A few of our guests and their thoughts on Anchor and Earth.
“Anchor and earth is a place that finds you and draws you in before you even realize you need it. Having the opportunity to see it start as an idea and evolve into a beautiful reality has been a delight. What is even more delightful is getting to experience a few days at anchor and earth - reconnecting with nature, having conversations about topics that actually matter with humans that seem to just get it, and of course the peace and quiet to reflect and rest.”
“I stumbled into Anchor and Earth the first day I ever stepped onto Washington soil. I traveled from Kansas City to finally fulfill an old dream of mine to explore the Pacific Northwest. I drove in through the night and could not have imagined a warmer and brighter welcome. We ate breakfast together, and shared one of the more memorable cups of coffee I’ve ever had. I had another quiet, unfulfilled dream, and it was like Johnny heard it and built it before we ever met. He built a safe haven for weary, broken Artisans to reconnect with the Father. That alone can be found elsewhere, but what I needed the most is something that sets this place apart. I was in the company of other broken Artisans, and we reconnected with the Father together. We reunited with who we are and saw parts of ourselves in each other and were liberated from any shame. I found a sense of home here, and I wasn’t the lone artist anymore. I came as a stranger, left as a brother. I left with courage to brave the vulnerable waters of creativity in an otherwise typical Christian culture that conceals and hides from pain. Anchor and Earth gives dignity to human emotion and offers a safe place for conversation and restoration, and grants permission to create artwork and music from it. I left refreshed, nourished, and encouraged by the people I met and by the peaceful and healing atmosphere that is cultivated here. I’ll always come back.”
“…Anchor and Earth was conveniently located right off the highway, and upon arrival I was so excited to see that the property was a little Eden, tucked away amidst huge trees and a lovely creek. The cabin I stayed in was incredibly comfortable, yet still gave me the feeling that I was out in nature, with that camping feel that I've always cherished on vacations with my family, when I was a young boy. We had many bonfires and played the new songs we had recently written for each other. Johnny and his wife Heidi are incredibly hospitable and generous, and for lack of better terms are very pastoral, but not in the religious way. I mean more in the way that you feel you have become part of their beautiful family when you are staying with them. I felt so peaceful the entire time, and left feeling refreshed from nature but also from the love I experienced.”
“Rest and Peace. These are two things desperately needed by a pastor or ministry worker these days which they rarely get. I experienced both of these things during my week of prayer and writing at Anchor and Earth. The fellowship was authentic and the beauty of nature did wonders for my soul. Highly recommended!”