Sonoma County | February 12-15, 2016

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Keeping with our traditions of beautiful sunrises and sunsets shared in Sedona, Austin, Greensboro and on the coast of Lake Michigan, we are excited to be on the West Coast!

Early morning at the Black Mountain Retreat Center
Early morning at the Black Mountain Retreat Center

Located on a prime 485 acres in western Sonoma County, the Black Mountain Retreat Center in Cazadero, CA will host Up to All of Us in the center of wooded valleys and open meadows, at around 1100 feet altitude.

It’s rustic, clean and comfy. We’ll have run of the place.

Dining

For the most part, Black Mountain Retreat Center serves delicious, healthy vegetarian meals drawing on Mediterranean, Mexican, Italian, Chinese, Thai and Indian culinary traditions, cooked from scratch.

Drinking

Coffee, Beer, Wine… we have a kitchen we can use for our coffee fix and as for the drinks, we’re planning for us all to enjoy some of Sonoma’s finest.

History

The buildings that now comprise Black Mountain Retreat Center were built in 1964 by the California Department of Forestry as part of their network of conservation camps. The ‘Black Mountain Camp’ opened in October 1964 to house an 80-man crew that worked with local fire services on land clearing.

Forest
Forest

In early 2004 the Padmasambhava Peace Institute acquired the property and has since worked to bring the buildings up to a standard of comfort far better. Several factors were in our favor, such as the excellent quality of the redwood and steel used for original construction, and the high ceilings that keep buildings cool even in the hottest summer months. Our guests often express their appreciation for how well-maintained and comfortable this center is, and in the last few years we have focused on enhancing that comfort by upgrading the soft furnishings and implementing a ‘green cleaning’ products policy.

The whole of this area, from the Russian River in the south up to Gualala in the north  (and 30 miles inland) is the traditional territory of the Kashaya Pomo Indians.

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