(L-R) Johnny, Heidi Bryson, Kira, and Jon Snow.

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the passion:

We love people. And we have been loved by people. Anchor and Earth exists to leave people better than we find them. We believe this is possible when passionate people encourage and take on the passions of others.

Johnny is an avid photographer (primarily of wildlife these days but was a primary lifestyle photographer for SLUG Magazine for four years), musician (last album released in 2017 titled, “There Are No “A” Sides” on iTunes under the artist name Johnny Betts), blue collar tradesman (spent eight years as a journeyman pipe fitter and welder in CA earning his master tradesman certificate), half-decent wannabe chef (loves cooking and culinary experimentation but cannot bake), and an og hipster (loves thrift stores, beanies, and the sacrifice of comfort for style - even while swinging a hammer).

Heidi embodies the definitions of caring and compassionate. Heidi has spent the last five years pouring herself into ballet and joined the SLC Ballet Company and was featured in various performances. Through this experience, Heidi grew support and elevated a charity which provides free ballet lessons for under-privileged kids. She is an avid reader (and has founded multiple book clubs), lover of wine and wineries (there is a local one near us which is just wonderful and Heidi would love to take you with her to visit), crafty (not in the devious way, but in the scrap-booking, art loving way), and she is passionate about helping others through social media engagement.

Johnny and Heidi have two kids, Kira (12) and Bryson (10) who bravely gave up all the normal comforts for the purpose of Anchor and Earth.


the purpose:

To foster creativity in the culinary, visual, and audible arts. Anchor and Earth provides free retreat for artists in order to express and hone their passions. We inspire servitude through communtiy, social, and spiritual engagement. Provide intentional care for the world and the people who live in it. We offer vacation and respite to workers and volunteers in the humanitarian, social, and missional fields. In addition, we are also working with local human trafficking agencies to be a safe place for victims to stay till their permanent housing is acquired. In basic terms; our land, our love, and our shoulder to lean on, is available for anyone in need.


the plan:

Phase 1.

Multiple tiny cabins to start housing and hosting. Build bath house, kitchen cabin, and infrastructure.

Phase 2:

Sustainable garden and agricultural area. Develop walking paths and boardwalks with creek visibility.

Phase 3:

Café and Art/recording studio. 


what we need:

Our main focus at this time is the continued construction of tiny cabins and work spaces in order to facilitate our guests. As you can imagine, this is a hefty undertaking which requires materials, time, and skill. We have the skill and the time…we need materials. 

Please consider donating building and construction materials and any monetary gift you are able for which you will receive a tax deductible receipt.

At the bottom of this page are some examples of items required.

We recognize there are many wonderful organizations which you could chose to donate towards and we thank you for your donation to Anchor and Earth.


Lumber of all types (2x6”, 4x4”, plywood, fencing,…)

Fasteners, nails, screws etc… of all types.

Concrete construction materials (Pavers, cement, post and deck base, brick,…)

Hand tools, Power tools.

Paints and stains.

Plumbing and Electrical (wire, j boxes, conduit,…)

Fixtures. 

Lighting. 

Solar equipment (panels, batteries, cabling,…)

Landscaping equipment (chain saws, riding lawn mower, trimmers, shovels,…)

Outdoor living equipment.

Gift cards/certificates to retailers that sell above items.

Financial aid for our current operating costs of power, storage, food for guests, special items and maintenance of buildings and property. 

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