Join us at Lost Valley Education and Event Center for our annual three-month Holistic Sustainability Semester! Students live on-site at our 30-year-old intentional community and participate in classes and hands-on experiences to learn about five different aspects of sustainability: ecological, economical, social, personal and worldview. Students receive not only their Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) and Ecovillage Design Education Certificate, but also move deeply into personal growth and transformation, broadening their understanding of the meaning of a sustainable lifestyle and how to apply what they learn in our program to shift the direction of their life. Along with classes come the experience of living in a well-established intentional community; participation in our meetings, heart circles, on-site events, working in our garden, helping to cook meals and/or taking on cleaning shifts, etc. Accommodation in our dorms and full vegetarian meal plan included. 


Our program is three days a week for 12 weeks. Classes about economic and social sustainability are on Mondays, ecological sustainability (Permaculture) is on Wednesdays, and on Fridays we focus on different world-views and personal sustainability practices. Classes start at 9:30am with an hour lunch break at 12:30, then resume at 1:30 until 4:45. Our classes are taught by over 25 different instructors from the area, each offering their own wisdom and education about their specific area of expertise. 

Classes include topics such as permaculture design, natural building, community organizing, conflict resolution, non-violent communication, alternative economic indicators, gift economy, indigenous wisdom, herbalism, creative leadership, yoga, meditation, nature awareness, artistic expression, and much more!

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, students participate in at least one cooking or cleaning shift, and have personal time to explore our community and create deeper connections to the people, the land, and their Selves. 

Weekends are free for students relax as they choose, or perhaps discover the surrounding areas such as Eugene, the Pacific coast, and the Cascade mountains.

**IMPORTANT**: To be accepted to the Holistic Sustainability Semester, the prospective student must first fill out an application and speak to our Program Director, Colin (See Contact Info at the bottom of the page). Please do not pay the Nonrefundable HSS Reservation Deposit until asked to do so.


  • Permaculture Design Certificate
  • Intentional Community Immersion
  • Sustainable Living Skills
  • Non-Violent Communication and Authentic Relating Practices

Living Conditions.


  • private room
  • tent camping
  • shared rooms

Vegetarian Food

  • communal kitchen access
  • communally cooked meals


  • medium: voice calls (no video)

Ongoing classes

  • permaculture
    1-2 times per week

Getting here.

For information on Buses to Dexter from Eugene check the Lane Transit District website or call LTD’s experts for route and schedule information at 687-5555 (800-735-2900 TTY-Oregon Relay), or fax 687-5558. If you are out of town, call toll free 800-248-3861. The # 92 bus services Dexter twice per weekday afternoon (get off at the liquor store) and from there it’s about a 2.5 mile walk/bike ride to Lost Valley – here is the page for that route. For directions from the town of Dexter to Lost Valley, see the section on “from Route 58 driving northwest.”

From Interstate 5 driving north: Take exit 182, then turn right onto Cloverdale Road. At Highway 58, turn right. After 6 miles, turn right onto Rattlesnake Road. After 3.7 miles, turn right onto Lost Valley Lane. Continue for .9 mile, then turn right into driveway at LVEC sign.

From Interstate 5 driving south: Take exit 188A (Highway 58) towards Klamath Falls. After 8.7 miles, turn right onto Rattlesnake Road. After 3.7 miles, turn right onto Lost Valley Lane. Continue .9 mile, then turn right into driveway at LVEC sign.

From Route 58 driving northwest: Turn left in Dexter onto Lost Creek Road. Just after crossing under the railroad, turn right on Parvin Road. Cross Rattlesnake Road and cross the creek over the covered bridge. Turn left onto Lost Valley Lane. After .8 mile, turn right into driveway at LVEC sign.

From PDX (Portland Airport): Facing the baggage turnstyles, walk to the far left area of the baggage claim. There is the Airport MAX public transport train. Board MAX Red Line to Beaverton TC and get off at Old Town/Chinatown MAX Station. Walk .4 mile northwest to Greyhound Bus Terminal (550 NW 6TH AVE), or to Union Station (Amtrak), which is adjacent. From here take the Greyhound bus or Amtrak straight to Eugene. The Greyhound bus station is located a few blocks east of the Lane Transit District (LTD, our bus company); the Amtrak station is located several blocks north.

From the Eugene Airport follow driving directions from I-5 south. If you are not driving, OmniShuttle operates 24 hours per day and will provide shuttle service for one person for $45.50. Additional passengers are $5 each and children under 12 ride for free. You can call them to make reservations at (541) 461-7959 or (800) 741-5097.


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