Camp includes: All Programming, 10 Organic Farm-to-Table Meals, 3 nights Glamping/Camping, Natural Building, Wildlife Tracking, Culinary Exploration Activities, Wildcrafting, Morning Yoga + Meditation + Tai Chi, Pond Swimming+ Ziplining + Watersliding, Teambuilding Games, Guide Groups, Camp Pantry, Talent Show + Dance Party, Arts & Crafts, Daily Happy Hours, Cannabis as Medicine Workshops, & Much More!
Situated amongst a spectacular landscape of trees, vineyards, and mountains the incredibly inspiring Solar Living Center, a 12-acre sustainable living demonstration, training, and event center, is homebase for camp. Home to the Solar Living Institute, Emerald Pharms, and the Real Goods Eco-Store the Solar Living Center is a showcase in environmental living that displays powerful impacts and remarkable possibilities for all the elements of sustainable living. Now in its’ 21st year the Center features demonstrations such as a permaculture vegetable garden, strawbale buildings, a Tumbleweed Tiny Home, an aquaponics display, a lavender labyrinth, ponds, and one of Northern California’s largest solar arrays.
For camp the Center transforms into a magical oasis: You’ll get creative with arts and crafts, participate in a scavenger hunt, get your hands dirty in the garden, share your talents, and dream deeply under the stars. Adventure, nature-based, and wellness day activities take place both on the grounds of the Center and at nearby Sunhawk Farms, UC Hopland Research and Extension Center, and in town of Ukiah. The Center is conveniently located along Highway 101 in Hopland, Ca, just 120 miles north of the Bay Area.
This is what we will be finding out during this inaugural run at Camp Back to Your Roots! We anticipate welcoming campers ages 20-70 from diverse backgrounds and all walks of life who find fulfillment and contentment through connecting with nature and other naturelovers.
We imagine campers will come from a variety of professional backgrounds including hi tech workers, artists, medical professionals, non-profit professionals, educators, managers, and moms and dads all who are serious about finding balance in life and community through nature connections and sustainability practices. While we anticipate the majority of campers will come from California we expect some to travel from other states and possibly even abroad. Sign up solo or with a friend, a colleague, or a life/soul mate!
A talented crew of experiential educators, nature connection experts, and sustainability professionals serve as our camp guides and activity leaders. Our guides and activity leaders will lead campers in a wide variety of hands-on activities that will give each of us the opportunity to try new things, share our talents, and create new memories. Participation in all programming is optional, but highly encouraged.
Here is your chance to spend an afternoon building and expanding your nature-based skills toolkit under the mentorship of our activities leaders. You will learn alongside others, be given the opportunity to ask a bunch of questions while uncovering a new interest or dive deeper into an existing hobby. Wildcraft salves and tinctures with herbs and native plants, spend an afternoon on the farm learning how to make the perfect compost pile, and build a cob structure alongside other campers. Take a workshop in wildlife tracking to explore wild animal behavior and your own wild nature or a playful bird language workshop where we will do a bird sit to observe the bird activity of the land and together map the story of the land. You will leave camp inspired and empowered to bring the Camp Back to Your Roots experience and your new learnings into your life back home.
Life can be a balancing act and it is vital that we make ample space to take pause and restore our wells. At Camp we take a holistic approach to health & wellness from which we believe you will find inspiration and education. A healthy diet of wellness programming, food and health education, and dedicated reflection have been included in the programming. Morning yoga, workshops on farm-to-table cooking and medicinal cannabis, and daily guided reflection circles in small cohorts give you the space to add balance in your life and find your center.
What’s camp without some quality time exploring/enjoying the great outdoors? We will go in caravan from the SLC to our other amazing nearby locations to hike through madrone and oak-covered hillsides at the UC Hopland Research and Extension Center and swim in a giant pond complete with waterslides and ziplines at Sunhawk Farms. We will also hold host a fun all-levels game of ultimate frisbee on the grounds of the Solar Living Center.
Camp is a canvas and we are its’ artists. We play fun teambuilding games to build unity and community and participate in a variety of artistic endeavors that add shape, color, and texture to the experience. Take the stage and share your talents or strut your stuff in your homemade costume made of recycled garbage in the Camp Talent Show, make arts & crafts with things we find in nature, be guided in honing your creative writing abilities, and dance the night away amongst new friends during a dance party under the stars.
Food tells a story of environment, culture, and place and plays a central role in weaving together the community, values, and experiences that are Camp Back to Your Roots. Our chef-in-residence is chef and educator, Gary Fleener of The Geographer’s Kitchen. Gary is a farm-to-table chef with a Phd in Geography who matches superb culinary skills with the unique ability to share how where our food comes from connects us to larger stories.
Our meals will feature seasonal, organic ingredients that highlight the bountiful summer harvest of our local foodshed. Fruits, vegetables, and meats from the on site permaculture garden and nearby farms and tasty local libations will feed and nourish our minds, bodies, and souls. No matter your dietary preferences (gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, or omnivore) we ensure campers will be full to their liking. Expect device-free meals – morning breakfast buffets, picnic lunches, snacks galore, happy hours, and ‘slow’ familystyle dinners that facilitate meaningful conversations with new friends. Knowing that you might get the munchies or a hunkering for a late night snack we got you covered at the Camp Pantry – home to ice-cold drinks, refreshing kombucha, ice cream, and cob-oven pizzas.
For those that want to make food education a deeper part of their camp experience Gary will be leading cooking, farm-to-plate, and farmer’s market exploration activities during the day as part of the curriculum.
Camp Back to Your Roots offers a variety of accommodation options that let you choose how you want to dream at night. We have dorm-style bunk houses (think yurts and glamping tents), cozy camp tents, and a pitch your own tent option. All campers are asked to bring their own sleeping bags, sheets, and pillows. Flush toilets, indoor and outdoor showers, sinks, and mirrors give you all the amenities found at home.
We have a limited number of bunk houses that each sleep 2-4 campers. Campers will be grouped based on where they are from, their age, and interests.
Looking to be a bit closer to the land, but aren’t prepared to bring your own gear? We are setting up a tent village in our campground. Each tent will sleep up to 4 campers based on where they are from, their age, and interests.
Prefer to sleep in your own tent? Maybe you love waking up under the starts? We invite you to bring your own gear and find the perfect spot to set up camp in our camping village.
Camper check-in and onsite registration is from 11:30am-2:00pm. Camp Orientation and Programming begins at 2:00pm. We ask that you arrive on time and ask if that is not possible to please notify us ahead of time.
Camp ends at 2pm on the final day of camp.
No, we would prefer that you come on time and leave at the end of camp. We understand unexpected events happen and plans change and can be flexible on a case by case basis. Please contact us if plans do change and we will work to accommodate your needs.
No. Registration includes your three night stay as a camper, all programming, food, and alcohol at happy hour and during dinner for those that choose to imbibe. Getting to camp is the responsibility of the campers. We will be running a shuttle from the Bay Area for
which tickets you can buy separately upon registration.
Yes. Campers must be 18 or older.
Pack simple and light. We will send out a complete packing list ahead of camp as to what to expect. In short bring a good attitude and open mind, a pillow, sleeping bag, blanket, a bathing suit, a musical instrument, a cultural artifact to share, and toiletries.
None, nada, ziltch (digital technology that is). Our camp is device free and during registration we will collect your devices and secure them in our office for the duration of camp. Life supporting devices like insulin pumps are of course allowed.
Camp staff have access to phone and internet in the case of an emergency. Also select staff will be first aid certified and in the case of a major emergency we are just 15 minutes from the nearest hospital.
Before camp you will be provided with our camp emergency contact information to share with family and friends.
Here at the center we have communal indoor and outdoor showers (with private stalls) and designated bathrooms for men and women.
Yes. You will be given the option to list two-three friends you would like to room with upon registration. We will do our best to match you up.
Yes, although keep in mind that we have limited bunk space and may not be able to accommodate all requests.
Yes. Being that part of the camp experience is highlighting local delectables we only feel it is right to give campers the opportunity to try some of Mendocino County’s wines, beers, and spirits. Social drinking is good for the soul and we’ve included in the price of camp daily happy hours and wine with dinner. If you want to continue drinking into the night we ask that you bring a bottle to share around the campfire.
Illegal drugs are not allowed at camp. We have no problem, however, if you want to consume cannabis while at Camp Back To Your Roots.
Yes. Camp is a real community effort and we will need volunteers who can contribute either before, during, or after camp. Upon registration you will be asked how they might like to be involved. Our recommendation is that you register as a camper and if you are selected as a volunteer we will reimburse you for the difference of your ticket price
Yes! Part of the magic of camp is sharing your talents with your new friends. Once registered we will share our workshop application for those of you wanting to share your skills. We will try our best to include as many camper-led activities in our curated programming.