Sponsored by Oregon Business

Ashland's new age economy

| Print |  Email
Articles - September 2011
Wednesday, August 24, 2011

By Dan Cook


Asha Deliverance, founder of Pacific Domes, donated this geodesic dome to the city of Ashland for use as a science teaching facility. She frequently donates domes to causes in which she believes, although her priority is to ensure that Pacific Domes remains profitable.
// Photo by Jamie Lusch

Sweating, his back bent over a shovel, Dr. Gerry Lehrburger methodically works a small section of a sacred garden at the Jackson Wellsprings just north of Ashland. “Dr. Gerry,” as he’s known around the Wellsprings, is installing a huge irrigation system for the garden, part of his vision to create an eco-village on the property. In his day job he’s the emergency department physician at Ashland Hospital. He also greets the faithful at the Goddess Temple at the Wellsprings and manages the nearby ceremonial cleansing bath that he had restored last year.

At the opposite end of town, Asha Deliverance discusses an order for a new geodesic dome with a customer who’s purchasing one from her company, Pacific Domes. Pacific Domes is the world’s leading maker of geodesic domes. Customers include Nike, Disney, Donald Trump and scores of Burning Man devotees. Deliverance regularly donates her domes, which cost as much as $300,000, for relief purposes to those in need in places like Haiti, Honduras and New Orleans. She also donated a dome to serve as the Goddess Temple at Jackson Wellsprings.

As Lehrburger digs into Mother Earth and Deliverance sells domes, work progresses on an all-green-materials home on a hillside west of downtown Ashland. There, a crew of burly contractors works to construct the dwelling. They are all paying a company called EcoNest about $1,700 for the privilege of building this “living sanctuary” and learning the secrets of clay-straw-timber building. The homes sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars and are sustainable and ecological.



0 #1 dr. of integrative healthGuest 2012-12-06 00:42:43
have written you an e-mail.
after reading about you it is quite apparent that you have very little if any time to respond.
thinking seriously of relocating to ashland to practice.
will visit in jan to look around and feel if it is a good fit.
sounds like the area is certainly on the same eco friendly path that we are.
if you would be so kind as to let us know how to contact you with our visit info.
we would very much like to visit with you at your convenience for whatever you time you may be able to spare.
thank you
dr. phil and deborah goodman
Quote | Report to administrator

More Articles

Reader Input: School Choice

September 2015
Thursday, August 20, 2015

Which of the following would be most effective in reducing the cost of operating a public university in Oregon?


5 takeaways from the rural Oregon economic report

The Latest
Thursday, September 10, 2015

The Oregon Office of Economic Analysis released a report on the vitality of rural Oregon this week.  Media reports focused on the number of Californians moving to the "Timber Belt," but the document contained other interesting insights regarding regional challenges and successes.


Photos: 100 Best Nonprofits to Work For in Oregon awards dinner

The Latest
Thursday, October 01, 2015
100best202thumbPHOTOS BY JASON E. KAPLAN

Images from the big 2015 celebration of worker-friendly organizations that make a difference.


The God complex

Linda Baker
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
093015-zydellren-thumbBY LINDA BAKER | EDITOR

The media coverage about Pope Francis must have put me in a Biblical frame of mind. Because after touring the latest phase of the South Waterfront development, a mind boggling 1.5 million square feet of office and retail space that will spring up north of the aerial tram over the next few years, I couldn’t stop thinking about the massive project as a modern day creation story.


Let it Rain

October 2015
Monday, September 28, 2015

This year has been so dry we were caught napping when it finally started to sprinkle. Hopefully you didn’t get caught in a downpour while eagerly awaiting — don’t deny it — our curation of Oregon-grown wet weather wear.


Child care challenge

Wednesday, August 26, 2015
0927OHSUhealthystarts-thumbBY KIM MOORE AND LINDA BAKER

Child care in Oregon is expensive and hard to find. We delved into the numbers and talked to a few executives and managers about day care costs, accessibility and work-life balance.


Cream of the Crop

October 2015
Monday, September 28, 2015

Bill Levy of Pacific Ag talked to Oregon Business about new residue markets, the company’s growth strategy and why a biofuel plant is like a large cow.

Oregon Business magazinetitle-sponsored-links-02