Sanctuary at SHO is also a sanctuary for people.

Volunteers interested in living or supporting the sanctuary life can stay in our ecologically-designed private apartment with its vegan kitchen, non-toxic finishes, and artfully-crafted stone and wood from our site. The apartment includes one large queen bedroom, shower, and living room/kitchen. Minimum stay for volunteers is 1 week. Work days are 8 hours per person.

This is a perfect opportunity for those wishing to learn about how to start a sanctuary and who want hands-on experience.

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

Please click the donate  button on the top right corner of this page to contact us about volunteering or donating. 

What a volunteer stay could look like: 

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. Or repeat of previous day's work. 

Cooking-out after hosting two stellar volunteers over 4th of July, 2018. Thank you, Matt and Ella!

Cooking-out after hosting two stellar volunteers over 4th of July, 2018. Thank you, Matt and Ella!


Day 3+

Helpers free us to do other outdoor projects like mowing, harvesting, and excavator work. These helpers 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. These folks will be working with one of our more senior sanctuary team members, and we will be weaving in and out to participate. If duck chores are completed early, opportunities to help in the permaculture orchard or with other farm projects are a possibility.


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

While you're here

Walk or snowshoe 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. Trek the mown paths around our field edges. 


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


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


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


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