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