.
  • Location: Other
  • Area: 67 acres
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)
  • Current renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 25-50%
  • Energy sources: Connected to the Grid, Solar, Biomass
  • Additional Comments: The community owns 9 acres as part of the 60 acres.

    includes urban/rural

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Shared Expenses: Partial share of expenses
  • Required Labor contribution: 0
  • Regular Fee: 0
  • Additional Comments: The community is supported by donations and member dues, as well as income from programs. Members contribute extensively to support the work, based on ability.

    4 hours per month; monthly dues

    membership dues; the work is supported through member and public donations


  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Planned food produced: From 50-75%
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Additional comments: Among our members are people trained in nutrition and skilled in cooking for varied requirements.

Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC)

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We happily link to the following organizations, all of whom share our strong commitment to promoting community and a more cooperative world:
Cohousing The Federation of Egalitarian Communities - Communes Coop Community Cooperative Sustainable Intentional North American Students of Cooperation Global Ecovillage Network
Special thanks to the sponsors of our Art of Community Events.