Groundswell Community & Retreat Center

Groundswell Community & Retreat Center

We are a Retreat Center for many occasions and are delighted to share this land with organizations and individuals whose values align with ours. We are located on the edge of the Anderson Valley in southern Mendocino County along Highway 128, about two hours’ drive from the San Francisco Bay Area. Groundswell Retreat Center is the perfect place for many kinds of events, including personal growth workshops, conferences, professional development trainings, private parties, weddings and commitment ceremonies, and more. Our facilities are available to rent for other organizations and individuals.

Groundswell began as an intentional community rooted in queer chosen family and committed to environmental stewardship. Our values include heart-centered process, embodied spirituality, and reverence for the natural systems upon which all life depends. We own and operate the Groundswell Retreat Center as a consensus-based, worker-run cooperative. Building on the tradition of the Radical Faeries, we host several gatherings annually, celebrating seasonal change, heart-centered connection, queer healing, and revelry. We invite LBGT and queer identified folks to join us on the land for any of these gatherings or the monthly work parties we host.

Groundswell is home to over 200 acres of pristine Northern California beauty. A year-round creek splits the land between the Retreat Center and the community, 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 Retreat Center features 9 cabins with sleeping for more than 50, a dining hall with attached commercial kitchen, bathhouse, fire-pit with amphitheater, indoor event spaces, and a very large hot tub.