Mustard Seed Village (MSV) will be constructed on 40 acres on Camano Island in Washington State. The first phase of the village will consist of a common building with a central gathering space as well as classrooms and living quarters.
Plans also include a greenhouse, barn, and additional cottage-style housing. The village will be physically designed to both fit into its natural setting and reflect something of the spirit of a seventh century Celtic monastery.
There will be significant focus on sustainable design and stewardship of the land. An orchard and garden will provide a high level of food self-sufficiency for those who are part of this community.
A major component of the village will be the ability to provide students with a fully immersive, accredited academic semester “abroad”. The curriculum will integrate intellectual and spiritual challenges with the learning opportunities of a rural forest environment and an eco-village community.
Together, this community will seek to create a highly sustainable way of life with shared routines of nurture, harvest, processing and celebration.
At the core of this monastic learning community will be a deep commitment to God and a broad spectrum of Christian spiritual practices drawing particularly on the beauty and insights of the Celtic Christian tradition and other pre-modern Christian traditions.
Our intent is for this community not only to be rooted in a rich spirituality and a different rhythm of life, but also seek to embody something of the values of God’s new world that is already here. In this we hope that all who visit will experience a way of life that is both more sustainable and more cooperative and that cares for God’s good creation and extends God’s love to neighbors near and far.
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Here’s a slide show of our 2014 Celtic Retreat Photos. Each year the program and the time together gets better and better… and this was our 23rd year! We had a wonderful time worshipping, praying, chatting, walking the labyrinth and prayer trails, painting, eating, churning butter, celebrating Eucharist together, and so much more! Be sure […]
Moving Forward Spring is in full swing here in Seattle. The cherry blossoms have inspired us with their magnificence, the daffodils have refreshed us with their sunny faces, and the emerging greenery has filled us with hope. The season is moving forward in all its splendour, and we feel that here at MSA we are […]
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– Christine Sine — Last weekend Tom and I made another trip to the Mustard Seed Village. For the first time I had a sense of what this beautiful building will look like. The promise of the dream is more substantial than it has ever been. Walking around the building and standing on the roof […]
– Christine Sine — Thanks to your help, we’re making progress at the Mustard Seed Village! Tom and I visited Camano on Sunday and were delighted to see that the 42 new cross beams which were added this last week. Pray for our workers as they complete the crossbeams and add the plywood for the […]