Natural-Building Structures

Moonshadow ( S.V.I. H.Q. )

Four acres of edible landscaping deeply integrated with the original forest ecosystem surrounds the education center’s landmark headquarters and family residence, a marvel affectionately nicknamed, Moonshadow.

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Construction on the building named Moonshadow began in 1980 and was completed for the most part by 1986. Periodic changes or updates are an ongoing process, as is the nature of existence.

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Moonshadow’s Solar Energy Installation!

Barking Beetle

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Standing high in the trees, open-air on all sides, and sustainably built of logs from trees that were done in by pine beetles, Barking Beetle includes a homespun kitchen area on the ground floor, and can be used for meetings, retreats, weddings, and conferences, as well as a solid covered camping area. Our very own, “silver lining.”

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Como Se Llama

This structure used to be the art gallery before we built

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Four Oaks

Nice and homey, with a characteristic tree nearby.

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Crow’s Nest

With a view to match the name, Crow’s Nest is the place to stay, especially if you’ve always wished you could fly.

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Mud Dauber

Mud Dauber is an ideal rustic artist and writer’s getaway.

Mud Dauber Natural Building Structure SVI


Anoli natural building structure SVI

Named after cute little local lizards, this open-air craft workshop, meeting space and guest space has had a rich history spanning time as an art studio and a good ol’ southern porch. It overlooks the vineyard, Moonshadow, and Barking Beetle.

Muscadines at Sunset with View of Moonshadow at SVI

Paw Paw Pagoda

Paw Paw Pagoa at SVI

Near Moonshadow and a favorite picnic spot, Paw Paw also makes a wonderful tent platform. The sound of the native wildlife around the pond in the evenings is simply relaxing.

Stream Near the Pond in the Bamboo Forest

Paw Paw Pagoda in the Bamboo Forest Best Picnic Spot

Other structures include: Tipple, a timber-framed wood-working shop; Alpenglow, a pottery kiln shed; a tool shed; a hoop-house for winter gardening; two cob bread ovens; kiwi and grape arbors and composting toilets; and an earthen bag/earth ship hybrid called Earthshag.

Liquidambar Art Gallery

Near the Entrance; open most weekends of the year.
Updates are available on our Facebook Page.

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The gallery showcases original fine art and crafts, including ceramics, paintings, kaleidoscopes, electroformed mixed
media sculptures, and flameworked glass – all skillfully
made by resident and local artisans.