The Herland Forest Natural Burial Cemetery is a non-profit cemetery dedicated to facilitating an individual’s return to the circle of life. This permaculture forest, located on the eastern edge of the Cascadian wilderness, combines the native pine, fir and oak with non-native varieties such as chestnut and walnut, ginko and cherry, apple and hazelnut, to create a living sanctuary that supports the birds, bees, animals, and people who make the forest their home.

Herland Forest lies right at the transition between the wet forests to the west and the dry highlands to the east. Here you’ll see Douglas fir and Ponderosa pine growing side by side among ancient oaks, as we work to diversify the forest to increase its ability to support life in the wild.

Herland Forest uses cutting edge permaculture techniques to increase the forest’s ability to nourish life, and to protect it from the wildfires that threaten the western forests.

Herland Forest delights in transforming graves into bouquets of flowers that herald the annual return of spring to the forest.

We ask you to join with us as we work to enable death to create new life.

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From One to A Hundred

Today, the primary alternatives to burial are cremation, aquamation, and natural organic reduction.  Each type of disposition will transform a person’s remains into a hygienic material that can be used in a variety... READ MORE

April Flowers

“The fairest thing in nature, a flower, still has its roots in earth” — D.H. Lawence   A key part of the vision behind the Herland Forest involves creating a living memorial, a testament... READ MORE

The Road to Herland

Herland is hidden away in a private forest located on the eastern edge of the Cascadian wilderness. There’s a modern, paved road that leads to our driveway, but when one leaves the county... READ MORE