Mustard Seed Village




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The Windows Arrive!

The Windows Arrive!

Our first mustard seed village building is taking shape. The windows have arrived and will soon be installed. An exciting next step in our construction. Watch the video below and then click here to find out practical ways you can help grow a village without spending a dime (although we need a lot of dimes too!). Would you like to contribute ...

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Practical Ways to Help Grow a Village

Practical Ways to Help Grow a Village

Doug Woods shares practical ways you can help grow the village. If you like Doug's ideas, or have another idea about how you can help, please Email us and let us know! Would you like to contribute financially to make Mustard Seed Village possible? Follow the link, click - "I would like to designate this donation to a specific fund", and ...

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Village Photos

Village Photos

Help us keep the village moving forward! Click on the link below, check the "designate this donation" box then select "Mustard Seed Village Construction".

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The Roof is Up!

The Roof is Up!

-- 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 gave me an impression, for the first ...

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Beam Me Up!

Beam Me Up!

-- 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 roof before the fall and winter ...

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Village UP-date

Village UP-date

On July 27th a dedicated team demonstrated the ultimate support for Mustard Seed Village by installing the final support beams on our first building. Thanks to the extreme generosity of Greg and Nathan Abell, Martin Bayley, Brad Glenn, Dennis and Andrew Todd, and many others who have been praying and have helped in advising and procuring supplies, all the remaining beams ...

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An Invitation from Graham Kerr

An Invitation from Graham Kerr

-- Tom & Christine Sine -- Tom and I have just spent an amazing day celebrating at the Mustard Seed Village on Camano Island. A team of 11 volunteers raised and bolted 8x32' beams to the fir poles already planted as foundations for our first building. But we need your help to complete it. Listen to Graham Kerr as he shares his ...

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Keep the Party Going!

Keep the Party Going!

– by Tom Sine -- We had an incredible weekend partying in the Mustard Seed Village on Camano Island. Wish you could have been with us. Picture 11 men and women, 2 kids and 2 dogs. As we arrived at the site of our first building picture a large concrete slab 40 feet long and 20 feet wide with ...

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We’re Raising the Roof!

We're Raising the Roof!

-- by Christine Sine -- A dream that was lodged in Tom's heart over 20 years ago is slowly coming to fruition. The dream has grown, changed and been shaped by the hands of God over the years and we are excited about its future. Sunday May 26th we raised the beams for the first building at the Mustard Seed Village. ...

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Raise the Roof!

Raise the Roof!

Raise the Roof! Phase one classroom construction begins! We have great news! We are close to completing Phase One of our Mustard Seed Village construction! This weekend we will take the first step in putting a roof on our classroom in the Mustard Seed Village. A team of seven construction workers has volunteered their time to bolt 8x32 foot beams to ...

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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.

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.

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

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21 Comments

  1. Exciting Happenings At MSA « Godspace
    Apr 07, 2011 @ 16:12:30

    [...] Our most exciting news is that we have signed a memorandum of agreement with Creation Care Study Program (CCSP) We are excited about this partnership which will enable us to launch our semester away program at the Mustard Seed Village. [...]

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  2. More Resources for Creating a Faith Based Community Garden « Godspace
    May 08, 2011 @ 16:09:46

    [...] permaculture and hope that we will be able to implement many of its principles in our garden at the Mustard Seed Village And of course there are dozens of seed calalogues and websites which also often include very [...]

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  3. Join Us For Our 20th Annual Celtic Retreat « Godspace
    May 13, 2011 @ 06:24:34

    [...] Seed Associates hosts a retreat on Camano Island on the site that will shortly be developed into the Mustard Seed Village.  This year is our 20th annual retreat and we would love to have you join us August 12 – 14 [...]

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  4. Pray for Us During this Busy Season « Godspace
    May 24, 2011 @ 07:49:28

    [...] a busy season and we would appreciate your prayers for our travels, speaking and development of the Mustard Seed Village.  I will be in Australia May 31st to June 15th spending time with my mother who will be celebrating [...]

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  5. Whatever Happened to Thomas – When Doubt Overwhelms Us « Godspace
    Aug 02, 2011 @ 07:41:46

    [...] retreat next week that we would have seen the finances provided to begin the first building at the Mustard Seed Village and it does not look as though that will happen – at least not in the way I would have hoped. [...]

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  6. Contemplation
    Sep 29, 2011 @ 09:43:28

    [...] that entails, raising a business (and all that that entails) and working hard at helping to raise Mustard Seed Village (yes, and all that that entails).  I've been thinking about how to apply what God has been [...]

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  7. Connecting People Who Care With Causes That Matter « Godspace
    Feb 27, 2012 @ 15:54:37

    [...] I was amazed at the mustard seeds that are already being planted in this community in which the Mustard Seed Village will be established, and felt proud to be a part of it even if only on the margins. This is [...]

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  8. Launching CCSP Cascadia Sustainability Semester january 2013 « Godspace
    Apr 18, 2012 @ 15:06:39

    [...] are limiting this inaugural class at CCSP Cascadia on Camano Island http://msainfo.us/mustard-seed-village-2/ to 12 students for our January 2013 Semester.  So, if you are interested or know of a student who [...]

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  9. MSA and CCSP To Launch Cascadia Sustainability Semester Spring 2013 | SustainableTraditions.com
    Apr 19, 2012 @ 02:39:01

    [...] are limiting this inaugural class at CCSP Cascadia on Camano Island to 12 students for our January 2013 Semester.  So, if you are interested or know of a student who [...]

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  10. Let The Building Begin « Godspace
    Aug 07, 2012 @ 12:56:21

    [...] Share our vision with your friends, [...]

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  11. Mustard Seed Associates Is Breaking New Ground
    Aug 09, 2012 @ 07:11:31

    [...] was a momentous one for Tom and I. We left home at 5:30 am to drive out to the future site of the Mustard Seed Village on Camano Island. We were so excited because the poles for our first building — the pole barn [...]

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  12. Christmas Greeting From Tom and Christine Sine « Godspace
    Dec 20, 2012 @ 09:44:38

    [...] many MSA friends, at our annual Celtic retreat, rejoicing at the beginning of our building for the Mustard Seed Village. The poles for our first classroom became the focal point for our fellowship In the afternoon their [...]

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  13. Wild Camano – Seeing the Bounty God Has Provided | Godspace
    May 08, 2013 @ 06:40:18

    [...] Wild Camano tour is over. On Saturday a small group of us gathered on the future site of the Mustard Seed Village on Camano island to tour the land, identify edible species and plant a beginning garden. It was an [...]

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  14. Still Listening to the Celtic Saints | Godspace
    May 22, 2013 @ 04:03:34

    [...] am starting to get ready for this year’s Celtic retreat at the site of the future Mustard Seed Village. This is one of my sacred spaces, a thin place where heaven always seems but a breath away. This [...]

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  15. We are Raising the Roof. | Godspace
    May 27, 2013 @ 08:57:59

    [...] drive up to Camano Island early to help with the raising of the beams for the roof of the our first Mustard Seed Village building. This too is a sacred space for me what the Celts would have called a thin space where heaven and [...]

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  16. Preparing for the Celtic Retreat. | Godspace
    Jun 12, 2013 @ 16:41:53

    [...] will also celebrate the new structure that is taking shape at the Mustard Seed Village. Two weeks ago we raised the beams for the roof which we expect to complete by August 10th. There [...]

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  17. Interruptions that Bless Our Lives | Godspace
    Sep 04, 2013 @ 09:08:17

    […] living. We planned for possible collaborative efforts in the future. We drove up to the Mustard Seed Village site, shared coffee at Camano Coffee Roasters, and chicken masala and wonderful tomato basil salad back […]

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  18. When Things Go Wrong Can We see the Beauty? | Godspace
    Oct 05, 2013 @ 19:29:45

    […] Tom and I were supposed to go up to Camano Island to begin roofing our first building at the Mustard Seed Village. Things did not go as we expected. We arrived to find the lumber had not been delivered and the […]

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  19. What Prophets Call You Out of Numbness | Godspace
    Oct 23, 2013 @ 08:54:37

    […] and speaking out when I feel discouraged.  People who support us when we come up with ideas like the Mustard Seed Village that sometimes sound more like si-fi imagining than […]

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  20. Creating a Faith Based Community Garden – Suggested Resources
    Mar 27, 2014 @ 10:27:47

    […] Harry Wyman from the Peace Tree Community in Perth has started a global permaculture network.  I love the concept of permaculture and hope that we will be able to implement many of its principles in our garden at the Mustard Seed Village […]

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  21. Three Ancient Aspects of Celtic Spirituality for Today’s Missional Church | V3 Church Planting Movement
    Jul 10, 2014 @ 05:57:05

    […] become a monastic community deeply grounded in the Celtic tradition. This community, called the Mustard Seed Village, will create a highly sustainable way of life with everyone sharing in routines of nurture, […]

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