Sanctuary at SHO is also a sanctuary for people.

Those travellers and visitors interested in living or supporting the sanctuary life can stay in our ecologically-designed private apartment with its vegan chef's kitchen, non-toxic finishes, artfully-crafted wood and stone from our site. The apartment includes one large queen bedroom, shower, and living room/kitchen. Stay a night, work with us for 8 hours during the day. We will impart as much knowledge as we can during that time. 

The sanctuary sits within 1300 acres of mountain fields, forests, brooks, waterfalls, and orchards, brimming with birds and wildlife. 

This is a perfect opportunity for those wishing to learn about how to start a sanctuary, who want hands-on experience, or who simply want to support us through a donation and a little bit of hands-on help!

Day 1

Orientation talk: Covers our setup, why it is the way it is. Mistakes, successes. General features of starting a sanctuary. Duck behavior and anatomy, how to care for prey species. Full instructions for caring for them followed by work-time.

Day 2

Ducks and the permaculture system. How to integrate animal sanctuary work with living food systems. Work time spent on special projects like big muck-outs, fence moving, hay/compost management. 

Day 3+

Helpers free us to do other outdoor projects like mowing, harvesting, and excavator work. These are the stars in our sky! We weave in and out of the barn, and hang out for chats after work.  We completely appreciate being freed up to either give our bodies a break, or to do other needed farm/sanctuary projects. 



Click the photo to scroll through the full gallery. Wildlife photos © Susan C. Morse

While you're here

Hike, run, or ski miles of private trails, enjoy the solitude and utter beauty of this special property. There are powerful places to meditate surrounded by energy and silence. Walk or ski the mown paths around our field edges. 

Additional fee-based activities

ecological building tours

We offer information-rich tours of our renewable energy and green building systems. These tours are perfect for those undertaking green building projects of their own. Solar photovoltaics, solar thermal, wood biomass district heating, passive refrigeration, root cellar, greenhouse, solar wood kiln, insulation, materials, things that work, things that didn't work. Tours last 2 hours and are $50 per person, 2 person minimum. 3-day advance notice required.  Contact us to schedule a time. 





Solar thermal tubing mounted on the south side of the energy barn. Salvaged cypress cladding. 

permaculture food system tour

We can take you through our mature permaculture fruit-nut-berry-fuel-fertility orchard, sharing the successes and failures of the design, which plants thrive here and which don't.  You can pick our brains for a full 2 hours. Private tours are $50 per person, with a two person minimum. Contact us to schedule a time. 


The east gardens in our permaculture system: comfrey, currants, sea bukthorn, elderberry, blueberry, raspberry, pear and apple trees, horseradish, monarda (bee balm), and more. 

Private instructional tastings from the permaculture food lab

Come learn what we're doing in the food lab. Or request specific instruction for 1.5 hours. $35 per person, 2 person minimum. 3-day advance notice required. Contact us to schedule a time. 






Cream of black locust blossom soup, with chive flowers and tarragon oil. Vegan. 

Mushroom and wild plant walks, including some preparation instructions. 

Explore the wild plants and mushrooms of Vermont's forests and fields. In-season walks, identification, and uses. Contact us to schedule a private walk or check the calendar of events at the base of this page. 3 hours. $50 per person, 4 person minimum.  





Wild oyster mushrooms and horse hoof fungus (fomes fomentarius).