We prefer loose and natural fibers. We steer clear of polyester (even recycled), viscose, rayon and other man-made fabrics. Cotton, linen, wool, are best. Essenes wore white or light, un-dyed fabrics. Wear layers as opposed to garemts stuffed and padded with polyester. Clothing is optional by the creek; you may mikvah or swim nude as long as children or minors are not present.
We share a fragrance-free environment; absolutely no traditional perfumes, scented lotions, shampoos, soaps, etc. Refrain from all scents, cologne and makeup. Essential oils are acceptable as long as the source of the oil is known to be additive free. you might be surprised what you will find in the supposedly “natural fragrances” that places like Whole Foods, et al, sell. This also means our foods are 100% free from chemicals and additives.
Essene food by its very nature SIMPLE allergy-free, primarily vegan and gluten free. It is also mostly soy free with the exception of fermented tempeh and miso. If one choses to be vegetarian instead of vegan, we encourage their egg sources be pasture-raised (not cage free) and dairy products to be raw and unpasteurized. Also, goat milk is easier to digest than cow milk. There may be local sources available. Honey is to be raw and sourced from a known local beekeeper.
We share a substance-free environment; no alcohol, drugs or intoxicants. Prescribed medications are obviously allowed. We accept sacred journeys with plant entheogens only on an as-needed basis for special medicinal “annual” occasion. Entheogens are not for recreational usage. We encourage other means to unlock the third eye through meditation, prayer, intense fasting, and hypnosis, etc.
There is no WIFI on site. There is good cellphone signal. However, due to our unique location, we are 1 mile or more away from any 5G tower. Currently our 5G EMF meter reads a SOLID GREEN color which equals Safe! Disconnection from devices is highly suggested. If you cannot shut off your device, please set your devices on vibrate as not to disturb nature. Please shut your phone off at night or turn on airplane mode so that you and your neighbors are not bombarded with EMF while you sleep.
Off-the-grid utilities; limited electricity means no hair dryers, etc.
To protect the wildlife and protect your pet, we ask that you leave all pets at home. We have deer, boar, fox, armadillo, snakes, etc. on property. If you must bring an animal, they must be kept on leash at all times for their own safety.
No propane heaters in tent sites and please check on status of county burn bans regarding ANY open flame.