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Honoring John Lawrence Hoff
July 07, 1935 – February 14, 2018
Founder of the Goodenough Community
Husband, Father, Grandpa, Pastor, Teacher, and Friend to Many

John died peacefully at his home at Sahale, surrounded by family and friends, after a long illness.

Calendar for Winter & Spring 2018


Dates to remember:



March 4, 2018
March 25, 2018
April 8, 2018

April 22, 2018


February 26, 2018
March 12, 2018
March 26, 2018
April 9, 2018

April 23, 2018

Women's Gatherings

March 3, 2018
June 9, 2018

Women's Weekend:
April 13-15, 2018


Men's Program

June 8-10, 2018


Third Age

March 2, 2018
June 1, 2018


Celebration of John Hoff

March 17, 2018


Sociocracy Workshop

April 26-29, 2018




Sociocracy for Intentional Communities

A 3-day training in cooperative decision making

For more information, read our weekly newsletter, the eView, or contact Bruce Perler.


To register, go to Brown Paper Tickets.


Pathwork-Date Change!

Sunday, March 4, 7:00 to 9:30 PM

Barton Street Community Center (3610 Barton Street, SW, Seattle)

Tom Gaylord, Buddhist teacher, returns to help us learn about death, dying, and grieving. Come and join us if it is right for you.

Celebration of John Hoff’s Life
Saturday, March 17, 3:00 PM @ Sahale


More details to come. Please RSVP to Elizabeth Jarrett of your plans to attend.



EcoVillage at Sahale


The EcoVillage at Sahale is a growing project and collaborative living experience where tested principles of permaculture, community growth and human development are being implemented.


Contact Irene Perler for more information.


Articles and Announcements

Internships Are Available for the Serious Student of Life in Community

We are seriously seeking experienced and mature interns to further development of Sahale Retreat Center and EcoVillage, in the following areas: farming and gardening, animal husbandry, off-grid technology, facility maintenance and development, and educational programs. Please contact Irene Perler at for details.

Seasons and Cycles in Evolving Community
by John L. Hoff

... Monica Sjoo and Barbara Mor remind us that formal histories tell the stories of governments, wars, and economics. However, the story of people, average people in ordinary jobs who are trying to be good human beings by passing forward the life-sustaining sense of community and culture, are ignored.

Where Did We Come From: Understanding the Communitarian Movement

by John and Colette Hoff

... word community is used in a variety of ways, sometimes referring to people and other times to a place, and still more often as a spiritual glue that holds people together around ideas and causes. Enjoy this informative article by 2 leaders of the communitarian movement ...