About Living Here

Get to know us…

Lost Valley Lunch

Lunch at Lost Valley Educational Center

An important first step is getting to know us. You can do this by exploring this site in depth, contacting us to learn more and arranging a visit to Lost Valley.

Resident-staff…

Lost Valley is home to about 50 resident-staff that span the ages from infants to elders.  All staff are educators.  Most resident-staff have independent finances and all fill some or many roles in community life here.  We are opening our doors to new long-term resident-staff with a shared vision for our collective future.

Staff Housing…

Lost Valley Cabin

Cabin at Lost Valley Educational Center

Lost Valley has a variety of lodging options for the resident-staff who live here. Our “Solplex” is an apartment style building with 1, 2 & 3 bedroom units that include full bathrooms and kitchens. We also have many cedar-shake cabins tucked in the woods. Cabins range from small rooms to larger spaces with lofts and a couple include amenities, such as a kitchen or bathroom. Most cabin dwellers use shared kitchen and bathroom facilities available nearby. We also have a few yurts, tiny homes, RV sites with hook-ups, dormitories and camping sites. All resident-staff pay rent for lodging and rates vary depending on dwelling type, size and/or amenities.

Costs of Living Here…

The resident-staff of Lost Valley do pay costs associated with living here for things like rent, communal dining, site use and/or vehicle storage fees.  Consistent, paid employment opportunities are limited, so most resident-staff need to supplement their living through other means.  Some earn extra money by commuting to jobs in Eugene (about a 25 minute drive from here), while others work remotely online.

Residency & membership process…

Beautiful Garden at Lost Valley

Garden at Lost Valley Educational Center

There is an application and thorough review process for becoming a resident-staff member. We want to ensure that you are a good fit for our community and that our community is a good fit for you. What sustainable living skills have you gained and how do you plan to share them?

 

Highly Recommended Reading…

Finding Community: How to Join an Ecovillage or Intentional Community by Diana Leafe Christian
Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life or another book about NVC by Marshall Rosenberg
We the People: Consenting to a Deeper Democracy by John Buck and Sharon Villines – a book about Sociocracy, the model that informs Lost Valley’s governance methods

Community at Lost Valley

Community at Lost Valley Educational Center

Lost Valley Happenings Calendar

 

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