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


“Metta Earth is such a special place with an amazing team.  I have never been somewhere and instantly felt the sense of community that is present at Metta.  From working together to help milk a sheep for her sick baby to knitting together in silence, there was a palpable sense of community and caring among a group of vitual strangers.  Learning about the cycles of life on the farm and connecting that to rebirth during our yoga practice was moving and eye opening in a world where we are so disconnected from life and death.  Gillian’s attitude towards life on the farm and impermanence is unique and her passion for the mission of Metta and those that visit shine through. Russell and the team made deliicous, nourishing food with love.  I will always remember the sense of presence, peace, and authenticity that I felt this weekend at Metta.  Laura’s yoga classes and reflection time wove seamlessly to the Metta experience.”  Samantha Hoff – Lambing & Yoga Retreat April 2019




We have completed a very long year 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 beautiful, new, big kitchen with ash and cherry counters from the land here, handicap access with a new bathroom & bedroom, greater fire safety, and fuller water and septic capacity.  Many other wonderful features enhancing the main house have also happened…bright, big windows, doors, hardwood floor, a pantry with foods to offer friends and neighbors, a new porch, an edible landscape with new fruit trees and berries, and big stones step to welcome you

Metta Earth 10 Year Vision

We have just completed an exciting chapter of building development to actualize
Metta Earth’s 10 Year Vision:

a thriving ecovillage integrating…
sustainability education & contemplative practice
worker-owned farm cooperative
residential co-housing cooperative

Click here to view Metta Earth’s Prospectus



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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.