Human Relations Laboratory

AUG 2-8, 2020

Why choose Lab?


Whenever I am asked about the magic that explains how the annual Human Relations Laboratory has been chosen by so many people over a 47-year period, I point to a commitment among friends who value integrity and good communication. Lab is a place to work out challenges encountered on the road less traveled. I am just one of the members of a core group that plans this event every year. We begin by recognizing the importance of being supported by friends on this journey. What people refer to as magic is actually a sweet reward for being open with each other.


– John L. Hoff

What is Lab?


  • This event can inspire your own desire to be a better person

  • Whether you are focused on personal mastery or trying to improve your relationships, you will find this learning / training event will facilitate your growth

  • The Lab context provides opportunities to practice interpersonal skills and experience community formation

  • Former attendees have referred to the Lab as transformative and rejuvenating


A human relations laboratory is an experiential learning and training event that encourages you to learn in many ways, all of them supporting you in your efforts to release yourself from patterns of resistance to growth and more freedom.


We will have opportunities to work with our own deficits and strengths as a relational partner and there will be many opportunities to practice improving our skills and learning from the relationships we develop, in the community of the week at the lab experience.


In such an event everyone becomes both a teacher and a student.  We will have the benefit of professional leaders trained by John L. Hoff (the founder of Lab) and led by Colette Hoff, both who share a lifetime as educators and communitarians.


We offer a sliding scale fee for almost all our classes, workshops, retreats, and trainings. You may choose the fee that feels most fitting. Our intention is to make our offerings more affordable to those with financial challenges and to allow those who are more fortunate in their financial circumstances an opportunity to practice generosity. Generally, the middle value on the sliding scale is the amount needed to fully cover the costs of your attending an offering.



SUPPORTING TUITION  At this level (above the middle value on the sliding scale), your registration fees generally exceed the costs of your attending an offering and help to subsidize the reduced fees paid by others who have more challenging financial circumstances.

OUR-COST TUITION At this level (the middle value on our sliding scale), your registration fees generally fully cover the costs of your attending an offering.

SUBSIDIZED TUITION At this level (below the middle value on the sliding scale), your registration fees generally do not fully cover the costs of your attending an offering. If you select this level, your registration will be subsidized by others, either via the general donations people offer or through the additional fees paid by those selecting a Supporting Level fee.


We also have special Scholarship Tuition options available for those unable to pay at the low end of the sliding scale. Food, lodging, and teachings are included in our all-inclusive registration fees.


Contact Us


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The Goodenough Community

P.O. Box 312 – Tahuya, WA 98588

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