Groundswell Institute is a nonprofit retreat center dedicated to helping LGBTQ people lead healthier, more fulfilled lives and giving them to tools to create positive change in the world. The institute produces more than a dozen unique programs each year, ranging from leadership conferences to artists’ retreats, and all geared towards strengthening LGBTQ individuals and communities. The nonprofit retreat center is partnered with a residential LGBTQ ecovillage and farm located right across the creek. Just 2 hours north of the SF Bay and lying in the Anderson Valley at the intersection of redwoods, oaks, and madrones, Groundswell is over 200 acres of pristine Northern California beauty. A year-round creek splits the land between the retreat center and ecovillage, and provides refreshing swimming holes throughout the summer. Steep redwood forests give way to rolling oak hillsides, and a grove of incense cedars crests the land. A quarter-acre spring-fed pond rests uphill from the main camp which has been the site of many summer pond parties. The center features 10 cabins with sleeping for more than 70, a dining hall with attached commercial kitchen, bathhouse, firepit with amphitheater, indoor event spaces, and a very large hot tub. The facilities are available for rent to other organizations and individuals.