Calendar of Programs and Events, 2016-2017

What makes community meaningful and fun?

The richness of life in community comes in many ways – getting together informally over a meal … celebrating a significant birthday with long-time and newfound friends … working together in a creative endeavor … collaborating in a work party … thinking deeply with others about what it means to be fully alive and connected with ourselves, each other, and Spirit …

In the Goodenough Community, we recognize such ways to connect as expressions of community culture. Throughout the year, we offer cultural programs so that you can engage with the community, participate in your own development, and have a good time.

We welcome your interest and your participation, and hope that you will join us at any – or many! – of this year’s events.


Human Relations Laboratory 2017, August 6 to 12

This intense and joyous week-long event is a communal experience of personal growth, and has been presented annually for more than 40 years.

Focal Person: Colette Hoff,


A Weekend for Men and Women Together, Sahale, February 24-26, 2017

Contact Bruce Perler:


Women’s Culture

Saturdays,10-2, Seattle: January 21st, April 8th

The women will be joining the men for conversation February 24 to 26, 2017.

Mark your calendar: Women’s Weekend, May 5-7, 2017

Women of the Goodenough Community have been gathering intentionally and regularly since 1983 to discover in themselves and each other the essence of womanhood at any age and the presence of the Divine Feminine.

Focal Person: Hollis Guill Ryan,


Men’s Culture

Men’s Culture will be joining the women’s culture for creative conversation February 24 to 26, 2017. A weekend for men is being planned for the spring.

Focal Person: Bruce Perler,


Third-Age Gatherings

Friday evenings with a potluck dinner at 6 and gathering from 7-9pm, Seattle: January 20th, March 31st, May 12th


Focal Person: Kirsten Rohde,



New Year’s Eve Weekend at Sahale, Saturday December 31 We enjoy spending the turning of the year in the quiet of the country, creating our own event, with good meals, hot tubs, walks, peaceful sleep, good conversation, and times to reflect together on the year that was and the year to come.


Work Parties throughout the Year

Traditionally, the Goodenough Community sponsors work parties over Memorial Day weekend (May 26 to 29, 2017), as well as other times throughout the year, to express gratitude for the presence of our beloved retreat center, Sahale, and to experience the satisfaction of playing and working together.

Focal Person: Colette Hoff,


Summer Camp for Youth , June 25 to July 1, 2017

A wonderful opportunity for children 9 to 12 to have a full camp experience in a beautiful setting with loving leadership.

Focal Person: Irene Perler, 

Watch this page – or visit our website at – for information about these and other events and programs. Some are in town at our Community Center in West Seattle, and others are held at Sahale, our rural retreat center near Belfair, Washington.


True Holidays winter season event, Saturday evening December 2, 2017

Our annual winter gathering offers good company, food, contra dancing, a silent auction, and a time for reflection on the season. This event is offeredby the Goodenough Community as an opportunity to choose a season of goodwill, peacefulness and good times with family and friends. We believe in good choices as an antidote to the rushed, commercialized, sometimes stressful aspects of the season.


Winter Solstice Bus Trip, Saturday December 16, 2017

Board a bus, play in the snow, shop in Leavenworth, have a horse-drawn sleigh ride and enjoy an abundant dinner

Focal Person: Colette Hoff