Mustard Seed Village, Camano Island, Washington

Mustard Seed Village: an ancient-future model of sustainable faith and sustainable living.

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.


Mustard Seed Village, Camano Island, WashingtonTogether, 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.


Help support Mustard Seed Village through your prayers, or by contributing directly to MSV

Village News

  • Creating with Broken Glass

    Creating with Broken Glass

      — Christine Sine — Last weekend Tom and I went out to the Mustard Seed Village with a crowd of volunteers to help get the site ready for our Celtic retreat next week. I was amazed at how quickly the messy chaos of weeds and broken glass could be transformed. In just a couple […]

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    Assessing the MSV Damage – Discernment Works!

    Discernment works, and through the voices of many we find God’s direction. I am convinced of that as I sit here this morning reading through the many rich and varied responses to our newsletter about the damage at the Mustard Seed Village. Thank you for all of you who responded with sympathy and encouragement to […]

  • Reconciliation & Friendship Gardening

    Reconciliation & Friendship Gardening

    — Deb Burger — Hello, friends! I’m a very long distance member of the Mustard Seed Associates community, but I do read facebook posts, your email newsletters, and do pray for and with you.  I have been reflecting and listening, in response to your question, “What does a reconciler look like?”, and specifically the challenge to […]

  • Reflections on Broken Windows

    Reflections on Broken Windows

    – Forrest Inslee – I find that in times of setback, it is sometimes helpful to find lessons that can be learned in the midst of disappointment. In the case of the vandalism of our beautiful new classroom there is certainly wisdom to be gleaned from experience! Vandalism is nothing new on the MSA land; […]

  • What Does a Gospel Reconciler Do?

    What Does a Gospel Reconciler Do?

    — Christine Sine — Many of you have already heard that our beautiful building, at the site of the Mustard Seed Village on Camano Island, has been violated by vandals. All the windows and doors have been smashed to smithereens. We are devastated. We have had vandalism before but usually nuisance interference. This is the […]