Last updated: June 17, 2013 (10 months ago)
Listing created on: October 24, 2004

Nature’s Pace Sanctuary

(Hartshorn, Missouri, United States)

  • Status: Established
  • Formed: 1995  Established: 1996
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address:
  • Contact Name: Herman Beck or Linda Lee
  • Phone: 573-858-3559
  • Address:
    Nature’s Pace Sanctuary
    Box 8
    Hartshorn, Missouri, 65479
    United States
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    We invite you to visit BUT you must make arrangements in advance. We are a gated community and if you show up unexpectedly, you will be asked to leave. No matter if your visit is for an afternoon, an overnight, a weekend, or even longer—come be a part of our life. For an afternoon visit, we do request a donation according to your heart, to help us continue to provide this place for all the people.

    For overnights, we charge $ 15 per day, per adult over 15 and. $7.50 for children, to help cover expenses. There are many costs involved in the running and maintenance of this community. These costs are directly influenced by the number of visitors that we have. When you visit we take time out of our work day to give you a walk about, talk to you about what we are doing, about our way of life, the running of the farm, and of course we will show you the wonderful and special animal, plant, water, and stone people that we share this land with.

    For those wishing to stay for an extended time (more than 3 nights) to explore living in community with us, or just to enjoy the peace and tranquility of the country, we are willing to negotiate 50 percent of the daily donation in exchange for your regular work and help around the farm.

    There is no free lunch for anyone! We ask you to remember this and come expecting to contribute your fair share. If our stating this bothers you… you are not alone! It bothers us to have to say this. We want you to come here only if you have a firm understanding of respect for your brothers and sisters and a solid understanding of your responsibility to provide for yourself and contribute your energy to all with whom you will live and share your daily life.

    Each person contributes food and helps to prepare common meals. All residents and guests are expected to clean up after themselves and help maintain the common areas. Nature’s Pace Sanctuary is a working farm and all are expected to contribute to the whole.

    We have a community booklet/manual available for those who are serious about visiting and spending some time here in our community. This contains information covering most aspects of life here at Nature’s Pace. Persons who are making definite arrangements to come and visit will be provided with this information.

    Please call ahead if you would like to visit and make arrangements so that we will know to expect you and so you may be welcomed properly. Lastly, the most important expectation we will have of you as a visitor is your respectful and purposeful participation in the spiritual life of this community. Our spirituality is an integral part of our life and existence. As a community, we share together in regular, seasonal celebrations and ceremonies. These celebrations and ceremonies beat out the sound of our hearts together in unity and purpose. All are expected to share in these things together with us.

    We look forward to those special persons who are called by Creator to live and work with and within our Community. Please do not plan to visit if this is not the spiritual path for you!

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes

Mission Statement:

Self-Reliant, Sustainable Life

Community Description:

Nature’s Pace Sanctuary is located on 175 secluded, scenic, rolling acres in the Ozark Mountains of south-central Missouri. Our Sanctuary is divided between forest and farmlands, and fronts on the Current River.

Living in tune with Nature is important to us. We grow, forage, hunt, and preserve our own food; heat with wood; work hard; and feel a spiritual connection with the Great Spirit and all the beings in the universe. We are wary of technology and continue to evaluate just what items are appropriate for us to use. Right now, we heat with wood (cut with chainsaws), light our homes with oil lamps (but use electricity in our business area), operate an online store, but restrict the use of the computer, radio, television, and recorded music.

It is our desire to live an ascetic life apart from contemporary society and demonstrate through daily life the satisfaction and necessity of living within nature’s laws. We prepare all foods from scratch and eat an omnivorous diet including wild game and edible plants.

We are organized as a 501(d) communal religious association. Members receive food, clothing, shelter, and a small discretionary allowance in exchange for their labor with major property owned by the community. We are governed by a group of elders chosen from the full members of our community.

We are a spiritual community learning the ways of living in harmony with all creation. We celebrate changes of the seasons and full moons. We believe there have been many “sons and daughters” of the Great Mystery (God) and choose to practice indigenous ways that worked for our ancestors in this area.

If you are willing to live extremely close to the land and are dedicated to living in harmony with all creation,” send five dollars for information packet. Singles, couples, and families are welcome.


  • Adult Members: 4
  • Non-member Residents: 1
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Primarily aboriginal beliefs and Ceremony but we practice respect for all paths.

    Universal Spirituality with strong AmerIndian beliefs and practices.

    If we have enough children a schooling program will be considered.

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Native American, Eclectic (integrates pieces from many religions)
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling


  • Decision Making: By a council, group of Elders, or leadership group
  • Identified Leader: Yes
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments: As a Spiritual Community we rely on our Elders for Spiritual Direction

    Major decisions are made by a Council of Elders selected from the Guides (Full Members)

    We use informal daily discussions to determin our tasks and goals for the day

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Yes, for all or most members.
  • Location: Rural, Rural
  • Area: 175 acres
  • Land owned by: The Community
  • Current number of residences: 3
  • Additional Comments: Extremely remote and surrounded by National Park

    We have some wigwams for people with aboriginal skills as well.

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Partial share of income
  • Shared Expenses: Partial share of expenses
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Required Labor contribution: 0
  • Join Fee: No
  • Regular Fee: No
  • Additional Comments: Some private ownership of assets is permitted.

    Ony if they have a way to make the payments without working off the farm

    We consider work to be a blessing.

    We may charge a fee for the first few months until someone is productive in the Community

    Donations are appreciated


  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Current food produced: From 50-75%
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Somewhat important – there are some dietary restrictions or customs.
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional comments: Depends upon seasons and personal desires.

    90% food self reliant. We grow, hunt and forage what we eat.

    We eat a diet similar to early native peoples from this area.

    We eat a high protein/high fiber beyond organic diet.

    Home made or locally produced only.

    Pipe Carriers are permitted to smoke during Ceremony

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC)

Fair Housing Laws

Our community is a legally sanctioned church or religious organization and living in our community is restricted to members of that religion as allowed by law. Our religion does not discriminate based on race, color, or national origin. Housing in our community is non-commercial (i.e. not intended to make a profit)., Housing in our community is incidental to employment and therefore fair housing laws do not apply (though employment discrimination laws may).

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.