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, compassion, and attention, the Land is the door to a more connected life.
Community operated, The Land exists between the once isolated monasteries of the world, and the hustle of the marketplace, providing vital access to the latest advances in mind, body and spiritual wellness. The Land is at the forefront of the hottest new wellness trend, Connection Training. Cell phones and texting are encouraged, and there is fiber optic WIFI throughout the central lodge and cabin hub.
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.
From artists to writers, teachers to healers, everyone has a seat at the table. There are a few ways visitors can plug in, create and transform. You can attend one of our personal or couples retreats, bring your teams and companies, sign up for one of our programs, or attend our monthly community days.
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 500-years old dot the property, with the renowned Redwood Grove in Hendy Woods State Park, accessible from The Land by trail. The headwaters of 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 9 houses, 18 cabin units and 12 glamping tents on The Land.
Designed and established with the guidance of the Findhorn mystics, and the local Daily Bread landscape team, The Land’s garden will be a place for teaching and demonstration. The Land’s head gardener, Andy Balestracci was part of the team that developed the gardens 30 years ago.
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 fields and grounds are managed for the 50 species of birds, the deer, wild turkey (we have quite a few), wildflowers and the natural faun and flora on the Land.
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.
From thoughtful and well composed meals, fine dining to comfort food, The Land produces extraordinary and memorable dining experiences for our guests. Drawing inspiration from the innovative cuisine of Northern California’s slow food movement and our 2 acre organic garden, The Land’s kitchen team delivers a sensory experience that is at once nourishing, and inspiring.
Chef Feswali Mulanda
Feswali refined his cooking style as the head chef of Harbin Hot Springs for 13 years. With his favorite ingredient being generous servings of love, and his primary source of inspiration in the kitchen, some good Dancehall and Jamaican beats, Feswali brings a bright light to our facilities. His love for cooking started when he was nine cooking for his little brothers and sisters. Over the years he got to watch them grow eating his food. He believes that food is healing. Feswali’s journey has brought him all the way from his native Kenya to Johannesburg, Washington D.C. to St. Paul, all the way up to our little slice of heaven in Northern California.