Group Retreats

The Occidental Arts & Ecology Center is a rustic and beautiful place to convene organizations, alliances, public agencies, foundations and other groups working towards social and environmental change. Just 70 miles from both Oakland and San Francisco, OAEC is a unique gathering space for effective and transformative retreats, workshops or strategic planning meetings in a truly stunning environment.

Who we work with

OAEC hosts organizations whose work towards environmental and social justice is in line with our strategic priorities.

Please see our Movement Building page for a list of organizations who have held their organizational retreats at OAEC.

Booking Information

Group Size

  • The ideal group size for our facilities is 16-31. We have minimum and maximum participant limits that vary depending on the calendar and the specific needs of your group. Please call to inquire.

Minimum Stay Requirement

  • Minimum two-night stay with 16 participants.
  • Arrival and departure times are negotiable.


Day Use

We can sometimes accommodate day use meetings and workshops for certain values-aligned groups. Please call to inquire.


  • OAEC hosts organizations whose work towards environmental and social justice is in line with our strategic priorities. We unfortunately cannot accommodate all requests. We do not host weddings, parties, or personal or family retreats. In addition, we do not host yoga or therapy-based retreats.
  • No pets please! Because of the sensitive environment, diverse wildlife and native poison oak, we have a no-pet policy, except for leashed service dogs that meet the ADA definition of a service dog.


Please let us know in advance if anyone in your group has accessibility needs (physical, medical, etc).

COVID-19 Protocols For All Retreat Participants and Guests Coming to OAEC:

OAEC is adhering to COVID-19 related mandates and recommendations issued by both the state of California and the Sonoma County Department of Public Health. This guidance, and thus OAEC’s policies, may change as the date of any retreat approaches.

It is up to the retreat group to decide if they want retreat participants to wear masks indoors. While some of the retreat time will likely be spent outdoors in the fresh air, retreat participants will spend much of their time at OAEC in shared sleeping accommodations and use common indoor spaces such as meeting rooms, dining facilities, bathrooms, etc. 

If you are experiencing Covid symptoms, please do not come to OAEC. We are currently asking all retreat guests to antigen test 24 hours prior to arriving at OAEC. The Group will self-manage testing.

OAEC’s Retreat Manager and the point person for your group who is organizing the retreat will stay in touch with any updates to OAEC’s policy. If your group is interested in booking a retreat with us and you would like to learn more about our COVID protocols, please reach out to .

We appreciate your understanding and collaboration as we navigate how to best support everyone’s health during this still-changing pandemic.


For inquiries about renting OAEC facilities for your workshop or retreat:

Please fill out this retreat inquiry form, email  or call the Retreat Program Manager at (707) 874-1557 ex 103.

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