Treehouse building CONTINUES!!

Treehouse building continues this weekend! The cables were added and cross beams were added. More happening this weekend. Stay tuned… 


First Treehouse Begins!!

Even while the plans are being made for the Tumtum Treehouse, we will begin construction on a smaller treehouse THIS WEEK!!  Michael Murphy–treehouse builder, kindred spirit, and founder of Experience Earth–will be coming down from Tacoma to help put up the platform for our first treehouse.  This one will be smaller and simpler than the Tumtum treehouse, and will be built in the great Sequoia (pictured).  This is a photo taken while standing in the crotch of the tree–it looks like it is seven trees, but they are actually seven trunks coming from one main trunk.  The treehouse will nestle in between all of these trunks approximately 25 feet up in the tree.  Look for more updates on this…Image

Treehouse Team

The Tumtum treehouse plans are being developed and I have gathered together the first meeting of the tumtum treehouse team–great time meeting under the tree, brainstorming, envisioning how the vision can connect with the practicality of actually building it.  Arborist Carl Anderson, Designer Bryan Boyd, Imaginative Builder Andy Copeland, and Community Expert Heidi Hopkins gathered under the tree and talked for over an hour and really helped put some feet on the vision of this treehouse.  Each person bringing great questions and insights to the table!  Thanks to this great team, and others on the team will include Artistic consultant Tim Timmerman, Treehouse Builder and Ropes expert Michael Murphy, and Naturalist Artist Craig Goodworth.  Of course I have also been meeting with Rachel Belgard as the Publicist and Graphic Design lead, along with the wonderful Designer Karina Salgado and Engineering Designer Sarah Belgard.  Looking forward to more planning with this awesome team!

Surround yourself with genius

In the process of pursuing this crazy dream (or following it, to be more accurate), I have been encouraged by the enthusiasm and energy provided by several very inspirational, creative people with whom I’ve shared the idea. Each of them has not only boosted my own enthusiasm for the project, but has helped shape the dream even as they have reflected back to me in creative form ways to share it.


Draft sketch for the Tumtum Tree Project Logo by the amazing Rachel Belgard

One great example is Rachel Belgard. She is a GFU alum who is an amazing graphic designer who has offered her time to help shape and spread this vision. She has given me so much input and inspiration in pursuing this, I can’t state it enough, but one example is coming up with a logo for the project.  Instead of sketching out 2 or 3 ideas to choose from, she sketched out (in a flurry of creative genius) about 15 different options–and I loved them all. The image above is just one example–and this is just a preliminary sketch to get the general idea. What I love about this one is that it suggests two aspects of this project–the treehouse portion as well as one of the phase 2 elements of the project–which is to build a HOBBIT house in the hill leading down to the creek. She put the hobbit house as if it were in the trunk of the treehouse. It won’t actually be in that spot, but it shows in one image the essence of the project. I’ll post other sketches soon.


This is a blog about a tree.  A place.  A place where artists, writers, and healers can come to think, feel, and hope.  To slow down and enjoy the beat of the tumtum tree.  Tumtum is Chinook for ‘thinking, feeling, hoping,’ and it can also mean ‘heart’ and the word sounds like the beat of a heart.  tum..tum…..tum..tum…..tum..tum……

Sit in a tree.  Breathe fresh air.  Listen to the creek.  Stare at the sky through the leaves and branches.  Find solitude.  Find community.  Rest.  Create.  And leave with a bit of the tumtum place and the tumtum pace in your bones.