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Mindful Living and Sustainable Building

The occupancy permit was granted on Friday, December 4!

Join us in welcoming the sisters to their new home.

After five years of hoping and planning, learning and working, changing and transforming, the project is complete. Thank you, thank you, thank you – for being part of this journey.




Construction Site in August, 2014



Building Frames are Raised in October, 2014



Strawbale and Plaster Are Applied in early 2015


December 2015 A warm and friendly home


A History of Caring for the Earth

Respect for the earth is a basic practice in the Deer Park Community. The new nunnery has been designed and built using the best of green building principles – passive solar design, straw bale construction, natural plaster, recycled steel roofs, and a gray water system are just a few of the sustainable features of the project.

The nunnery joins a long list of environmental initiatives already in place at Deer Park:

Solar Power: Solar panels have been providing as much as 90% of our electricity needs for the past several years. These panels will provide the moderate energy needs of the new nunnery.

Water Conservation: Mindful of this precious resource, Deer Park residents consume water with great care. Our landscaping plans focus on selecting native plants that require minimal water, and harvesting gray water and rain water for use in our food gardens.

Composting and Recycling: Residents and visitors take part in extensive composting and recycling activities as part of every day practice. Visitors, including children, are taught composting methods.

Car Free Days: Every Tuesday is a car free day at Deer Park. No one uses gasoline powered cars to leave the practice center unless there is an emergency.


 Funding Update

The project was completed with generous donations and generous loans from practitioners. Please continue to help us reach our fund raising goal. Loans are due in 2016.





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