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in the Goodenough Community

What makes community meaningful and fun?

The richness of life in community comes in many ways – getting together informally over a meal...celebrating a significant birthday with long- time and newfound friends...working together in a creative endeavor...collaborating in a work party...thinking deeply with others about what it means to be fully alive and connected with ourselves, each other, and Spirit...and more.

In the Goodenough Community, we recognize such ways to connect as expressions of living life fully and in communities of all kinds. Throughout the year we offer programs that help you participate in your own development, learn about relating well with others, and discover your potential to have a good time in life and with others.

We welcome your interest and your participation, and hope that you will join us at any – or many! – of this year’s events. 

April Nature Systems Work Weekend: *ALDERMANIA*  |  April 19-21, 2024

Come join us at Sahale for volunteer landcare - pruning, weeding, mulching and spiffing, with an emphasis on our alders! Join us for a day or for the whole weekend! With your help we can get Sahale ready for the upcoming retreat season. We provide yummy meals, a restful bed and the rejuvenation of the cedar hot tub for your tired muscles - plus the camaraderie of friends old and new.

Nature System work weekends, where we prune, weed and beautify our campus are currently scheduled for 2/23-25, 3/29-31, 4/19-21, 5/24-27.

Memorial Weekend Community Workparty  |  May 24-27 2024

Come join us for a day, or 2, or all 4! Traditionally, the Goodenough Community hosts members and friends for a long country weekend full of catching up on maintenance for Sahale, renewing our friendships with each other, and grounding ourselves in the expression of our care for the land. This year, we will also be erecting the Big White Tent with the able guidance of the Men's Program participants!Contact: Elizabeth Jarrett-Jefferson at

2024 Summer Gathering  |  July 7-12, 2024

Consent: The Heart of Relationships and Communities, featuring Dr. Betty Martin.This intense and joyous 5-day event is a communal experience of personal growth and relational development within a rich culture with art, music, dance, song, drama, and more. Contact: Elizabeth Jarrett-Jefferson at

The Women's Program 

is a long-established and ever-growing way for women to enjoy each other’s company, learn about themselves as women, and even to experience the Divine Feminine. The Women's Program will meet from 10 AM to 1 PM on Saturdays, via Zoom on 4/27; 6/15 and 9/21. All female-identified people are welcome. For information, contact Hollis Ryan at

Pathwork, A Program of Convocation

Pathwork offers a spiritual home in which to rest and to share your heart and mind as you move through these unpredictable times. Participants come together and find support and encouragement, gaining wisdom from the world’s faith and wisdom traditions. All are welcome to join. Meetings are held via Zoom on alternate Sundays: 7 to 9 PM. 2/25, 3/10, 3/24, 4/7 with more to come. Contact Kirsten Rohde at for more information.


Work and Community Parties Throughout the Year 

Traditionally, the Goodenough Community sponsors work and community parties over Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends as well as other times to express gratitude for the presence of our beloved retreat center, Sahale, and to experience the satisfaction of learning, playing, and working together in community!

The Men's Program  

Our Men’s Circle is an expression of brotherhood and practice, with wisdom gathered from our own lives, other men’s work, advocates, and the founders of this circle. All male-identified people are welcome. Contact: Norm Peck at



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