Douglas Stevenson, your host for the Sustainable Life Retreats

Douglas is the host for the Sustainable Life Retreats and workshops that take place throughout the year.

They highlight  the joys and and challenges of life in community, sustainability, spirituality and the lessons learned through his 40 years with the The Farm.

Douglas Stevenson became a member of The Farm Community in 1973, arriving with his high school sweetheart Deborah Flowers when they were both 19.

Dog, Deb and son Jody

Douglas at Tikal
Tikal, Guatemala

Douglas, Deborah and their two children spent 2 years in Guatemala ('78 - '80) with Plenty International, doing relief work after a devastating earthquake.

Douglas served as a radio technician for the group of volunteers, providing the daily communications link back to The Farm in Tennessee.

In 1980 he started Village Media, a small business based on The Farm that provides video, web and other communications services for companies and nonprofits throughout the U.S., such as state-wide video communications networks for Bell South in Tennessee and Sprint in Florida.

In the late 1980's he spent three months in Nigeria installing satellite systems for a television station and a hotel.

Video work sent Douglas to former Soviet Republic of Belarus, and down to New Orleans after Katrina.

camcorder Mag

Douglas is also a published author with one book and over 1000 articles that have appeared in a variety of national and international newsstand magazines.

Ready for a change, in 2000 Douglas and Deborah became active again in the nonprofit sector, again serving as volunteers for Plenty International, this time in Belize.

Deborah taught midwifery to Mayan women from 10 villages scattered through the mountainous region.

Douglas used his time there to assist a Mayan village eco-tourism association in marketing and promotion.

Douglas and Deborah rest outside a cave in Belize.  

Workshops and Activities
Farm School
Green Buildings and Homes Tour
Our 14th year!

community dinner
Life in Community

Gardening and Growing Food
Meditation & Yoga
The Spiritual Path

Health and Diet

Experience the Land April 12-14
swan trust

Community & Sustainability Conference May 22-24FIC..

Organic Gardening Intensive
June 3-7 Five Days of hands-on gardening as well as garden tours on and off-The Farm to visit the nearby Amish community, permaculture homesteads, and more...more
Summer Retreat July 15-19
Swimming, hiking, kid activities, workshops and GREAT FOOD! Fun for the entire family. Includes camp sites. Click here for a list of accommodations
Midwifery Workshops
Visit our web site to see the full calendar.
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Camp sites include
water, shower and bathroom facilities.
Click here for a list of accommodations

True Sustainability

The Farm's Green Home Gallery
A waterfall seep on
Big Swan Headwaters Preserve.

Returning to the States, he became the president of Swan Conservation Trust, and signed the note purchasing land that established the 1475 acre Big Swan Headwaters Preserve. He serves as the organization's principle fundraiser in a capital campaign to raise over 1 million dollars.

After 9/11, Douglas became a founding member of PeaceRoots Alliance and served for a number of years on its board of directors.

He used his skills in graphic design and media to create anti-war and pro-peace billboards which have appeared in over 200 locations throughout the country, promoted through the web site

His company's latest project is a documentary profiling 10 Intentional Communities across the United States.

Douglas has served on The Farm Community ’s board of directors for 6 years and for 8 years as The Farm’s “Manager,” supervising community projects, maintenance and improvements to the infrastructure while also serving as the community’s public relations spokesperson.

He documents life on The Farm through a monthly e-newsletter called Farm Fresh. (subscribe)

You can learn more details about Douglas and his life on The Farm through his web site and two new books, Out to Change the World and The Farm Then and Now.

Out to Change The World The Farm Then and Now

His current passion is to help others build a sustainable life that establishes a balance of family and good health along side work and right livelihood.

In addition to juggling work, playing music, and his many different projects, Douglas tries to spend a couple of hours each day growing and preserving food.

His daughter Leah lives near The Farm with her husband Chris and their two children, where she serves as an accountant for the community's electronic manufacturing company.

Douglas spends as much time as possible with the grandkids.

L to R: Deborah, Douglas, Lulie, Chris, Leah & Charlie
  Green Life Retreats
A division of Village Media Services
PO Box 259
Summertown, TN 38483
931-964-2590 - office
931-626-4035 - cell