Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q: Is your center available for conference rental space?
A: Occasionally. The activities at SMC are very specific to its mission statement. By remaining focused and true to our mission, the quality and spirit of our facility can be maintained.
Q: Are you a spa-type of resort?
A: No. We are an education center.
Q: How often do you have classes?
A: See our schedule of events. Our workshops and classes vary year to year depending on many factors. Scheduled tours happen all year around.
Q: How is Sage Mountain Center funded?
SMC is a small Limited Liability Company (LLC) and is supported by Christopher and Linda’s work at the
center and in the community at large.
Q: Can I teach at Sage Mountain Center?
A: SMC is a small facility with a small staff. Occasionally, additional teachers are brought in when their expertise and talent are needed and are compatible with SMC’s purpose.
Q: Do you have people who can be hired out for sustainable construction projects for, say, solar electric installations or straw bale home construction?
A: Yes, we do offer Consultation Services, which can help you get started on the right foot before undertaking a new project or upgrading an existing home or office. Our consultation services have helped many people steer through the maze of information available regarding sustainable living. Our workshops have been geared towards teaching you how to do it yourself. We continue to have contractors, architects, and developers attend our workshops, and we do maintain a list of Montana businesses and individuals interested in sustainable matters.
Q: Are you an Intentional Community? Can anyone come and live/work at SMC?
A: We are not an intentional community. We are a small business/organization offering a unique service to others. We have occasionally had interns and will do so in the future depending on SMC's evolution and needs.
Q: How large is your facility?
A: SMC is located on 90 acres and borders National Forest on two sides. We endeavor to keep program participation to a maximum of 20 people for workshops and 30 people for theater-style seated events. This is to minimize the impacts on this beautiful forest and to maintain the quality of the experience.
Q: Are you affiliated with a particular church or religion?
A: Although the founders of SMC are familiar with Western and Eastern belief systems, the center does not affiliate itself with a particular philosophy. Rather, we seek to understand the nature of thought and belief systems as a way of spiritual freedom. And this spiritual freedom cannot be separated from our interaction with others and our environment. Understanding the believer and the thinker brings us closer to the mystery of who we are and why we are here.