Sunrise Ranch includes those of us who live here and form the core of this community.

Our top event of the year is the ARISE Festival, when thousands of people join us for a weekend of music, wisdom, fun and general festivaling! This year, we were enthralled with Pneumatic Arts Flying Trapeze, performing here on August 4, 2019.

We are an intentional spiritual community, passionately committed to our conscious evolution. We are also committed to each other and what we are bringing to the world together. Most of all, we are devoted to the spirit of Universal Love that brought us together and inspires us every day.

Sunrise Ranch was founded in 1945, and we are one of the oldest intentional communities in America. We embrace anyone who visits here and anyone who connects with us in virtual space—on our website, on Facebook, or on our mailing list. To us, you are all part of our community. We see ourselves as part of the broader community of awakening human beings all around the world.

Friend of Sunrise Ranch Kristin Hoffman sings onstage August 4, at the ARISE Festival.

We find we are entering a new paradigm for how people relate to each other. In a world where neighbors in housing developments and apartment buildings often never meet, we are finding new ways to connect with people of all ages and from many diverse backgrounds.We know that when people come to Sunrise Ranch, they feel the surround of love substance in this valley. This spiritual atmosphere has formed out of all the loving service from people down through the decades and from the communion with nature and the land itself. As the Sunrise Ranch community of today, we feel responsible for this atmosphere and for our contribution to it. It is the atmosphere of true home.


Our everyday spiritual practice includes a deep commitment to personal transformation, so that we become a living expression of Universal Love. That means that we commit ourselves to an unconditional expression of that Love. That’s where the rubber meets the road. We transform as we express Universal Love in the face of whatever happens and whatever may arise in our own thoughts and emotions. We meet regularly as a community to share our vision and insight and to support each other in our transformational process. And we find a deeper attunement with the source of life and inspiration within us. We welcome anyone to join us for our regular Sunday service, either in person or by live-streaming video.

A week after the ARISE Festival, on August 10, Sunrise Ranch community members and staff from ARISE comb the pastures to pick up any remaining trash. The festival is a leave-no-trace event.


Sunrise Council had elections in July; this is the Council lineup as of August 1: (from left) Chris Buentiempo, Lana Roach, David Gardner, Dot Voutiritsa, Jacqueline Alvine, Gary Goodhue and Bexx Biehl.

David Karchere is the Spiritual Director for Sunrise Ranch. He works closely with Dr. Jane Anetrini, a minister at the Ranch, and with the Trustees of Emissaries of Divine Light. A Spiritual Generation Team, composed of David Karchere, Jane Anetrini, Uma Faith, Keahi Ewa, Ruud West and Gary Goodhue, oversee the spiritual tone of the day-to-day operations of Sunrise Ranch. Children and seniors play a vital role in the life of Sunrise Ranch. We are also joined by non-residential staff who assist us with some of the essential functions of the Ranch. Interns also assist with the work of the Ranch and are an integral part of our community.


There are members of our community who have lived at Sunrise Ranch for more than 50 years, and there is usually at least one person living here who has arrived within the past month. Typically, people who join the core staff at Sunrise Ranch come first as a visitor or as a participant in our Full Self Emergence Program.

Carly, one of our WWOOFers, works in the garden on August 19 “WWOOF” stands for “World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms.”

Denis picks raspberries in the garden on August 19. Denis usually works in the Kitchen, but the garden has been producing so abundantly that many community members have been helping out with the harvests recently.


Residential Opportunities

Our three new alpacas get a walk around the campus on August 21.

Community living is not for everyone, but it delivers a dimension of connection that most people inherently desire. Imagine knowing people in your life on a more intimate level through sharing an intention and living it through your work and home life. People come to Sunrise Ranch to learn principles of universal truth and personal responsibility for the life they have created, to transform their daily living, meaningful work and interpersonal relationships, and to renew their sense of joy and connection with others. They become a loving presence of influence in their world.


Full Self Emergence

Sunrise Ranch is a special place, and we offer a few opportunities for those interested in the experience of living here as a resident. Our seven-month Full Self Emergence Program begins each year in the spring.

Skilled Openings

Being a full-time community as well as resort and conference center, we also offer skilled openings—job positions that require specific or specialized skills. We are seeking talented people to join our spiritual community as full-time residents and members of our staff. As a resident, you can participate in the spiritual life of the community and help us continue to strengthen Sunrise Ranch as a teaching and demonstration site for thriving community. Pay is negotiable. Please visit the Job Opportunities Page for current position listings.

Abbey and Tyler lead some stragglers back to the pasture on August 9.

To learn more about living and working at Sunrise Ranch, contact the Registrar office at or feel free to call us at 970-679-4251.

Scotch (left) meets Sammy, a mare who’s just moved to the Ranch, on August 19.

A couple of young bucks stroll through the campus on August 14, stopping in front of Garden House for a moment.


“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
— Margaret Mead

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