LOST VALLEY CENTER INC

Rating: 4.8 stars   10 reviews

Issues: Education, Environment, Homeless & Housing

Location: 81868 Lost Valley Ln Dexter OR 97431 USA

Mission: Lost Valley Educational Center is a nonprofit environmental educational center (located near Eugene, OR) dedicated to empowering people to lessen their impact on the earth by teaching permaculture and sustainable living skills. It is also home to an aspiring ecovillage / residential community.

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

Since getting to Lost Valley at the end of last year, i have been continuously astounded by the ingenuity, creativity, and passion of the folks here! So many come here to learn some about Permaculture, EcoVillage Design, and sustainability, but end up learning so much more. All too often folks that come here end up becoming teachers themselves, by coming as learners and doers, and realizing that they have so much to share and such an amazing place to do it. The land here is magical, the facilities are great and are constantly evolving towards more sustainable design and practice. I have been traveling around for a few years now studying and looking for places that i can do some of the things that lost valley offers, and they seem to have it all in one spot. Thank you LVEC for welcoming me into your community, and i hope that the readers of this get to experience the magic of this place as well!

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

take so much of what we know about sustainable and renewable technology and teach how these systems work. There is an abundance of knowhow, and with the budget could teach more of the life changing ideas permaculture has to offer.

Ways to make it better...

There was more funding for bigger projects and technology. It is so amazing here, but it is hard when you have to work so much to make ends meet, when that energy could be better served in the education of the students that come here and community.

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I am proud to be a member of this community. I came as an intern and have remained as a community member because I believe in the service that Lost Valley is providing to the world. Here we have an opportunity to live and work within the context of an educational center focused on empowering individuals to experiment with new social and environmental paradigms.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

the reason that I chose to stay. The people here are intelligent, passionate and dedicated to their values.

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

The Lost Valley Educational Center has a vastly knowledgeable staff and is the perfect setting for students to gain a very in-depth understanding of both permaculture techniques and a realistic, first-hand experience in the challenges of eco-village living. I would highly recommend the LVEC's Permaculture program to anyone searching for intense, hands-on education in the creation of sustainable agriculture and communities.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

passionate, committed and extremely well-versed in course material.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

transform the entire planet in a relatively small amount of time...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

Rating: 4 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

It was a great experience! The people were very friendly and I learned a lot in the class. Thanks guys!

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The kind of people at Lost Valley can only be discribed as GOOD people.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

My experience here at Lost Valley has been great! The variety of teachers and people at the community really help with learning potential. The teachers really know their stuff and have tons of experience in many different fields. If you want to learn about permaculture in a landscaping way, you've got it! What about properly managing forested land, that as well. Different types of gardening to experiment with. What about social permaculture, or how to apply different methods in dealing with yourself emotionally or pushing yourself into a healthier relationship with others. Would you like to build a community or ecovillage?? There are people here that have the knowledge and resources to give to your answer or direct you to a great source. Running a non-profit?? Same. The broad spectrum of information gathered here can serve you in any array you would like to focus your life. However, because Lost Valley is a turn-key property the buildings need major help, especially to be more ecological and economical for the community and non-profit. THerefore, funding is needed. This organization has so much to offer and I feel like a good boost would create a whirlwind of movement in the right direction for this area and the world as a whole. Good food, great people and an honest drive to move themselves and the planet forward in a positive, alternative fashion that our current structure does not offer. Check out Lost Valley, it's worth it. And help them out!!!! You won't regret the outcome your help would invigorate..... Blessings. R.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Seriously renovate the existing infrastructure which would help with the ecological and economical footprint the buildings create right now. Insulation, alternative energy sources, massive rainwater catchment with a solid filtration system, solar access.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

I had a great experience as an intern. There were many exciting projects on the land. Other interns and myself had fun working with lots of different plants and a wide variety of useful tools. I continue to visit the land at this permaculture center and see the contributions that myself and many others have made over the years.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The opportunity to work with so many interesting and dedicated people.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

As an intern at Lost Valley I have worked in several departments beginning in the Garden, kitchen, working with SASS and with the land crew and now with the Camassia Institute as the teaching assistant intern. I've really benefited from the opportunity to explore the different intern roles here to discover the one that most fit my interests. Working with the Camassia Crew has been amazing for me. I spend lots of time with the students and the instructors of our courses and I've really familiarized myself with the material. As I dive deeper into observing teaching styles, I've really begun to hone in on my own. I also work with the website, marketing and other office work making this internship very well rounded. Lost Valley has definitely provided me lots of chances to grow myself.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The kinds of staff and volunteers that come to Lost Valley are excellent. Such motivated, inspired and interesting characters come from all over the country to learn here which creates a beautifully diverse experience!

Ways to make it better...

Lost Valley had an intern co-ordinator. With a grant or larger budget Lost Valley interns could really benefit from a stable intern co-ordinator position.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I first came to Lost Valley in the fall of 2008 to teach at a movement retreat called "freEmotion." I'm a performer and writer by trade. I hadn't been to LV before that event, but at the time, I was becoming more interested in permaculture and alternative modes of living. I pretty much fell in love with the place. In the fall of 2009 (a year later), I took the plunge and put all of my worldly belongings in storage in Portland to come intern at Lost Valley. A few months later, I also took the winter PDC course. Six months have gone by, and I'm still here, finishing up my internship and considering staying on as a resident. It's a wonderful place to learn more about permaculture, sustainable living and ecobuilding. It also seems to be a crossing point for unique, intelligent, talented people. Between the other interns, the residents and the students who are constantly coming and going, I've definitely made some connections that I feel blessed to be able to carry forward in life. I guess I can speak to this place from the multiple perspectives of an event teacher, an intern, and a student. In all of those regards, it has the capacity to be a life-changing place. I'd definitely recommend spending some time at Lost Valley Educational Center.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

learning new skills, meeting amazing people, walking in the woods, learning to live in community and feeling firsthand how important it is to support one another and be good stewards of the land.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

empower even more people to live in harmony with the earth.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

Lost Valley has made a huge impact on my life. I have known about Lost Valley for a long time through my interest in Permaculture. I decided to move there in 2008 after returning to Oregon after months of traveling after graduating college. I became the Kitchen Manager and resident of the community in March 2008. During my time there I was able to help start a co-op and create stronger alliances with local farmers and producers. We already produce much of our fresh eggs and produce on site. We are now over 80% local, with most fresh foods coming from within 10 miles. We were also able to glean and preserve thousands of pounds of local fruits and vegetables, and used various methods of preservation to hold onto this bounty throughout the lean winter months. In 2009, another local group started the Dexter Lake Farmer's Market, and the Lost Valley Kitchens were a big part of the market. Every weekend we brought loaves of freshly baked breads, jams, cinnamon rolls, teas, coffees, and other artisan goodies and value added products which created more interest in the Co-op and more local connections with our community and the local community of Dexter. To cap off the season in 2009, the kitchen hosted a four day Permaculture and Food Skills Intensive. During this course we taught beekeeping, cheesemaking, beer brewing, wine making, artisan cob oven baking, cultured foods, and food preservation (drying, canning, smoking, curing, brining, fermenting, and more). It was a very popular course, and we'll be happy to add it to the regular course offerings through the Camassia Institute (the official Permaculture Educational institute on our 87 acre living/residential "campus"). Besides being able to delve deeper into permaculture and how it relates to food, Lost Valley has been a blessing in so many ways. I've met so many amazing people from all over the world who want to learn about creating a more sustainable new culture and planet, and here we come together as a community to make this reality. It is a very special place and I am proud to serve as a board member to help Lost Valley continue to serve it's mission for another 20 years or more to come.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

increase the staff pay. The people there work so hard with very little pay. It can be a little degrading. More financial support is definitely needed, and this is partially the organizations fault too.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

INCREDIBLE PEOPLE! Very interesting and colorful folks, from all walks of life.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the world, one permaculturalist at a time.

Ways to make it better...

the organization had more funding. They make an incredible amount happen on super tight budget.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

catching up from all the mistakes that were made in the past. The infrastructure of the buildings is in desperate need of funds for repairs and staff need better payment.

One thing I'd also say is that...

even though Lost Valley has a reputation of being cash poor, it provides so much abundance and wealth in so many other ways.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I completed a year long internship learning about Permaculture and Land management. The experience was highly enlightening and completely hands-on. The teaching was extremely quality and I consider it an invaluable learning experience. Anyone with interest/experience in Permaculture would benefit from studying under one of the NorthWest's elder Permaculturists, Rick Valley. I loved the entire culture at Lost Valley, from the daily work to the community gatherings and intern meetings. Along with the other interns, staff, and LV residents, there were daily meals with vegan options, which was great. The land upon which the Education Center lies is absolutely beautiful in a setting of old doug fir and Oregon White Oak. There is a large Camas meadow around which people taking classes camp. There are several gardens and a creek that runs through the property. It is a great place with amazing people who have so much love and positive vibration to offer the world. I recommend visiting or taking a class if possible...or if you have the freedom and time--do an internship--you won't be disappaointed.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

become a complete demonstration site of sustainable living using permaculture principles, ecological "green" building, and renewable technologies.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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