Master Plan ~ Capitol Campaign
This is an exciting time for Natures Gate as we are in the process of launching our Capitol Campaign, forming our Board of Directors and establishing the governance for Natures Gate Retreat Center. The Funding Goals listed below have been derived from the visionary work from our Spiritual Director and Land Steward, Elandara since she acquired Natures Gate in 2015. The funding estimates are only approximations of the total cost of the projects and given in order to establish an overall picture of the Master Plan for our Capitol Campaign.
Capitol Campaign ~ descriptions and estimates
professional fees for legal and financial consultants, applications and miscellaneous for the 501(c)3 Non Profit status
both border and topographical survey
Providing Lodging and educational space in the existing Pole Barn - includes design, engineering and implementation of off grid services /solar energy, wood stove, composting toilet and water retention / flow system, insulation and interior paneling
Pallas Athena Memorial Temple
located on the hill behind the apple orchard - open gazebo design with white Grecian columns with domed roof and "celestial freedom banner" custom painted on interior of dome ceiling. Ceremonial altar enhancement to the south of the gazebo.
Forest Octagon Building ~ dedicated to Lord Saint Germaine located in the "lower 40 acres" and designed for group gatherings and programs.
Structure will be a wooden post and beam construction and will incorporate off grid water and heating and electrical( solar) systems
Composting Toilets for campground spaces and Work Camp
Geodesic Dome on platform for Sanctuary Area / Medicine Wheel
Main House Addition and Renovations
450square foot Master Suite addition on the north side of the main house to include full bath, separate outside entrance with patio, roof tope balcony, renovations to existing house interiors to include an office space / counseling room, handicap accessible full bath, shower and steam room.
Barn Renovation - Program and Performance Center
The existing barn will be redesigned and renovated into a 2 story structure for Program facilities. Open program rooms for classes, events, performances, a creative arts workshop space for children and adults, kitchen facilities, indoor dining with outdoor deck. storage and toilet facilities, apartment space on second floor .
$ 1.5 mIl
Tree Pruning for apple orchard and open areas.
Culvert at the holding pond stream providing vehicle access to the lower 40 trails and facilities.
Greenhouse lean to aded to the side of the garage, approx 10 x 18
Driveway new and existing driveways
Milk House Restoration ~ replace existing cement foundation walls, replace siding with reclaimed barn siding, new structural studs and roof structure. Reuse existing slate roof.
Cabins / Shower and Toilet facilities
behind Geodesic Dome / Medicine wheel in woods
Wetlands and Forestry management
Stream restoration and ongoing dredging of holding pond as needed
Pond Creation in wetland area west of existing Pole Barn
Develop a Forestry Plan consistent with the mission of Natures Gate to preserve the land
Health and Wellness Spa
The existing Pole Barn site will become the Center for Wellness feature world class healing at affordable prices.
Equipment Garage -
reuse materials from Pole Barn - 3 bay garage with connector to existing house garage
Land and Building Maintenance overview
We are in the beginning stages of the Master Plan expansion and recognize that additional farm equipment will be required as Nature's Gate grows its land stewardship model. Some of the equipment envisioned include the following: tractor with various attachments (ie plow, bulldozer, etc), additional woodworking tools for construction projects, forestry management equipment ( ATV, chain saw, log splitter, tree pruning implements, etc.)
The goal for the design, construction and land use is to utilize regional services as much as possible, on site eco-forestry "green" practices and take advantage of off the grid renewable energy conversion and design for new construction. Creating with sustainability in mind is important to our mission of being conscious with the use of natural resources.