Group Retreats

The Occidental Arts & Ecology Center is a rustic and beautiful place to convene organizations, networks, 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.


OAEC’s new Guest Houses can accommodate a total of up to 31 overnight guests.

Each Guest House has:

  • shared guest rooms with XL twin beds*, regular twin bunks in yurts
  • a shared bathroom with shower, sink, and toilet
  • fast WiFi
  • central heating
  • comfortable mattresses

We provide:

  • all towels and bedding including pillows, sheets, and blankets
  • high-quality soap, shampoo, and conditioner (Greywater from these buildings irrigates the surrounding landscaping. Please help keep our plants happy by using only the greywater-friendly biodegradable products provided.)

Off-site housing:

If groups wish to house additional guests in private accommodations offsite, there are many nearby options that we would be happy to recommend, including the affordable Occidental Lodge which is just down the hill.