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April 2, 2010

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?


Client Served & intern, student, special event teacher.