Shonie Schlotzhauer

Winter Gratitude for Ekone Ranch

Shonie Schlotzhauer 's fundraiser for SACRED EARTH FOUNDATION

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Jessie smells cookies...

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Ekone horses in the fall sunlight...eating about $45/day in hay.

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Ekone's board, staff and community bow down to all the supporters of this magical place.

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The garden is abundant in nourishment and teaching opportunities.

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Nothing like gaining courage, confidence and compassion from the back of a horse!

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Lessons from a bale of hay include a strong work ethic. And a strong back.

Sacred Earth Foundation touches many lives through its work at Ekone Ranch, and wintertime is a great time to give thanks and show support!

Season’s Greetings to friends of Ekone near and far!

As snow falls gently and this season of stillness descends upon us, it’s once again time to reflect and offer gratitude. It has been a year of wonders at the ranch, and we find ourselves going strong, continuing and building upon the vision of Sacred Earth Foundation. The roots of this place are deep and steadfast, and the new growth is robust; the family tree which includes each of you is branching out in new and exciting ways. This extraordinary place on earth carries on in its ageless rhythm of expansion and contraction. The sacred is tangible; living and giving in ways that inform, challenge, inspire, and comfort.

It is a continuing honor to carry forward the work of the White Eagle Natural Burial Ground. Several burials were performed this year, with each family finding comfort in the natural setting and the joining of life cycles. A beautiful new entryway, christened at the first annual Memorial Day picnic, adds to the majesty of the setting.

Summer camp was full to bursting this year, with children having adventures on horseback and the land. There’s nothing like the thrill of that first ride, or witnessing the deepening of relationships between a child and a horse. Horsing around, ranch projects, wilderness experiences, swimming in the pond, good appetites and good food have altogether been a winning combination here at Ekone for many years. The tradition continues. And it was made more accessible this summer with over $19,000 in scholarships given to 34 campers.

Throughout the year, many groups were able to observe the changing seasons and grow in new and meaningful ways. Vision quests for youth and adults, a Mothers and Children retreat, Family Camp, school field trips, workparties and casual gatherings of many sizes have exposed hundreds of people to the nourishment of Ekone land.

As always on a ranch there are projects galore, things to build or rebuild, something needing moving from one place to another. And we’re gaining ground; visitors to Ekone this year have consistently commented at how well-kept and beautiful the ranch is, and noticed all the little improvements that have been made since they last visited.

And then there are all those fine horses to feed and keep healthy and happy. Not to mention doing a little training and riding now and again. Ekone’s wranglers have been working with a great local trainer, honing their skills and fine-tuning the horses to be the best teachers possible. Four new additions to the herd, Trigger, Leo, Jessie and Trip, have settled in and become part of the family. A new “Paddock Paradise” track around the big pasture is under construction, and will keep the horses moving and stimulated year-round. The horse scene at Ekone continues to evolve in beautiful and innovative ways.

It all comes back to the land itself, and Ekone land is thriving in all its changing seasonal beauty. Places in the forest where past harvesting scarred the land are healing. The impact of our fuel-reduction work in the woods is becoming unnoticeable. The seasonal creek through the Valley started running early this year, and Rock Creek is a rushing torrent of renewal. Deer and wild turkeys are abundant, and a cougar was sighted in the canyon. Hawks have claimed some of our white pigeons recently, and we rejoice in the wildness as we work to live in balance with it and share it with the world.

The heartbeat of Ekone reverberates into the greater community, offering inspiration and courage as we embrace the challenges of these times. May the return of the light bring peace and expansive compassion for all.

With Love from the Ekone team.

P.S. If your family makes year-end charitable donations, we would be honored if you would consider Ekone for your holiday giving. Tax-deductible donations can be sent by mail to the address below, or made on our website, Also on our website is our freshly updated wish list—we love to give your hand-me-downs a new life at the ranch. Deep gratitude to all Ekone supporters!

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An off-grid, non-profit, working ranch, inspiring the next generation of earth stewards and practicing peaceful community.

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Reports: Guidestar

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