turning graves into bouquets

Herland Forest is exploring the intersection between death care and intentional community in three ways: the creation of a natural burial permaculture forest, natural organic reduction for those who want to be buried on their own land, and facilitating Death With Dignity for those who live in states that do not allow them to control their passing.

We steward 126 acres of forest land where we study and demonstrate sustainable systems. We’ve created a place where we can live a life that is close to the land with gardens, orchards, and the animals that enable us to take a greater degree of control of our lives than is possible in an urban setting.

recent additions to our grounds keeping crew

If you’re longing to find a way to be part of a non-profit death care practice, one that has the ability to take care of the needs of both the grieving and the caretakers, then an internship in the Herland Forest might be for you.

If you want to be part of corporate death care, then this isn’t for you. We don’t do embalming; we don’t sell expensive caskets. What we do is help people rejoin the dance of life in a way that is peaceful, a way that honors the decedent’s values, a way that isn’t part of the Industrial Funeral Complex.

an intern cabin among the oaks

We believe that there’s no better place to bury grief than in a garden where you’re surrounded by new life. So, if you’re looking for a way of life that creates a balance between sustaining the dying and supporting the living, then a cottage in the Herland Forest may be right for you.

If Herland Forest’s vision resonates with you, please drop us a line at herlandforest(at)gmail.com and let’s start a conversation.