What are the perceived and real differences that divide us in the Gorge? In what ways do we experience connection?

Many complex issues divide and connect us as communities — from polarizing local challenges, politics and ethnicity, geography and economics, even our ability as locals to experience a sense of belonging (or not) here in the Gorge.

Join Gorge Owned for Bridging the Gorge, a series of shared meals and facilitated conversations exploring these local dynamics and ways to connect more deeply with our neighbors across difference and distance.

Grab a bite to eat from our friends at Kainos and Local Rhoots serving up some amazing food, while we share and listen to diverse experiences and perspectives. Build relationships, skills, and a deeper understanding of our neighbors in the Gorge. Come by for one, a few, or attend the full progression of four conversations for a meaningful experience  in “bridging”.

$10 suggested donation includes great food, historic atmosphere, and powerful conversation.

At the Historic I.O.O.F. Hall

The Dalles, OR

Wednesday, August 21st: 6:00 – 8:00 pm

At the Society Hotel (Bingen School)

Bingen, WA

Wednesday, September 11th:  6:00 – 8:00 pm

Bridging the Gorge Series Partners

Claire Sierra

Claire Sierra


Claire Sierra, MA, LFT is an experienced coach with a grounded, soulful approach to leading groups. With over 22 years of clinical therapy experience, Claire has led hundreds of creative, inspiring experiences across the country. She  leads clients around the world in virtual private sessions and online events. Claire offers in person spa wellness sessions & retreats at the historic Balch Hotela boutique destination inn nestled in the rural hills of the Columbia River Gorge, Oregon, which she co-owns with her hotelier husband.


Oregon Humanities

Oregon Humanities

Creator of Bridging Oregon

Bridging the Gorge is inspired and informed by Bridging Oregon, launched in 2018 by Oregon Humanities. In Bridging Oregon, participants take part in four half-day gatherings to explore topics relevant to local and regional communities, address how our differences and divides inform our experiences, and learn how to facilitate challenging conversations in personal and professional networks.

Gorge Owned is grateful to Oregon Humanities for their support and guidance in the creation of Bridging the Gorge.

Marten Boyden

Marten Boyden

Owner, Kainos Café

Marten will be slinging salads and wood-fired neapolitan pizzas (including vegan and gluten free options) at both Bridging events in the Dalles.

Kainos Coffee and Pizza serves in three locations in the Dalles and Portland. The Kainos team loves serving customers and our local communities both by the locally-sourced goods they serve and the charity work they do. Their biggest charity partner helps provide clothes, food and education in the Philippines to children in need.

Sam Rodgers

Sam Rodgers

Owner, Local Rhoots

Sam is bringing her unique and playful build-your-own bowl experience to our Bridging events in Bingen, with delicious options for everyone, including our gluten free and vegan friends.

Local Rhoots is a local, sustainable meal delivery service using locally sourced ingredients wherever possible, creating jobs within the community and delivering in reusable packaging. They feed humans whole food that tastes awesome.

Please support our sponsors and partners – we appreciate their commitment to building stronger communities!