Sustainability is a big concept with some simple (and some not so simple) solutions and at the Sanctuary we attempt to achieve this in a variety of evolving ways.
We employ a number of alternative means of producing and reducing our energy consumption, including solar power and using low-consumption lighting and appliances in our buildings. We are always striving to make The Sanctuary more energy efficient and less impacting on the land and resources of our earth. We live on approximately 10% of the resource consumption rate of the average American.
Our community bathroom is a composting toilet we call the Eco-Temple. Waste is a verb!
The honey bees from our apiary sup on the large lavender patch in the main gardens and its mammoth sunflowers. We use no chemical pesticides or fertilizers whatsoever at The Sanctuary and are currently cycling out large doses of Round-Up withstood over a ten year period here at another time in the Sanctuary’s history.
We enjoy chickens and goats here, as well. Apparently, it’s a new concept called “Flerding.” It’s working for us, flocks and herds of different animals can be quite beneficial to each other. The goats provide protection for our free range chickens and the goats get to eat a lot of their favorite thing ever: bird seed! We call it crack-corn for goats and we store it in metal trashcans outside the chicken coop. The clanging top of the metal trashcan hitting the ground alerts us to their break-in attempts.
We are currently building a “goat castle” for the goats and a hermitage in the forest for meditation. These structures are energy efficient and hand-made, mostly using recycled materials and the abundant cedar from our forest.
We recycle and compost and our gardens are completely organic, providing much of the produce for meals we serve during growing seasons. We rely on local farmers and bakers whenever possible for the balance of what we serve at The Sanctuary.
We strive to model effective stewardship of local commons while also being responsible citizens of commons that are more global in scope, living on approximately 20% of the resource consumption rate of the average American. By showing that people living within these alternative systems are living abundant, happy lives; thriving even, fundamental shifts in cultural logic can be manifested.