A Peaceful Retreat Center
Lighthouse Center Oregon (LCO) is a physical, mental and spiritual well being retreat center nestled in the mountains overlooking the scenic Umpqua River Valley. Visitors from all over the world enjoy the peaceful environment, surrounded by nature, wildlife, fruit trees, wild flowers and organic gardens. This quiet setting in nature provides a supportive environment for retreats. Guests come individually, or in groups, staying for a few days, weeks, or longer.
We offer programs that focus on the teachings of Sant Baljit Singh, like unity in diversity, service to humanity, compassion for all, a natural lifestyle, and devotion to God and creation. Retreatants focus on these spiritual teachings alongside opportunities to participate in various charitable and service oriented activities, spend time in beautiful nature and learn new skills such as wholesome vegetarian cooking, organic gardening, landscaping, housekeeping and woodworking. Special activities and workshops are offered during the summers and holidays.
Lighthouse Center Oregon regularly partners with other charitable organizations, volunteering time and resources to help those in need. In our charity projects section below, we are pleased to share some stories of these wonderful collaborations. Since 2009, the center has operated Lighthouse Center Bakery and Café. With Lighthouse Center Bakery taking a break as a precautionary measure during COVID-19, LCO volunteers continue to use its facilities to prepare and distribute freshly baked bread, wholesome soups and desserts to the local community.
Keep doing good for humanity.
Keep loving humanity.
Keep serving humanity.
Be one with humanity.
Be of some use to humanity.
Actions that make a difference
When we serve humanity, we serve anyone and everyone.
Sant Baljit Singh
Our charity and community service projects strive to serve others with kindness and compassion. We share food and other necessities with those in need and reach out to those who are suffering. Sometimes the simplicity of good wishes and a flower or a basket of food can gladden the heart of someone who is in pain.
When the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 as a pandemic, Sant Baljit Singh urged us that especially during crisis situations, it is essential to serve those in need and that we should expand our charitable efforts. He said: “People need help. We have to go out there and help, and do it responsibly.” We were moved and immediately started to make calls to soup kitchens and food pantries to offer our help.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, LCO volunteers are using the facilities at Lighthouse Center Bakery and working with the community in a spirit of caring and sharing to donate bread, soup, food and supplies to people in need during these unprecedented times.
When asked to help during COVID-19, we made & donated wholesome food
family sized bread loaves (2-lb each)
pints wholesome organic soup
Individually wrapped desserts
Life is all about caring and sharing. Love has to be there, and then you care. And when you care, then you share.
We must come forward to serve everyone. If everyone felt ready and willing to serve all others, then everyone would serve everyone. Everyone would be taken care of. No one would be deprived of anything, because when you serve, you give everything with love and affection; you do not hold anything back. If no one held anything back, then there would be no shortage of anything. Everyone would then enjoy because everything on this earth was created for our use.
Here is a sampling of our activities and events. We hope you enjoy browsing through our stories!
LCO, MAY 2020 Lighthouse Center Oregon (LCO) started its Covid-19 Charity Project by helping two food pantries and one soup kitchen in Roseburg. We shared that exciting journey in our post Donating to food pantries during Covid-19. LCO didn't stop there. Inspired by...
LCO, APRIL 2020 Lighthouse Center Oregon (LCO) contacted the Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg, Oregon, to offer support for their frontline medical staff who have been working hard during the Coivd-19 pandemic. Mercy Medical told us that they were planning a staff...
LCO, APRIL 2020 In the second week of the Lighthouse Center Oregon (LCO) COVID-19 charity project, we realized that we needed more fresh, organic produce in the coming months to keep up with the demand for the wholesome soups we’re making and donating to the charities...
LCO, APRIL 2020 When Lighthouse Center Oregon (LCO) decided to help during the COVID-19 pandemic, our first connection was with Roseburg's Fish Food Pantry, the biggest food pantry in Douglas County, Oregon. They told us that bread and other food items were already in...
LCO, MARCH 2020 Lighthouse Center Oregon (LCO) volunteers are wholeheartedly responding to the opportunity to serve those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. The commercial kitchen at the Lighthouse Center Bakery (LCB) has been transformed into a hive of charity...
LCO, MARCH 2020 In early March, as concerns grew over the COVID-19 outbreak, Lighthouse Center Bakery (LCB) decided to temporarily close the bakery and café to avoid risk exposure to customers and crew. A week later, Oregon declared a state of emergency as the...