A Place, an Experience, and a Way of Life

The Lewis Family Foundation created Alnoba to develop strong leaders and strong communities, help protect our wild places, support local farmers and promote healthy living, awaken reflection and creativity through art, and foster mindfulness.

People come to Alnoba to continue their lifelong journey of learning and transformation. It is a place where we connect with our higher selves and with one another to create a way of being in the world that is sustainable, nourishing, and bold.

We believe that through deep personal reflection and connection we can access our passion and purpose—transforming how we lead, live, love, build community, and honor our planet.

Our Mission

Alnoba is dedicated to developing courageous leadership and sustainability models to help change people’s lives, create stronger communities, and save the earth we share. We believe that it is through deep personal reflection and connection to our humanity and the natural world that we access passion and purpose—transforming how we lead, live, love, build communities, and honor our planet. Lead from anywhere. Make a difference. Go deep inside to come out strong. Care about community. Connect. Live mindfully. Walk the earth. Be wild again. Eat local food. Access passion. Find your purpose. Take risks. Give back.

Our Alnoba entities share a commitment to make a difference, encourage the New Hampshire way of independent thinking, and are set in an inspirational and natural environment.  All of the proceeds from Alnoba support our work with nonprofits, youth organizations, and the Kensington community.

Our Story

It’s hard to pick a point and say, “Yes, this is when it all started,” in part because we feel we carry on traditions from our ancestors, build upon them, and keep them safe before we pass them along to our children for generations to follow.

Perhaps, our turn in this great circle began in 1977 when we purchased a small cabin from Alan’s uncle, Roland D. Sawyer, in Kensington, New Hampshire. His mother’s family, the Sawyers and the Blakes, helped settle the town, and their roots go back to the 1600’s. We are grateful they passed on to us a deep, abiding love if the land.

It is from here that we dared to map out our dream to help change people’s lives.

We believe that in every single endeavor of our life, we have an opportunity to make the world a better place. The fights for social justice, human rights, and a sustainable world are big- and require you to put your whole self in. We have never been very good at separating our dreaming from our doing. Nor have we ever wanted to, for life is too short not to be in the game.

This we know for sure. If you want to go long in business, put your people first and measure your success in excellence over profits. If you want stronger communities, it is smart to invest in strong leaders. And we’ve learned through our world travels, our work in Boston’s neighborhoods, and our life in this small town, that we all want our children to be healthy, happy, and hopeful. That is a lot to have in common, for at the end of the day, we all want to be part of something bigger than ourselves.

A big part of our dreaming and doing in this place. What started as a desire for a simple, sacred family retreat grew into a bigger dream and a place now known as Alnoba. The name comes from the Abenaki people, a Native American Tribe who first lived in New Hampshire and New England. Alnoba refers to the lifelong journey of human transformation and how we are rooted in our birthplace. Our children, Edward and Charlotte, chose the name- and so the great family circle continues.

We hope these 400 acres of forest, fields, ponds, and trails provide a refuge for people to reflect, connect and create change- all while fostering a respect and gratitude for the earth.

This place is where inspiration meets action. It is where we develop courageous leaders; model a simpler, more sustainable way of life; and promote health and wellness of community. It is also where art placed in nature can refresh our soul and inspire our spirit.

We hope that all who come here will find the peace to reflect, and maybe kindle that spark to go out and make a bigger difference in our world. We welcome those whom T.E. Lawrence referred to as the dangerous dreamers of the day, who “act on their dreams with open eyes to make them possible.”

Our Pillars

Our values are the pillars upon which our organization is built. These 4 pillars shape our decisions, direct our growth, and allow us to measure our progress.

Leadership

We believe strong leaders make stronger companies and communities. Founded in 1993, Alnoba’s Pinnacle Leadership and Team Development helps teams build trust and encourages participants to take one more step than they thought they could. Hundreds of nonprofit and company leaders from more than 80 countries have come to our Pinnacle Leadership Center and today we are the leader in New England for teaching leadership to nonprofits.

Conservation

We hope Alnoba stands as a tribute to our ancestors’ way of living and serves as a model of how to live gently on the land. Our solar installations; green building, recycling, and waste practices; as well as careful land management help us have a more lasting and sustainable presence.

Wellness

Alnoba offers many opportunities to develop wellness. A beautiful meditation room, mindfulness practice, local farm-to-table dining, and a closeness with nature allow Alnoba’s visitors to celebrate the connection of mind and body.

Arts

Alnoba is also a place where art awakens the spirit and refreshes the soul. Throughout her land, art installations, stones, and words are placed to inspire and provoke. It is home to one of the largest outdoor art parks in New England, featuring international artists.

Strategic Partners

Conservation Media Group

In 2014, we helped our friend David Conover launch Conservation Media Group (CMG). a nonprofit organization that builds capacity and connections through funding, workshops and consultation, so ocean and energy leaders can create compelling call-to-action campaigns with measurable impacts.

The Forest Society

Founded in 1901, the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests is one of the country’s most effective statewide land conservation organizations. We support the Forest Society efforts to stop or bury Northern Pass.

UNH Sustainability Institute

UNH is home to the oldest endowed sustainability program in higher education in the United States.   We are proud to provide the Lewis Family Scholarships for Sustainability Studies for students from Kensington and Exeter, NH.

350.org

350.org is building the global grassroots climate movement that can hold our leaders accountable to science and justice.’  Their goals are huge, bold and simple. Stop Fossil Fuels. Build 100% Renewables.

Revision Energy

Revision is the leading provider of solar solutions in northern New England. We partner with them towards our goal to be a net zero across Alnoba.

SELT

The Southeast Land Trust of NH protects lands in our communities for clean water, fresh food, outdoor recreation, healthy forests, and wildlife.   Since 1980 helped to conserve more than 14,000 acres of land, including the Bodwell Farm here in Kensington.

Shoals Marine Laboratory

Shoals Marine Laboratory is a proud leader in marine science education, research, and outreach, known for their immersive summer programs for college undergraduates and high school students. We are pleased to provide scholarships for students from Kensington & Exeter, NH and Dorchester, Roxbury and Mattapan, MA.

GO Logic

GO Logic is the architect of Alnoba the first of its kind building in the Northeast to achieve Passive House Standard.  They specialize in design and construction of highly crafted, sustainable buildings.

Lewis Institute, Babson College

Underwritten by the Lewis Family Foundation, the Institute was Founded in July 2010, Today, it is the GPS for students, faculty, staff, foundations, and corporate partners seeking social innovation solutions.

Friends of Cedar Mesa

Friends of Cedar Mesa is a group working to ensure public lands of San Juan County, Utah are respected and protected.  The Lewis Family, supports their work to help open the Bears Ears Visit with Respect Education Center.

Our Team

Alan Lewis

CEO and Co-Founder, Alnoba

Co-Founder of Alnoba and Alnoba’s Pinnacle Leadership Center. As the Chairman of Grand Circle Corporation, Alan shapes the company’s vision and direction. Over the last 30 years, he has transformed Grand Circle from a $23 million travel company that was losing $2 million a year into a global enterprise with gross sales of $700 million. Alan has been recognized for his philanthropic leadership. He earned the Committee to Encourage Corporate Philanthropy’s Excellence Award for CEO leadership
and innovation in philanthropy and was named Ernst & Young’s New England “Social Entrepreneur of the Year.” He and his wife, Harriet authored “Driving with No Brakes,” the story of how they built one of the country’s most successful travel companies.

Harriet Lewis

Co-Founder, Alnoba

Harriet Lewis, Co-Founder of Alnoba and Alnoba’s Pinnacle Leadership Center. Harriet is Chair of the Lewis Family Foundation. An educator, philanthropist and world traveler, she is passionate about helping guide social change and developing gutsy leaders—with a special focus on women and youths. Harriet founded the Next Generation Leaders, a program to provide rising college freshmen from Boston’s Dorchester, Roxbury and Mattapan neighborhoods with work, service and international travel opportunities to advance their leadership and improve their chances of success in life and college.

Jeffrey Heyliger

President, Pinnacle

Jeff is President of Pinnacle Leadership Center. He oversees the programming, coaching and advising activities for Leadership and Team Development. A talented organizational advisor and coach, Jeff brings 25 years of experience in developing leaders and high-performing teams at all organizational levels—from frontline managers to boards. Jeff’s extensive experience includes a global perspective. He has advised leaders, aligned teams and facilitated strategy sessions across five continents and dozens of countries.

Mark Frevert

Chief Architect, Pinnacle

Mark serves as Chief Marketing Officer & Chief Architect at Grand Circle Corporation, where he has worked in a leadership capacity for 30 years. He spent 20 years opening more than 30 of Grand Circle’s 41 offices worldwide. Mark has served in a variety of key leadership roles at GCC and Pinnacle. As a senior leadership advisor at Pinnacle he has worked with both nonprofit and for-profits organizations. Using the Pinnacle model, Mark developed and led GCC’s national and international teams. He also helped to establish the charitable Grand Circle Foundation Board, which has supported more than 300 organizations worldwide.

Carol Cray

Operations, Alnoba

As Director of LFF North Program Operations, Carol oversees sales and bookings for all events on-site and holds the Master Calendar, as well as oversees all program logistics. She supports the Lewis Family Foundation’s philanthropic vision by recruiting targeted nonprofits to utilize Pinnacle’s property and services. Prior to joining the Pinnacle Team in 2012, Carol was the Director of Development at Special Olympics New Hampshire.

Juma Crawford

President, LFF

As President of the Lewis Family Foundation, Boston, Juma has as his primary mission increasing the four-year college graduation rate and middle skills jobs for young people from Boston’s Dorchester, Roxbury, and Mattapan neighborhoods. It is also his passion. Juma grew up in the bay area of California, moved to Massachusetts to attend Amherst College, and continued his education at Harvard University, where he obtained a master’s degree in Education and Public Policy and a law degree from Boston College. Prior to joining the Lewis Family Foundation, Juma was a founding teacher of Codman Academy Charter School and served as the founding Head of the Upper School of Community Charter School of Cambridge, Head of School at Little House Middle School, and Executive Director of Friends of the Children.

Eric Fredereksen

Director of Sales, Alnoba

Eric brings over 25 years of experience in sales, marketing and hotel/catering operations to his role as Director of Sales and Events at Alnoba in Kensington, NH. He is responsible for building relationships at Alnoba through direct sales efforts and relationship building with companies and organizations throughout New England. Having grown up in the hospitality industry he has a passion for delivering a unique experience and exceeding guest expectations. He has a bachelor’s degree in Hotel and Resort Management from the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York. Eric enjoys spending time with family, cooking, sports, traveling and music. He is also an avid outdoorsman and is fond of hunting, fishing, hiking, boating and camping. He lives locally in East Kingston, NH with his wife and two children.

Sustainability

Kensington represents the heart of the Lewis Family’s conservation efforts. Alnoba was built on 400 acres of woodlands that has been championed by Lewis family ancestors for generations. Sustainability was central to the creation of Alnoba and the main building at Alnoba is the first of its kind to be Passive House certified.

Alnoba was conceived as a model of sustainability for other communities. All of Alnoba’s proceeds are donated to support leadership programming for non-profits and Seacoast and Boston city youth. Our caterer and sister organization, The Farm at Eastman’s Corner, donates 100% of its profits and 5% of every sale to support Kensington’s Sawyer Park, which was built by the Lewis family on land that they donated to the town.

By holding your meeting or event at Alnoba, you will help to support conservation, the local farm economy, and our agricultural community. You will also help our children—our future leaders—discover their potential. Thank you.

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Careers

Thank you for your interest in joining our community here at Alnoba. The following positions are currently available. Please visit each link for more details.

Marketing & Events Coordinator

Property Maintenance Associate