Vegetarian Sanctuary – A Prepper Haven

Eastern Washington State Region, Washington, United States

  • Last updated: March 2, 2016 (1 year ago)
  • Listing created on: January 25, 2005

Mission Statement

Living Food & Energy Self-Reliant Lifestyles at this Prepper Haven, Vegetarianism, Cooperation, Education to the public

Community Description

We’re Daniel and Patti EarthStewards, a vegetarian couple who have been long time Homesteaders, Preppers and Communitarians. We’ve lived a back-to-the-land food and energy self-reliant lifestyle since 1990, with a previous study of these lifestyles and preparations since the late 70’s.

We seek Co-Founders for a collectively run vegetarian Eco village and a Prepper Haven we’d like to call a Vegetarian Sanctuary.

At Vegetarian Sanctuary our wish is to co-create with a unified voice and make enduring alliances. Our goals are to restore sustainable lifestyles, to live close to the land, and to teach the right use of our planets limited resources.

We realized years ago the importance of preparing for social, political, economic and environmental changes which are unfolding. Recently we felt it was time to organize a Prepper Haven on our farm located north of Spokane, WA.

The Hopi advice we tap into as a guide for this Haven can be read at:

Especially significant to us are the questions the Hopi asked…

“What are you doing? What are your relationships? Are you in right relation? Where are you living? Where is your water?” Also…”Know your garden”.

We at Vegetarian Sanctuary have been asking ourselves the same type of questions since the late 1970’s. We’re as prepared as any intentional community could be to positively respond to these questions.

Our intention with Vegetarian Sanctuary is to establish an embankment to grab hold of, where vegetarian Preppers of good will may gather together when the rivers of change are sweeping us all downstream. And like the Hopi advised, we’re reaching out to see who would like to be there with us.

We’re serious about THRIVING in this time of uncertainty and have planned for the dollar collapse, earth changes and civil unrest. If you, like us, are feeling that weird vibe and sense something is coming, but you cannot put your finger on it, then you have met the right people to talk to about this at Vegetarian Sanctuary. We are doers, not talkers, and we want to be joined by those of like mind.


  • Type(s): Commune (organized around sharing almost everything), Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability)
  • Location: Rural


  • Area: 16 acres
  • Planned number of residences: 3
  • Land owned by: Community controlled land trust
  • Additional Comments:

    We have a three bedroom home we live with two bedrooms available. There is a new travel trailer also available as additional housing. Community is located on a dead end road and has a year around stream fed by pure water from a mountain. Land borders county maintained gravel road w/power & phone hookups. Road dead ends 1/2 mile up road into forests w/hiking, X-country skiing & recreation.
    We want to convert from our solely owning our home and this land into a Community owned type EcoVillage and Educational Center using a Cooperative Community Land Trust converting to a type of cooperative owned situation after a successful provisional period of one year has been completed. However, since it is still only the two of us as a married couple we steward our home and the Community’s land as its legal owners until which time we find others who will commit to Co-Founding this IC with us.


  • Adult Members: 2
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    There is much we’ll all need to learn about one another and make clear on our compatibilities on goals and other factors before arranging a visit.
    Plan to expend some energy in emailing us back and forth so we can get to know you well enough so we can feel comfortable about agreeing to your visiting us. We refuse to agree to any drop in spur of the moment arranged type of visits, as the whole idea of people trying to do an end run around our getting to know them before they visit is a big turn off for us.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    We’re looking for Co-Founding type of people who will take on with us all the core group initiating efforts that are needful for creating a successful IC. We’re looking for those who are really committed to making the IC way of life work for everyone involved in this project. The rewards for making this type of effort with us are great. Therefore, to begin we will recommend many IC building related book readings and other preparations that can be done by our Co-Founders. If applicants are willing to do this reading and other preparations with us this will define our processes.

  • Additional Comments:

    We nurture expansive perspectives on the nature of spirit and reality. Co-creation of spiritual connecting rituals in our lives are welcomed which may nurture our interconnecting glue.

    One may home school, legal in our state. Since we have no children living here the question of which way to educate children has not being discussed. Public school bus stops on road bordering land, good school system.


  • Decision Making: Modified Consensus (everyone agrees, with some exceptions or fallbacks.)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: No
  • Additional Comments:

    Consensus decisions are made on Haven projects orientated upon food and energy self-reliance and those infrastructures that we all build and maintain for the benefit of all members. Since we looking for Co-Founders who will make up the core group of this IC with us these will also take on its leadership responsibilities with us as the core group. Ideally, we would like everyone to take on the Co-Founding responsibilities with us as no person or couple can do as good a job at this unaided.


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: No
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 20
  • Open to members with existing debt: No
  • Additional Comments:

    If someone plans to join this Haven who has debts, but who wants to work at a regular job to pay off their debts while exploring becoming a member of this IC, then this person can rent some place near by this Haven to do so and maintain an associate membership at this Haven.

    During food growing and processing season 40 hours per week per person for food self-reliance. If not possible one may pay another to meet weekly quotas. We also encourage members to acquire a year’s supply of food storage.

    Since Egalitarianism is the ideal we will strive to live in this IC, when it comes to supplies, materials or services that all members use or benefit from, all must contribute into the common pot to pay whatever bills or to acquiring whatever items or services that are needful.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We use both systems.
  • Current renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
  • Energy sources: Solar, Hydro-Electric
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 50-75%
  • Current food produced: From 50-75%
  • Planned food produced: From 50-75%
  • Food produced locally: From 50-75%


  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Greenhouse(s), Library, Hot tub or hot springs, Large Scale Kitchen, Tractor & Farm Equipment
  • Internet Available: Yes, both the community and individuals provide it
  • Internet Fast?: No, it is slow.
  • Cell Phone Service: Not good for most people.
  • Shared meals: 1-3 times per month
  • Dietary Practice: Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms), Vegetarian Only (no animal meat; dairy and eggs okay) – Please check this only if you are 100% Vegetarian, Mostly Vegetarian
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: No
  • Alcohol Use: No, this community does not permit alcohol use.
  • Tobacco Use: No, this community does not permit tobacco use.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    Shared Vegetarian meals are voluntary and planned when convenient

    We grow, process and store 95% of our year around vegetarian diet-Can do 100% in community

    We raise no animals for meat, people may if they wish to develop the needful infrastructures for animals, we have for 10 hens for their eggs, and goats could be added for their milk

    We don’t drink or use drugs

    Tobacco has a Virus that kills tomatoes and pepper plants

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices), Eclectic (integrates multiple religious or spiritual beliefs)
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: No
  • Education Style(s): Public Schooling
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

Additional Comments

We’re looking for Co-Founding type of people who will take on with us all the core group initiating efforts that are needful for creating a successful IC. We’re looking for those who are really committed to making the IC way of life work for everyone involved in this project. The rewards for making this type of effort with us are great. Therefore, to begin we will recommend many IC building related book readings and other preparations that can be done by our Co-Founders.

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Federation of Egalitarian Communities (FEC), Ecovillage Network of the Americas, Northwest Intentional Communities Association, Utopian EcoVillage Network Federation

Community Affiliations

Gathering Our Tribe – A Prepper Haven


Survival, Vegetarianism, Food & Energy Self-Reliance, Sustainable, Educational Center