Since 1981 we have lived and served, as community, from a large home in Seattle, Washington. Now, we are resourced as well by Sahale, a learning and retreat center.
Just 20 minutes from Belfair, Washington, Sahale is an easy drive from Seattle, Tacoma, Portland, and the Olympic Peninsula. Sahale’s acres hold many gifts: a large and quiet forest, an old orchard of many fruit varieties, and the most magical, a sacred grove of ancient cedars. The cathedral-like stillness within this ring of cedars harmonizes with the rush of the river, just yards away. The ever-changing river refreshes us, two bubbling springs quench our thirst, and a quiet pond stills us. Held close by hills and forest on one side, we enjoy the long, open vista over our valley toward the forested hills beyond the river. Thus it is that what we once dreamed has become a reality, a place we love to share.
Sahale is the site of the annual Human Relations Laboratory, held consecutively for 52 years. This event is a week-long festival that is open to the public. Lab nourishes, entertains, challenges, and inspires all who attend. At this event we have the opportunity to deepen self-awareness and refine relational abilities and to make commitments for change with supportive friends. The community contracts with professional leaders to provide both daily dialogue combining ancient wisdom with the behavioral sciences, and opportunities for intimate sharing in small groups. It’s a way to learn about the life ways and practical wisdom of three generations of communitarian practice.