Narrow Ridge offers opportunities to reconnect with the natural world through seasonal celebrations, organic gardening, day and night hikes, wild foraging and wild flower workshops, and solitary time outdoors.
7-minute PBS Video on Narrow Ridge
We are grateful to East TN PBS for this nice video that gives a brief overview of the work of Narrow Ridge.
Eco-lodging and Retreats
Narrow Ridge offers opportunities for retreat in our solar-powered, eco-friendly lodging. Overnight, weekend, or week-long stays are available for individuals; couples; families; and school, church, or work-related groups. Our lodging is perfect for Board and faculty retreats, team building workshops, alternative spring or fall breaks, family reunions, and 4-H or scout retreats.
The 17th annual Hogskin History Day, sponsored by 91.9 FM/WUOT and East Tennessee PBS will be held Saturday, September 10 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Narrow Ridge Earth Literacy Center, 1936 Liberty Hill Rd, Washburn. Hogskin History Day is a celebration of the history, music, and culture of the Hogskin Valley and surrounding Appalachian communities. This year’s celebration will feature the history of water-- the creeks, rivers and lakes of our region and their importance to the human and non-human members of our community. The day promises to be both fun-filled and informative. Guests will enjoy lots of good local food and entertainment—pickin,’ singin’ and dancin’-- as well as a chance to win up to $2000 or more.
Narrow Ridge extends a special welcome to youngsters, with games, crafts, cakewalks, face painting and bubble blowing, and more kid-friendly events. Delicious food, including homemade pizza from the famous Narrow Ridge cob oven, bean burritos, beans, cornbread, home baked goods and more will be available for purchase. Guests will be offered free apple juice from a hand-cranked press using local organic apples. And as expected by veteran guests, Narrow Ridge will provide free hand-cranked homemade ice cream on a first-come first-served basis (see event schedule for apple juice and ice cream serving times).
Tours of the community’s “off the grid”, environmentally-friendly Narrow Ridge buildings and homes as well as the Natural Burial Preserve will be scheduled in the afternoon. Local vendors and exhibitors will showcase crafts from old-time wool spinning to jewelry and art, using natural, recycled and repurposed materials. Hogskin History Day t-shirts will be available for purchase. Door prizes are awarded by the master of ceremonies every hour throughout the day.
For more information call 865-497-2753 or email email@example.com.
Narrow Ridge featured in Discover Grainger Magazine
Narrow Ridge is grateful to Tommy Campbell of the Rogersville Review and Discover Grainger Magazine for the fine 9-page article on Narrow Ridge in this year's edition of Discover Grainger Magazine. The article appears on pages 58-66 of the magazine which can be viewed below. Copies of the magazine can be picked up at the Rogersville Review office at 316 East Main Street, Rogersville, TN or at several Interstate Welcome Centers in East Tennessee.
“The Great Turning is a name for the essential adventure of our time:
the shift from the industrial growth society to a life-sustaining civilization.”
Narrow Ridge has a long history of creating worthwhile initiatives that embody its cornerstone values--Sustainability, Community, Spirituality. Examples include protecting 600 acres of rural land, providing a place for spiritual retreat and renewal for visitors and residents alike, establishing the state's first approved natural burial grounds, and building community both among those who come to Narrow Ridge because they believe in its mission as well as with local folk on the relatively remote, north side of Clinch Mountain in Grainger County.