SunRay Kelley

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Over the years I have had the pleasure of working with a growing number of interns.  Below are a few of the interns we have had on our homestead or various building sites.  If you have interned with us and would like to appear on this page please send us a little bio and narrative of your experience.  Thanks to all the young folks that are eager to learn and evolve the way we live on the planet and with each other.  They play a big part in my optimism for our future.

Blessings to All,



Blake Allen:

Born in the Skagit Valley, Blake has had the pleasure of growing up in one of the most beautiful regions of the Pacific Northwest. He had chickens and a garden growing up and spent a lot of time fishing in the many rivers, lakes, and streams across the northwest. At age 17, he attended a Permaculture Design Course which launched him into his passion for living closer to the earth in all ways possible. Soon after, he spent 7 years in California gardening and working on an organic farm. During this time he also received an Associates Degree from Santa Rosa Junior College in Sustainable Agriculture.

Blake is a lover of music, art, and any other form of creativity. He plays several instruments including guitar, flute, African drums, and melodic percussion instruments. His artwork consists of a variety of mediums including acrylic paint on canvas, charcoal, pencil, pen, and recently mosaic! 

In the fall of 2012, Blake moved back to the Northwest to dive deeper into gardening, farming, natural building, music, art, and beyond.


Working with Sunray and Bonnie was a true blessing for me. Building with them opened my mind to a new way of approaching construction entirely. The idea that construction can be healthy rather than toxic, round rather than square, beautiful, functional, artistic, and awe-inspiring all at the same time is nothing short of revolutionary! 

The sheer beauty of their work always leaves me with a sense of wonderment every time I am in one of their structures. As soon as I enter, I already start to feel my mind being put at ease. No doubt much of this comes from the structure being made entirely of natural materials that awakens within me a kind of profound simplicity and rejuvenation.

Another rewarding aspect of working with Sunray and Bonnie was that I was able to express my own creativity in the project. From sculpting shapes into the cob to imprinting a stained glass mosaic of a flowing river directly into the wall, they helped me see that the possibilities were endless!

Thank you Sunray and Bonnie for continuing to share your expertise, creativity, and love with the world!


Riley Forster 

From Yakima Washington 

Attending Evergreen State College 

I was born and raised in Yakima, Washington. Since I was child I have always enjoyed playing with things with wheels or mechanization. In high school I learned to weld from a grouchy old man named Don. Once I happened upon some sweet welding equipment at an estate sale I was set ! Almost all of my knowledge about building is self taught. I enrolled at The Evergreen State College to study art and design, and so far it has been great ! 

From my Journal while I was working with Sunray, "When I made it to the Stump House Sunray told me he had stuck his tractor in the mud and I would have to help him pull it out. After a ton of work pulling on the come-along we got the tractor out and used it for the rest of the morning on dam improvements. The dam is about tractor width and Sunray would turn his tractor around at the end closest to the stump house and there were several times I was sure I was going to have to help him pull his tractor from the pond"

I hope this will work for the intern page. Please let me know if there are any changes or additions you would like me to make.

Peace, Riley Forster 


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