Stone Raven Sculptures (one on either side of Arbor)
Native Americans recognized that everything in the universe holds a deeper meaning. As a result, all objects and beings deserve one’s attention and respect. For some the Raven represents the constant change of forms and shapes. In Native American tradition, Raven is the guardian of both ceremonial magic and healing circles. Raven’s element is air, and she is a messenger spirit.
Small Rock Spiral (on left side of arbor)
In various mythologies the spiral is a globally positive symbol. It has been associated with the cycles of time, the seasons, the cycle of birth, growth, death, and then rebirth. The cycles of time and nature are the cycles of life.
A craftsman bridge that crosses a small stream and leads people to Roger’s Lookout.
Entry gate to trails
Once you have entered this gate you are in the Commemorative Conservation Grounds (The Woodland/Wetland conservation Sector). There are two immediate trails. Straight ahead and across the tractor bridge, you enter the Woodlands in the North East corner of the conservation sector. Follow the trail that runs along this fence line to guide you to Roger’s Lookout in the North West corner.
The woodlands are home to firs, cedars, holly, Salal, and Oregon grape, among other plant species and host to many animals including Canada Geese, ducks, raccoons, rabbits, and deer.
Under Grandma Cedar is a sacred sitting area along the trail for you to rest or hold space for loved ones while walking the Grounds.
A beautiful grassy hill overlooking a meadow where wild flowers grow and the sheep are free to graze, in the North West corner of the property.
Vision Hill Offering Circle
Resting atop the offering circle is a small turtle. OUR Ecovillage has a special tradition on the solstices and equinoxes. Individuals gather atop vision hill, where many have sat to envision the future of the land and the community and turn the turtle in acknowledgement of a sacred time.
The Peace Pole on Vision Hill is a handcrafted monument, which is erected the world over as an international symbol of Peace. The purpose of the Peace Pole is to spread the message “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in the languages of the world.
The food forest is planted with nut trees such as pecan, hazelnut, walnut, chestnut, and heart nut, as well as 30 different types of fruit trees and 22 types of berry bushes.
Our Conservation sector contains wetlands and riparian ecosystems. Wetlands are considered land that is inundated or saturated by surface or groundwater at a frequency and duration sufficient to support vegetation typically adapted for life in saturated soil conditions including swamps, marshes, bogs, fens, vernal pools, and estuaries. Scattering ashes in still and/or moving waterways is not permitted.