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2023 Calendar of Events


Grave Digging Work Party with Willow

October 27-29th

Our work parties are a great opportunity to support White Eagle work, and to learn more about conservation burial.

We will split up into small groups to grid and prepare grave places, with multiple 2 hour work sessions, and then some time to be quiet on the land.

Washington willow weaver Mo Walrath will join us to help us learn more about willow, with the opportunity to begin weaving.

Please bring gloves, and shovels if you have them, sturdy boots, and sunglasses or other eye protection. There will be some indoor sleeping spaces available, as well as plenty of places to tent camp.

We will provide dinner on Friday evening, all meals on Saturday, and breakfast on Sunday morning. Please visit the Work Parties page on the Ekone site for more detailed logistics information. Please RSVP with Jodie, and include your lodging preferences and dietary considerations.


Sunday November 5th, 2023

Remembrance Day Work Party            and Ceremony

This gathering in service to the land and the spirits of our loved ones is a yearly tradition.

  • Join us for some productive time together on the land Sunday November 5th, 10am – 4pm.

  • We gather in the lodge to begin the day together, then split into smaller groups for project work, to prepare the burial ground for winter.

  • We’ll share a fire circle lunch of soup and soul cakes, and then some Ceremony around the fire and quiet time on the land for reflection.

  • Wear sturdy work clothes, bring gloves and hand tools, and objects of remembrance for the altar.

  • Please bring your mask and observe safe space.

  • WEMP stewards will be available to answer questions about natural burial.

  • RSVP with Jodie:

Throughout the year:

Ekone Ranch Work Parties

These weekends, held once a month (except during summer camp season), are a lovely way to get to know the community and do conservation, forestry, and garden projects on the land. Work Parties start at 5pm on Friday, with dinner and an overview of the weekend, then Saturday is full of service projects, with shared meals and evening relaxation time. Sunday breakfast is followed by more project work, and then folks head back into the world, hopefully fueled up with inspiration and satisfaction of work well done!

If you’d like to be on the Work Party email list or to RSVP for a particular work party weekend, please email our volunteer coordinator Michelle:

Circle of people seated around a campfire, with a man standing and facing the fire.

September 23rd, 2023

The Barbed Wire Ball Auction

Ekone Ranch’s annual FUNdraiser

  • Join us for our annual family friendly fundraising weekend, featuring Ekone-favorite activities:

    • a BBQ

    • a live auction featuring loads of priceless Ekone experiences

    • live music!

    • This camp-out opportunity is a great way to get to know Ekone better, and to support the work we do while having a Lot of fun.

    • Please let us know if you want to volunteer -  it takes a whole community effort to have this much fun...

Musician Matney Cook singing while people listen around the Ekone Lodge campfire.
Rock Creek Canyon view with balsam root blooming.

SUNDAY - May 26, 2024

Memorial Day Open House

This annual Open House is a great opportunity to spend some low-key time on the land, and to learn more about natural green burial and White Eagle. This event will be held on Sunday, to allow people to be more flexible with their travel plans and traffic...

  • 11am-4pm Sunday, May 28th

  • We gather in the Ekone Ranch valley to begin the day with a tour of Ekone Ranch and some lunch at the Yummy Tummy, then walk or drive out to White Eagle. WEMP stewards will host a guided tour of the cemetery in the afternoon. We may also get a Native Plants walk with Columbia Gorge naturalist Don Hardin right after lunch!

  • This event is free, and we will provide lunch, but please bring your own snacks if you need them, and let us know about dietary considerations when you RSVP.

  • No camp out this year - this is a day-only event

  • Please leave your dog friends at home for this event.

  • RSVP with Jodie (whiteeagle at ekone dot org), and you will receive an email with more information the week before the event.

  • Sites purchased in conjunction with this event receive a 10% discount.

White Eagle Memorial Preserve
a Natural Burial Ground at Ekone Ranch

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