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Ekone's adventure tale continues below!  Did you miss Chapter 1?  We've got you covered: Chapter 1: The Reason for the Journey.

~Yours truly, the Saddle Up! trail bosses. 

Chapter 2: Where We’re Going:  And what it’s going to look like when we get there!

We’re headed for a beautiful and hopeful future!  It features an integrated, permanently protected ecosystem in the Upper Rock Creek watershed; a classroom, playground, and laboratory for ecologically wise stewardship.  And it’s flavored with generosity, courage, radical inclusion, and positive work ethic cultivated in generations of children and adults, empowering them to be active citizens of the world we share. 
Zooming in on the details, picture the campus that will support this work.  The jewel is the historic octagonal Lodge, built in the 1970’s, now refurbished for a long future.  This is the nerve center for the ranch, as ever. 
The hearth and nourishment is found in the new Yummy Tummy Café, a spacious, cozy, graceful building that seats 36-60, includes an enclosable Sanctuary room for council and workshops, and provides the delicious, homespun meals that Ekone is famous for. 
Dishes are washed by hand at outdoor sinks, the Majestic wood stove is in a place of honor, the beams are exposed and the light is warm—this place feels like home. 
When we don’t want to sleep outside under billions of stars, the rebuilt A-frame bunkhouse is cozy and comfortable, accommodating 40+ in myriad configurations for a diversity of camps and programs.  A common space connects two wings, a place for the community building work at the heart of Ekone. 
A wheelchair accessible bathhouse serves our growing numbers and provides greater accessibility to the Ekone experience.  

Every building reflects the Ekone spirit and homespun aesthetic, featuring rough-cut pine, live edges, exposed framing, and just enough “funkiness.”
The widened driveway is still a charming approach to the valley, but now two cars (or emergency vehicles) can pass each other! 
And finally, the garden stretches across the hillside, encompassing the bunkhouse and kitchen, and yields a bounty for our plates and tastebuds—as well as outdoor classroom space, garden party amphitheater, and nooks to read, chat, and watch for fairies. 
These spaces comprise the human habitat for Ekone’s work; activating children and adults to love the earth deeply and wisely, giving them a taste of community and stewardship that has the power to change a life and change the world. 
Watch in the coming days for these upcoming chapters of Straight from the Saddle! 

Chapter 3: The Trail Map:  Our route through the wilderness of a Capital Campaign, and landmarks pointing the way.
Chapter 4: Provisioning for the Journey:  What we need and how you can help.
Chapter 5: Truth-Checking:  Do we really gotta do this??  The stakes.
Chapter 6: The Dusty Trail Behind Us:  A brief history of Ekone’s facilities and how we arrived at this crossroads.
Chapter 7: How many cowpokes does it take to Saddle Up?  Our team.
Chapter 8: Route Scouts:  The early donors who believed in this journey before we even knew the destination.
"Um, wait a minute.  There's no "click here to donate" button."

You're right.  We are not asking for your donation today--but we both know that we will.  And soon.  We'll be asking everyone we know to   s t  r   e   t    c     h     on behalf of Ekone.

But it's not a decision we want you to make impulsively.  We want you to have all the information, talk to your family and financial advisors, think about who you know, and consider carefully how you might be able to help Ekone Ranch survive and thrive long into the future.

And ideally, we'd love to have a personal conversation with you to talk about your gift, your connections, and other ways you might be able to help.  Ready to schedule that conversation?  We'd love to hear from you! 

Sacred Earth Foundation stewards 1,133 acres in the upper Rock Creek watershed, and is the home of Ekone Summer Camps and White Eagle Memorial Preserve.  ~
509-773-4536 ~

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