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June 20, 2021 Opening Blessing Ceremony

Cellist Daniel Sperry plays at Opening Blessing Ceremony
June 20, 2021 Opening Blessing Ceremony

Opening Blessing Ceremony

A Heartwarming Gathering

Our Opening Blessing Ceremony on June 20 was lovely, thanks to the wonderful community members in attendance. Daniel Sperry played his cello and Alinda Worley guided us in blessing the land. It has been just over a year since our first burial, and we are honored to have assisted eight families laying their loved one to rest at The Forest.

Honoring nature and celebrating the opening of the burial ground on the summer solstice felt right, and we will continue to welcome our community to come together for each seasonal transition. We look forward to connecting with the earth, and you, in this way. 

Suzanne Willow and Jack Goodnoe work on developing burial ground master plan

Developing a Master Plan

We are delighted to be in the process of creating a Master Plan for the Burial Ground with Jack Goodnoe of Jack Goodnoe Cemetery Planning and Design. Jack visited from Ann Arbor, MI and spent four days walking the property, asking questions, and sharing ideas. It’s inspiring to envision the expanded burial ground. Our priority will always be to maintain the health of the forests to the best of our ability while providing a space to reconnect our experience of life and death. In the planning process, we are looking at access routes, composting toilets, a committal shelter, meditation areas, and more! The Burial Ground is planned as an important space for the living as well as a peaceful final resting place. Please contact us if you’d like to hear more about this planning process. And a big thank you to Jack for guiding us in this important work.

yellow wildflowers at The Forest

Visit us! It’s cooler up here!

That’s right! Temperatures at the ranch are typically 15-20 degrees cooler than the valley. Come up for a self-guided visit, join a group tour (first Saturday and Wednesday mornings through October), or schedule a private tour. Bring your walking shoes and enjoy a leisurely stroll through the burial ground, or embark on the annual 5K Turtle Trot in the fall and take in views of the high mountain meadows, and Mt. Shasta. Picnic benches are available for your use around the burial ground and at the farm. We hope to see you soon!

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