deanery bg crop

The Deanery Project is a not-for-profit organization with a focus on the environment, youth and community, natural building, and the arts.  We offer programs and undertake projects in a wide variety of learning, recreational, and research opportunities related to energy, forests, health, active transportation and rural living.

We also offer rental  space. Our staff are available to work with groups to develop experiential, place-based learning activities on our site or in their communities. We support people who have things to teach and learn; meetings to conduct; weekend retreats; meals to prepare together; or nature-exploring adventures to undertake.

WaterfrontThe Deanery Project is located on a beautiful 25-acre ocean-front property just 60 km east of Halifax, in Lower Ship Harbour on the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia.   Our facilities include a spacious community hall; a commercial kitchen; dorm-style accommodations; unique outdoor classrooms, and diverse camping, hiking and bicycling trails. The property extends to the shoreline of Ship Harbour providing water access to the protected wilderness areas of Ship Harbour Long Lake, Tangier Grand and the 100 Wild Islands.

We are a co-operative launched by the unique opportunity to conserve this property, formerly a summer church camp, and to repurpose it as a demonstration site for environmental sustainability, skills development and community building.  In the few short years that we have worked together here we have achieved a lot and grown strong healthy roots in our community. Our active volunteer base brings a wide range of skills and interests to the Project: there is always something going on that is fascinating and useful to learn.