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Sustainable Lifestyles 2009

June 27, 28, 2009

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Celebrate community!        Live an authentic natural lifestyle!       Meet new friends!      

Exchange ideas as we co-create healthier, happier ways to live.

Enjoy lectures & take advantage of in-depth workshops ranging from building solar hot water systems to raising chickens. Learn how to be more self-sufficient in a network of independent like-minded people. Participants will return home with enhanced skill sets that will aid them and their community in the times to come.


Lectures: Free with admission. This includes all "lectures" in the "Main Hall" and lectures in the "Giggling Goat Hall." The farm walks and herb walks are also free with admission. There are lectures from 9-5:30 both Saturday and Sunday. All "workshops" have extra fees and we suggest you preregister for workshops you are interested in. Most workshops have a limited number of people that can be accomodated and many workshops will be closed to registration before the grand weekend is here. Note the word closed on the registration form, or call us.

Workshops: In depth learning experiences with many of them being hands on. Learn how to raise bees, build a solar shower from used parts, build a composting toilet, a cob oven, how to make cheese, make beer, etc. Details on each of our workshops and the teachers can be seen by clicking on the word workshops on the left. Please sign up at least two weeks prior to the actual date of the workshop. Space is limited in the hands on workshops. Please sign up early to ensure your place in the class. We will note the workshops that are closed to reistration as they are filled. Please realize there is a lag time between when they fill and when we will be able to list it on the web site registration form. You may get your registration denied due to this even if it appears the workshop is still open

Camping: If you plan to camp, you must pre-register as we will not be taking campers at the gate. Please see our lodging list for other camping spots outside of our farm.

Open Mic Night For Campers: Saturday night after the lectures we will have a gathering of musicians, poets, jugglers, story tellers and all manner of interesting beings. Bring your instrument, your voice and your feet for dancing. If you have a story to tell, we want to hear it. This starts at 7:30 after the gates close. It is only open to campers.Camping fees can be viewed along with all other fees by clicking on the Sustainable Lifestyles Festival information!

Important information: Please bring enough cash for entrance fees, camping, food and any workshops you wish to attend. There is no ATM machine. No reservations needed, although workshops may be filled up if you do not register for them. Lectures have a large capacity and we do not excpect them to be filled up. The entrance fee is paid at the gate. Please leave your animals at home. No dogs allowed, other than service dogs accompanied by the person with the disability. This is a working farm. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Although we provide folding chairs in class areas and the eating area, we suggest you bring your own chair if you are seeking comfort. This is a non-alcohol event.

Friday Night Gates Open

5:00 PM- 9:00 PM Gate opens to those who want to set up camp early. Camping available Friday & Saturday night. We suggest you reserve your camping spots so you are not turned away due to the camp areas being filled. The gates will be locked after 9:00 PM and not open until 7:00 AM the next morning. You will not be able to park in the lane outside of the gate as neighbors will have your car towed.

8:00 PM Fire and roasting - You bring hotdogs, tofu dogs etc for roasting and buns. We will supply condiments and a contained fire pit. Fire out before dark.

Satuday & Sunday Gates Open

7:00 AM If you did not camp here, gates open to those who are smart enough to come early and miss rush hour at our entrance gate. Your only chance to miss traffic is to ride a bike (You will be given preference if you bike up or walk up.) The bus has a bus stop at the end of Hill Top Drive which is 1.8 miles from Wise Acres. All non-campers must leave before 7:00 PM on Saturday night. The gates will be locked at 7:00 PM and only cars and bikes with adequate stickers will be allowed to stay in the parking lot. If necessary, we will confiscate/tow vehicles that do not have stickers. (We are serious.) Sunday the gates will be closed and locked at 7:00 PM.


For more details on this festival inclduing classes and teachers, go to Sustainable Lifestyles Festival information!



84537 Proden Lane in Pleasant Hill
From Eugene take I-5 to highway 58 (188 A) towards Oakridge and Pleasant Hill - go past the Pleasant Hill School
Immediately after milepost 7 turn left on Hilltop Drive (there is a green sign on the highway for hilltop)
Go to the end of Hilltop Drive and turn right on Wheeler Road
Go .4 mile and turn left on Proden Lane.

From Southern Oregon, take the Creswell exit (182). Go right towards highway 58 on Cloverdale Road. Go all the way to the end of Cloverdale and turn right onto 58. Go through Pleasant Hill. Immediately after milepost 7 turn left on Hilltop Drive (there is a green sign on the highway for hilltop)
Go to the end of Hilltop Drive and turn right on Wheeler Road
Go .4 mile and turn left on Proden Lane


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