The Tipi


Tipi FAQs

White Barn's Tipi Holds 28 People!


• The tipi poles are 27' tall, with the tipi floor being 22' across. It is designed to hold up to 28 people sitting comfortably for meditation, classes or workshops.

• The tipi was purchased from Nomadic Tipi Makers from Bend, Oregon. 

• This is the  company that created all the tipis used in the movie "Dances with Wolves". 

•  The tipi holds a fire pit in the center of the tipi, and contains carpet, rugs and furniture for the comfort of our guests.

• Their tipis are based on the basic Sioux design explained in Laubin's book, The Indian Tipi, and incorporates the Blackfoot lift pole flap and the Cheyenne extensions on the smoke flap. 

• The floor of the tipi is egg-shaped, and tilts to the back rather than be a perfectly symmetrical cone. 

• You can learn more about the company at 

• They do amazing work and also support many Native American causes.


The tipi is raised and re-introduced every Spring, usually in the month of April depending on the rain. So beginning in May, many workshops, clinics, events, classes and presentations will be held in the tipi unless uncooperative weather dictates otherwise. 


​The tipi is taken down at the end of October every Fall and it rests for the winter months. All classes and workshops for the winter months are then held indoors in the Meditation/Reiki room in the house. This saves on the wear and tear of the tipi covering during the bitter winter months of cold weather, freezing rains, heavy snows and destructive winds.

THANKS TO the 2019 tipi raising volunteers!

On Saturday, April 27th, we gathered together to raise the newly-painted tipi for the 2019 season.

Volunteers Extraordinaire

• Cindi Gonzalez
• Alayna Gonzalez
• Cindi Mishler
​• Suzanne Dougherty

• Courtney McColley

• Lily  Daily

• Margaret Bayless (excellent photography)

• Mark Cogley

• Ronelle Halfacre

• Kevin Bragg

• Annette Bragg


This year while raising the tipi, Cindi Gonzalez, teacher of Native American Studies, shared with us teachings about the tipi and its role, purpose, and meaning in the Native American culture. After the tipi as raised, we gathered inside to welcome in the new season as we listened to teachings and a Native American thank you song of gratitude. Thanks to everyone who made a Love Donation to help with the care, maintenance and upkeep of the tipi.