Safe Haven Village

11 Aug


After a night in the small town Spring City, Utah – where a lot of people with Scandinavian roots live – we drove south to visit Safe Haven Village. After driving a couple of miles in Utah’s desert we turned right on a narrow gravel road, and it seemed like we were driving further and further out into no man’s land.

Safe Haven Village is an earth- and family friendly forming community situated on the south slope of White Hill.  The eight founders’ vision is to create a mini society that is self-sufficient by using sustainable techniques, being able to live off the grid and to leave as few footprints on the earth as possible. If any at all.

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We met Cherri and Sterling Allen and their kids on the gateway to Safe Haven Village’s 90-acre property in the beautiful and dry Uthan surroundings. They believe that a catastrophe will soon strike the earth and therefore they want to build and ensure a safe place to live when a societal meltdown will happen in the United States. The place is carefully chosen, so that the mountain hides the habitat from main roads, so it would be difficult to find, when the upheaval takes place.




The wooden sign in the picture shows some beliefs and rules in Safe Haven Village.

Walking around the huge property of 90 acres (36 Ha) you see a lot of potential. The idea is to have 20 plots/shares that members can buy and built on. So far the established group of Safe Haven Village has done a few attempts on how to build sustainably, including an outdoor kitchen, kitchen shed, a shed for library or meetings (the so called “Dragon House”), and a sweat lodge for native american rituals. There has also been an attempt on building a green house according to the principals of perma culture, but if you ask Sterling and Cherri, they say that it’s a good example on how not to do it
At the moment, nobody live at Safe Haven, but the people involved in the project have their campers parked out there, and com out in weekends to work on establishing the community.

Cheri and Sterling have had the dream of living together with like-minded people for many years. With Safe Haven Village this dream is about to come true. They formed the community based on principles of sustainability, natural building and enlightened living, both with the land and with each other. They hope for spiritual growth, when living and sharing beliefs and lives with others. Most of the community founders comes from a christian background, but they are also practicing other religions and spiritual practices.




4 Responses to “Safe Haven Village”

  1. Cheri August 12, 2013 at 2:46 am #

    Thanks for visiting Safe Haven! We loved meeting you all.
    Cheri Allan

    • 9girlsonabus August 15, 2013 at 4:22 pm #

      Thank you Cheri, it was nice meeting you and your family! Thank you for showing us your place. Say hi to everyone from 9girlsonabus 🙂

  2. Carol Elwood August 16, 2013 at 11:32 pm #

    Hey, Hi from Carol and Perry at Higher Ground! We were just traveling through Utah (August 14th) and saw your bus at a rest area on Interstate 80. I was too slow in realizing there could only be one bus like that, so we didn’t pull over to say hi. It has been fun reading what you are up to, hope you keep the energy going as you head back to your “normal” lives. Back at Higher Ground we have a frame full of photos to remember you by.

    Best wishes to all,

    • 9girlsonabus August 17, 2013 at 12:07 am #

      How fun you saw the bus! Would have been great to say hello 🙂 Hope you have/had an amazing trip! We will try our best to keep up the energy back in Europe, and we will never forget your hospitality at Higher Grounds. Say hello to everybody!

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