Salmon Creek Farm 🌈️
2021-22 retreat rentals
As Salmon Creek Farm enters a period of transition into a more formal arts non-profit next year, we are (for the first and probably last time) opening up cabins for retreat rentals from November 2021 through April 2022 for two week stays.*
We have found the two week visit to be the 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. (The co-founder of the original Salmon Creek Farm commune in 1971 and professor of ecopsychology, Robert Greenway concurred. He would lead students on two week wilderness excursions and then evaluate the therapeutic effects.) 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. The cabins are wood-heated, we harvest and chop our own firewood, so you should be comfortable starting and keeping a fire going to stay warm. (Though in our coastal climate we only occasionally get down to a night-time frost in the winter). 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.
Cabin 3 Dawn: Sunny and open location at the top of the hill overlooking the view across the valley, with a welcoming front porch and vestibule followed by a large kitchen, communal dining hall seating 14, open lounge above with full and queen size beds, bedroom reached by separate stairs with full size bed, and large south facing wood deck. Rent in combination with other cabins to host groups. $2800/two weeks.
Cabin 5 Walden: In a secluded cool valley of ferns above the feeder creek, with a small kitchen/sitting area on the ground floor and up a ladder to the nicest bedroom on the land, with vaulted redwood ceiling, windows on three sides, plus a back deck with outdoor shower. $1400/two weeks.
Cabin 6 River: The most funky and photogenic, situated in a sunny clearing down the hill, with small outdoor terrace and tub, leading to a low ground floor kitchen/lounge, and ladder up to a charming pink bedroom that somehow has 15 windows, plus skylight over the bed and tiny Juliette balcony. $1400/two weeks.
Cabin 7 Cedar: A most secluded and special spot, beautifully vaulted irimoya hip and gable roof, large open space with 3 beds in 3 separate nooks (queen, full, and twin), big oak dining table, spacious study desk under a skylight, windows on three sides letting the afternoon sun pour in, picturesque outdoor bath tub, and washer/dryer. $2500/two weeks.
Cabin 8 Salmon: Built by 13 year old communard Salmon in the early 70’s, it’s as cute as ever with new triangular south-facing wood deck, efficient cozy interior, with twin bed as cushioned seating for extra sleep space, and queen bed up in a very low kid-height sleeping loft. $1400/two weeks.
* There will be occasional weeks when all five cabins (10 beds) may be available to bigger group retreats for one week stays at a special rate of $5000/week, just ask.
Also open to all guests: communal outdoor kitchen/dining with 16’ table, 1800sf triangle dance deck (stretching, moving, meditating, yoga, snoozing, etc.), communal washer/dryer, the 7’ wood-fired hot tub (on occasion), and hiking trail down to Salmon Creek that borders the south side of the property.
As we raise funds for pressing projects, hire our first full time host/caretaker(s), and after a season of continuously hosting free BIPOC retreats, we will not be able to offer work/trade arrangements during this period. But we may consider a sliding scale and our free/low-cost summer 2022 programming will be announced in the new year.
- All guests must be fully covid vaccinated, for our community’s sake.
- No pets, and unfortunately we can’t host little ones under 8 until our cabins are kid-proofed.
- There are accessibility issues, with cabins reached exclusively by footpaths through the woods.
- Arrivals are on Sundays from 2pm until an hour before sunset only.
- Departures are on Saturdays by 11am.
To apply for a retreat rental, write retreats(at)salmoncreekfarm(dot)org with a bit about yourselves, your interest in visiting SCF, how you might spend your time, and your available 2-week periods in order of preference. Arrival dates for 2-week visits are Oct 31, Nov 14, 28, Dec 12, 26, Jan 9, 23, Feb 6, 20, Mar 6, 20, Apr 3, 17. Cabins will first be made available to the immediate SCF community, then to a waitlist that has been growing over the past year, before opening up to other inquiries. We’ll 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.