We are opening up cabins for a first summer season of one and two week retreat rentals from May 4th to August 2nd in support of our newly formed non-profit organization Salmon Creek Farm Arts and it’s inaugural season of free programming in fall 2023.
Read through all of the information below. Details for email inquiries can be found at the bottom. (Our full SCF retreats website with more images will be up in early 2023.)
One or two weeks is an optimal amount of time, to slow down, become familiar with the place and it's rhythms, to quiet the mind, and really be present on the land. This may be a time to take a step back for some critical distance from daily life, a chance to create something new, or even a pause from projects and productivity altogether.
We are in Albion, on a 33 acre ridge top and south-facing slope, two miles from the coast, and 25 minutes south of the village of Mendocino. Living here under the coastal redwoods is humbling, and SCF is an especially good spot to feel your small place in the big cycle of life on earth. We turn human waste into rich soil, so you should be down with our humanure outhouses, featuring sawdust lined buckets which you empty into a nearby compost pile where, through miraculous alchemy, it is turned into black gold. We collect and treat our own spring water which is gravity fed to all of the cabins from the top of the ridge. We strive for zero waste, shop for minimal/no packaging, compost zealously, and for many reasons SCF is strictly vegetarian (fyi many carnivorous visitors have found it to be a helpful place to experiment with a fully plant-based diet for the first time).
Each of our modest homespun cabins occupies a unique secluded nook in our south-facing wooded slope. They were lovingly built, rebuilt, repaired, furnished, and embellished by many hands over the years with scavenged local materials. They are cute, cozy, comfortable, well appointed, and pretty rustic (ie. an occasional mouse may find it’s way in and something will have to be done). All cabins have fast wifi, outhouses, full kitchens, hot water, wood burning stoves, cozy beds / bedding / pillows / comforters, and outdoor showers.
Once on the land we put everyone on a whatsapp party line, where guests can all be directly in touch with each other, to announce communal meals, invite each other over, ask for help with something, organize an event, say “hey I’m going to town in case anyone needs anything,” etc. On Friday mornings we lead a comprehensive 2 hour tour of the entire property, including visits to all cabins and a hike down to the creek. This also serves as a chance to meet the entire group and a critical / compulsory orientation to life on the land (outhouses, compost, etc)...followed by a potluck dinner that evening at the OK (Outdoor Kitchen).
+ May 4th to August 2nd, 2023.
+ Thursday arrivals / Wednesday departures.
+ 1 or 2 week stays.
+ Arrivals exclusively from 3-7pm Thursdays.
+ Full SCF tour/orientation at 10:30am Fridays.
+ Located near coastal village of Albion (must come with own car).
+ We are 3.5 hrs north of SFO, the closest major airport.
+ Departures by 11am Wednesdays.
+ Cabins have fast wifi, outhouses, kitchens, hot water, bedding, and outdoor showers.
+ Full bedding, blankets, pillows, and towels provided.
+ Communal outdoor kitchen/dining, triangle dance deck, and laundry pavilion.
+ Hiking trail down to Salmon Creek that borders the south side of the property.
+ Full payment to book.
+ Refund (with $150 fee) or re-schedule until 4 weeks before arrival.
+ No refunds or re-scheduling within 4 weeks of arrival.
+ $100 refundable security deposit.
+ No pets or short-term guests of guests.
+ Accessibility issues with all cabins, remote from parking, and reached on foot.
PRICES: 1 wk / 2 wk (capacity)
2 Rainbow: 1725 / 3000 (1 to 3)
3 Dawn: 2025 / 3500 (1 to 4)
4 Moonlight: 1000 / 1750 (1 or 2)
5 Walden: 1000 / 1750 (1 or 2)
6 River: 1000 / 1750 (1 or 2)
7 Cedar: 1725 / 3000 (1 to 3)
8 Salmon: 875 / 1500 (1)
RETREAT REQUESTS to firstname.lastname@example.org:
+ Full name, address, email, and cel#:
+ Full names, addresses, emails, and cel#s for any others in the group:
+ Requested dates / cabins, in order of preference:
(May 4, 11, 18, 25, June 1, 8, 22, July 6, 13, 20, 27. We also may have last minute openings Feb-Apr)
+ A few sentences about yourself(s), your interest in visiting SCF, how you might spend your time:
+ Preferred payment method and account contact to send request:
(Venmo, Paypal, or Zelle for now, in the new year we will offer online booking)
Cabins are first made available to the SCF community, then to a waitlist that has been growing over the past year, and finally to selections from open applications. We try to schedule guests we think would enjoy meeting and sharing the land, so let us know about your interests and how social / solitary you might want to be.
Our land-based non-profit organization Salmon Creek Farm Arts has just received it's 501(c)3 status. We are now planning a first season of programming for fall 2023 and hiring a full time director. In the mean time this retreat rental season helps subsidize urgent repair, construction, and infrastructure projects ($100k for new roofs on all cabins! $40k for new water treatment system & storage tanks! $25k for a new laundry/tool shed pavilion! $40k for Rainbow cabin renovation! Plus our staff wages and salaries.) We do not offer work/trade arrangements during this period, but follow our Ig feed for occasional announcements about other ways to visit and pitch in.
We stand against any form of discriminaton based on race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender, familial status, age, disability, and source of income.