Seeking new community members at our forest sanctuary on Bainbridge Island

by sacredgroves
Communities with Openings
Bainbridge Island, Washington

Are you feeling the call to move to land and live in community? To live as a village and cultivate a way of being in good relations with ourselves, each other, and the natural world? To strive for a life that is earth-honoring and sustainable, where relational care is valued? The Sacred Groves community is looking for cultural creatives, imaginative dreamers, and hands-on doers who are ready to answer that call!

This land, a ten-acre forest sanctuary and small intentional community on Bainbridge Island (only a half-hour ferry ride from downtown Seattle), has been a gathering space over the past 20 years for countless rituals, nature-based ceremonies, healing work and retreats that have supported deep reconnection with our bodies, ancestors, with community, and with the natural world all around us.

This is a space where creative expression is encouraged, a sense of belonging is fostered, and where justice and equity are valued. A land where there is connection with others but also private spaces, where we choose ‘voluntary simplicity’ living among gardens and forests to explore, honor, and care for.

Our community consists of several small free-standing “bedroom” structures centered around our main community house, a 34’ timber frame yurt with shared kitchen, living room and bathrooms. Most of our 10 acres is heavily forested with foot-paths, left intentionally wild as a forest sanctuary, though there is some cleared land with a good sized garden as well. There are currently 6 people living on the land, ranging from their 30’s to their 70’s.

As of March 2024, we have a few rental spaces open, including 19’ wood yurts and a two story 12×16 cabin. We strive to make the rent affordable to leave residents more time to give their gifts to the world! Our desire is to make it possible for people, once established here, to “buy in” to the community if there is mutual desire.

About you: You believe “small is beautiful” when it comes to personal space, you are comfortable in a rural setting (dealing with insects and rodents) and want to get your hands in the dirt to garden, and help tend the land/structures here. You will have a deep reverence for nature and be supportive of gatherings and rituals in your common space that honor the land.  We are not accepting new residents with dogs. Other pets are a possibility.

Please contact us only via the message button on this page (so all the emails go to the same place). Take some time to introduce yourself with a paragraph or two when you contact us. A little sketch of why you are interested, what you do with your time (passions, work, etc), and what gifts you would bring to this community. And please, feel free to ask any questions you might have. We have a process for on-boarding new members we will be happy to share when we send you an application if it seems like a good fit.

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