GoldLight Ranch (GLR) was conceived by Owen and Mary Mullen (AKA “Tree”) in 1993, near Sandpoint, Idaho. Located on 30 acres of mostly wooded grounds, this property provides a wonderful backdrop to explore their vision. To create a “safe-space”; where humans and wild life peacefully co-exist. Also to demonstrate and explore alternative ways to live. They built a few straw bale houses (entirely off grid) and have continued to maintain the property, gardens and support for those who live and visit here.
The Ranch has evolved into a research and development facility that involves or has involved: gardening, farming, alternative energy, forestry, horses, chickens, home building, art, Native American studies/ practices, and much more.
If you visit for an hour, a day or choose to stay for years, you are sure to learn some new things! Owen calls the facility a“gourmet rustic experience”. People accustomed to high end living may find this a bit challenging. Our checklist for “what it takes to appreciate the GLR lifestyle” includes an open mind, enthusiastic heart and a willingness to roll up your sleeves and get involved!
A Wonderful Place for….
GLR is a great place for gatherings; such as bar-b-ques, weddings, camp outs, re-unions, retreats, and seminars/ group counseling sessions. We are continually evolving to accommodate groups but we are by no means ‘turn key’. As we receive requests we will improve them for you. We also offer residential opportunities to live and grow here with us. Those interested may request an application, although we currently have a wait list.
Over the past 15 years we have had a variety of residents; from babies to grandparents (over 150 different people). Each contributing to the diversity of experiences and our always growing “life-brary”…
We are a very active group on and around the ranch and enjoy skiing, wakeboarding, mountain horseback rides, hiking, fishing, hunting, and networking. North Idaho has 4-distinct seasons and each adds to the unique flavor of this special area. Should you tire of one, another is just around the corner! GLR is always full of surprises, you never know when a “critter” will show up! We have deer, moose, eagles, hawks, ravens, and rabbits surrounding us in Nature!
BTW: Next step: We will be offering a new page on our website called GALLERY ~ offering works by our local GoldLight Ranch residents! Stay tuned!