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 6 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 volunteer mailing list.
April 11-13: Garden Workparty — It’s time to start getting garden beds prepared for planting, setting up and planting coldframes for spring greens, and getting seeds started in the greenhouse. And anyone who wants to take a chainsaw to the woods can do that too!
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, and enjoying the land.
3. Accommodations…depending on the season, lodging will include a variety of longhouse bunks, tipis, and a few limited rooms in the lodge. In the winter, some of our staff offer floorspace in the heated places. 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 party atmosphere is oriented towards adults, and Ekone staff are not available for supervising children. That said, some kids are our hardest workers, and we don’t want to miss out on hardworking parents either! If bringing your kiddos seems like the right thing, we ask that you: 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. Horses…we know that everyone wants to ride, but our capacity for facilitating a horse experience is very limited by the time Sunday afternoon rolls around, having worked our tails off all weekend. We’ll do our best to make some “pony rides” happen for kiddos who are dying to get on a horse. Much more than that is doubtful…but we hope that you’ll come back to ride with us at another time!
6. Money…we are delighted to offer this working retreat as a win-win exchange of time at the ranch for your help with projects. Full disclosure: we do always make a soft pitch for donations from those so inspired and able to help keep the lights on and the critters fed through the long winter. What we would charge for this kind of weekend for a paying group: $50-100/person. Value: priceless.
7. 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)
8. 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 or in the car if needed, and forgive us if we say no.
- Firearms…will not be needed for this event.
9. 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!