Surrender: the Ecosex Convergence will be hosted in the pine and oak forest of the Windward Community and Sustainability Center, located in Wahkiacus, Washington. The private 40-acre campground reserved for Surrender is part of Windward’s 130-acre state-recognized Stewardship Forest, managed by members of the community for timber, firewood, forage, food, medicinals, mushrooms, art and craft materials, wildlife habitat, solace, refuge, and inspiration.
The Windward campground is primitive, contrasting to many “improved” campgrounds found in state parks and forests. There is well water available from spigots, vault toilets (a kind of outhouse), and two showers, but the campground is mostly forest. Electricity will be publicly available for medical purposes only, so either keep your phone off to save batteries, bring a solar charger, or charge your electronics in your car. In short, please be prepared for a rustic weekend in the woods!
Located in the transition zone between the temperate rain forests of the western Cascades and the high grasslands of eastern Washington, between the alpine ecosystems of Mt Adams and the Mediterranean climate in the Columbia River Gorge, the land is home to many micro-habitats including oak woodlands, moist fir forests, and open pine groves with vistas of Mt Hood. In June, the forest will be blooming with delicate wildflowers, brimming with lichens, and cradled by the music of migratory songbirds.