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True Holidays – Dec 3:

We invite you to The Goodenough Community’s True Holidays celebration this year on Saturday, December 3, from 6 to 11 PM, at the Mercer Island Congregational Church. Please save the date – and watch the eView and your email for more information to come.

The True Holidays party is a fun and family-friendly community event that has become an annual tradition for many, including those beyond the Goodenough Community.

During the evening, we will have the chance to reflect on the kind of holiday season we’d like to have as well as being able to spend time with friends, co-workers, and families (all in one place!) There are planned activities for children, plus food, libations, and a fun silent auction.  

This year again we are happy to be led in contra dancing
by Sherri Nevins and her musician friends!


Winter Solstice Bus Trip – Saturday, Dec 17:  With your friends and family, enjoy this day-long journey that embraces the longest night of the year. We will board a chartered bus and travel over Snoqualmie and Blewett Passes to the beautiful Bavarian Christmas village of Leavenworth. Then we’ll head to Eagle Creek Ranch, just outside of Leavenworth, where a horse-drawn sleigh ride awaits us, followed by a buffet dinner. 

Please register with Elizabeth now

Click here for more information.



Calendar for 2016-2017



See listing for a complete calendar for the fall and winter '16-'17


Dates to remember:


*2017 Human Relations Laboratory, August 6-12, 2017


 True Holidays Celebration

December 3rd


Winter Solstice Bus Trip

December 17th


New Year's at Sahale

December 31st

Join us in the country.for the evening or the weekend. See upcoming eViews for more information.



Women's Cultural Program



You are invited!

 Saturday, January 21st, 2017


Whether you have participated in the Community’s women’s program for many years, or have not yet attended a gathering, please come! Our day together will give you opportunities for introspection, listening deeply, and sharing your own heart in a warm, welcoming, and stimulating environment.



Women's Weekend at Sahale: May 5-7, 2017



For more information:



The women's gathering is held at 3610 SW Barton St., Seattle, 98126



Our ecoVillage project is growing into its permaculture inspired vision.


Contact Irene Perler for more information.

Quest Counseling & Healing Center

John and Colette Hoff, gifted counselors with more than 30 years experience, have empowered countless clients to be more effective as individuals, partners, parents, and members of society. No matter what your issues, they will help--with gentleness and insight.

To schedule an appointment, email John or Colette


Articles and Announcements

Internships Are Available for the Serious Student of Life in Community

We are seriously seeking experienced and mature interns to further development of Sahale Retreat Center and EcoVillage, in the following areas: farming and gardening, animal husbandry, off-grid technology, facility maintenance and development, and educational programs. Please contact Irene Perler at for details.

Seasons and Cycles in Evolving Community
by John L. Hoff

... Monica Sjoo and Barbara Mor remind us that formal histories tell the stories of governments, wars, and economics. However, the story of people, average people in ordinary jobs who are trying to be good human beings by passing forward the life-sustaining sense of community and culture, are ignored.

Where Did We Come From: Understanding the Communitarian Movement

by John and Colette Hoff

... word community is used in a variety of ways, sometimes referring to people and other times to a place, and still more often as a spiritual glue that holds people together around ideas and causes. Enjoy this informative article by 2 leaders of the communitarian movement ...


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