are an excellent way to visit the ranch, recharge your batteries, meet some wonderful people, and make a contribution to this special land.
We have about 8 workparties each year, focused on a variety of many-hands projects including forestry, firewood, gardening, trail maintenance, deep-cleaning, carpentry, mechanics, fencing, and lots more. They are always great gatherings, with wonderful food, evening music jams, saunas, and the deep satisfaction of honest work done in good company.
We know that it’s hard to pull away from your busy life, and gas is expensive, and who wants to spend an extra weekend “working,” anyways? All we can really say is, we are 99.9% sure that you will not regret the decision to drop everything and spend a weekend in the woods at Ekone with wonderful people, working together on the land. Plus, we’ll help you arrange carpools.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 509-773-4536, and let us know what your lodging needs are!
Email email@example.com to be added to the workparty mailing list.
October 25-27, 2013 “Octoberfest!”
This workparty will feature Liz’s homemade sausage, an errant keg of kolsch beer left over from the Barbed Wire Ball, giant bonfires, hauling in firewood for the winter, painting the interior of the Cabin, and putting the garden to bed, not necessarily in that order and definitely not all at the same time.
If you can’t come to a workparty but still want to help, we’d happily accept contributions towards keeping the crew fed, watered and fueled up! Donations are always put to good use.
Work Party Logistics:
1. We’re so excited to see you! Ekone is blessed to have friends like you, and we hope you’ll leave renewed and recharged, with new friends, warm memories, and a deepened connection to the Earth.
2. Schedule…plan to arrive Friday between 5-7 if you can. We’ll share a potluck dinner that night, and then work together all day on Saturday. Saturday evening is a time for sauna, music, camaraderie and celebrating the day’s success. One more work shift on Sunday morning, and then time for play in the afternoon–hikes to the canyon, relaxing by the fire, or “horsing around,” weather permitting.
3. Accommodations…we’ll divvy up between the longhouse, round house, and the warm and cozy Skyfort. There are three rooms with honest to goodness beds in the lodge as well – donations are appreciated for these rooms, to help cover the time and cost of laundry and upkeep. You’re also welcome to bring a tent for greater privacy. If you snore, please bring earplugs for everyone. Please do let us know what lodging you prefer, to help us plan.
4. Kids…we LOVE kids at Ekone Ranch, but please consider carefully if a work party is the right environment for your children. We’re in a git ‘er done mode for work parties and the danger factor can be high (i.e. chainsaws and such…used in the safest possible ways, of course). Work parties are oriented towards adults. That said, if you want to bring your hardworking kids along, we’d love to have them! Please do: 1. let us know, 2. plan to supervise them carefully all weekend, and 3. consider making a donation. And we can’t have unattended minors at work parties…sorry, Ekone teens!!
5. Things to Bring…
- Something to share for Friday night potluck
- Warm bedding…we have a good number of comfy pads but if you’ve got a good one bring it
- Towels for shower & sauna
- Work gloves (we have extras!), sturdy clothes & shoes, lots of layers for different temperatures
- Musical instruments!
- Tools (extra chainsaws always come in handy)
6. Things Not to Bring…
- Dogs…we have enough of our own, and have had too many problems with guest dogs! If you think we should make an exception for YOUR dog, please let us know why he/she is so wonderful and safe, give us plenty of time to consider it, be willing to keep them on a leash, and forgive us if we say no.
7. Directions…please use OUR directions. DO NOT use mapquest, googlemaps, gps, etc. They will send you down the old goat trail.
Let us know if you have questions, and drop an email about your arrival or give a call at the ranch, 509-773-4536.
Looking forward to seeing you!