A Place of Refuge
Atop a lovely, isolated ridge-line a thousand feet above Eugene, Oregon, sits Cortesia Sanctuary. From its hilltop asylum, visitors are afforded sweeping views of over eighty miles toward the western valleys and coastal mountains of the southern Willamette Valley. They are also gifted with peaceful excursions through organic gardens, deep woods and open meadows.
Beyond its beauty, perhaps the most haunting aspect is Cortesia Sanctuary's profound sense of Peace emanating from pure natural sounds - whispering wind through conifer forests, babbling water in the gardens; windchimes and gregarious birds.
For over 26 years, owners Christopher Forrest McDowell and Tricia Clark-McDowell have stewarded the land, creating a seamless transition between 20-acres of towering conifers and mixed hardwood, and over 2-acres of organic gardens. Reverent livelihood with nature and an unconditional desire to serve the earth and humanity - this best describes the efforts at this private sanctuary.
In 2000, Cortesia Sanctuary was designated by the White House and Hillary Clinton as a National Heritage Garden via the Millennium Green Project. Such an honor is bestowed only for those who exemplify stewardship and preservation of regional natural resources, in particular, the unique Pacific Northwest forests and regional style of gardening.
Cortesia Sanctuary has continued to grow in the national and international limelight. The McDowells' bestselling book, The Sanctuary Garden (Fireside Books, 1998), feature articles in Better Homes & Gardens'Garden Ideas, Yoga Journal, Walking, Pools & Spas, Sunset, and numerous other magazines and newspapers, all have created the desire in people from afar to make a pilgrimage to Cortesia Sanctuary.
We are humbled by such a response and desire for people to understand the principles of creating a sanctuary garden. Both the gardens and woods are integrated intimately with our home setting, a Hansel and Gretal-sized house with so many windows one may not know if they are inside or out! We also have two other round wooden yurts - one (looking deep into the woods) for meditation and intimate gatherings, the other an art gallery with a panoramic view into the gardens.
Cortesia Sanctuary is a private setting, and visitors are welcome by arrangement. Please visit our website for a virtual tour, and to know about our Bed-and-Breakfast.
Cortesia Sanctuary, Eugene, Oregon
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instructional websites on
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The definitive resource for the
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Tricia Clark-McDowell's Art
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watercolors and photographs
Our beautiful Blog for inspiring, thoughtful essays and short stories by the McDowells