This one of a kind sanctuary at the intersection of the Pacific Coast and Mendocino’s Anderson Valley is a response to the suggestion that our purpose in life is to create connection. A training ground that fosters the much needed elements of empathy, connection, and attention, The Land is the door to your turned on life.
Set on 162 acres in Northern California, with exquisite detail to both natural and designed elements, creeks to swimming holes, eco conscious building practices to organic food, restoration of the local river, a thriving full-acre garden and practitioner ethos. We fill the environment of 8 multi-unit houses and 16 restored wood cabins with all of the amenities needed for connection, consciousness and flow. Your senses rest in the beautifully appointed simple detail surrounding your stay. Many courses taught by world class facilitators that include meditative deep dives, sitting on the cushion, or walking in the natural contemplative paths. The body soaks it all in with daily yoga, purifying bodywork, and a dip in our pools.
Keeping in mind that fulfillment is a way of life, and at the root of that way of life is a sense of connecting, The Land is designed to be more a co-creative experience than a resort — It is a lifestyle that emerges when you practice a set of principles that allow for intimacy with your life. From the most physical expression to the most spiritual – it is the fundamental discovery that what you are intimate with, you experience as divine. Including yourself.
There is a certain magnetism to this piece of Northern California wilderness that has attracted travelers, wayseers and visionaries for nearly a century. Beginning with the native Tabete Pomo tribe which some records say had a nearby village dating back 5000 years, the natural beauty of the Land has been very generous with the people whose lives it’s touched.
The property was first developed by Mary Ward and her brother James Hanen in 1908, who started a lodging resort that continued to operate through the 40s and 50s. During this time, many of the cabins you see today were built. Irving Newman bought the land around 1957 and converted the property to El Rancho Navarro, a long-beloved children’s camp and modern-day resort.
Over the last few decades the property has been known as Shenoa, meaning in one of the Native American languages, “the peace you find in nature.”
Historic trees of up to 300-years old dot the property, with the renowned Redwood Grove in Hendy Woods State Park, accessible from The Land by forest road. The Navarro River is a significant feature of The Land experience. Bordering the property for thousands of feet with the Rancheria, Anderson and Indian creek tributaries in close proximity to the property makes for great swimming holes and river walks. The miles of forested trails are great for hiking and exploring.
There are 8 houses, 13 cabins and 14 camp sites on The Land.
Designed and established with the help of Daily Bread, The Land’s garden will be a place for teaching and demonstration.
This rare and magnificent treasure is easily accessed, just 2 1⁄2 hours from San Francisco and just an hour from the Santa Rosa airport. It provides a perfect sanctuary of connection.
While calling The Land an eco-retreat might be going too far, our decisions are always guided by our imperative of being responsible stewards of the land and good neighbors. We’ve always loved old buildings and old things, and like to think these objects possess a spirit of the past and that history has some weight and substance. Secondly, it just makes sense from several perspectives to reuse our resources whenever possible. Most of the buildings at The Land are old.
The front fields are managed for deer and wild turkey (we have quite a few), birds, and wildflowers. Plans to restore our many acres of timber land to its former glory are currently in development.
We realize there is a long way to go and many efforts we can make, and we do believe we are headed in the right direction.
- The Land will be opening for business April 5th, 2017
- The Land is located approximately 30 miles from “civilization.” This isolation and tranquility can deepen the experience possible during a stay at The Land yet can be a significant change in environment for many guests.
- Internet and Phone Usage: There is cell phone service at The Land, but it can be spotty. The Land also has wireless Internet available in designated areas at no charge.
- Health Services: The Land has no medical services or pharmacy on site. If you will require medical attention or supplies during your stay, please come prepared to administer to your own needs.
- Clothing: Please check the weather report in advance of your stay. The Land gets cold in the winter and hot in the summer, so dress accordingly and bring layers when you can. Wear comfortable shoes We are in the great outdoors. Bring a swimsuit for the pool and hot-tub.
- The Land is a non-smoking community and is permitted only in designated areas only. Fire safety is of the utmost importance. Smoking is not permitted in any indoor spaces such as accommodations or meeting rooms.
- Snoring: Check with your stay coordinator to see if your accommodations are shared. You or your roommate may snore. Please come prepared (nose guards, ear plugs, etc.).
- Valuables: The Land office has no facilities to store your valuables.
- Flashlight: Please bring a flashlight for use at night while walking on the grounds.
- Lost and Found: The Land is not responsible for any lost items, or items left after you leave the premises.