Spiral Living Center

Spiral Living Center

We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization committed to promoting sustainable living skills in the Illinois Valley of Southern Oregon since 2006.

One of the most valuable experiences for us has been the journey of finding right relationship with the environment that we are inextricably woven. We are passionate about being homesteaders and stewards of Southern Oregon, and sharing knowledge specific to this area.


Wilderness First Aid Certification Course

Join the Earth Scouts for our Wilderness First Aid (WFA) Course from June 24-26, 2022 at the Frog Farm in Takilma, OR. This is a 16-hour practical course that prepares you to recognize and avoid wilderness hazards and render first aid outdoors with whatever equipment you have or can improvise. Classroom lectures and demonstrations from instructor Laurel Peña are combined with realistic scenarios to meet the needs of individuals playing, working, or living in remote locations far from medical care. WFA also prepares you for disaster situations, when the emergency medical services and hospitals you rely on are overwhelmed or inaccessible. This class is designed to help you make logical connections (not just memorize lists) so that you understand what you are doing and why. How do the body systems work? What can go wrong with them because of injury, environmental stress, or a medical condition? How can you tell what the problems are? What can you do to treat the problems and stabilize the patient when you are far from help?

Instructor Laurel Peña (she/her) was first certified as a Wilderness EMT 14 years ago out of a desire to help others in her remote community on the Klamath River in Karuk Ancestral Territory. She now works as a Paramedic with Happy Camp Volunteer Ambulance and a Medical Assistant for the Karuk Community Health Clinic. Laurel weaves her experience as a Clinical Herbalist into her practice and teaching whenever possible, and is energized by helping people understand how their bodies work in an empowering way. Laurel is also a member of our Spiral Living Center Stewardship Committee. Questions about this event? Email us at earthscouts.slc@gmail.com or call 541-450-9886.

Our Programs

Empowering IV teens + adults through skill building and outdoor experiences

Increasing food security by helping local land owners glean and donate excess produce

Promoting sustainable transportation through education + free bike repairs

Rent a book or a tool at our
on-site resource library at
Frog Farm in Takilma, Oregon.

Memberships help keep our programs accessible for all income levels. Learn more about SLC Membership in our video!

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Events + Workshops


Take a look at our Events Calendar
above to see what's coming up next!

Learn a new skill from HOME. Watch our 2020 Online Skilllshare Series on Vimeo! Classes are FREE
and available to watch at any time. Learn about wildcrafting, herbal remedies, animal processing, food preservation, and more!

Relive fond memories at our previous class galleries! Over the last 15 years we have hosted a variety of mission focused events such as: The Frog Farm Skillshare, Spring Seed & Scion Swap, The Annual Local Foods Dinner, The Annual Fermentation Festival, Women's Spa Day, Fix-It Fair.

Our Team

We deeply value our dedicated and passionate team who embody the people we serve! Our Stewardship Committee keeps us on track as our Board of Directors push us forward. SLC Staff members manage our programs and volunteer outreach.

Our Volunteers

The work we do would not be accomplished without the help of community volunteers! We are always looking for help during events and expanding our ongoing projects. All ages welcome!  Contact us to become a volunteer!