Lost Valley Education & Event Center is nestled in 88 acres of diverse, renewing forest at the foot of the Oregon Cascades in Dexter, Oregon, 18 miles southeast of Eugene. This special microclimate makes our conference and retreat facilities enjoyable (and green!) year round. Get close to nature and learn about the permaculture approach of ecological design and restoration used in our gardens, meadows, forests, pond, creek and trails.
Lost Valley is known for its delicious, abundant, organic and vegetarian cuisine, prepared in an atmosphere of loving and caring service. Meals are served family-style and commonly feature vegan and gluten-free options, and can easily accommodate restricted diets. Many of the vegetables, fruits, and herbs are harvested from our land. Fresh eggs are provided daily by our resident flocks of chickens and ducks. We serve organic and local (or bio-regional) whenever possible. We are committed to the health of our planet and our visitors.
Two comfortable dormitories provide a top-story view of Mt. Zion. The Large Dormitory features shared rooms with single or two twin beds, with a capacity to sleep up to 31 guests. The Small Dormitory has up to four bunks in each room, with a capacity to sleep up to 37 guests. Larger, private rooms with double beds are also available in both buildings. (All beds come with pillows, pillowcases, and fitted sheets. Additional blankets and linens available upon request.) Full bathrooms are located on each floor. An enchanting walk through the “Woods Loop” trail leads to our Lodge and meeting rooms. We also offer a furnished apartment in our “SolPlex” for short-term rental. During the warmer months, up to 100 guests may camp in our beautiful meadow.
The large classroom, aptly named, is one of the largest and nicest of our rental facilities. It features local and sustainably harvested Douglas Fir floors, naturally finished with linseed oil and beeswax. Skylights and large windows provide natural lighting, and a combination of fluorescent overheads and cozy floor lamps are available for evening use. Electrical baseboard heating with a digital thermostat keeps the room warm in the winter, and window unit air conditioning or box fans provide relief from the summer heat. Measuring 23′ x 40′, the room seats up to 63 people around tables or up to 100 people auditorium style or on the floor. In addition, we offer free wi-fi access in the classroom and offer audiovisual equipment and stereo systems for rent.
Featuring the same beautiful wood floors as its bigger sibling, the small classroom measures 19′ x 23′ and can seat up to 30 people around tables or 39 in chairs or seated on the floor. It provides a more intimate environment for group discussions, workshops, and projects. The small classroom is also equipped with large windows, full lighting and electric heat and cooling.
Our lodge is the largest indoor meeting space available on campus, located adjacent to the kitchen. The vaulted ceilings, wooden floors, and open rafters provide a rustic charm and the glass-fronted wood stove gives ample heat during the winter months. The space serves as the perfect environment for games, dancing, music playing, dining and other group activities.
Our main kitchen features ten commercial-grade gas burners, a flat-top grill, a commercial dishwasher, a walk-in fridge, a large chest freezer, expansive counter tops, a haybox, and a gas oven. It has been kept vegetarian for the last 23 years, and a dedicated kitchen staff has served groups of 300+ people. While our in-house kitchen staff prepares meals for most groups, some events have chosen to bring their own chefs and to simply rent our kitchen facilities. Whichever you choose, we’re confident you’ll be well fed here.
A beautiful Claylin Earthen Floor was installed during a recent workshop led by Sukita Reay Crimmel. The picture, left was taken while the floor was still drying. The room currently has one desk, bookshelves, stereo, audio-visual, a sink with dishes, as well as a side-room (door pictured on right) which functions as an open office, craft, and music space, also available for rent. This earthen floor retains heat in the winter, feels nice and looks fantastic. A small sink is located on the southeast wall, along with electric baseboard heaters and large windows. During the evenings, 15 ceiling lights can be controlled in groups of 3 to offer whatever lighting experience you desire.
The Sacred Yurt’s hardwood floors have played host to guided meditations, yoga classes, personal growth workshops, private dance lessons, small presentations, and massage therapy. Heat from the wood stove and direct sunlight all day long make this small space one of the nicest and coziest in the winter months. During the summer heat, a box fan is recommended to help keep the air flowing during the middle of the day.