Metta Earth Institute is an educational retreat center integrating contemplative practice, deep ecology, regenerative food systems, and social activism to create resilient community.





Resilience Activism at Work

While our 2020 programs are put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are thrilled to host 10 activists (in compliance with Department of Health regulations) engaging in resilience activism through regenerative agriculture, food growing, food security, food sovereignty, and plant medicine. Integral to this truly essential work is our overarching commitment to land stewardship and cultural competence.

SUMMER 2020:

June – August

AUTUMN 2020:

September – November

I have found a grounded sense of purpose in the Earth Responders community at Metta Earth. It has been revitalizing to respond to the needs of our environment and society collectively. This work is urgent and necessary.”

-Leo Ashkar Heikkila


Metta Earth’s 10 Year Vision

Metta Earth’s 10 Year Vision:

Click here to view Metta Earth’s Prospectus

sustainability education & contemplative practice

worker-owned farm cooperative

residential co-housing cooperative

to become a thriving ecovillage

To help actualize this vision, Metta Earth Institute has just completed a two-year long renovation and upgrade process!

This has been an amazing journey beginning with permit applications, consulting, designing, fundraising, and building. Wow…we are overwhelmed with gratitude for so many who have been part of this intensive project! We want to thank and celebrate all of you. And, we want to celebrate all of you who are friends, participants, team, residents, guests, and others who enjoy being here.

Metta Earth now has a new, big, beautiful kitchen with ash and cherry counters from the local land, handicap access with a new bathroom & bedroom, greater fire safety, and fuller water and septic capacity. We’ve also enhanced the main house with big, bright windows; doors; hardwood flooring; a pantry with foods to offer friends and neighbors; a new porch; an edible landscape with new fruit trees and berries; and big stone steps to welcome you!




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At Blackwater Pond

At Blackwater Pond the tossed waters have settled

after a night of rain.

I dip my cupped hands. I drink

a long time. It tastes

like stone, leaves, fire. It falls cold

into my body, waking the bones. I hear them

deep inside me, whispering

oh what is that beautiful thing

that just happened?”

― Mary Oliver, New and Selected Poems, Volume One

Earth Charter Preamble

We stand at a critical moment in Earth’s history, a time when humanity must choose its future. As the world becomes increasingly interdependent and fragile, the future at once holds great peril and great promise. To move forward we must recognize that in the midst of a magnificent diversity of cultures and life forms we are one human family and one Earth community with a common destiny.