Environment – Youth – Community – Natural Building – The Arts ______________________________________________________________________

The Deanery Project is non-profit cooperative focused on the environment, youth and community, natural building, and the arts. It offers both its own programming, and is available for program rentals.

Located in Ship Harbour, on the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia (60 km. east of Halifax) the beautiful ocean front property provides a wide variety of learning, recreational and research opportunities related to our forests, fields, waters and rural living.

A  community hall with a commercial kitchen, dorm-style accommodation, unique outdoor classrooms as well as diverse camping and trail resources all combine to make the Deanery Project a exceptional location for programs, meetings and special events. Our creative, in-house resource team is available to help develop experiential, place-based learning activities to enrich most program needs.

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If you’ve been following our posts, you may have heard that the Bike Hub at The Deanery Project has received a generous grant from the Department of Energy through its NS Moves Program. Funding will go toward finishing classroom renovations, building an outdoor bicycle storage space and hiring a project coordinator to host more on-site sustainable transportation programs and introduce school-based programs.

The grant was officially announced September 19th,  at the Deanery, by Andrew Younger, Minister of Energy and Kevin Murphy, MLA Eastern Shore and Councillor David Hendsbee.

Minister Younger observed that “promoting ecologically friendly living is at the heart of the Deanery Project’s mission. With our support, the Deanery Project will be able to build on its community programming, and encourage more Eastern Shore residents to us sustainable transportation.”

After the announcement visitors had a tour of the Deanery Project to see first hand how we are translating our environmental goals into realities. First stop was the Bike Hub, where Lynne Pascoe pointed out special features of the workshop and talked about future plans. The tour finished up with visits to the Solar Wood Kiln, the Rocket Stove, the Sheiling classroom, and our newest tiny building, the Piccolo.

group photo

Left to Right: Stuart Reddish, Board Member; Lynne Pascoe, Bike Hub; Richard Bell, Board Chair; David Hensbee, Councillor, District 2 Preston-Chezzetcook-Eastern Shore; Kim Thompson, Executive Director; Andrew Younger, Minister of Energy; Kevin Murphy, MLA Eastern Shore.

the group on tour

Tour group with the Main Hall in the background.

inside the Sheiling

Andrew Younger, the Minister of Energy, in the Sheiling Hut, one of the classrooms at the Deanery. This roof structure is called a reciprocal roof.

Kim and Andrew Younger

Andrew Younger and Kim Thompson

display of earth plasters

A display of natural plaster ingredients, including local clay-rich soil, mica, kaolin clay, Shaw Brick clay, and mineral pigments.