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.

The Land

Welcome!  The land that OAEC inhabits is the territory of the Coast Miwok and Southern Pomo peoples.  When you visit OAEC, we invite you to join us in honoring and continuing their legacy of land stewardship.

Since the 1970’s these 80-acres of organic gardenswildlands, onsite intentional community, and education center have served as a living laboratory for research, collaboration and forging the transition towards ecological and socially just human settlement.  In developing and collectively caring for our home, we hope to reveal a place of beauty that is deeply connected with nature and full of examples to inspire you to bring regenerative practices back to your own community.

Aside from the beautiful natural surroundings and learning opportunities that the site offers, participants in our courses and retreats can also enjoy other features and fruits of the land, including delicious homegrown organic food, swimming pond, sauna, hot tub, campfire, and comfortable eco-dwellings. Explore the links above to learn more…