Sahale Retreat Center

This Retreat and Learning Center is 68 acres of Serenity. 20 minutes south of Belfair, this land is overflowing with gifts for those who stop and listen. Walk through our quiet forest, sit beneath the 200 year old ring of cedar trees, listen to the sound of the Tahuya River. The river refreshes us, two springs quench our thirst, and a pond stills us. We enjoy soaking in our 2 cedar wood hot tubs(clothing optional), and looking out over the valley vista, or up above at the brilliant starry skies. This is truly a manifestation of many dreams, many years of hard work, and many acts of kindness, service, and celebration.

It is also an intentional community with 8 full-time residents and many others who consider it a second home. We find a lot of inspiration from the EcoVillage model, and we try to live harmoniously with ourselves, each other, and the environment that holds us. We provide sanctuary, learning opportunities, and friendship to many visitors each year, human and nonhuman. We're growing food, more each year. We've also made a commitment to ecological awareness, and are moving slowly but surely into more sustainable systems.

It represents a part of a larger nonresidential community whose work over the past 47 years has been centered around human relationships and personal growth. Many of the members have been learning and growing together for 30+ years, and are still going strong. As one of the younger and newer members, I can say that it has been a privilege and gift to have the chance to learn from this deep well of experience. This is one of the longest lasting intentional communities in the US, and there are reasons that it has continued for so long.

Key Stats.

Year founded


Size of project site

27 hectares

Languages spoken

  • English

People on site

10 - 30

Dry season

June to August

Wet season

December to February

Living Conditions.


  • entire house
  • private room
  • shared rooms
  • tent camping

Omnivore Food

  • communal kitchen access
  • communally cooked meals
  • over 80% locally sourced


  • fast: streaming video

Ongoing classes

  • permaculture

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