About us

The OREGON INSTITUTE FOR A BETTER WAY is a nonprofit 501 c (3) educational charity established to educate people on how to live healthier physically and spiritually, be self-sustaining and more ecologically minded.  As a family we have come to recognize the immediate need to reevaluate our ideas of living, producing and learning. This urgent need has become more and more obvious in the world economy, health and security.


These concerns have caused us pause and reconsideration as to what part we desire to play in the future of our world. We want to learn how to be better inhabitants of our clan, our community, our beloved Earth and our grand Universe.  We have created the institute to offer a medium to ponder, explore and practice our ideas that will help our selves, each other and our community as a whole.




Our Family and Tribe

We, students of life, believe there is a common need to organize, to represent ourselves to the public, our mission partners and to introduce a birth to beyond higher education program.
We believe every individual has an unalienable right to the viable pursuit of life, liberty and happiness.
We believe in the development of the whole person towards his/her personal and professional role with its rights, responsibilities and ideals.
We believe every individual possesses inherent spirit and drive to explore and pioneer new ideas and paths of innovation.


Currently living at The Gardens in Lorane



Hello, we are Sean (45) and Misty Burris (44) and we are currently the Elders on the land. We are the grandpa and grandma to all the babies and a support to the ever growing families. We have been in love since before we were eighteen. We continue to cultivate our 25+ year union so that we are always a valid example for all mates, couples and unions. We have truly enjoyed becoming grandparents and see the value in our participation and genuine presence with the children. This is an amazing experience to witness the progression of natural parenting and holistic living! Things are changing in and around us and we get to be part of it every day! Lucky us!  We live in a camper next to the main house. We contribute 100% of our resources to the total project. Sean is a retired military veteran with a BA in Business and Misty is a graduate student for the institute study.  S<3 M


Before 2010 


Hello, we are Melissa (20) and Aleah D'Ambrosio-Burris (20) we have been together since 2012-Five years! And married since 2015. We met in conventional highschool and finished our basic education through homeschooling/unschooling. We started Full of Love Crafts as an educational project in 2013,a branch of OIBW, and are currently expanding it to one of our main sources of income. We focus on recycling materials into jewelry and works of art. 

We are thankful to be a part of bringing in the next generations in a gentler and more compassionate way. 


Hello, we are Edgar (23) Sierra (20) and Ziah (1+month) 

The Graduate Study and Purpose


There is a shift happening in the world around us today and it is causing us to reconsider how we do everything! We are a family of innovators, thinkers and especially dreamers that have set sail on these new perspectives and new ways of approching life. We have founded an organization that creates environments that foster community, health and the evolution of mind, body and soul.

This thesis explores tangable evidence that once a people gathers together, aligns into a functional cooperative, a natural shilft will lead to an organic, holistic harmony that evolves us from working to survive into living to thrive.

This is based on a graduate study in Cultural Anthropology  applying a thesis project that is developing into a dissertation. 
This program plan was developed to articulate an opportunity to combine higher education and vocational training in such a way to strongly empower the participant. Providing living and industry models designed for hands on introductions to the dimensions of community, education and skills.   

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