AccoMmodations & Food
Bell Valley Retreat Center...
You will be staying at Bell Valley Retreat, a beautiful private ranch with magical mountain pond, swimming dock, and deck for sultry sunny days (though we're much more likely to be immersed in the pitter-patter of raindrops on the roof at this time of year -- its a sweet time to go inward and be with story, song, and community).
There are a range of sleeping options, from shared dorms and rooms to your own private room.
Bell Valley is a majestic setting located in the serene hills of the Anderson Valley. The space is both rustic and elegant, and is truly magical.
The 600-acre venue includes old growth trees, lush gardens, fire pits, swimming pond, varied, unique accommodations and access to over 600 acres of wild California land and more than 5 miles of developed trails to hike and explore. Bell Valley is home to a myriad of wild animals including bobcats, foxes, pigs, turkeys, grouse, quail, and many others, and holds redwood forests, oak knolls,the Navarro River, wineries, breweries, restaurants, and farms.
A note about the season...February has been known to be blessed with the presence of rain. It is a time when the land is refreshed and new life appears. It is a beautiful time to have your senses enlivened by the fresh new growth, and it is a time to wear more layers, to go within, to allow the chill of winter to provide us a reason to gather close...around the fire...
Cozy Communal Space
A cozy spot shared with 6-8 people in the Bunk House. The Bunk House is a freshly renovated space with a separate entrance from the main building, with its own private deck, kitchen, and full bath (with claw-foot tub and shower). The Bunk House’s unique layout centers around an octagonal living room with an open kitchen, creating a space filled with natural light -- it's a great place for a group of friends or women's circle, should you decide to come together. We also have some shared spaces in the Barn, just over the knoll. Includes all meals, herbs and materials, guided workshops and daily ritual.
Deluxe Semi-Private Space
A semi-private room in one of the four original guest rooms in the Toll House, which is a Grand Victorian nestled in the center of the Valley. Originally a stop on the toll road from Boonville to Ukiah (the town “over the hill”), the Toll House served, in later years, as a restaurant, bed & breakfast, and residence. Includes all meals, herbs and materials, guided workshops and daily ritual.
Your own sacred sanctuary in the Toll House: the Porch Room, the Green Room, the Red Room, or the Blue Room. Includes all meals, herbs and materials, guided workshops and daily ritual.
$1895 Support-the-Witches Rate
Above and beyond your own private room, this registration choice supports work-trade and scholarship opportunities for activists, single mothers, people of color, queer folk, students, and more. We aim to make this work as accessible as possible to everyone, and enrolling at this rate helps spread the Story of the Witch far and wide into all communities and with people from all walks of life.
Just announced! New Glamping Option in Luxe Bell Tents
Just bring your bag and the rest is waiting for you. You will sleep in a beautiful bell tent on a platform with two twin beds, actual memory foam comfy cot beds-- no air mattresses or thermarests here. Linens, blankets, towels, and pillows are all provided. Tents are stocked with fans, heaters, and bed foot warmers. You will sleep in nature with luxurious comfort. You will have access to lounging indoors around a fireplace, indoor and outdoor showering options, and hanging out in any of our cozy communal spaces during the day as well as enjoying your own glamping deck space.
$800... special discounted rate!
Our kitchen with for the retreat will be Sarah from the Great Kosmic Kitchen, an herbalist, private chef, and teacher who lives in Sonoma County. Sarah has studied herbalism and culinary arts at Regenerative Design Institute in Bolinas, California and Herbalism, The Florida School of Holistic Living in Orlando, Herb Pharm in Oregon, and apprenticed at Tassajara’s Zen Kitchen. Her food is absolutely divine-- she incorporates traditional methods of cooking, fermented foods, fresh, local, organic ingredients, and herbal healing into every meal. Everything you eat all week is designed to be nourishing on all levels -- heart and soul, mind and body.
Please e-mail us for a copy of the proposed menu and plan to accordingly for special diets. All food is gluten- free, and mostly plant-based, although some meals will include optional dairy and animal-based protein.