Yakama Christian Mission (White Swan) and JustLiving Farm (Toppenish)


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 David Bell  
  9000 Campbell Road
  Toppenish, WA 98948
  Phone: 509.969.2093
  Web site: 
www.yakamamission.org and www.justlivingfarm.org 

Yakama Christian Mission seeks to enhance the well-being of indigenous children and elders throughout the United States and Canada.
JustLiving Farm
strives to work with folk to better understand their connection to the landscape and her soil, water, animals, plants, and wind.  A core aspect to this work is age appropriate theological conversations helping folk ask the questions which enhance their relationship with the Created world

Project/Focus:   Yakama Mission and JustLiving Farm offer SAGE Quest trips.  SAGE Quest service opportunities comprise of work at JustLiving Farm and in the local community.  Equal time is given to developing conversations considering questions concerning Cultural Justice, Economic Justice, and Race Justice.

Educational/Advocacy Components: SAGE Quest trips (SQ) are unique from work trips and other mission trips because of their intentional time for participant self-reflection and group conversation.  SQ trips have a subjective edge, but also add the experiential to the learning aspect to the trip.  Trips to the Yakama Reservation begin at the JustLiving Farm where initial work and conversation are based in soil, plants, water, wind, animals, and humans.  Work and conversations build upon those of the previous day, cumulating on the last day with a return consideration of issues brought up on the first day.

Time: All year long.

Group Size: All types and sizes of groups.

Minimum Age:  None

Accommodations: The Grange in White Swan has bunks for 12 people.  Larger groups are welcome to sleep on the floor.  Groups are also welcome to stay at JustLiving Farm in tents or the barn where all sleeping is on the floor or ground. .  Groups provide for themselves.  Groups larger than 40 members should contact staff at least 6 months before trip to allow preparation time. 

Cost:  Learning and Serving trips range from $250 to $295 per person for the week (Depending on time of the year).  Includes lodging and supplies.  Groups provide their own food; however, local food is available from JustLiving and local farms.  There are short-term opportunities, please call for pricing.

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